Unfortunately, this year, due to Covid 19, our community will not host a county fair. But here is an unforgettable memory from volunteering in the past:
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I was enjoying my shift at the county fair’s Little Red Schoolhouse when ten cursing teenagers walked by. Dressed in black, sporting tats, skin piercings and strange hair, they passed by several times—joking, uttering profanities and yelling insults.
I smiled and invited them to hear a Bible story. They cursed and walked away laughing. Twenty minutes later they returned. Still laughing, they burst INSIDE the LRS and sat down! Whoa!
I knew the planned Bible story was not going to cut it with this group! I decided to talk about sin. Most of them didn’t recognize the word! I explained, “Sin is something we do, we say or we think, that’s wrong—that offends God. Can you give me an example of a sin?”
Silence. Unfortunately, many kids today are unchurched and know nothing of the Ten Commandments, so they have no frame of reference.
Finally, a boy spoke up, “Flipping someone off?”
I said, “Well, uh, yes, I suppose that would be sin.”
“Is it a sin to cut up a dead rat and put it in someone’s food?” said another.
A girl blurted out, “Having sex before you’re married?”
Immediately the others chimed in, “No, there’s nothing wrong with that!”
I said, “Yes there is! Sex outside marriage is sin.”
Their voices were murmuring, “It is? I didn’t know that.”
I explained, “The Bible tells us we are ALL sinners. Jesus was the only person who ever lived who never sinned. Did you know that?” They didn’t.
“Think how difficult that would be. Yet Jesus refused to sin because He knew if He sinned one time He could not be the required sinless sacrifice for OUR sins. You see, that is the reason He came to earth—so He could die for us and open heaven’s doors so we could freely enter.
“Jesus loves us even though He knows we are all sinners and we cannot save ourselves. None of us can ever get into Heaven unless we have a Savior—and there’s only one.”
Some of these kids had never heard of Jesus, except as a swear word. They didn’t know He died on a cross! I asked, “Do you know what happened three days after Jesus died?”
“He rose from the dead.”
One boy exclaimed, “No way! I never heard that!”
I said, “We have a holiday every year when we celebrate Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Who knows what holiday that is?”
Then one guessed “Christmas?”
I said, “It’s Easter.”
“No way! I never heard that!”
“Did you think Easter was just a day to celebrate bunnies and candy?
Since these kids looked as if they might be gang members, I talked about Satan, heaven and hell. I explained that hell is real. “Jesus talked more about hell than He did heaven. Yet the Bible tells us we don’t have to go there. We can be saved from hell. The Bible tells us there is only one name under heaven that can save us. Do you know what that name is?”
I said, “It’s the name Jesus. Jesus is so powerful that even His name frightens Satan. Satan has power, but Jesus is much more powerful than Satan. If you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation, remember to call out on the name of Jesus. There is more power in Jesus’ name than in any weapon. The Bible says that when we submit to Christ and resist the devil, he will flee.”
The kids were sitting on the edge of their seats. This was information they could use!
“BUT, and this is important: You must first be willing to turn away from your sin and surrender your life to Jesus. You must be willing to let Him take control of your actions and be your Master and Lord. Is that hard to do? Yes! It’s hard to let someone other than yourself, control your life. But once you do it God will reward you with peace, joy and power to live a life that pleases Him.”
Several of those teenagers were willing to take the step that day. They prayed aloud to receive Jesus, and they left that schoolhouse with hope. An hour later one boy returned, popped his head in the door and said, “Hey Teacher, I’m now a new person on the inside, aren’t I.”
I smiled, “Yes you are.”
- For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. Luke 19:10
- For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
- God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
- Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12
- Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
- SONG: SEVEN TIMES A DAY – Words from Scripture (Ps.119 and 2 Thess. 3:6) Music by Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity
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