Are We Having Fun Yet?

Originally published in March 1994

Try to imagine yourself as normal teenager.Normal would mean no out of the ordinary stressors, some knowledge of God, and lots of normal worries such as friends, boy and girl stuff, homework and zits.You are home for the evening with your parent(s).All in normal, maybe boring. Homework is done, the TV is on.Then knock, knock, knock.You go to your door and what do you see?It’s people dressed in garbage bags complete with capes and darks sunglasses.Who are they?But before you can find out they have picked you up and kidnapped you to a Bible study.You found out later that your parents knew this was going on and that’s why they didn’t panic or come to your rescue.

You May Not Know How Good You've Got It

Originally published iJanuary 15, 1994.

It’s another youth meeting night.You are setting up chairs for the incoming youth you are expecting.You’ve prepared for this meeting.You’ve prayed for your youth.Do you set out 20 chairs or have faith for 25?

Your mind wanders.“The guy down the street is probably deciding on setting up 50 to 60 chairs.“I’ve prepared and prepared and I still get the same 15?What’s wrong with this ministry?Is it me as their leader?”

All who have felt this, raise your hand and scream!


First published in December 1993

“During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.When the disciples saw Him walking on the late, they were terrified.‘It’s a ghost,’ they said, and cried out in fear.But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage!It is I.Don’t be afraid.’

“’Lord, if it is you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.’ ‘Come,’ He said.

“Then Peter got down out of the boat and walked on the water to Jesus.But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him, ‘You of little faith,’ He said, ‘why did you doubt?’”Matthew 14:25-31.