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High School Chapel

Dec 26 2016

Before the school year began, I was asked if I could be the chapel speaker for four different services at the Christian high school connected to the middle school where I teach. I jumped at the chance, as I love to speak, especially to teens.  Of course this commitment comes with the complication that I need to leave my middle schoolers for an hour or so.  Thankfully for my most recent speaking opportunity a coworker who was free that period offered to cover my class.  Leaving my seventh and eighth graders in capable hands, I started my day with the high schoolers in the chapel.

I was especially pleased for this most recent service because it happened to fall on my 55th birthday.  After the student led worship team led everyone in several songs, I began.  Writing about what was basically a sermon is very different than writing about a show.  There are no routines to talk about, and any reference to specific moments or points would only come across as disjointed.  Basically, I spoke about gifts, specifically, of course, the gift of the Christ child on the first Christmas.  I spoke of this gift. Though, as an offensive gift, not unlike a teen age boy being given deodorant from a girl in his class or a teenage girl receiving Midol from a guy.  Yes these are gifts, but they clearly make implications that are hard to accept. So too the gift of a Savior implies there is something we need to be saved from and we can't save ourselves.  Let's stop making the Christmas story (and the Gospel in general) so sweet and self serving.  Anyway, that was the most.

I am please to say, though, that several kids asked their teachers for additional prayer after the service. These types of personal responses to a service or a show always encourage me.  It's nice to know what I've said and done has connected with someone.

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The presentation was fun and encouraging... The gospel message was clear and encouraging. I purchased your book and just finished it. Your scope is broad and again encouraging. May God continue to bless your ministry. I will encourage others to read your book. -Parishioner of a local church

"Hey, I  wanted to say that was a great message in chapel today! It touched something:) thanks for doing it!" -High School Student  

"We are so grateful that you brought your amazing ministry back to our church this year... The Gospel message you bring applies to all!  It is such a positive, valuable work that you do."  -Coordinator of Christian Ed. UCC Church

"There's no questioning it. This is powerful stuff. It's extremely touching at times, never less than entertaining, and I see a lot of sincere love for Jesus in you guys."  -Dwight Lilies, song writer

The Lord has given you a wonderful window through which to present the Gospel!   - Field Director of Alliance Missions to Paraguay

"What a wonderful ministry to both children and adults.  In past years it has been a struggle to arrange programing that would hold the attention of all ages, but also challenge each heart with God's gift of Salvation.  Thank you for sharing your ministry."  -Sunday School Sup't.

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