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No. 11
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
Access Online

Getting to know God together.

I lived in a big city once, the Gold Coast city, Surfer's Paradise.
Now I live in a small town.
Where do you live?
Maybe it is a big city where millions of people live too.
Cities can be exciting, but they can make kids go wrong sometimes.
Some city kids follow others into bad ways.
Even small kids can see things they shouldn't see.
They might see street kids who are on drugs roaming around.
They might see old men in rags, real dirty, sleeping on park benches.
You might see young people drinking from whisky bottles.

In Surfer's I worked to help street kids at a Christian centre.
Even in Australia where it is so lovely, and free, there are 'lost" children.
When I say "lost" I mean they are lost inside themselves.
They don't know where they are.
Some of those street kids once had mums and dads,
nice rooms, plenty to eat and clean clothes.
Now here they were in our centre begging for money for drugs,
trying to run from the police!

It is not a nice world out there.
Do you know what the word "tempt" means?
A person who "tempts" someone is a person who tries to get you to do wrong.
They might tempt you to look at dirty pictures.
They might tempt you to sniff something, or take a pill.
They might want you to pinch something.

Don't do it!
Obeying the rules at home can be a bit of a drag at times.
But God made homes, rules, and parents to obey because he loves children.
Rules at home and parents who boss are there to keep you safe.
"SAY NO!" to other kids who tempt you is a good rule to make for yourself
 Why not make a "SAY NO!" rule right now.
Dear Heavenly Father, keep me safe from evil.
I am so glad I am not lost inside. I am found by You.
I want to belong to You every day.
Then I will be safe from those who tempt.

"Children obey your parents in the Lord,
for this is right.
Honour thy father and thy mother, "
(Ephesians 6:1,2).


All of us want to have experiences.
We all want to get the most out of life that we can.
But the only delights of life, those that bring happiness, joy and real thrill,
are those found in God and goodness.
Some kids today seem to think there is no hope for our world.
They try to drown their troubles in sex, drugs, drink and going crazy with rioting!
There is no help in that kind of action.

They are wrong to think there is no hope for the world.
Jesus Christ will one day come back and make this world brand new,
and He will reign over it as King for a thousand years.
The future for our world is thrilling, so get on the side of the Coming King right now.

Read I John 5:11-15.
(This is the John near the end of the New Testament, not the Gospel John).

"And we know that the Son of God is come,
and hath given us an understanding,
that we may know him that is true..." (I John 6:20).

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