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  Tip of the Week - November 28, 2005  
Tip of the Week - November 28, 2005
by Paul Evans & Al Millergren
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Teen Life's Monday MAXimizer
November 28, 2005


"Always have joyful. Always give thanks. Always pray."


God's Will - Part 1

No doubt you have several teens a year who want to know their purpose. "What is God's will for my life?" Over the next few weeks we'll look at that question.

People what to know what they can't see, while ignoring what they can see. Let's look at what is seen first.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18. Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

What is God's will? Be joyful always. No whining, complaining, or victim mentality is allowed.

In John 16:22 Jesus said that his resurrection would make it impossible for our joy to be stolen. Our security in Christ fuels our joy. Yet, there are many Christians who are not filled with joy although this is God's will for them.

Give this answer to a believer searching for purpose and it will be rejected. They want something ethereal or complex. A burning bush or a soft whisper. But God knows if they don't have joy now, they won't have it when a specific purpose is revealed.

The Joy Formula::  Salvation = Joy. If that doesn't give us purpose nothing else will either.

Next week - pray all the time.

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Paul & Al

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Tip #84
Videotape the "big game" this year at your local high school and show it after the game on a wide-screen TV. Invite the whole school.

Tip #85
If you have students who play musical instruments, let them play during youth worship. It will build their confidence and leadership abilities, and possibly improve your singing.

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Judgment Versus Sin


Lesson 12 in our series on the book of John. Click below to download the lesson outline, class handout, small group discussion sheet, and PowerPoint slides. The previous lessons are on that page as well.



Got questions about ministry? Ask Al. He's a little shy about his credentials, but he's been in ministry since the flood, and has a Ph.D. The "Ask Al" section of the forum is up.

Also, Zone members, the forum is a place to ask questions, post comments, and get to know other youth workers.


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Spiritual Growth Zone November 2005 - Stress, Burnout and Depression. Dawn 2 Dusk one day personal retreat. Get Away with God. The daily bible readings are part of the same PDF.


Combat Zone November 2005 - Depression among teens.


Twilight Zone November 2005 - Getting a grip on frustration.



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