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Toni Smothers
Hearing God SpeakWhen To Have Sex
By Toni Smothers

Some teens pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving them lonelier than everÖ"Donít you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Donít fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers Ė none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God. There was a time when some of you were just like that, but now your sins have been washed away, and you have been set apart for God. You have been made right with God because of what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God have done for you. But your bodies were not made for sexual immorality." (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 & 13b NLT)

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Parental Guidance
By Tisha Martin

My stomach churned with excitement as Dad drove to Mr. Gentryís* breeding farm. After an hour's drive, Dad pulled into the driveway that bore a huge sign, "Gentry Farms," in front of a large pasture.

Dad stopped the vehicle at the small house. He knocked on the door. No one answered.

"He isn't here," he reported, getting back into the suburban. My heart dropped. It seemed to swing by one tiny thread. Mom suggested that he might be in the barns out back.

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Hearing God Speak A Birthday Present from God
By Patricia Sheets

I am constantly and wonderfully amazed at God. It seems that the more I know of Him, the more I want to know, and just when I think I can predict what He is going to do next, wham, He surprises me yet again. His latest surprise was the gift He gave me on my 50th birthday.

A few days before my birthday, I jokingly asked God for a birthday present. I asked to be a teenager again. As soon as I had spoken the prayer, a smile crept to my face. Even though I know God is all-powerful, I couldnít fathom how even He could make me young again. I dismissed the prayer in my mind, got up and went about my day, not once considering the possibility that God would answer this ridiculous request.

Later that day, I received a frantic phone call from Heather, one of the teenagers in our church youth group. For some reason, this young lady has taken to me and assumes that I am her ally in the never-ending stream of circumstances she finds herself. Nearly every Sunday, I see her at the altar praying for one sin or another she had committed. I suspect that instead of saying, "May I pray with you?" the pastor asks, "What have you done this time?" One Sunday I thought I heard him say, "You did what? Oh my!"

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If you would like to accept Godís free offer of salvation, pray this simple prayer and by faith invite Him to fill you with His Spirit:

Dear Father, I need you. I confess that I have sinned against you by living my life as if I actually knew what I was doing. I have made many bad decisions and done many things I am ashamed of. I thank you for forgiving my sins through the blood of your precious son Jesus Christ who died on the cross for me. I now invite Jesus to take His rightful place in my heart as ruler of my life. Fill me with the Holy Spirit. I believe that you love me just as I am and I ask you to teach me how to love you back. Create in me a clean heart as you show me how to live each day for You.