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A Letter To Teens From The Devil

 Dear Teenager,

If I had to forsake all other correspondence, I sure could not afford to neglect you, for there is truth to the adage. "as the twig is bent, so grows the tree", and I sure do believe in bending the twig.

 I cannot help but notice the church habits of some of you and I am delighted. Many of you talk and cut up during Bible Class (which naturally discourages your teacher); others giggle, pass notes, text, and sleep during worship. But don't worry many parents could seem to care less. Some of you are doing a superb job in ignoring visitors and discouraging them from ever coming again. As for activities, you are doing a great job avoiding many of them, especially the ones with spiritual emphasis. After all, you do not want to get too serious about Christianity. And if your parents don't care, why should you? Oh yes, I am especially pleased with your singing in the worship services, as some do not sing and better yet, many who do sing do not even think about the words they are singing. Over all, it seems many of you are interested in the social side of the church. That is how I want it.

But some of you are disappointing me. You know who you are! You are letting that so- called "preacher" and "involvement minister" get to you. You are inviting friends to church and other activities. A few of you are even thinking about soul winning. What is wrong with you? You listen in class and worship services and even smile when you sing. You've got the rest of your life to do that sort of stuff. Why don't you wise up and enjoy life like all the  other teens?

Well, the rest of you keep up the good work and please ignore that preacher and involvement minister. I'll be seeing you all soon, I hope.

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward