Teenagers! Do you not wish you had their energy? They are involved in many things. Now that school is back in session, they have sports, band, cheerleading, etc., and, hopefully, they will spend time on their academic studies as well.
Putting one’s enthusiasm into the study of God’s Word is the focus of this article. I want to share with you the eagerness of a young man who studies the Bible, prepares sermons, and stands in the pulpit to deliver a gospel message. I am reminded of the Apostle Paul’s words to young Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:12: Let no man despise thy youth; but be an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Jesse Phillips, the son of Michael and Kim Phillips, puts those words into practice.
As a member of the Lord’s church that meets in Belington, I have watched Jesse grow up. As one of three children in a Christian family, he, along with his twin sister Jenny and older brother Jake, have made us laugh with stories their parents have told. I remember Jesse’s dad telling about the children decorating cookies one holiday season. Jesse had put a face on one cookie and put brown icing along both sides of the face. When asked what that was, Jesse replied, “Sideburns.” Dad had sideburns! When Jesse’s tonsils were taken out, brother Jake made this comment, “Now he can’t talk for awhile.” Little brother was very talkative!
As all children do, these three have grown up - grown up in a Christian home - grown into Christian young people with Christian values. Jesse inspires me with his faithfulness. Whether as a song leader, saying beautiful heartfelt prayers, or his kindness, especially to the elderly of our congregation, he is a teen who makes not only his parents glad but me, too, as his sister in Christ.
Should you meet Jesse, I am sure his eagerness and enthusiasm for all things Christian will bring a gladness to your heart. He is a teen who shows great promise because his plans are to follow his dad, Mike, into the ministry.
May God’s rich blessings go with Jesse as he looks forward to being a student at the West Virginia School of Preaching in a few years. Jesse, what a blessing! -Rt. 2 Box 177, Belington, WV 26250. firstname.lastname@example.org
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