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Doyal Van Gelder tells about his son, Ronnie,
getting ready for kindergarten one morning.

Ronnie turned to his father and said,
"I think I'll be sad today."

His father asked why, and Ronnie replied,
"Because when you're sad about something,
the teachers take turns hugging you!"

Gen 34:1-2
1 And Dinah the daughter of Leah,
which she bare unto Jacob,
went out to see the daughters of the land.
2 And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite,
prince of the country, saw her, he took her,
and lay with her, and defiled her.

LIGHT from the WORD.

So far as we can tell, Dinah was Jacob's only daughter
(a teenager), and she went out to "look about."
In today's terms, Dinah wanted to "hang out" with the
other young people.
But unsupervised "hanging out" leads to trouble!

Dinah was "swept away" by this young man.

Dinah was immature and weak in Biblical background
and understanding.
She was incapable of appropriately handling her emotions.
And she became a willing victim of worldly manipulation.

Young people will easily be swayed by the things of the world.
They are easily "swept away" by the powerful emotions of
the world, which may appear gratifying to them.

Emotions are a part of our lives.
They are good, but we have to learn how to
USE them in an appropriate manner.

Parents, we must teach our children that the ways of
the world are not consistent with the ways of God!

The way to do that is to consistantly teach them
God's WORD! (See Tit. 2:3-8)

Closely supervise any "hanging out!"
Keep young people from worldly manipulation!

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce