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Don't You Just Hate School!? - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor Pear Orchard Presbyterian (Ridgeland, MS) I wasn’t a very good student. I hated to read. I hated to write (the irony!). I hated waking up early. One thing I worked really hard on, however, was how to get through school by doing the least amount of work. It’s crazy to think about how much effort I put in to being effortless in school. I was a slacker. I wanted to play sports and that was about it. It wasn’t until later in college (when I met my future... Read More
Posted by Joey Stewart at 10/2/15

Are You Lazy? - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor Pear Orchard Presbyterian (Ridgeland, MS) Many of you may read the title and think, There’s NO way I’m lazy! I wake up at 6 a.m., grab a quick bite to eat, lift weights or exercise for the team, go to school, participate in an after-school activity, do my homework and then repeat the next day. There’s a good chance this schedule describes your daily activity. It is very likely that you are, indeed, busy. But, it is also very likely that you are lazy. Please... Read More
Posted by Joey Stewart at 10/2/15

Are You Ready? - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor Pear Orchard Presbyterian (Ridgeland, MS) Dear Student, I know junior high and high school can be tough. I can still remember starting 7th grade. For me, I was moving from a small private school to a fairly large public school. I loved private school and public school, but I was super-nervous to go to school. In fact, I don’t know if the word “nervous” actually captures how I felt. Terrified might be a more accurate word.  Not only was I going to a... Read More
Posted by Joey Stewart at 10/2/15

Five Truths to Teach Teens About Homosexuality - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor Pear Orchard Presbyterian (Ridgeland, MS) The topic of homosexuality is a deeply controversial one.  It has many complexities and calls Christians to do a lot of reading, a lot of studying, and a lot of praying.  As youth workers, full-time or volunteer, we are called to disciple students, and a major part of this discipleship process will be dealing with this topic.  To say it another way, if you avoid the topic of homosexuality with your students,... Read More
Posted by Joey Stewart at 10/2/15

How Far is Too Far? - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church (Ridgeland, MS) I’m sure you, or your “friend”, have asked this question of your youth worker. Maybe you haven’t asked it, but you’ve thought about asking it. Maybe you didn’t ask because you were intimidated. Or, maybe you didn’t ask because you didn’t want them to tell you that what you were doing with your boyfriend or girlfriend was sinful. Whatever the case may be, here are some things to consider: You... Read More
Posted by Joey Stewart at 12/1/14

5 More Promises of Porn - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church (Ridgeland, MS) Here is a follow-up to the article 5 Promises of Porn.   Porn makes us many promises – promises of happiness, comfort, pleasure, joy – but these promises are fleeting.  Below are some of the promises you are guaranteed to receive from porn, however, they aren’t promises you typically desire.    1. Porn Angers God.   You need to understand that God sees everything you... Read More
Posted by Joey Stewart at 12/1/14

5 Promises of Porn - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church (Ridgeland, MS) Porn is a poison that is destroying many teens. It is not a poison that is just destroying guys, but girls as well. Most teenagers know it’s a bad thing, but that doesn’t seem to matter when they’re alone with their smartphones. The temptations become too great, and before they know it, they’re viewing pornography. Of course there are those teenagers who don’t even go looking for porn, but it finds... Read More
Posted by Joey Stewart at 12/1/14