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Doctrine in dialogue format



Penelope Potter Ss.T


He is my defense; I shall not be moved.

"Good morning children."


"Is everyone ready to begin their Sunday School lesson for today?"


"Very good. Then we will begin. Today's lesson is about how we protect ourselves. Do any of you know.... yes Michael?"

"Miss Potter? Do you know what Peggy Sue did? She...."

"I did not, you liar! Miss Potter? I didn't do it, but do you want to know what Michael did? He...."

"No I didn't Peggy Sue. And don't talk like that or I'll cry and then you'll be sorry."

"Miss Potter? Jimmy was pulling my hair again. Can you make him stop....?"

"No I didn't Becky. You're just a big fat liar, so there!"

"I am not Jimmy. And you be careful calling me names like that. I'll get mad, and you don't want to see me when I'm mad. I get mean."

"Grrrr! Nobody better say nothing 'bout me, 'cause I bite. Just ask Linda."

"You're all such meanies. Why can't you be nice and sweet, like me. I never talk bad about nobody. Miss Potter? Did I ever tell you about the nice thing I did for Rebecca? I love to do nice things for people, not like these old meanies."

"You're not so good Little Miss-Perfect-Pants. You just do some things nice because you want something from them, and because you think it'll make people like you. You can't fool me Malinda."

"Did you hear what Bobby called me Miss Potter. He made me cry. What are you going to do to Bobby for making me cry. I hope you whip him good. He's just an old meanie."

"Children! Children! What's come over you today? Behave yourself. Is this the way you normally behave when your not here in Sunday School? Now, be nice."

"Miss Potter, I wasn't doing anything bad. I was just defending myself. Peggy Sue said...."

"You started it Michael. I was just protecting myself. That's what we're supposed to do, isn't it Miss Potter?"

"Children, I think we have just seen an example of what I was going to teach you today, the building up walls to keep people from saying anything we don't want to hear. Some people get angry, and some others cry so people will feel sorry for them, and still others threaten anyone who might speak ill of them. What do you think... yes Linda?"

"Miss Potter? My aunt says she's having a heart attack when someone says something she doesn't like or when people don't do what she wants them to do. Is that like what you said, a refence?"

"The word is defense Linda, like when you throw up your arms when someone is about to slap you, or when a person runs and hides when they feel threatened. Yes, I suspect that's what your aunt is doing. It's a way of trying to control others and make them do what we want them to do that the person doesn't want to do. Yes Billy?"

"There's a boy at school who's a big bully. He's mean and beats people up if they don't do what he wants them to do. Is that like you said, being a fence?"

"I would suspect it is Lloyd. Tell me, have you ever seen an occasion when this boy was confronted by a bigger boy? If you have, what did the bully do?"

"He cried and ran away. Then he said he wasn't really scared, just playacting. I think he was scared though. That's what I think."

"Can any of you children tell me what Jesus thinks of our being defensive? That is, what would Jesus do if someone tried to say or do something bad to Him? Does anyone have any ideas?"

"I think He'd use magic on them and make them disappear. Or maybe He'd make lightening come down on them. That's what I'd do if I was Him. I'd show 'em good."

"I suppose that's how most of us would feel Cindy. But what did Jesus do when people did bad things to Him?"

34Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. 35And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God. 36And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, (Luke 23:)

43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: (Mat 5:)

19Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. 21Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. (James 1:)

5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.

7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. (Psalm 62:)

19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. (Rom 12:)




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