How To Avoid Personal Pollution by Nelson Price

Sunday Evening 8/28/94

DANIEL 1: 1 - 8

JESUS CHRIST said, "Come out from among them and be
God has always looked for His separated band that He might use
and bless. In the Old Testament is a classic example of some
youth who qualified without qualification.
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, had conquered Jerusalem and
carried a number of the most choice youth back to Babylon. Note
these characteristics:
AGE: "young" (Vs. 4a)
APPEARANCE: "in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking"
ACUMEN: 1) "gifted in all wisdom"
2) "possessing knowledge"
3) "quick to understand"
AMENITIES: "who had the ability to serve in the king's palace"
Daniel had taken a vow regarding his diet and total abstinence
from drugs. The drug in question was alcohol. The king's
instruction was a command that would have violated Daniel's
Here was an appeal to popularity, prestige, prominence, and
power. In this story we can see ---

A.Youth. What a fantastic time of life! Ambition is high and
experience is low, BUT often that ambition drives one to
excessive experiences.
This has left many youth as frustrated as a bird looking for a
worm in astroturf.
As mixed up as a termite in a yo-yo.
As anxious as a sheep that is allergic to wool.
So nervous they could thread a sewing machine that is running.
B.Captivity. The greatest slavery the world has ever known is
the slavery of a modern American teenager to th ...

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