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The Grace of Wrath (4 of 7)
Series: Living in the Last Days
Pastor Jeff Schreve
The year was 1976. I was getting ready to graduate from 8th grade to go into high school. I know I don't look that old, but anyway it was only a couple more weeks of school. And we had a field trip from my junior high school to the high school. Now I was going from Blythe Junior High to Cy-Fair Senior High. Cy-Fair Senior High was huge compared to my junior high school, and it was quite a distance away. I think it probably took us about 20 minutes to get there. And we went on the bus. And there was a good-size group of us. And me and some of my buddies, we had a plan. We said, "Now listen. Cy-Fair's a big school. And this is a field trip. And we need to lengthen out the field trip. So, when we're in the big group looking at things at the high school, let's get lost. And then no one can blame us if we're gone for 30, 45 minutes, an hour, because it's a big school and we're just dumb 8th graders, and we got lost." And so that's what we did. And the teacher was looking all over for us. She saw us in one hallway and we ran. That was kind of the first clue, that maybe we weren't so lost. So we held up the whole group for about an hour. She came back and told the principal, Mr. Brown. It was not pretty. He was not a happy guy. Mr. Brown was tough as nails. And if he got mad at you, it was very scary. His attitude toward a problem was we need to have a board meeting, if you know what that means. Getting swats from Mr. Brown was like getting canned in Singapore. I mean he was legendary with how hard he could hit you. And he brought me and the other guys into his office, and he was upset, and he was mad because we had messed everything up. And he said, "What is the deal with you guys?" And we said, "Mr. Brown, we got lost." He said, "Don't give me that. You know you didn't get lost." I was like, man, he figured out our plan. And he said, "You know what you guys need?" Said ...
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