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Leadership at Jackson First says guidance reflecting the life of Jesus is the solution.

FAITH IN FOCUS: Discipleship and the Power to Curb Teen Suicide at Jackson First

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"Today, I mean, look at all the social media networks that are available. You know, we live double lives in Facebook compared to who we are in real life. you know, these kids, it's an identity crisis," Pastor Hall said. "Today, I mean, look at all the social media networks that are available. You know, we live double lives in Facebook compared to who we are in real life. you know, these kids, it's an identity crisis," Pastor Hall said.
"I remembered as a young man wanting to pattern my life after those kind of men, rather than some of the men that were in my family that were not living for god but they just didn't know Jesus," Pastor Moore said. "I remembered as a young man wanting to pattern my life after those kind of men, rather than some of the men that were in my family that were not living for god but they just didn't know Jesus," Pastor Moore said.
"Because that's what life is really about. It's about helping people that can't help themselves until they can. And then they can help others," Pastor Moore said. "Because that's what life is really about. It's about helping people that can't help themselves until they can. And then they can help others," Pastor Moore said.
"America is trying to identify itself again and that includes the family which is pretty much absent in the minds of most people," Pastor Hall said. "America is trying to identify itself again and that includes the family which is pretty much absent in the minds of most people," Pastor Hall said.
Across age groups the music touches most as Jackson First (an Assembly of God Church) during a Sunday service. Across age groups the music touches most as Jackson First (an Assembly of God Church) during a Sunday service.
During the winter break there were five, Student Pastor a Jackson First Wayne Hall said.

Five suicide attempts made by teenagers who were either close or known by their congregation. So what could prevent this in the future?

Leadership at Jackson First says guidance reflecting the life of Jesus is the solution. They're putting Faith in Focus.

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Across age groups the music touches most as Jackson First (an Assembly of God Church) during a Sunday service.

Student Pastor Wayne Hall said he works weekly with more than 80 youths and many of them face serious challenges.

"Today, I mean, look at all the social media networks that are available. You know, we live double lives in Facebook compared to who we are in real life. you know, these kids, it's an identity crisis," Pastor Hall said.

"America is trying to identify itself again and that includes the family which is pretty much absent in the minds of most people," Pastor Hall said.

But Senior Pastor Otis Moore reminds us that the problems in family life is not a new issue.

"Well, i'll try to tell the story quickly. I grew up in Louisiana. In West Monroe," Pastor Moore said.

"I lived there all my life. My father was an alcoholic. When my mom remarried I was four. She married a man that wasn't an alcoholic but drank heavily," Pastor Moore said.

"But I had a grandmother - my mother's mother - who took us to church, to an Assembly of God Church just maybe five or six blocks from where we lived," Pastor Moore said.

And from that time in his youth - three is his magic number.

In a recent private devotion it struck him that there were just three people on an important list in his mind.

"I started naming men in my prayer to God that I was thankful for. That when I was young and when I was a teenager that really helped me," Pastor Moore said.

"I remembered as a young man wanting to pattern my life after those kind of men, rather than some of the men that were in my family that were not living for god but they just didn't know Jesus," Pastor Moore said.

And at Jackson First that teaching process is important: subtle yet sincere.

"You know, we've seen it, their hunger for people just to be in their lives and speak into their life," Student Pastor Hall said.

"Of course, they're never going to invite you in. You have to earn the invitation," Pastor Hall said.

"That's the truth and as I began to thank God for those men I began to ask the Lord to help us to have that kind of church. Because that's what life is really about. It's about helping people that can't help themselves until they can. And then they can help others," Pastor Moore said.

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