7. August 2012 22:24
I'm listening to a live webinar by Dare 2 Share at the moment about discipling youth and can't stop thinking about my friend Dillon. I'm not always paying attention, but I know he has a running tally of how many friends he's reaching out to Jesus with. The speaker, Greg Stier, made the assertion that evangelism is critical to discipling teens:
"When we're willing to offer what's most valuable to us, our faith is matured by what we're willing to sacrifice."
What's the most important thing to a teen? To soon to be college freshman? To a man?
In short, and in most cases, it's simply what their friends think of them. Boil it all down, and that will be left. It MATTERS. When a teen begins to share Christ with their friends, they know that they're risking that friendship. They know that they're putting their friendship on the altar... and that there is no real discipleship unless there is real risk.
Jesus said, "If you want to save your life, you'll lose... [More]
14. August 2010 14:32
I'm leading our church's high school youth group tomorrow in a discussion that seems to focus on the "destructive path" of alcohol. I'm having a tough time with some of it's arguments, as I feel they are a bit more of a fear tactic than a a logical progression of thought involving the Bible's complete perspective on the topic, alcohol's real affects (especially on young bodies and brains), and more than anything else, personal convictions. While there is something to be said about statistics and slippery slopes, there is much more to to be said about real-life experiences and thought out decisions based on values, priorities, and convictions. These are my thoughts on the lesson as I prepare to both teach it, and move from simply talking about the dangers of alcohol to the importance of personal decisions in every area of life, from alcohol and drugs to cheating, lust, and anger.
[Note: This is still a work in progress. There are definitely some areas I want to add to on personal con... [More]
27. July 2009 14:10
What is prayer?
Talking "to" God?
Talking "with" God?
Does He talk back?
Conversation with God
Is it a two sided "conversation" or a one way street?
Is praise always a joyful thing?
what is the importance of the words?
Do we need to be specific?
A song FOR the choir director
Never "gets joyful" (ex. V. 18)
Why is praise important?
Start with recognizing God for who he is
Eldridge Quote: "It's not what we do when we're strong and feeling great that makes us holy."
Focuses on what God HAS DONE. Before we look into the future, we must be able to look confidently at what God has done in the PAST.
List stories where God brought Israel "out of" something?
How do / can you keep track of what God has done in your life? Joshua 4:1-9 (pile of rocks on the bank and in the middle of the Jordan)
Rank them… Memory, pile of rocks, journal,... [More]
8. November 2007 16:20
Going back to my high school's FCA meeting this morning. The last time I went I think the message I got was, "You can do this." I didn't do anything special. I didn't say anything in front of everybody. I didn't lead anything. I didn't get introduced. I just said "hi" to some people I knew (a teacher and a couple kids from church) and sat there and watched.But I was there. Conquering that nervous feeling of going somewhere new, where you don't know what to expect, has been a big barrier for me. When I did this a couple weeks ago I found myself sitting in the parking lot for 10 minutes, not really trying to think of a way out, but just... I don't know... delaying? I don't know if that's the right word or not.So today I'm going in with eyes wide open. I don't know what's going on this week, if it'll be the same type of crowd or something a little different. And I guess.... now I can say that I don't care. For my own retrospecting, I'm gonna list a few fears I dealt with last time that, a... [More]
24. October 2007 16:22
I can't remember if I typed this out or not yet, but I've decided I'm going to take up the invitation given to me by my old math teacher and visit the FCA meeting at PHS this Thursday morning. I don't know what will come of it, but as I look back to how God led me to this point of making a decision, I truly believe He's leading me down this path.As I have mentioned this to a few people I have been encouraged by their excitement. Not about their promise to pray for me; that really doesn't do it for me, but to actually see someone's eyes light up with excitement when you tell them, out of the blue, about something you're going to do that connects to something you just heard them praying about... WOW. That is encouraging.That word - encouraging - has come to mean a lot more to me in recent months. Obviously it's two words smashed together - "en" and "courage," and I remember my Greek right, "en" has something to do with "being with". So basically, the meaning I now take from this word is ... [More]