Monday, June 30, 2008
- Do you think the sexual guidelines that most Christians set up for kids today are too loose or too tight?
- What do you think are the top three sources of sexual temptation for students today?
- What is one fresh insight you can take form today’s Bible passage that can help you battle sexual temptation?
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Last week, when we were at camp, we had an evening worship gathering that was very powerful. God’s presence was so strong that we stood for several minutes in silence after a song. That’s huge considering there were 1,125 students and their youth leaders in the room.
There was a girl behind me who sang really loud. Not that loud bothers me, but she sang really way off key. Her singing was so bad musically that even I was having a hard time carrying the tune in the bucket. I even cringed a couple of times. I thought to myself, “could she maybe sing a little softer, this is killing me.” You know some people just can’t sing and I think perhaps she may have been severely tone deaf.
As worship continued and as worship deepened in that huge chapel I soon could hear not only her singing off key but I could hear the tears in her voice as she cried out to God in worship. It didn’t take long before I could realize that she was worshipping God with everything she had. It was obvious that God was moving in her life. She still sang loud and with incredible pitch problems but her singing no longer bothered me.
I don’t know where I got confused and thought she was singing for me or to me? It was pretty shallow of me to judge her vocal skills or lack of. She was singing songs in worship to her Creator, to her Lord and Savior. I know that as she sang to Him He didn’t hear her singing off key, He heard her heart; He heard the created singing to the Creator. I was soon moved not only by the worship I was giving to God but also by the worship of this tone-deaf girl behind me. Worshipping with her drew me deeper into worship and also taught me an important lesson.
So to the believers in Christ who say, “Well singing just isn’t my cup of tea”, I say, open up to God in song. God’s Word is clear that we are to sing to Him. You can’t find any scripture that says to fold your arms in worship and sit their tight-lipped. You can find lots of scripture that tells us to sing to God.
Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth; sing praise to the Lord, Selah Psalm 68:32
A psalm. A song for the Sabbath day. It is good to praise the LORD, to sing praise to Your name, Most High, Psalm 92:1
Sing to the LORD, praise His name; proclaim His salvation from day to day. Psalm 96:2
Shout to the LORD, all the earth; be jubilant, shout for joy, and sing. Psalm 98:4
And don't get drunk with wine, which [leads to] reckless actions, but be filled with the Spirit: speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music to the Lord in your heart, giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
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Sunday, June 15, 2008
- What were some of King Uzziah's success stories?
- What was his problem?
- What was the result of this problem?
- What were the fatal flaws of the following:
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
We have moved our youth group meeting time, Contagious, from Wednesday night to Sunday night for several reasons. Our church meets the first Sunday night for the Lord's supper gathering and fellowship dinner. The first Sunday night in June we had several students attend that gathering that don't normally attend since this is our new meeting time for Contagious.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
(Leadership on the Other Side, Bill Easum)
. . .most church-based ministry is most effective when it is performed in teams:
Unlike committees, teams are never nominated and elected by majority vote. Teams are best put together by the leader of the team. Say a person wants to start a shelter for the homeless. In a permission-giving system this person is free to begin this ministry if it fits into the mission, vision, and values of the church. Permission can be granted by any leader of the church. This person begins looking for a team by casting his/her vision about working with the homeless. The leader assembles a team of people who really want to help the homeless and are willing to give their time, energy, and money to make the shelter a reality. The team plans and carries out the strategy without interference from above. If the team runs into problems, it solves them without interference from an outside committee or person. The team is free to carry out the ministry any way it deems appropriate, even if it has never been done that way before. If the homeless ministry is successful, the church may make it a core ministry and put it in the church budget. If the team messes up and does not do what it was commissioned to do, the team leader is held accountable.
Teams never meet to decide what they are supposed to do, never have to convince a member of the team if the team should do the ministry, never have to waste time debating the merits of the projects. Teams can direct all of the energy to making the ministry successful.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
- What is the relationship between grace and faith?
- Why do you think God chose grace rather than works as the basis for salvation?
- Does God's grace cover every sin?
- Is there an area in your own life in which you have a hard time accepting forgiveness?
- How does the fact that God's acceptance of you is not dependent on your actions make a difference to you?
Saturday, June 7, 2008
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Sunday, June 1, 2008
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