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Things You Never Thought You’d…

Last night was a blast! We started off the night with a new game called “Catch the Dragon’s Tail”. The first person in the line has to catch pull the bandana out the the pocket of the last person in the line. Make sure to check out the video and pictures below of the game.

We followed up the game with a powerful worship time, and then went in to part three of our “My Life Is a Roller Coaster” Series. This week’s youth sermon was “Things You Never Thought You’d…”

We looked at the story of David and Bathsheba. Weeks 1 and 2 showed David as a mighty warrior and man of God. This week showed David falling into sin by committing adultery with Bathsheba (the wife of Uriah, one of David’s mighty men), and then having Uriah killed to keep him from finding out about Bathsheba’s pregnancy.

How could David, the King of God’s chosen people, do such a thing, and how could he still be referred to as “a man after God’s own heart”??? We will look at the full answer next week, but the short version is: David repented with all his heart. Throughout David’s life, you never see David make the same mistake twice. This is true repentance—turning and running from your sin, not just asking for forgiveness.

At the end of the lesson, the youth took time to write down things in their life that they were struggling with, embarrassed to be struggling with, or situations that they felt there was no hope for victory in.

1 Corinthians 10:13 says,  “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

This passage shows us that (1) God is faithful (2) He will never allow us to be tempted with more than we can handle, and (3) God will always provide a way out.

It is important to remember that it is not a sin to be tempted, but it is a sin when we give in to temptation. God is not calling us to be famous and perfect. He is simply calling us to be faithful.

We hope you will join us next week for the final part of our “My Life Is a Roller Coaster” Series titled, “One True Friend”.

Be Blessed!                                                                                                                                                                                 Pastor Dustin

When Life Isn’t Fair (Part 2 of “My Life Is a Roller Coaster)

This past Sunday, June 14, 2015, we started off with some Sloppy Joes and chips followed by an ice-breaker to help us get to know each other better. Everyone wrote down a fact that nobody else knew about them and handed it in. Each card was then read out loud while the group tried to guess who the fun fact was about.

After the ice-breaker, we transitioned into a time of powerful worship with the youth band.

 But that’s not fair! It’s not my fault! Why is this happening? Why Me? 

These are all questions that we’ve all probably asked at one point or another. These are also questions that many of us have asked God. Life doesn’t always seem fair, and sometimes it’s easy to think that God has it out for us or he has forgotten about us.

This past Sunday (6/14/15) we continued looking at the life of David and his “When Life Isn’t Fair” moment. David had been anointed as Israel’s next king. He was an upright man of integrity and godly character, but he was running for his life from a jealous King Saul. David could either become angry and blame God, or he could continue to trust in God and his plan for his life.

Thankfully, as we looked at Psalm 63, we saw that David continued to trust in God. Instead of taking the situation into his own hands to get revenge, David allowed God to take care of the situation and promote him to King of Israel in his timing.

What about you? Are you currently going through something in your life that you don’t think is fair? Are you blaming God and taking the situation into your own hands? I would like to encourage you to keep the faith knowing that God’s timing and ways are perfect. As a teenager, it is hard because many of the decisions in our lives are made for you by parents, teachers, bosses, etc. Maybe you’re angry because your parents never asked your opinion before they split up, or maybe you are angry because God didn’t ask your opinion before your close friend or relative passed away. Whatever your situation, whether it’s fair or not, God is  the only way you can truly and victoriously move forward in life.

Have a great week and we hope to see you soon!                                                                                                                                                     -Pastor Dustin

MY LIFE IS A ROLLERCOASTER

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We started a new series this Sunday (June 7, 2015) titled, “My Life Is a Roller Coaster”. We kicked the night off with Goliath Dodgeball (Pastor Dustin had to swallow his competitive pride in defeat this time), and then the youth band introduced a new song.

Part 1 of the series was, “Overcoming Our Giants”. Unfortunately, we all have giants that we face in life. Some may be things like doubt and fear while others may be things like addictions, drugs, pornography, etc. We looked at the story of David and Goliath. The story tells us that David RAN to the battle line to face Goliath because he knew that God had already given him the victory. The same is true in our personal lives. We challenged the youth to run to the battle line to face their “giants” knowing that God has already provided the victory.

Pastor Dustin shared this illustration with the youth: “I get a huge adrenaline rush riding roller coasters, and I especially enjoy the initial drop (the bigger the better). What I don’t like is the slow journey up the hill (I may slightly freak out if it stopped half way up the hill). However, I can’t get to the part of the ride that I like without conquering the part of the ride that may be a little uncomfortable for me. The same is true in life: If we want to grow stronger and closer to God while experiencing his blessings, we have to be willing to trust him through the hard times of life when our giants threaten to destroy us.”

 

Don’t be afraid to face your giants! Romans 8:37 tells us that we are more than conquerers through Him who loved  us!

Be Blessed!

Pastor Dustin

What’s Your Legacy?

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Hey everyone! We hope this update from Awakening Youth Ministries finds you having a great week! Last night, May 31st, we talked about the legacy that we each wanted to leave behind in life. Our original plan was to go to a cemetery to check out some of the epitaphs on the tombstones, and then talk about what we hoped others would say about us for our epitaph. However, the weather had other plans.

After the lesson, the youth took some quiet time to answer these “if you were to die today” questions:

1. What do you think that those closest to you would write for your epitaph?

2. If others were to write your epitaph based on the way your are currently living, would you be pleased or    embarrassed?

3. What do you think your epitaph would say if God wrote it?

4. What would you like your epitaph to say?

5. What things in life do you need to do and not need to do in order to cause others to write the epitaph you want on your tombstone?

These questions may seem a bit weird and morbid to you, but we wanted to get the youth to take some time to truly think about the lives and examples they are leading. Life is temporary, but eternity and the legacies we leave behind are not.

What would your epitaph say if you were to die today?

What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Mark 8:36NIV

Be Blessed!

Pastor Dustin