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Prayer Vigil/Night of Prayer

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This past Sunday, September 27th, we held a prayer vigil for Pastor Saeed and the persecuted church. The night was organized and led by Lydia Ours (our Youth Pastor’s wife and guest services coordinator here at NLC) and a group of our high schoolers. We spent the night in prayer for Pastor Saeed’s safety, release, family, and that he would continue to shine God’s light in the midst of his persecution.

For those of you who don’t know who Pastor Saeed is, he is an American pastor who was converted from the Islam faith. He travelled to Iran to do some mission work, and was then captured and imprisoned for no other reason that be a Christian and sharing his faith. He is currently in year three of an eight year prison sentence in one of Iran’s toughest prisons. Pastor Saeed has faced countless beatings and persecution while he has been in prison. He currently needs surgery as a result from the beatings, but the surgeon refuses to operate because Pastor Saeed is an “unclean Christian”. We ask that you would join us in continuing to pray Pastor Saeed and the persecuted church!

We ask and encourage all who read this to sign the petition to free Pastor Saeed Abedini by going to beheardproject.com and scrolling to the bottom of the page to sign the petition.

You can also see some of the pictures from the night as well as a short video from the youth band closing out the prayer vigil below.

 

Be Blessed and we hope to see you soon!

Pastor Dustin

Plugged In

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This past Sunday, September 6, 2015, was move up night. We recognized the new sixth graders that just joined the youth group as well as this year’s senior class, and invited the parents out to enjoy the night with us.

We kicked off the night with an short game where we had three teams of two. One team member had to hold a styrofoam cup in their mouth while the other team member had to toss miniature marshmallows in the air from six feet away for their teammate to catch in the cup.

 

After the game, the youth band led us in a powerful time of worship before the lesson. Pastor Dustin gave the lesson titled, “Plugged In” where everyone was encouraged to get plugged in to God and others in the group to help maintain a strong, growing walk with God.

After the lesson, we closed out the night with several intense games of Octoball! Octoball is a game played inside of an octagon where you hit the ball with your hands in an effort to get everyone else out. The catch is that once you think you’ve dodged the ball, it ricochets off of the side and back at you!

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Octoball: Intense, wild, fast-paced fun!

GND videoWe hope you’ve enjoyed this update from Awakening Youth Ministries, and we hope to see you soon!

Be Blessed!                                                                                                                                                                                 -Pastor Dustin

#UnitedForTheCause

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Part 1: This past Sunday, August 30th, we finished up our #UnitedForTheCause Series. Week One, we talked about our “Circle of Friends” and what “The Cause” is. The Cause is based off of Matthew 28:18-20 where Jesus says, Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”   What Jesus is really saying here is this: Because I have all authority in heaven and earth, I am giving it to you to finish what I started: making disciples (followers of Christ) who make disciples. We don’t have to go to another country to do this. We can actually do this in our schools and family. The phrase “go and make disciples” can actually be translated “while you are going”. This means that we are all called to make disciples as we go through life.

If you think about, we all desire to be a part of something great. We want to feel like we have purpose and that we are important to someone. The youth were challenged to think about some of the hard times God has brought them through, the love they have felt from Him as well as others in the group, and what it would mean to give others the same opportunity to belong to a cause that actually made a positive difference in the lives of others. The youth were also challenged to think about three friends (their circle of friends) that do not have a relationship with Christ, and commit to reaching them with the Gospel this school year.

 

 

Part 2 was titled, “On a Mission”. We looked at Acts 1:6-8:  Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  

The disciples were worried about minor details, much like we can be (what will our friends think, what if I mess up, etc.). Jesus simply tells them, in his own words, to stay focused on the mission he was giving them and the key to carrying out that mission: the power of the Holy Spirit.

We used the illustration of Tug-o-war. Like Tug-o-war, we face opposition in our mission in life. Satan is constantly using things like fear, doubt, and our past mistakes to try to pull us away from our mission. However, it is important to remember that the only power Satan has over us is what we give to him. When we remember that the same power and authority that Christ gave to us was the same power he used to defeat death, hell, and the grave, NOTHING can keep us from completing our mission.

We are looking forward to a GREAT school year!

Be Blessed!                                                                                                                                                                                 -Pastor Dustin