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One18 Initiative Night

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Tonight (11/15/15), we took a break from our “Who is God?” Series to take part in the One18 Initiative. We were first introduced to the One18 Movement last summer on our Mission Trip to Staten Island, NY.

The name and vision of the One18 Movement comes from James 1:18:

The One18 Initiative is when the churches who partner with the group through mission trips unite to do the same lesson for the week. It is one night, one prayer, and eight friends that you commit to praying for.

We kicked the night of with a paper throwing battle. You can check the video out below.

Paper War

Then we moved into our worship time and the message. The message tonight was “I Pinky Swear”. We talked about making a promise to God and our friends to bring truth into the lives of our friends. We also looked at the lies that pop culture feeds us and how to fight against those lies to bring truth into the lives of those around us. We closed the night out by having everyone writing down and praying for eight friends.

We will be back on our “Who Is God?” Series next Sunday, 11/22/15.

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin

 

 

“Who Is God?” Week 2

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We continued our “Who Is God?” Series on Sunday, November 8th. This series deals with the questions, doubts, and struggles that our youth have voiced they have in their walk with God.

We had the most we’ve had in youth with 24 middle and high schoolers, and we started the night off with some LIMBO!

The youth band led us in a time of very powerful worship before the message. We looked at some more of the doubts and questions the youth have expressed like, “Why does God allow good people to go through bad things?”, “If he’s so powerful, why doesn’t he take the pain and struggles out of our lives?”, “Why is it so hard to follow you?”, “Why does it  feel like you hate me?”, “How can I trust someone who has let me go through what I’ve been through in life?”, “Why doesn’t God help when I’ve ask him for so long to take my pain away?”, “If God really cared, why doesn’t he help me?”

We looked at the story of Job, and how he did NOTHING to deserve the painful loss and trials he endured. Job, like many of us, wanted to know why he was going through such unbelievably hard times. Unfortunately, God did give Job an answer to that question, but Job’s response in Chapter 42:1-6 shows what Job learned through the process.

Then Job replied to the Lord:

2 “I know that you can do all things;
no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.
4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.’
5 My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.
6 Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes.”

In verse five, Job says, “My eyes have heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.” Through Job’s experience, he came to know and trust God on a much deeper level. Unfortunately, we don’t always know or understand why we go through some of the things we go through. These things often seem and feel unfair. What we do know is that God always loves us and never leaves us. Sometimes our feelings and circumstances tell us otherwise, but we have to make a choice as to whether or not we are going to allow our feelings to speak louder than the truth we know about God through his Word and time spent in his presence. The feelings we feel are real and a part of life we all go through. We just have to make sure we hold firm to God and his Word.

We will continue this series for the next couple of weeks and be dealing with questions like, “Why/how can God forgive me for what I’ve done?”, “Why do good people go through bad things?”, “How do I serve God when it seems he has forgotten about me?”, etc.

After youth, we took the seniors out for some pizza at Pizza Hut.

We’ll see you next week!

-Pastor Dustin

“Who Is God?” Week 1

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We started our new “Who Is God?” Series this past Sunday night, November 1st. This series will deal with the questions, doubts, and struggles that our youth have voiced they have in their walk with God.

We kicked off the night with a new version of “Rock, Paper, Scissors”. You can check out the pictures and video of the opening game below.

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Then, we moved into our time of worship with the youth band before Pastor Dustin gave the message. The message was based off of the last song the band played titled, How He Loves”.

The first line of the song is “He is jealous for me.” We know that it is a sin to be jealous or covet what someone else has, so the song must be wrong… right? Well, Exodus 34:14NIV says, Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. There you have it. God is a jealous God. How could this be??? God is something that he tells us not to be. This Scripture makes God look like a hypocrite. However, by clinging to who we already know God is, we know that God cannot be a hypocrite. God is holy and without sin.

The Hebrew word for “jealous” in this passage is “qanna”. Another meaning for this word is “zealous”. Webster’s Dictionary says the word zealous means,  filled with or showing a strong and energetic desire to get something done or see something succeed; marked by passionate support for a person, cause, or ideal. God desires to see us succeed and to have a growing relationship with him. He doesn’t want to see us hurting or suffering the consequences of sin. God’s jealousy is not selfish. It is 100% pure and loving. Pastor Dustin gave the example of a husband and wife to help illustrate this concept. A husband is going to get pretty upset, and jealous even, if another guy hits on his wife. Is this wrong? The answer is no. It isn’t wrong because the husband and wife are one and belong to one another. We are one with God and belong to him. God isn’t desiring something that isn’t his. Jesus died on the cross because he loved us so much that he desired to have a relationship with us! God’s jealousy is a loving jealousy as he wants the absolute best for us.

As we go through the rest of this series, it is vital to remember how strong God’s love for us really is. All of the doubts and questions we may encounter about God pale in comparison to his love. Regardless of what it looks like, God’s love for us never fails.

Be Blessed and we’ll see you next week!

-Pastor Dustin