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March Madness Week 4— 3D Night (3/26/17)

Thanks for checking out the final update from March Madness! This Sunday was 3D Night, and it was a blast!

We started out the night the the “Triple Cracker Stacker Game”. Each participant has six crackers with three ingredients on each, and the object of the game was to name as many of the ingredients on each cracker as possible. We ended up having two students time with a perfect score!

The message was, “Put On Your Jesus Glasses”.  Before the message, we watched a 3D Rollercoaster Video with 3D glasses! There were a lot of screams and cheers throughout the video! 3D films fuses two images together allowing you to see in three dimensions— length, width, and depth. This is known as known as stereoscopic vision. 3D films are created and captured using two lenses placed side by side, just like our eyes (or producing computer generated images to replicate the same effect.)
Seeing a film in 3D adds an entirely new dimension to it. When we “Put on Our Jesus Glasses”, we are combining our view of life with God’s view of life to open a whole new world/dimension to life.

Isaiah 26:3-4NLT says,
You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
4 Trust in the Lord always,
for the Lord God is the eternal Rock

These verses offer an incredible promise. When we place our trust in God and fix our thoughts on him, he will keep us in PERFECT peace. God is our eternal rock!

Psalm 121 NIV says,

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

Our help comes from God. This passage encourages us to fix our eyes upon God. God watches over us and protects each and everyday. When we put our Jesus Glasses on, it changes the way we look at life, life’s circumstances, and ourselves.

Check out some real examples from the Bible about people who put on their Jesus glasses and allowed God to use them to change their world and the lives in it:

David shows up to give food to his brothers when they were serving in the Israelite Army, and sees everyone scared from the giant named Goliath. David was smaller and younger the the men who were supposed to be fighting Goliath, but David had his Jesus Glasses on. He wasn’t intimidated by Goliath and his mocking threats against the Israelites and God because he knew that God had delivered Goliath into his hands. God fights on our behalf when we trust in him!

God called Moses to be his voice to the Israelites and lead them out of slavery in Egypt. Moses argued with God and asked God to choose somebody else because Moses was focused on his speech problem and inadequacies. Something happened as God continued to work on Moses— Moses put on his Jesus Glasses and became one of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen. God used Moses’ obedience to defeat the Egyptians and lead the Israelites out of slavery. Deuteronomy 34:10 tells us that there has never been another prophet like Moses!

God called Gideon to lead the Israelites into battle against the Midianite Army. Gideon responded by asking God to pick someone else because he said he was the weakest person in one of the weakest families in Israel. God’s response (in modern terms)— put on your Jesus Glasses, Gideon! Gideon gathers around 32,000 soldiers to fight against 135,000 Midianite soldiers. What was God’s response? You still don’t have your Jesus Glasses on, Gideon. Gideon then lowers the number of Israelite soldiers to 20,000. God’s response is still the same, and God tells Gideon to go into battle with only 300 men. When Gideon obeys, God throws the Midianites into confusion and the Israelites are victorious! When we are obedient to God, he will always come through on our behalf!

Our last example is Peter. Peter adamantly denied Jesus three times, and had numerous “excuse me while I stick my foot in my mouth” moments. Then something happened on the Day of Pentecost when Peter decided to put on his Jesus Glasses. Peter stands up in front of THOUSANDS of people and boldly preaches the Gospel, and 3,000 people place their faith in Jesus as a result.

We encouraged all of the students to “Put On Your Jesus Glasses”, and prepare for God to use them to radically transform their world!

Put on Your Jesus Glasses and be the person that God created you to be!

Check out this picture of worship from last night before you go:

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin

March Madness Week 3— SMASH NIGHT (3/19/17)

Week 3 of March Madness is now in the books. SMASH NIGHT was a blast! Once we had finished the Half-Court Challenge, we moved into our time of worship led by GEN122. You can check out the countdown and the dry wall run that we kicked worship off with below! Just click on each link to view the video!

Countdown

Drywall Run

Check out some of the pictures from our SMASH SEGMENT below. There will be more pics coming soon!

Don’t miss the video from the car smash!

We closed out the night with the message— “Finding Healing in Our Brokenness”. It seems a little goofy, but we started off by looking at the words from “Humpty Dumpty” and a more modern version that applies specifically to this generation that you can check out below.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King’s horses, And all the King’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again!
Modern Version,
A once great generation stood on God’s truth,
A once great generation had a great fall.
All the world’s pleasures, and all the world’s treasures
Couldn’t put the pieces back together again.

The kings men couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty back together because they didn’t have the ability and power to do so. There is only one who can heal us in our brokenness, and that is Jesus. John 14:6 says, Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

We looked at three main things to remember that can help us find healing in our brokenness:

1.  God Is With Us In Our Brokenness;

Psalm 34:18NIV says, The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 

The word brokenhearted means to be filled with great sadness, especially because someone you love has left you, has died, etc. When we are broken, we often feel that we’ll never be whole or happy again because nothing we do or try seems to take away the pain and brokenness we are experiencing. The truth is that God never leaves us. He is right by our side. We just have to make the choice to place our trust in him and him alone.

2.  God Heals Our Brokenness

Psalm 147:3-4NIV says, He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

This verse means that God heals and cures us of our brokenness. “Binds up our wounds” means that God wraps up firmly, stops, and rules the things that cause us to experience brokenness. The next time you are dealing with brokenness, remember that God RULES (has power over) what you are dealing with. The moment we enter into a relationship with Christ, everything that belongs to him (power, freedom, truth, victory, etc.) belongs to us.

3.  God Is Greater Than Our Brokenness 

Psalm 147:4-6 says,
He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name.
5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit.
6 The Lord sustains the humble
but casts the wicked to the ground.

God is the Creator of the Universe. Think about all of the stars and sights that you have ever seen. The same God that created those is the same God that cares for you, and desires to heal
you in your brokenness! God’s power is unlimited. He created the Universe and defeated death, hell, and the grave, and understands where you are and what you are feeling.

The part of this passage above that says “God sustains the humble” (Those who trust in him and not the world’s ways and desires) means to support or better yet, to bear up under, or buoy up.
A buoy keeps someone, or something afloat. God isn’t going to let you be defeated and pulled under by your brokenness… He’s got you covered!

We encouraged those dealing with brokenness to not simply pray that God would help them get back to the way things used to be, but that he would take them beyond anyplace in their walk with him than they have every been before.

Isaiah 43:19 says,

See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.

Don’t settle for something from the past, allow God to do a new, bigger, and stronger work in you through the brokenness you are currently struggling with!

Don’t miss the final week of March Madness this Sunday!!!

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March Madness— Week 2— A Knight’s Night— 3/12/17

Hello #teamawakening family!

This past Sunday was week two of our March Madness Event! The theme this week was “A Knight’s Night”, and our main activity was a jousting contest between the different Tribes. Tribe Vanguard came out on top in this week’s competition. We are still working on retrieving videos from the event. Until we post the videos, try to imagine this: Students being pushed towards their opponent in an office chair, holding a pull noodle as their weapon, and trying to knock a ball of tape off of their opponent’s shoulder! Yes, it was wild, fun, and slightly dangerous, but no students were harmed during the competition!

The message this week was, “LIGHT VS. DARKNESS”, and we looked at the Kingdom of Light vs. the Kingdom of Darkness.  Way back, thousands of years ago, the Kingdom of Heaven was divided. An angel named Lucifer, who we now know as Satan, decided to rebel against God. Along with Lucifer, a third of all the angels in heaven decided to rebel as well. Ever since that time, there have been two kingdoms— the Kingdom of Light VS. the Kingdom of Darkness.

Many people are afraid of the dark. It’s what often happens in the dark that people are afraid of and not the dark itself: robberies, crimes, etc. The dark can leave us feeling vulnerable and unprotected. The same way that many are afraid of the dark in life, many are also afraid of the Kingdom of Darkness because of what it represents and stands for.

1.   Satan’s Plan

John 10:9 and 1 Peter 5:8 says,
10:9 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; 5:8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

Satan and his Kingdom of Darkness has one agenda— to steal and rob you of the truth, kill your joy, and destroy your relationships and dreams. We are told to stay alert because Satan is looking for someone to attack. The “roaring lion” is actually referring to an old, toothless lion than roars to make others think he is strong and dangerous. It’s the same as a
really small dog that constantly barks— the small ones make the most noise! The truth is that the only power that Satan has over us is the power that we give him. When we sin and choose a way other than God’s way, we are allowing Satan
to have power over us. He knows his only hope to defeat us is to get us to give him power and control over our lives. Satan is a master at mind games.

2.  God’s Solution

John 12:46 says,
46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.

Believing in Christ and having a relationship with him means that we do not have to remain in the darkness in ANY part of our lives (Thoughts, actions, etc.). While Satan may intend to destroy us, Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead for our sins so that we would not have to be controlled by the Kingdom of Darkness! We share in Christ’s victory over the Kingdom of Darkness!

3.   Our Choice

John 8:12 says,
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Two kingdoms— light and darkness. People choice both every day. It’s easy to ask ourselves, “Why would anyone choose the kingdom of darkness?” The answer is things like comfort, fear, peer-pressure, etc. Following Jesus and  surrendering to him means that we never have to walk in darkness. The darkness will come at us, but the power to overcome the darkness
lives within us! CHOOSE LIGHT!

Next week is week three of March Madness and that means that it is SMASH NIGHT!!! Don’t miss it!

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin

March Madness— Week 1— Battle of the Burgers (3/5/17)

Hello #teamawakening Family!

Week 1 of March Madness was a BLAST. We kicked of the night with our Half-Court Challenge, and we had three students make a shot. Those three students received a free case of pop and qualified for the final round that will take place on March 26th. The winner of the final round will receive two free tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers game along with to CAVS SWAGG BAGS!

After worship, we moved into our games for the night. The first one was “The Happy Meal Challenge”. Two students competed to see who could drink the blended up Happy Meal (cheeseburger with ketchup, mustard, onions and pickles, fries, yogurt, apple juice, and coke) the fastest. You can check out the video below:

The next event was the Battle of the Burgers team and individual competition. Each tribe competed against each other to see which group could eat the most burgers in three minutes. Tribe All-Stars won the contest and was rewarded a free hangout that will take place after March Madness is over.

The top three students from the group competition advanced to the championship round to compete for the trophy. The student who ate the most burgers in four minutes took home the prize! You can check out a picture of the winner below and finalists below:

After the games and giveaways were over, we moved into the message for the night— “From Everything to Nothing and Back to Everything”. We looked at the story of the prodigal son found in Luke 15:11-32NIV. 

The prodigal son started out with everything he needed much like we did with God. Unfortunately, the son made some poor decisions and lost what he had been given. This represents what happens to us when we sin. The perfect relationship that God created us with is broken and we go from having everything to nothing. Once the son had hit rock bottom, he realized how good his life really was before he went off to do life his own way. Once the son decided to return home, I’m sure he was worried about how his father was going to respond to the way he had disrespected him, his inheritance, and made poor life choices. However, the father didn’t respond harshly at all. The Scripture tells us that he was waiting and watching for his son. When the son returned home, the father ran to him and embraced him to welcome him home. The same is true with us and God. The moment we come or return to him, he welcomes us home with open arms.

We closed the message out with this statement: “As Jesus hung on the cross with his arms stretched wide, he was saying, ‘WELCOME HOME'”! Fourteen students made the decision to rededicate their lives and make a fresh start with Jesus after the message!

Just as the Prodigal Son went from having everything, to having nothing, and then back to having everything again, we can do the same. The moment we sin in life, our relationship with God is broken and we have no eternal hope. However, the moment we surrender our life to Jesus, we have everything we need through a relationship with him!

We hope to see you for Week 2 of March Madness this Sunday, 3/12/17 at 6:00!

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin