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What’s Your Story?— 6/11/17

Happy Monday #teamawakening family!

We finished our “What’s Your Story?” Series last night. We kicked out of the night with some delicious leftover BBQ chicken and pork sandwiches from the men’s get together on Saturday. After our Tribe Huddles, we played “Knee Volleyball”. This game follows the same rules as volleyball. The only difference is the entire game has to be played on your knees. The students decided to play the game “boys vs. girls”, and the boys were victorious by a score of 25-20.

We once again had a powerful time of worship led by GEN122. The message encouraged students by taking one final look at our core verse for this series, Revelation 12:11NIV,

They triumphed over him
    by the blood of the Lamb
    and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
    as to shrink from death.

Revelation was written by John, and most of the book of Revelation is concerning the vision that John received about the end times. The encouraging part about this verse is the word “They”. John’s vision showed him that the Church and the believers who were a part of the church in the last days were being attacked, but the vision also revealed that the Church was victorious. The incredible part of this verse is that we are included in it. The vision that John received almost 2,000 years ago revealed that you and I, as followers of Jesus, would be victorious by the blood that Jesus shed for us on the cross AND by our testimony (story).

Many times in life, we feel like our stories are insignificant. We can also feel like the chapter of our story that we are currently in is too hard to overcome. Whenever you encounter a situation like that, remember that you are an overcomer because of what Jesus did for you on the cross AND the story that you have. Our stories and testimonies remind us of what we have already seen Jesus do in our lives so that we have the confidence to overcome the next situation we face in life.

Students had about twenty minutes to finish up their backstories, and some students volunteered to share their stories with rest of the group. It was a truly powerful moment to see several students open up about things they had faced in life, and how God had help bring them through different situations to develop a deeper level of faith and trust in him.

Due to the powerful time of sharing, we have decided to extend the time of sharing to another night. On July 2nd, we will be having FREEDOM NIGHT. We will have a time of worship and allow other students to share about what God has done in their lives as well as praying for one another.

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin