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November 26, 2017

Happy Monday!

We kicked off last night with one of our favorite games— Knee Volleyball (playing the game of volleyball on your knees.)

A highly competitive game of knee volleyball!

Instead of an actual message tonight, we watched a 15-minute clip of Louis Giglio from his “Symphony” DVD. He looks at Psalm 148, and reminds us of how all Creation joins together in a symphony of worship to God. This is hands down one of the most powerful, mind-blowing videos you’ll ever see. Take a few minutes to check the video out below:

Have a GREAT week!

-Pastor Dustin

DON’T STEAL MY PIZZA ROLL!

Happy Thanksgiving #teamawakening family!

We had a blast at our 1st Annual Thanksgiving Fellowship! We started off with a delicious meal prepared by Steve Sloan, and then gave students a chance to say what they were thankful for.

The title of the message was, “DON’T STEAL MY PIZZA ROLL!”

Our main verses were Psalm 23:5 and Psalm 34:8:

Psalm 23:5
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

The word table in this verse is referring to a “high table” or a table of honor. Jesus prepares a table of honor for us in the midst of our enemies. Students were asked about some of the enemies they may have (people, fear, doubt, insecurity, etc.)

Psalm 34:8— Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Once you look up what the words in this verse mean in the original Hebrew language, the verse is encouraging us to try out what Jesus has given us, give him a chance to understand him more, and then choose for ourselves if what he has offered is better than what the world has to offer. The only way we knew how DELICIOUS Steve’s food was was to taste it. The only way to experience the blessings and goodness of God is to spend time getting to know him.

Students were told a story about a kid that went to the high school in the town I grew up. Everybody looked forward to pizza roll day. The pizza rolls were EXTREMELY cheesy, greasy, delicious, and without a doubt everyone’s favorite meal that the school provided. One boy wasn’t satisfied with just having one pizza roll, so he started a food fight. Once everyone got caught up in the food fight, he went around and took pizza rolls off of other student’s trays for himself. This is exactly what Satan tries to do to us. He tries to get us distracted and get our focus off of Jesus as we are seated at the table so he can steal the blessings in life that Jesus has given us (peace, joy, happiness, freedom, etc.)

We looked at the story of Judas to answer the question, “What do I do if I feel like God wouldn’t want me at the table?”

John 13:21-27NIV says,  21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”

22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. 23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. 24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.”

25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”

26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.

So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” 28 But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. 29 Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor. 30 As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.

Judas was sitting beside Jesus at the table. It was a HUGE deal to sit beside the host. Jesus knew what Judas had done and what he was up to, but he still gave him not just a seat, but a seat of honor at the table. Think about what this would have said to Judas and the disciples about how strong and unconditional the love of Jesus truly is! Regardless of what you have done or the mistakes you have made, you have a seat of honor waiting on you at the table of Jesus. He is simply waiting on you to take a seat to place your faith and trust in him!

Judas was distracted by everything going on around him, and lost his pizza roll so to speak. I don’t know some of the things you all face, but one thing I do know, Jesus would be honored to have you at his table. Don’t let Satan steal your pizza roll
and the gift that God has placed before at the table.

Happy Thanksgiving!

-Pastor Dustin

Is Jesus Your Everything? — 11/12/17

WOW!

Sunday Night was incredible end to a powerful weekend for AYM! We attended the REACH Ohio Conference in Columbus on Friday and Saturday. Students, adults, and youth pastors were challenged, and encouraged, and sent. You can check out some pictures from the weekend below:

 

Reach Conference 2017

Reach Conference 2017

The theme for Sunday night was “Is Jesus Your Everything?”. The GEN122 Youth Band led us in a powerful time of worship before the message. The message went along with the song, SIT ENTHRONED. You can check out the song below before reading the rest of the post:

Verse 1:
Son of God you are the perfect one You came to give your life away
My sin you have erased with your
Precious blood you showed your, Unfailing love and I will never be the same
Forever I am changed, Jesus

Students were asked the question thought the night, “Has Jesus earned the right to be your everything?” Hebrews 4:15NIV says, For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 

Jesus chose to face and overcome every type of temptation that we face so he would know how we feel when we face things like temptation, fear, doubt, addiction, etc. He also provided victory and freedom over these things that we all face in life. When we pray to Jesus, we are praying to a Savior who knows exactly how we feel and what we are going through!

Romans 3:23 says, all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and 6:23 says, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 3:23 and the first part of Romans 6:23 paint a pretty hopeless picture for us, but the last part of Romans 6:23 is a game-changer! The gift of God was Jesus, the human form of God, coming to earth, and living a sinless life before he gave his life for us on the Cross. Once we truly realize what Jesus did for us, our desire should become to live for him with everything we have.

Chorus:
Sit enthroned upon my heart, With everything you are
Come live your life in me, reign supremely
I’m not just giving you my sin, But everything within
Come take control and make me holy

Asking Jesus to “sit enthroned upon your heart” means that we are asking Jesus to  take authority and influence our innermost thoughts, feelings, and desires.  “With everything you are” — think about everything that Jesus is: freedom, truth, joy, victory, peace, confidence, etc. When we surrender our lives to Jesus we have access to everything he is! The most powerful part of the song may be the line that says, “I’m not just giving you my sin, but everything within.” Many people ask the question, “How far  can I go before it becomes wrong?” “Or how much can I get by with before it becomes sin?” When we take this approach to our relationship with Jesus, we are keeping Jesus from completely living his life and presence in us. Has Jesus earned the right to be your everything?

Verse 2:
Son of God you are the risen one, You came to overtake the grave
By the power of your name. You have raised me up with your conquering love
And I will never be the same, Forever I am changed, Jesus

Jesus didn’t just give his life for us, he rose from the dead. The incredible thing is is that the same power that Jesus used to conquer the grave is the same power that lives in us when we surrender our lives to Jesus. Jesus didn’t just conquer the grave, he raise us to victory with him!

Bridge:
You are my king, Enthroned to be
My everything, My Everything

Is Jesus your everything? Is he the most important part of your life? The night closed our with a powerful time of prayer at the altar as one of our students played Sit Enthroned. Students were challenged to fight the thoughts that say, I’m not worth loving, I’m not worth believing in, Life isn’t worth living. Sixteen students answered, “YES” to the question, “Has Jesus earned the right to be your everything?”! As the night closed out, students were challenged to use the power available to them in the name of Jesus as they took time just to say “Jesus” over the problems they are facing in life (doubt, fear, addiction, etc.)

This was one of the most powerful nights we have had in the 3-4 years that we have been here an New Life Church. Lives were touched and changed, and we believe that we are just getting started with what God wants to do in the loves of our students and community!

Has Jesus earned the right to be your everything?

-Pastor Dustin

 

 

FRIENDS NIGHT DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT — 11/5/17

Happy Monday!

Yesterday was a jam-packed, crazy blessed day for #teamawakening. The GEN122 Youth Band led worship in our two Sunday morning services. The band did an OUTSTANDING job leading the church into the presence of God and kicking off a powerful service!

We also had a blast last night at our FRIENDS NIGHT DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT! Despite the bad weather, we still had a good group of students come out to enjoy the evening with each other! The group was split into two teams for the double elimination tournament. The teams were: Perkins 1, Perkins 2, Edison/Norwalk, and Sandusky/Huron/Margaretta.

Perkins 2 took the early lead by winning their first two matches in convincing fashion, and looked unbeatable as they faced the one loss Perkins 2 team in the finals. Since Perkins 1 entered the finals undefeated, they only had to defeat Perkins 2 once while Perkins 1 had to defeat them twice. Perkins 1 refused to lose and won the tournament with Perkins 2 taking second, Edison/Norwalk taking 3rd, and Sandusky/Huron/Margaretta taking 4th.

We had several giveaways throughout the night, and two of our students gave their backstories to share what God had done in their lives as well as how the youth group had helped them through tough times in their lives.

A big shout out goes to all of our volunteers that helped with the event, and especially to Chevy Homan and our Community Outreach Elective for organizing the FRIENDS NIGHT DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT.

Make sure to check out the pictures below:

We’ll see you this Sunday for youth for fellowship, worship, and a relevant message and discussion topic titled “Whose at Your Table?”!

-Pastor Dustin