• ~IMPORTANT~

    AYM Thanksgiving Fellowship is November 18th. Come out and invite a friend!

March Madness—Week 2—SMASH NIGHT— 3/18/25

Happy Monday Everyone!

Last night was INCREDIBLE and POWERFUL as we set another attendance record with 46 students, and tore down the walls and lies that Satan has built up around this generation!!!

We kicked off the night with the drywall run and an upbeat, high-energy song to get everyone pumped up for SMASH NIGHT!

 

John O’farrell gave a powerful message and shared his testimony with the group. He shared 2 Corinthians 5:17ESV— Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

John shared that Satan has a way of feeding us lies. With each lie we believe and act on, the wall gets built up a little more each time. Before we know it, we are surrounded by walls, discouraged, depressed, and hopeless in life. The good news is that Jesus died on the Cross as the payment for our sins, and his love and power smashes down the walls in our lives and this generation as we place our trust in him! The walls and things of our past that have held us back no longer have power over us when we walk in the freedom and power that comes with being a new creation in Christ.

Hebrews 12:1-2 says, Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

We can look at the examples of those who have gone before us and smashed down the walls that surrounded their lives and their generation. We can also be confident as we lay aside every weight and lie as we smash down our walls knowing that we were the joy and prize that Jesus endured the Cross for. Our power and freedom is in him alone. Jesus broke down the wall of sin that separated us from him, and now we can smash down the walls that Satan has attempted to build up around our generation!

Check out the video below for a recap of our 2018 SMASH NIGHT and don’t miss our GLOW NIGHT and MARCH MADNESS Finale next week!

 

Have a CRAZY BLESSED week and be a part of helping someone else have a CRAZY BLESSED week as well!

-Pastor Dustin

 

March Madness— Week 2— A Knight’s Night— 3/11/18

Happy Monday #teamawakening family!

Week 2 of March Madness  2018 was another powerful, record-setting night! This was the first time in over four years that we’ve had at least thirty students two weeks in a row! We also had a powerful altar time that we’ll talk about later in the post.

We had our competition for the night right after our worship time. Tonight was a “Knight’s Night” and the competition was jousting. This year’s jousting competition was much improved from last year’s jousting in office chairs.

 

The Message for the night was “Draw the Battle Line”.

The battle line is where the battle begins. The battle line is where we make the decision to dig in, take a stand, and fight for our prize— freedom, victory, and joy in Jesus.
Philippians 3:12-14NIV says,
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Paul was striving towards the prize for which Jesus took hold of us. We were the prize that Jesus fought for. Jesus took hold of us and saved us from our sin to give us the gift of eternal life— freedom, victory, joy, etc. Everybody wants the prize, but many never take hold of it because the prize often lies behind the giants we face on the other side of the battle line.
Check out the story of David and Goliath and how David ran to the battle line.
David more than likely wasn’t any older than 15 years old and was very possibly even younger.  David’s dad, Jesse, sent David to take food to three of his older brothers who were fighting in the Israelite Army as they fought against Goliath and the Philistines. Goliath, an experienced giant, champion fighter, came forward each day and mocked Israel. David heard this, and the young teenage boy sprung into action. David’s battle line got crossed. He was fighting for God and God’s chosen people. David was fighting for freedom.
1 Samuel 17:48-49 says, As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.
David, a young teenage boy, ran to face an experienced, champion giant because he knew that he wasn’t alone. The jousting competition wasn’t just a fun game. It was a great illustration of what it looks like when we run to the battle line to face our giants in life. Students had someone pushing them towards the
battle line and their opponent in the jousting competition. David knew that the power of God was behind him. Because of David’s faith in God, that power propelled him to the battle line and  to victory.
Check out the end of 1 Samuel 17:48-49. It says that Goliath fell facedown before David. This may just be the most powerful verse of the entire story. Think this through for a second— If you get hit hard enough with a rock that it sinks into your forehead, you’re going to fall backwards, not forwards.
People bowed with their face to the ground as a sign of honor and respect, often to a king or someone in power. Goliath falling facedown before Goliath showed that God had humbled David’s giant before him.
We closed out the night by asking students : What are your giants that seem to be mocking you: fear, failure, addiction, anxiety, health, family problems, low self-esteem, fear of pursuing your God-given dreams and passions? Will you let tonight be the night that you draw your battle line and run to face your giants?

As we face our giants, Jesus is the one pushing us towards our battle line. As we get closer to the battle line to face our giants, he is speaking things to us like: “Don’t give up! You’ve got this! I believe in you! Your victory is just on the other side of the battle line and this giant you’re about to defeat!

Students were invited to write their giants on a sheet of paper, fold it up, and lay it at the foot of the Cross. Our battle line starts at the Cross where Jesus fought to give us our prize. Sunday Night, that’s where we ran to the battle line to defeat our giants, and that’s where you can defeat yours as well! As students walked away from the Cross, it represented them walking in victory over their giants just like Jesus conquered the Cross and the grave as he fought to give us eternal life!
This was a powerful moment that ended as the leaders gathered around the students as we prayed for and encouraged the group.
What are your giants, and will today be the day that you face and defeat them?
Have a great week!
-Pastor Dustin

March Madness— Week 1— Battle of the Burgers— 3/4/18

Hello #teamawakeningfamily!

Last night was an AMAZING and record-breaking night for AYM! We had thirty-eight students for our Battle of the Burgers Night, and three people made the decision to begin a relationship with Jesus Christ!

The Battle of the Burgers competition was intense with Derik Phillips narrowly edging out Austin Yoakum, last year’s champion.

The message was, THE BATTLE FOR THE PRIZE.

Every battle has a prize— Freedom, victory, money, etc. Last night’s battle had a trophy for the prize. The battle that we looked at for the message was the battle of Light VS. Darkness and Good VS. Evil. This battle also had a prize— YOU!
You’ve got to go back to the beginning in order to get a proper understanding about his battle.
1. The Battle is Waged
Text: Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:13-19; Revelation 20:1-3; Genesis 3:14
Satan, previously known as Lucifer, was a beautiful angel who is believed to have been in charge of leading worship in heaven until he became greedy and decided he wanted to become God. He led a rebellion and a third of the angels were cast  out of heaven with him.
God then created mankind (Genesis 1:26-31) to be with him. Satan knew he couldn’t defeat God directly, so he waged war on God’s prized creation— mankind—you and me. Mankind sinned and was separated from the perfect relationship with God. (Genesis 3)
Isaiah 64:6NLT says,   We are all infected and impure with sin.
                                     When we display our righteous deeds,
                                    they are nothing but filthy rags.
                                 Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall,
                                    and our sins sweep us away like the wind.
Romans 3:23NIV says, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
This makes it seem like we are hopeless in this battle, but the battle takes a turn in our favor.
2. The Battle Takes a Turn
Romans 6:23NIV says, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Mistakes often cost us, especially in battle. Our sin, too, came with a cost, or payment, that was required—death. The good news is that this verse that starts off “doom and gloom” has a “but”, or a game changer— a gift. The gift of God was and is eternal life, not death with Jesus! We were defeated in our sin, but Jesus came on the scene and got the “W” for us!
 What does this game-changing gift mean for us now?
3. Now What?
John 3:16NIV says, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Even after all that mankind has and still does to reject God’s love, he loves us. We have nothing to offer God that he doesn’t already have, but he loves us.
John 3:16 says that whoever believes (Trusts— relies, places confidence in; to rely and trust in Jesus alone to forgive you of your sins as you follow him
and become the person he created you to be) has eternal life.
Greg Stier says, “It’s not a matter of trying, but trusting in Jesus alone. A restored relationship with Jesus comes not by doing good deeds, but is received as a gift through faith.
John 10:28ESV says, I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
Eternal life doesn’t just start after you go to heaven. Life with Jesus, a life of freedom, victory, truth, and joy starts now and lasts for all of eternity.
When students walked in last night, and when you started reading this post, you probably weren’t thinking about how an eternal battle was fought over you.
That means that you’re kind of a big deal! It all comes down to one question— Which side will you choose?
Will you choose freedom? Will you place your trust in Jesus and except his free gift of love that he purchased when he gave his life for you on the Cross?
You are loved unconditionally by the Creator of the Universe, and feared by the devil! Satan knows that we are unstoppable the moment you and I realize and understand that we were the prize, that we are loved unconditionally, and the God-given potential that lives within us. He knows that we will change the world with the life-changing love and power of Jesus!
Will you join the battle as we continue to help others see the eternal love and freedom that is available through a relationship with Jesus?
Be Blessed!
-Pastor Dustin