• ~IMPORTANT~

    $700 for our 2019 Alaska Mission Trip is due by October 21, 2018.

ROOTED IN THE STORM—WEEK 3—4/22/18 (Be A Seed)

Happy Monday!

Sunday Night was week three of our ROOTED IN THE STORM Series. The message was “Be a Seed”.

We kicked off the night with a game called “Bring It Up”. The game is simple—the first team to bring up the item shown on the screen wins the point. The items were things like: iPhone, a text from your mom, a sock with a whole in it, ear wax, belly button lint, fifteen shoes tied together, and more! The middle schoolers beat the high schoolers on this one.

The GEN122 Youth Band did a great job leading us in worship ON THEIR OWN with no adults on stage! Logan and Bella did an outstanding job singing the songs, Matthew did a great job on his lead line on the electric guitar, and Jayvon did a great job playing a new rhythm for the first time on the drums. We are pretty excited to see what the future holds for the band!

The message was “Be A Seed”, and we took a look at how we could be a seed and help people on our school campuses through the storms of life they face.

Some of the storms this generation faces are storms like broken or blended families, low self-esteem, betrayal, loneliness, addiction, depression, self-harm, suicide, lies, deception, and hypocrisy.
2.  Galatians 6:7 says,  Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
(You will always harvest what you plant.)
Students were asked to think about this question: What Type Of Seeds Are You Sowing?
The quote we have been looking at all month from Heath Adamson says “God plants seeds in the mud.” This means that God has a way of planting seeds in the messiest parts and situations of life that helps us grow a harvest of victory and freedom as we overcome the storms we face in life.
God plants seeds in the mud and mess of our storm that counteracts the negative effects of the storm. When people are facing storms of depression, God wants to sow seeds of joy and happiness. When people are facing seeds of a poor self-image, God wants to sow seeds of confidence.
The truth is— YOU are the seed that God wants to plant. God wants you to be a seed of happiness, freedom, and victory in someone else’s storm.
Our theme this year is “GO! Get Your Harvest!” but we it’s important to remember that the seed comes before the harvest.
You are the seed that God desires to plant to bring forth the harvest!
The harvest you receive is directly tied to the seed you sow.  Would you be happy if right now God gave you your harvest based on the seed that you are planting in your generation?
If you aren’t happy with the harvest you are reaping in your own life and your generation, change the seed you are sowing and be the type of seed you want your generation to produce.
There are a lot of people going through a lot of storms, and they need someone to plant a seed in the mud of their storm to help them become rooted and built up in Jesus in the midst of their storm. Will you be that seed?
Students were given a few minutes to reflect on the things listed below before we split back into our Tribe Huddles to talk about what God laid on our hearts through the message and quiet time.
1.  Be Real. Be Authentic.
2.  Ask God to show you the seeds you are sowing into your generation.
3.  What does your generation need from you?
4.  What does the harvest that you want to see God give your generation look like?
5.  Do you need to change the type of seed you are sowing to help make it happen?
Have a GREAT week!
-Pastor Dustin

ROOTED IN THE STORM— PART 2— 4/15/18

Hello to all of our #teamawakening family!

This Sunday was a week for storm stories! We did an unplugged acoustic worship set, and then moved into the message part of the night.

Some of our tribe leaders shared some of their most memorable storm stories, weather and life related, with us and shared how God has brought them through the storms of life they have faced.

One thing became very obviously as some of the leaders shared— adults and leaders face many of the same storms that students face. Storms that make us wonder if we are too weak, inadequate, useless, hopeless, etc. It was great for our students to see that their leaders are real people who face real storms in life just like they do.

The reason the leaders are where they are at today is because they’ve learned how to stay ROOTED IN THE STORM and be rooted and built up in Christ.

We  closed out with this powerful video:

The storm actually helps the eagle become the creation it is meant to be and reach its full potential! The same is true for you and me. Storms actually help us grow strong and confident while our full potential is found and unleashed in Jesus!

Don’t run from the storm! Be ROOTED IN THE STORM!

Be Blessed!

Pastor Dustin

ROOTED IN THE STORM— 4/8/18

Happy Monday #teamawakening family!

We kicked off our April theme last night— ROOTED IN THE STORM.

 We’ve all experience storms. Some hate them. Some watch them. Some chase them. Some hide from them. We also face storms in life, and how we respond to the storms of life we face determines how the storms will affect us.
Unfortunately, storms are inevitable. There is a phrase that we use around the church office that says, “Change is inevitable. Misery is optional.” Storms are going to come our way, but that doesn’t mean that we have to dread the seasons of life that brings the storms.
Text: Romans 12:2NIV says,
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
We’ve gone over this verse MANY times, but last night we looked at something in this verse for the first time. We looked at the word “renewing”. The word renew means to grant or obtain an extension of or on: renew a license: to grant or obtain an extension on the loan of renew a library book.
Your license is no longer valid if it is not renewed. Think about renewing a library book. You either return it or renew it. If you return the book, it goes back in the possession of the library. If you renew it, it stays in your possession.
The same is true when it comes to our minds. We can choose to renew it or return it. When we renew our minds, we allow control and influence of our minds to be placed in Jesus. When we “return our minds”, we allow the influence of our minds to return to Satan.
Renewing our minds is key to not just getting through the storm, but thriving in the storm.
Heath Adamson said, “Seeds are planted in the mud.”  Mud is messy, can be deep, difficult to navigate through, and can be immobilizing. Storms have a way of making a mess, and can leave us picking up the pieces long after everyone else moves on with their regular everyday lives. Strong, messy storms are something that we typically try to avoid at all costs, which can also affect the way we pray when we face the storms of life.
How do you pray when you’re in the storm and up to your neck in mud? Do you pray that God removes the storm or that he makes you stronger in the midst of the storm? The most important thing is not what the storm does to you as much as what God does in you as you work your way through the storm with his help and guidance.
Colossians 2:6-7 says,
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
The foundation of all we do and dream has to start, be rooted, and built in Christ. Try to picture and think of a tree and its roots.  The deeper and stronger the roots are, the stronger the tree is and the more it can withstand in the storm.
Where do the tree roots grow? They grow IN THE MUD! A tree can be cut down and actually grow back because the energy is stored in the roots! There will be times in life that the storms you face will knock you down. The good news is that you can get back up even stronger than you were before the storm if you are rooted in Jesus. You can stay ROOTED IN THE STORM!
Check out these two Scripture passages:
Psalm 1:3: Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.
Jeremiah 17:8:
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
    whose confidence is in him.
8 They will be like a tree planted by the water
    that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
    its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
    and never fails to bear fruit.”
The tree that is planted, or rooted, by streams of water always has a source of strength and fuel to grow, thrive and become strong. We are like the tree in these two Scripture passages. A life that is planted and rooted in the presence and ways of Jesus will always have a source of strength and fuel to help navigate the storms of life. We sometimes pray and ask God to remove the storm that we are facing, but you can’t have the streams of water without the rain and you may not be able to have the rain without the storm. Be careful what you pray for!
We closed out the night by briefly looking at the true story in Matthew 14:22-33. Peter and the disciples were facing a storm at sea. Jesus came walking to the disciples on the water and calls out to Peter. Peter begins walking towards Jesus on the water until he took his eyes off of Jesus and looked at the storm and waves raging around him. Peter begins to sink into the water and cries out to Jesus to save him from the storm.
Did Peter fail? No! The moment that Peter was at his weakest and most vulnerable was the exact moment that he came to experience and understand the faithful provision of Jesus in the midst of the storm!
Where are you at as you read this post? Do you feel hopeless and overcome by the storm? I want to encourage you to call out to Jesus and allow him to plant a seed of trust, strength, victory, and deliverance in the midst of your storm.
You can’t have the tree without the roots getting muddy. You’re going to have to get muddy if you want to grow and stand strong in Jesus in the midst of life’s storms, but remember and be encouraged that GOD PLANTS SEEDS IN THE MUD!
BE BLESSED!
-Pastor Dustin