• ~IMPORTANT~

    Youth will move to Wednesday Nights, 6:30-8:00, beginning June 5th.

FAMILY NIGHT— 1/27/19

Last night was our first Family Night of 2019, and we had a BLAST with our students and parents that came out to join us for the evening.

Parents had the opportunity to see a shortened version of what we do in our opening Tribe Huddles as we give students the announcements, prayer points, and details they need to know for the night.

After Tribe Huddles, we did an icebreaker called “Landmines”. We had three teams of two consisting of one all parent team, a parent and student team, and a team of two students. The teams had to turn over paper plates (landmines) that corresponded with their team color and perform the task that was on the plate. The tasks consisted of: bear hug for twenty Mississippi’s, play a duet of Mary Had a Little Lamb on your bellies, tell each other five things you are thankful in your family, do ten sit ups each, and each of you do an arm pit fart.

The truth is that we face landmines, things hiding beneath the surface, in life with our families. The good news is that God gives us a game plan for making sure our families— our kids, grandkids, and so forth, continue to walk in the victory and blessings of God.

Deuteronomy 6:1-9 (CSB) says,

“This is the command—the statutes and ordinances—the Lord your God has commanded me to teach you, so that you may follow them in the land you are about to enter and possess. Do this so that you may fear the Lord your God all the days of your life by keeping all his statutes and commands I am giving you, your son, and your grandson, and so that you may have a long life. Listen, Israel, and be careful to follow them, so that you may prosper and multiply greatly, because the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you a land flowing with milk and honey.

“Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.

This passage shows Moses giving the command and teachings that God instructed him to command the Israelites to follow in order to inherit the Promised Land— God’s promise to to the nation of Israel.

What is God’s promise to you and your family?

God’s love for us is unconditional 100% of the time, but his blessings are not. Verses five and six say to “Love the Lord your God with all you heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart.

The command didn’t just stop there. God shows his design and desire for the family in verse seven— repeat them to your children. This echoes the words of verse two where God says the statutes he is giving are “for you, your son, and your grandson”. We are to teach God’s Word to our children and grandchildren. God’s blessings that he has designed for you and your family depend on it!

The command was to teach them when you sit at your house, walk along the road, when you lie down, and when you get up. This covers all aspects of life— when you are relaxing together, active, getting up to start your day, and when you are ending your day.

The Israelites would sometimes tie phylacteries (a small box containing Scripture texts) around their forehead and hands to as a reminder of God’s law to them. While we aren’t telling your to tie Scripture around your forehead, we are encouraging you to be intentional in keeping God’s Word, commands and teachings, and his promises with you and in your hearts wherever we go.

Life gets crazy busy, but if we, as families, become so busy that we no longer have time to teach our kids and grandkids God’s Word and his desire for our lives, we have become entirely too busy!

We left the families with this— Win the family. Win the generation. Will you commit?

Will you commit to teach your kids and grandkids the Word of God and the promises and blessings he has in store for them as they commit their lives to him?

We closed out the night with Family Feud: Parents VS. Students. The categories were: Things you may do to become a sumo wrestler, things the average person is afraid of, things associated with Alaska, and things associated with Jesus. The final round consisted of one person from each team facing off in the special ten question money round. The parents won the contest, and will get a special fellowship night in return!

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin

The Lord’s Prayer—1/13/19

We had another great night at AYM last night! We had some DELICIOUS chocolate and peanut butter cupcakes for my birthday and cookies for Austin’s birthday!

We kicked off the night with a competitive game of knee volleyball. This is a game played inside on your knees with a large rubber ball and chairs serving as the net. The ball is played off the chairs, walls, and ceiling. It’s fast paced and exciting:)

The youth band led us in a time of high energy worship with “Love Come Down” and “This Is Amazing Grace”.

The message was on the passage of Scripture referred to as “The Lord’s Prayer” in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4. We watched a video from Francis Chan on prayer as he broke down The Lord’s Prayer and challenged us to view the passage and the way we pray in a new light.

You can check out the video by clicking the link below:

After the video, we split back into our Tribe Groups to discuss the video, how it impacted and challenged us, and how it changed our view on prayer.

It was encouraging to see how the video caused students to rethink the way they thought and approached prayer!

We continue to move forward with excitement and anticipation for what God has in store for AYM in 2019!

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin

WILL YOU COMMIT? (1/6/18)

Last night was the first AYM Service of 2019. We kicked off the year with a message titled “Will You Commit?”.

Two words keep appearing in the posts I see from different Pastors in different areas: Breakthrough and Revival. Last night, we looked at a third word that has to happen before we see breakthrough and revival: COMMIT.

The English word commit means to pledge; to obligate oneself: to say that someone or something will definitely do something.

Proverbs 16:3 (CSB) says, Commit your activities to the LORD, and your plans will be established.

When we entrust and commit our activities to God, our plans (intentions, strategies, schemes, and thoughts) will be established (to set up; make firm; prepare; to stand up right; fixed or steadfast).

God WILL make your plans firm and established in him as you COMMIT you activities to him. When you commit your life to God, his desires become your desires. Breakthrough and revival will follow you when you COMMIT your activities to God.

What you commit to will determine the direction of your life!

AYM is focusing on committing to what we are calling the “BIG 3” in 2019: The Bible, Prayer, and Godly Fellowship. The early church committed to these three things and their lives were radically transformed.

You have two choices: Remain the Same or Be Transformed. You can come to church and youth group week after week just to hangout and have fun and remain the same and have a front row seat to see the radical transformation that takes place in the lives of those who COMMIT their activities to the LORD.

WILL YOU COMMIT?

We closed out the night by giving students a list of Scriptures containing the goodness of God, and what he has done for us as well as the promises of God. Students were encouraged to begin their prayers by thanking God and proclaiming his goodness before they present their needs to him. Then, as they present their needs to God, we encouraged them to pray the promises of God as a part of their needs and requests.

For example, Deuteronomy 31:6 (CSB) says, Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For the LORD your God is the one who will go with you; he will not leave you or abandoned you.

You could pray something like this: Dear Heavenly Father, I feel defeated and alone right now in my current situation, but I know your Word says that you will not leave me or abandoned me. Today, I stand on your promise that you will not leave me, and I ask you to show me that you are with me every step of the way in anything I encounter. In Jesus Name, AMEN!

Students then took a few minutes to look over the list of Scriptures they were given with these questions: What does this Scripture mean to me? What situation can I apply this to? How can I pray the promise in this Scripture?

We are looking forward to seeing students’ lives be radically transformed in 2019!

WILL YOU COMMIT?

-Pastor Dustin