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Is Jesus Your Everything? — 11/12/17


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.

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!

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




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

Night of Worship

Hello and Happy Monday!

This past Sunday was the 5th Sunday of the month, and  that meant it was Night of Worship! Our teens had a great time worshipping with the rest of the church, and prayed for those needing healing at the end of the night at Pastor John’s request. We are very thankful to have a Senior Pastor that realizes the importance of sowing into our young people as they discover God’s purpose for their lives.

We have some exciting things coming up in Awakening Youth Ministries. We have our trip to the REACH Conference coming up in two weeks! It will be our first trip to the conference, and we are excited to see what God does in the lives of those attending!

This Sunday, November 5th is our FRIENDS NIGHT Dodgeball Tournament! The night has been planned by our Outreach Elective. The night will kick off with burgers and hot dogs before the competition begins. The teams will be divided up according to schools to encourage students to invite their friends from school to the event. The winning teams will receive prizes, and we will have a few giveaways as well. Don’t miss it!

We will be giving details for a spring conference soon, so make sure to be on the look out for the details! We will also be unveiling some new plans we have for 2018! We are excited for what God has in store for #teamawakening and we hope that you are too!

Have a GREAT week!

-Pastor Dustin

MAKE US ONE — Week 3 — 10/22/17

Happy Monday!

Sunday was the last week of our MAKE US ONE Series. We started off the night with a new group game. Each tribe had to write a short song about their Tribe Leader to the tune of a children’s song like “Twinkle Twinkly Little Star”, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”, etc. The students didn’t fail to provide good entertainment. You can check out the videos below:

The theme for the night was “The Truth Beneath the Surface”.  Cindy O’farrel, one of our middle school leaders, gave the message last night and shared about Saul and Ananias. Acts 9:1-19NIV,

Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”

“Yes, Lord,” he answered.

11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”

13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”

15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Ananias initially looked at the surface and saw a man in Saul as a bully and enemy. God wasn’t concerned with the surface as much as what he was concerned with what was beneath the surface: Potential, passion, and someone who he loved he dearly. When we stop at the surface of someones life, we miss out
on being a part of the incredible plan that God has for their life! Saul, who we know better as Paul, went on to write aver half of the New Testament and is considered by many as the greatest apostle that ever lived. Everything that Saul/Paul accomplished in his ministry can be linked to Ananias taking the time to reach out to him.

Cindy taught us that it is important to TRUST God when he calls us to reach out and be united with those around us. We need to trust that God has a plan, will protect us, and guide us as we allow him to use us to “MAKE US ONE” with our fellow believers so that others see the love of Jesus in us so that they have the opportunity to know the love of Christ in their own lives.

Our MAKE US ONE Series taught us that “We become one as we move beyond our differences to get to the truth beneath the surface.” We are surrounded by people with incredible potential, and God may just want to use you and me to help them discover it.

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin


MAKE US ONE — Week 2 — 10/15/17

This week was Week 2 of our current MAKE US ONE Series, and we looked at “Moving Beyond Our Differences” and the story of Peter and Cornelius. You can check out a brief rundown of what we looked at during the message below:

1. God Speaks to Cornelius; Acts 10:1-8NIV

Cornelius was a follower of Jesus, but he was a Gentile (non-Jew).  Jewish believers viewed the Gentiles as spiritual outcasts, and viewed it as unacceptable to fellowship with them. The label that Cornelius carried didn’t go with the label that Peter carried. Peter was a main leader among the believers and followed the Jewish customs.

Cornelius and his family were devout believers, and took a social risk when going to Peter because of the unknowns involved in the situation— How will Peter respond? How will those around Peter respond? Cornelius’ heart and hunger for God pushed him beyond the normal social routine and etiquette.

We never know who God is speaking to to draw them closer to him.

2.  God Speaks to Peter; Acts 10:9-23

Peter was praying. He was taking time to get alone, without distractions, to be in God’s presence. God turned Peter’s world and thought process upside down.

Peter took a social risk by even inviting the men into his home. God was showing Peter that his love was not just for the Jews and those who “looked the part” of what they thought followers of Jesus should be.

What mindsets about others does God need to correct in your life?

It’s easy to judge those who we have differences with. The truth is that there are people all around us that are searching for more of God in their lives. Maybe you are the person that God wants to use to make it happen!

3.  God Makes Them One; Acts 10:44-50

Peter goes to meet with Cornelius even though it is against the Jewish law for him to associate with a Gentile, but God was showing Peter that he shouldn’t call anyone unclean. We all have one thing in common: We were created by a God who loves us more than we will ever comprehend with an incredible plan and purpose for our lives. Don’t judge those around you just because they worship God a little differently than you. Remember what we learned in John 17 last week: Jesus prayed that we would be one so that the world will know that they are loved by God. The only label that we should pay attention to that others carry is “loved by God”!
God’s love and salvation can unite the most unlikely of people. Let our prayer to God be, “MAKE US ONE!”

God spoke to Cornelius. We never know who God is speaking to and drawing to him! God also spoke to Peter. What is God speaking to you? What part of your way of thinking does God want to change?

People in the early church were unified and brought together because of two men that were willing to move beyond their differences as God made them one.

Will you answer the call today to move beyond your differences with other believers as God makes us one so the world will see and know the love of Jesus?!

Make sure to click on the links below to check out some pictures and videos from Sunday Night!

GEN122 Leading Worship

Have a GREAT week!

-Pastor Dustin



MAKE US ONE—Week 1— 10/8/17

We kicked off our new series Sunday Night titled, MAKE US ONE. GEN122 led us in worship before we got into the message. Our prayer is that God will use this series to help us move beyond our differences as our heart’s cry becomes, “MAKE US ONE”!

Everywhere we look— the news, social media, etc. we can see division. Some of the areas of division that exist in our culture today are things like racism, the American Flag, the National Anthem, marriage, homosexuality, abortion, etc. People have passionate opinions, which is fine because these are feelings that God created us with the ability to have. The problem is when we put our opinions above others. The truth is that people are important. People are so important that Jesus gave his life on the Cross for people who had other opinions and passions that him. As followers of Jesus, we are called to do the same.

Our Scripture passage from John 17 showed us that Jesus never prayed that we  would agree on everything, but he did pray that we would be ONE.

John 17:21-26NIV says,

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

Jesus’ prayer for future believers was that we would be “one”. Jesus desires for the Church and body of Christ to be unified as “ONE” so that the world will know world may believe in Jesus and know that the are loved by him. When the world looks at the church and sees division and arguments just like they see from the rest of the world, it really doesn’t give them a reason to want anything to do with Jesus. John 13:35 says, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Matthew 12:25NKJV says, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand… A church that is divided by the different of opinions of its people will be defeated. Jesus us calling for this generation to work through their differences with a heart that cries out to God to “MAKE US ONE”.

Students were challenged to look at both sides of the current hot topic issue with the protests of the American flag and National Anthem. The side that says it is 100% unacceptable to kneel or voice a protest during the National Anthem is coming from a place of passion because of what the American Flag and National Anthem represent— the lives of  the men and women who have risked their lives to protect our country and what the flag stands for. In their eyes, to kneel and protest during the anthem is disrespecting these men and women. Now lets look at the other side of things. Whether we want to admit it or not, racism still exists in our country today. Many of us don’t know what it’s like to hear stories from our grandparents about how they were discriminated against for no other reason than their skin color. Most of us don’t have to worry about how to act if we get pulled over so we’re not racially profiled because of our skin color. Many of us don’t know what it’s like when our parent or spouse walks out of the house in their uniform and badge, and pray that they return home safely. Most of us don’t know what it’s like to have a family member in a foreign country placing their life in danger as they fight for our freedom while wondering if they will ever see them again. The point of these last few statements is to show the different stances and positions that people come from, and why they are all passionate about their stance.

What would happen if this generation of believers would set a different example. Instead of taking part in the arguing and name-calling with their brothers and sister, what would happen if we sat down with each other and had a conversation that went something like this:

“You know I don’t agree with you, and some of your comments and beliefs on these issues can upset me. But I understand that we are brothers and sisters in Christ, and at the end of the day we need each other. The world needs to see us as one. Let’s pray that God helps us look beyond our differences, unifies in his love, and uses us to show the world his love and salvation. MAKE US ONE!” 

The church is a lot like a puzzle. A puzzle is made up of pieces that are different shapes, sizes, colors, and purposes. When the puzzle is completed, you don’t see 1,000 pieces— you see one puzzle. We pray that the cry of our hearts to God is, “MAKE US ONE” so that the world sees one, united Body of Christ!

Make sure you check out some pictures from the night below:

Be Blessed and have a great week!

-Pastor Dustin


Campus Missions Night— 10/1/17

Happy 1st Monday of October!

Sunday was Campus Missions Night. We talked about “TALKING TO CONNECT”. Mariah, one of our student leaders started things off by sharing with the group what she believed God wanted to do through us on our school campuses.

Ephesians 6:12ESV says, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Whether we realize it or not, there is a war going on for the souls of mankind. People are searching. Our goal is to connect with others to earn the right to steer them down the right path, and we connect through conversations. People talk constantly, but talking to connect means that our conversations have purpose. We use our conversations to build connections with those around us that could ultimately help lead them into a relationship with Jesus.

Studies done by the Institute for American Church Growth show that 75-90% of new Christians make a commitment to Jesus through a friend who explains the Gospel on an individual, conversational basis. In contrast, only 17% make a commitment to Jesus through an event like a church service or evangelistic crusade. Billy Graham, one of the greatest evangelists and preachers the world has ever seen, has even stated that mass evangelism is not as effective as when two people have a conversation and one shares about Jesus.

Revival on our school campuses and within this generation begins with connecting, and connecting begins with talking.

We split back into our Tribes after the message to prepare for National Take Your Bible to School Day this Thursday. Students took time to talk about how to talk with their friends and share why they are participating in Take Your Bible to School Day. Students have a great opportunity to share their faith with the peers this Thursday. Please join us in praying the God will give our students boldness and godly passion as they share their faith this Thursday.

GO FOR IT!— 9/24/17

Happy Last Monday in September!

Last night was the first time that worship was completely led by the youth! You can check out a short clip below. We hope to have the full band leading together by the end of the year!

The name of last night’s message was, “GO FOR IT!”. We looked at Hebrews 12:1-3NIV.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross,scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

THEREFORE is referring to Hebrews 11 and the “Hall of Faith”— people like Abraham, Noah, Moses, David, Samuel and the prophets. The Greek word for CLOUDS— nephos— is actually referring to the highest seats available of a stadium. SURROUNDED is actually referring to being completely encircled by something; piled high and lying around you on every side.

We are surrounded by MANY who have gone before us in the faith, fought the same fight that we are fighting, and succeeded. Be encouraged and conquer the challenge that lies before!!!

THROW OFF that which HINDERS means to let go of whatever holds us back in life and our walk with God (doubt, fear, addiction, etc.). We are told to throw off that which ENTANGLES us. The word entangles means “surrounds” in the Greek. We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses  who have overcome the same things that we face in life, but we can also be surrounded by things that hold us back.

That is why it is important for us to fix our eyes and focus on Jesus. We ARE surrounded by some incredible believers who have gone before us in the faith, and cheering us on. We can also, if we choose to allow it, be surrounded by negativity and things that hold us back in our walk with God.

Jesus was the PIONEER AND PERFECTER of our faith. This means he was the ultimate example of our faith. He demonstrated how to live, how to overcome temptation, and how to love others. He went as far as giving his life on the Cross so that we could have a personal, eternal relationship with him!

See You at the Pole is this Wednesday. We talked about how taking a stand for our faith can sometimes be intimidating. Anytime we face fear and doubt, we can remember the great cloud of witnesses we are surrounded by. Students were encouraged to GO FOR IT! when it comes to sharing their faith and letting their light shine on their school campuses. When we expect God to change us, our schools, families and communities, he won’t disappoint!

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin


September 17, 2017

Hello and Happy Monday!

We changed things up a bit this Sunday. Lydia gave a brief message on Matthew 5:13NIV, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” Jesus called us to be the salt of the earth. Salt does two things: add flavor and preserve food. We are called to add “flavor” and light to the lives of those around us. We forfeit our impact and influence towards those around if we conform the ways of the world. 

Students split into two groups to learn about to learn about different “Bible Ambassadors”— men, some at the risk of their own lives, who helped translate the Bible and spread it around the world. After students learned about their assigned Bible Ambassador, they put together a presentation/skit for the rest of the group. Students also showed ways that they too can be Bible Ambassadors today to their schools and peers.

You can check out some pictures of the night below.


Have a great week!

-Pastor Dustin

GREATER THAN Series, Part 4— God’s Purpose For You Is Greater Than A Position Or Title— 9/10/17

Sunday night was the series finale of our GREATER THAN Series, and we had another great night!

Our Electives before youth were VIP and Games.

We kicked off the night with the “Cup-stacking Game”. The group was split into two groups. The first team member had to stack the fifteen cups in a 5-4-3-2-1 pyramid, and run back to tag the hand of the next person. The next team member had to run up and put all fifteen cups into one stack. The team first team to have all of their members take a turn won the game. You can check out a short clip of the game below:

You can view a short clip of our worship time by clicking on the “Worship” link below:


Sunday’s message was “God’s Purpose For You Is Greater Than A Position Or Title”.

Purpose can be defined as the reason something is done, created, or exists.

We hear questions like, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, “Where are you going to college?”, “What are you going to major in?”, “What do you feel your purpose in life is?”

You start taking career assessment tests early in school that tell you the career path you are meant to take. This can put a lot of pressure on you to not “miss you purpose” by going to the wrong college, accepting the wrong job, etc. The truth is that our purpose is not limited to what we do for a living. Our purpose should carry over into every aspect of our lives. Think about it this way:

A teacher’s purpose is not just to be a teacher. If it was, they would have no purpose once they left school to go home. Someone who is a teacher could say, “My purpose is to help others believe in themselves while discovering and living up to their full potential in life.” This purpose could be applied as they are teaching, leading their family, to those they meet in the community, etc. 

Students were given three steps to living out their purpose:

1.     Know The Purpose-Giver

John 14:6NIV says, Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Knowing your purpose begins with have a relationship with the purpose-giver. Jesus is the way to salvation, life, purpose, and everything in life. We get to know him more by being in his presence. Psalm 95:2 says,
                                                                                           Let us come before him with thanksgiving
                                                                                                 and extol him with music and song.

Give thanks to God before asking things from him. We need to enter into God’s presence before we start asking him for things.

2.     Seek the Purpose-Giver

Jeremiah 29:11-14 says,
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord…

God does have a plan for YOU! He has a future and purpose for you. This verse lays out a progression of what needs to happen to find God and his purpose for your life. Call on him, come to him, and pray to him. We are told that God WILL listen to us! This is a great promise! Not only will God listen to us, we will find him when we seek him with all your heart!

3.     Know Your Purpose

Romans 12:2 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’re told, “Do not conform” because Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. We can’t expect to discover his plans and purpose for us if we are seeking things in the world instead of him.  As we spend time in the presence of the purpose-giver, we a transformed and begin to grow into the person that we were created to be. Finally, we are able to test and approve what God’s will and purpose is for our lives.

Student were given about ten minutes of quiet time to allow God to speak to him about what his purpose was for their lives by first entering into his presence with praise and thankfulness.

Matthew 7:7-8, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

This verse tells us to ask, seek, and knock. If you take the first letter of each of those three words, you get ASK.

You simply have to ask. Don’t limit God’s response. Ask, listen, and get ready to write as God invites you to #NewBeginningsNewHeights in him! You can check out a video of students seeking God about his purpose for their lives by clicking on the “Greater Than Video” link below.

Greater Than Video

Have a GREAT week!

-Pastor Dustin