• ~IMPORTANT~

    The non-refundable, $150 down payment for our 2019 Mission Trip to Nicaragua is due June 24th!

HOW DO YOU REST? — 6/3/18

Happy Monday #teamawakening family!

Last night’s message was a titled, “How Do You Rest?”

School is coming to a close and summer is here as well as vacations, road trips, summer jobs, time to refresh and reboot, etc.

Have you ever gone through a summer and wondered where the summer went because life was so jam-packed full of things to do?

Last night we talked about rest. Rest is necessary to function properly.

Rest is actually a biblical principle and took a look at a couple examples from the Bible. Genesis 2:3NIV says, Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Rest means: interruption, cease, sit still to allow yourself to regroup and regain your energy and focus. Genesis 2:3 tells us that God rested. Why? He didn’t need rest because he was tired or weary. God was pleased. God was appreciating and celebrating his work in Creation.

The Sabbath was put in place for us to do the same. The word “sabbath” means: rest; remember; celebrate. Think of it as intermission and half-time in sports. It’s a way to rest up, refresh, regroup, and get ready for what’s next.

We all take breaks, naps, and sleep. But do we truly rest? Inactivity is not rest! Rest is truly unplugging from your stress and struggles and recharging in Christ. Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about the type of rest that Jesus offers.

Matthew 11:28-30 says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Jesus invites all who are struggling and tired from the load of life they are carrying to come to him for rest (rest, remember, celebrate, refresh).

Jesus tells us to “take his yoke”. A yoke was something that was placed over two animals to help them pull the plow. A yoke coupled two things together. Jesus doesn’t expect us to carry our load alone. He walks right beside us helping us pull our yoke, or load, as we go through life! As we go through life with Jesus he invites us to learn from him. We are able to learn how to live and overcome from the Master Teacher and Creator of the Universe himself!

Jesus says to take his yoke and learn from him because his yoke is easy and his burden light. The word “easy” in the original Greek language means suitable, useful, or well-fitted. The life that Jesus calls us to is fitted and suitable specifically to us.

Many times we feel like we are carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. We used this illustration last night: We had two of our male students come up to the front, and one them jumped on the back of the other. At first, the weight of the person on the back of the other wasn’t that heavy, but imagine carrying that weight around all day long. Imagine having that person’s weight on top of you as you tried to sleep. It wouldn’t take long for that weight to overcome you and wear you down.

What are you carrying? What is keeping you from resting? Are you yoked to the world instead of Jesus?

Choose to take the path that Jesus invites us to and find true rest in him.

Be Blessed!
-Pastor Dustin

Hope After The Storm— 5/6/18

Happy Tuesday #teamawakening family!

This past Sunday was the start of a new month, and that meant a new theme: “Hope After The Storm”.

We spent the month of April talking about staying ROOTED IN THE STORM when we face the storms of life, so this month we wanted to talk about the hope that awaits us after the storm.

We looked at the story of a man named Job. Read the book of Job the next time you think that you’re having the “worst day ever”. You may change your mind!

We looked at Job’s life in three different phases:

1.      Before the Storm

Job 1 tells us what Job’s life was like before he encountered his storm:

1.  He was blameless and upright; feared God and shunned evil.
2.  He had seven sons; 3 daughters; 7,000 sheep; 3,000 camels; 500 yoke of oxen(1,000 total), 500 donkeys,
     and a large number of servants.
3.  He was the greatest among all men of the east.
4.  God said of Job— There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God
and shuns evil.

When you are a person of this much wealth and influence, people look to see how you respond to hard times. Job encountered an incredibly hard time of life and serves as an example of hope to us all today.

2.     During the Storm

Satan was convinced  that the only reason Job was so loyal and dedicated to God was because of the favor God had given him in life, and was certain that Job would renounce his faith if he encountered hard times. Check out the storms that Job faced:
First attack:
1.   1:14— The oxen and donkeys are stolen. Servants were killed.
2.  1:16— Sheep and servants burned up in the fire.
3.  1:17— Camels are stolen.
4.  1:18-19— Children are killed.

 
Reflection Point:

                               1.  Take a moment to think about what Job lost.
                               2.  How would you respond?
                               3.  Have you ever felt like you lost everything that was important to you?
                               4.  Where is the hope and promise in those situations?
5.  1:22— Job still did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
Second attack:
1.  Satan comes at Job again and attacks his physical well-being and Job has boils from head to toe.
2.  Job’s wife, who should have been his closest and biggest supporter, is not supportive at all.
     Job 2:9-10NIV says, His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die.
     10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman.    
     Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble ?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
     Check out this video clip from Tim Hawkins on Job’s wife for a little humor on the subject:

3.  Job 3— Job unloads and curses the day he was born.
4.  Job 4-31— Jobs friends argue with Job and accuse Job of wrongdoing!
5.   Job 38-39— God speaks to Job and corrects him for earlier claiming that the righteous are punished and the wicked rewarded.
                               Check out a few of the verses of God’s comments to Job in Job 38:1-10NIV:

Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:

“Who is this that obscures my plans
    with words without knowledge?
Brace yourself like a man;
    I will question you,
    and you shall answer me.

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
    Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
    Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set,
    or who laid its cornerstone—
while the morning stars sang together
    and all the angels shouted for joy?

“Who shut up the sea behind doors
    when it burst forth from the womb,
when I made the clouds its garment
    and wrapped it in thick darkness,
10 when I fixed limits for it
    and set its doors and bars in place,

 5.  Job replies in Job 40:3-5NIV
Then Job answered the Lord:
 
             4 I am so insignificant. How can I answer you?
             I place my hand over my mouth.
            5 I have spoken once, and I will not reply;
            twice, but now I can add nothing.

6.   God again questions Job— Job 40:6-41:34. After his conversation with God, Job begins to see things differently. Job has now been opposed by his wife,”friends”, and corrected by God, but there is still hope in the promise.

 

3.     After the Storm

Check out Job’s response in Job 42:1-6:

           Then Job replied to the Lord:

             2 “I know that you can do all things;
               no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
             3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
              Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
              things too wonderful for me to know.

            4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
              I will question you,
              and you shall answer me.’
            5 My ears had heard of you
             but now my eyes have seen you.
            6 Therefore I despise myself
              and repent in dust and ashes.”

 

Job says in verse five that had heard of God, now he had seen him for himself. The word “seen” in the Hebrew means: to know, become visible, to look, recognize, realize. Job had been committed to God based on what he knew about God. Now, he knew God.

Are you currently living your life based on what you know about God without truly knowing him? Many people come to church and hear songs and messages about God and know all kinds of things about God without ever taking the time to get to know God personally.

Fortunately, the story of Job has a happy ending. God restored everything that Satan destroyed! The rest of Job 42 tells us that Job had 14,000 sheep and goats; 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, 1,000 female donkeys; 7 sons and 3 daughters.

Job refused to turn his back on God, stayed ROOTED IN THE STORM, and found his HOPE AFTER THE STORM!

Have a great week!

-Pastor Dustin

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

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

Night of Worship— 2/25/18

Happy Monday!

Last night was a GREAT night at AYM. We started off with our Tribe Huddles and Game as we usually do before moving into worship for the night.

Our GEN122 Youth Band did an outstanding job of leading us in worship after putting in a lot of hard work this month to get ready for the Night of Worship! Our goal for the night was to show students that worship is more than music and singing.

Amy, one of our volunteers, did a painting during worship, and we also had a white board set up for students to write down prayers, words of encouragement, or Scripture that God laid on their heart during the worship set.

It was a powerful and encouraging night as we watched twenty-nine students worship, some with hands raised and eyes closed, and share what God spoke to their hearts during the night.

We closed out the night by praying over the students while the students prayed for our March Madness event and the students that will hear the Gospel as a result of the month-long event.

Would you please join us in praying for March Madness? We are praying for our current students to have the boldness to invite their peers out, and that lives will be changed and new relationships with Christ will be started as a result of the event.

2018 is already shaping up to be a great year, and we are excited to see what unfolds throughout the rest of the year!

 

Be Blessed and have a great week!

-Pastor Dustin

CLEAN UP TIME— Week 2— 2/18/18

We had a great time last night for Part 2 of CLEAN UP TIME.

We had our Elective Time from 5-6 before youth as usual. The Easter Outreach group continued working hard as they prepare for their Easter performance, and the Games Elective had a blast playing ping-pong and pool.

We kicked off the night with one of our favorite games, KNEE VOLLEYBALL. This game is a more relaxed version (as far as rules go) and wild (as far as the ball bouncing off of walls and chairs) of actual volleyball. The game is played on your knees, and the ball can be played off of the wall, ceiling, etc.

The GEN122 Youth Band (GEN— short for generation. 122— Romans 12:2) did a great job leading everyone into worship last night.

 

Mariah gave a brief message last night on Campus Missions, GO! Get Your Harvest!, and Making Disciples who make disciples. She shared with the group her heart and how our theme verse for the month, Psalm 51:10NKJV,

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

fits in with Campus Missions. Sometimes, we need God to “clean up” the way we approach and view the importance of our friends having a relationship with Jesus. Mariah shared that it starts with planting a seed. That’s what our part is. Care enough for our peers and friends to sow seeds of God’s love and salvation into their lives, and pray that they will respond to God’s call and invitation to them. Mariah did an outstanding job to set up Tribe Huddle time when students talked with their Tribe Leaders on how to connect with and reach different people in their schools.

 

Have a great week and don’t miss our worship night this Sunday, February 28th!

-Pastor Dustin