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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:

Worship

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.
*Ask
*Seek
*Knock

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

 

GREATER THAN Series, Part 3— God’s Love Is Greater Than the Labels That Divide Us— 9/3/17

Hello #teamawakening family!

This past Sunday was week three of our current GREATER THAN Series. Our worship time before the message was great! The GEN122 Youth Band had the night off, so we just had one guitar and vocalist, but the students turned into a choir as they sang and worshiped their hearts out.

The message was, “God’s Love Is Greater Than The Labels That Divide Us”. Sunday Night was also Campus Missions Night, so the message helped show what we believe God desires us to do this year on our school  campuses. Students were challenged to view their schools as mission fields while also viewing themselves as missionaries to their schools.

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.

The Greek word for “love” in this verse is agape. To agapao, means to totally give ourselves over to something; to be totally consumed with it and committed to it. What we agapao is what we put first in our lives, what we give the most of our money and time to. In other words it’s a commitment or a binding of ourselves to something, so that we become ‘one’ with it.

God put us first because of his incredible love for us! God’s love is a love that we will never fully comprehend. It’s a love that is totally pure, selfless, and authentic. The Greek word for world in this verse is kosmos, and it shows us that God loves the world (everyone ever created), so much that he provided a way for us to have a relationship with him through what Jesus did on the Cross for us!

Students were challenged to read the verse this way:

God so love the ______________ (athletes, band students, theatre students, my lunch table, cheerleaders, nerds, geeks, outdoorsman, new students, quiet
students, the poor and underprivileged, my parents, my siblings, the angry and frustrated, the bullies, self-harmers, LGBTQ, the lonely, the posers, agnostics,
atheists, hypocrites, people in other religions, honor students, student leaders, teachers, vo-tech students, homeschoolers, etc.) God’s love doesn’t see labels. God’s love is greater than the labels that divide us!

Students were also challenged to join us in taking our Campus Missions efforts to #NewBeginningsNewHeights this year. We typically have students write down the names of three friends that do not have a relationship with Jesus, and those friends are their focus throughout the year. The problem is that we all know more than three people. We typically choose the people we are “comfortable” reaching out to. This year, instead of putting three friends names on the wall, we’re going to take another approach. We want to take our Campus Missions to #NewBeginningsNewHeights. This year, we want to cross the social labels and boundaries that have divided us for far too long.

Erasing lables begins here. There will be weeks when students come in, and find out that they will be sitting next to someone that they typically wouldn’t sit beside. Why? Because God’s Love Is Greater Than The Labels That Divide Us.

We closed out the night in our Tribe Huddles going over these questions:

1. How does tonight’s take and explanation John 3:16 change the way you view your school and peers?

2. How do you think it would change your school if you viewed others as “Loved by God” instead of the label they have been given?

3. How do you feel about erasing labels, getting to know about other people, sitting at their lunch table, etc? (Excited, scared, etc.) Why?

4. Talk about ways we can help each other to rise to the challenge of erasing the labels that divide us even though we are at many different schools. (FaceTime, texting, etc.)

Don’t miss the series finale this Sunday, 9/17!

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin

Students taking a few minutes to ask God these two questions: What do you want to see happen in my school this year? What do you desire to do through me and this ministry?

 

 

GREATER THAN Series, Part 2— The Image We Bear Is Greater Than The Lies We Hear— 8/27/17

Good Monday Morning!

We closed August out with a bang last night at #teamawakening! The night started off with a quick game of volleyball before worship started.

GEN122 did an OUTSTANDING job leading us into God’s presence during worship. As students entered in during worship, we asked if there were any students who needed prayer with lies they were struggling with about themselves regarding their image. You can see how this played out by looking at the pictures below.

The message was, “The Image We Bear Is Greater Than The Lies We Hear”.

Genesis 1:26-31NIV says,

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth
and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

We looked at three points last night start with:

1.     The Image We Bear

We were made in the image and likeness of God. He chose us out of all he created to bear his image, to have a choice to experience his presence, and know what it means to have a personal relationship with him. God created us is in freedom and to rule and have dominion. God didn’t create you and me to live life neatly tucked into a box to be ruled and controlled by what others think we should do. He created us to live life in victory, as an adventure, and as the incredibly unique individual he created us to be. Up until God created mankind, he said that what had been created was “good”. After God added mankind to the mix, Genesis 1:31 says that God looked at ALL that he had made, and said that it was VERY good! I wholeheartedly believe that God wasn’t just talking about Adam and Eve when he said that is was “very good”. I believe that God, in his infinite wisdom, looked into the future, saw and included us when he said that it was VERY GOOD! God didn’t say we were “very good” because of anything that we had done. He said it was very good because of the love and pleasure he took in us!

2.      The Lies We Hear

Some of the students texted in some of the lies that students struggle with when dealing with their self-image. Some of the lies were:

1. You’re not good enough. You’re not strong enough.
2. I am easy to forget. There’s nothing special about me. I don’t have anything different than anyone else.
3. It takes beauty, a pretty face, and a body to be known as something in today’s world.

The truth about chasing the image that culture tells us we should chase is that it’s impossible to catch it. Think about it for a minute. The image that culture encourages us to chase is constantly changing. Clothing styles, hair styles, and various other things are constantly changing. Why? It’s because these things never bring true happiness. When we start chasing the image that everyone else is changing, we are becoming just like everyone else. The image that culture encourages us to chase is forgettable.

The One whose image we bear (God’s) is unchanging. Hebrews 13:8 says, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We all bear the image of God. God created us to reflect and look like him. Just like people see some of our parents in the way we act and look, God desires others to see him in us. We all bear the image of God, but that doesn’t mean that we are all the same. God is so creative that even identical twins have different fingerprints! While we all bear the image of God, he created us as incredibly unique individuals with our own gifts, talents, interests, etc.

As a matter of fact, you are unforgettable to God. Most of us tend to shut people out or forget about them when they betray us or turn their back on us. Thankfully, that’s not what God did for us. Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” God saw the lies we had believed and the image of lies we were chasing. God didn’t turn his back on us and forget about us when we chose to chase another image other than the one he created us to bear. God’s love for each one of us is so strong that he couldn’t simply forget about us. He longed for us to accept and believe in the image he created us to bear so deeply that he gave his life for us on the Cross to restore our relationship with him. YOU ARE UNFORGETTABLE TO GOD!!!

3.     The Truth Be Told

1 Peter 3:3-4 says, Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves.

There is nothing wrong with having nice hair or looking nice. What Peter is telling us is that our self-worth is not found in these things. We should not seek approval through our looks and possessions even though this is what culture tells us. The image we bear is already far better than any image we could create. Quit trying to create your own image. You’ll never do as good of a job as what God already did!

Psalm 139:13-14 and Jeremiah 1:5 says,
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,

Take this verse in for a couple of seconds— God created your inmost being— the small details that even you don’t know. He carefully constructed you. He knows
every detail about you: large and small, good and bad, and he still said “it was very good”! This is the one whose image we bear!!! The image we bear cannot be taken away. We don’t have to build up our image before God. He already did that when he created us and then restored it on the Cross! The image that you and I bear does not depend on and is not affected by the way you look, your clothes, your personal achievements, how many points you score, your grades, your parents, friends, the way  people treat you, etc. The image you and I bear is set in stone and is unchangeable. Sometimes we just need to wash the dirt and mud off so we can
see our true image.

Check out the short, 2 1/2 minute video below that we watched to go along with the message last night:

Gene thought he was a failure because he wasn’t fulfilling the “image” everyone told him he was supposed to keep. The truth is that Gene was created to be unique. He was created to be Gene. We were created to bear the image of our creator, and to simply be the people that God created us to be. Don’t allow the lies you hear to keep you from the joy and freedom that comes from bearing the image of God that God freely gave you!

THE IMAGE WE BEAR IS GREATER THAN THE LIES WE HEAR!

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin

GREATER THAN Series, Part 1— The Light Within You is Greater Than the Darkness Around You. (8/20/17)

Hello #teamawakening family!

We kicked off a new series last night! Before we got to the message, we launched two new electives last night: Worship Arts and Community Outreach. The Worship Arts Elective will look at different ways we can express our worship. A typical meeting would look something like this: worship music playing in the background while students draw, color, and journal what they feel God lay on their heart and speak to them. The Community Outreach Elective will do volunteer projects like fixing things up at church, make meal bags to drop off at local food pantries, etc. to help impact the community with the love of Jesus.

 

We kicked off youth with an old favorite: Fruit Ninja. This is a game where the group sits in a circle, and everyone chooses a fruit they will be for the game. One person says they want ________ (the name of a fruit), and that person has to name themselves and what fruit they want before the ninja hits them with the paper towel roll. It can get a little fast paced and wild, which is why it is a group favorite.

We had a powerful time of worship led by our youth band— GEN122 before the message.

The message was “The Light that is in You is Greater Than the Darkness Around You.”  1 John 4:4NIV says, You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

The church had been facing opposition from false teachers and people who were distorting the truth of the Gospel— Much like many students probably feel when they walk into school and realize they’re one of the only ones who believe the way they do. John encourages the church the he that is in them (Jesus) is greater than he that is in the world (Satan). They were already victorious. Their message was greater than the false hope that the world and false teachers offered.

We asked students, “What is our message? What are we about?” I believe our message and vision is exactly what people are looking for. What are people looking for? We looked at three things that people are looking for:

  1. A place to CONNECT. (Students want to place they feel they can belong to, and have something to be a part of)
  2. A place to DEVELOP and grow. (Students desire to grow into someone that has purpose, and become the person they were created to be)
  3. A place to DISCOVER God’s purpose for their life. (Students want to know their purpose and the reason they were put on this earth.

AYM exists to see all students CONNECT to the family of Christ, DEVELOP a deeper walk of faith, and DISCOVER God’s purpose for their. Students were encouraged to remember that this youth ministry has something real to offer their friends, and that should encourage them and give them the confidence to talk to their friends about their faith and Awakening Youth Ministries!

Matthew 5:14-16 says,
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

We are the light of the world. The light of Christ lives on the inside of us. Just like this verse says that people don’t light a lamp just to hide it, we don’t want to hide the light that we have within us. Students were encouraged to shine their light because it is greater and has more to offer their friends that the darkness that is around us. The truth is that students are searching very deeply for the truth. This is why we see so many addictions and negative things happening all around us. People are searching to CONNECT, DEVELOP, and DISCOVER. They are searching for something greater than what they currently have.

The light within you is GREATER THAN the darkness around you. It all comes down to one question that students were challenged with:

Will my commitment to shining the light of Christ be greater than my commitment to blending in with others in the darkness?

The students ALL committed to letting their light shine this school year! We invite anyone reading this to join us letting you light shine in the darkness!

Be Blessed and We’ll See You Sunday!

-Pastor Dustin

Amazing Race— Persecuted Church Edition— 7/30/17

Hello #teamawakening family!

This past Sunday was the final week of our Amazing Race— Persecuted Church Edition Series. We had a GREAT time during the Night of Worship from 6-7 before we came back to youth.

Sunday’s featured country was India. India has a population of 1,342,513,000 with 63,970,000 (4.8%) of those being Christians. You can check out a brief description of the environment that Christians in India are in below:

Since May 2014, India has been governed by a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As a result, radical Hinduism, which was already present under the previous government, has increased steadily. While the level of intolerance continues to increase, Christians are regularly attacked by radical Hindus. The level of impunity has gone up markedly, with communities of converts to Christianity from Hinduism bearing the brunt of the persecution. They are constantly under pressure to return to their old beliefs, and are often physically assaulted, sometimes killed. Protestant Christian communities are the second main target because of their involvement in outreach activities and conversions, and they also face regular attacks by radical Hindus.

To support persecuted Christians in India, Open Doors is on the ground providing training, discipleship, education, vital relief aid and more.

After students prayed for the believers in India, we split into our teams to determine the winners of our four week, four team competition. Each week, teams had to complete detours and roadblocks just like teams do in the real Amazing Race. The detours and roadblocks typically involved a food challenge or a game that is popular in the featured country for the night. This past Sunday, the challenges were an eating contest where one team member has to eat a spicy Curry dish as quickly as possible. The next challenge was hopscotch and carom. In hopscotch, teams had to get a total of 30 before moving on. In carom (similar to pool, but played with the fingers), players had to make three shots before moving on. The final challenge was the Scripture verse challenge. Teams had to put James 1:2-4NIV in order,

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Once teams completed the Scripture verse challenge, in was time to race to the Pit Stop to check in. The God Squad and The Jimmy Dean Green Machine finished the four week competition in a tie with The Jimmy Dean Green Machine winning the Relay Race Tiebreaker. The teams and their places are shown below:

Here are some more pics from the night:

Have a Great Week!

-Pastor Dustin

Amazing Race— Persecuted Church Edition— 7/23/17

Good Monday Morning!

Last night was week 3 of our Amazing Race- Persecuted Church Edition Series. You can check out some pictures  below of Electives and our game of knee volleyball before youth started:

Our featured our country this week was Iraq. Here are some quick stats on the country of Iraq and the conditions that Christians there are living in:

86/100 EXTREME PERSECUTION

Leader: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Government: Parliamentary Democracy Population: 38,654,000 (230,000 Christians— less that 1%)

Source of Persecution:
Main Religion: Islam Islamic Oppression

Near Extinction

Christians have lived in Iraq for two millennia but are currently on the verge of extinction. Many have fled areas controlled by ISIS and other Islamic extremists. The overall persecution situation in Iraq is characterized by impunity, the threat of attacks and second- class treatment by the authorities. Historical and Protestant Christian communities are seriously affected by persecution, especially from radical Islamic movements, authorities and non-Christian leaders. Communities of converts to Christianity from Islam are the most severely persecuted, especially by their own families.

To help Christians suffering from persecution in Iraq, Open Doors works with local partners to provide the training, Bibles, microloans, building materials, crisis relief and other support they need to remain as lights in their war-torn nation.

Last night’s Scripture was Matthew 5:43-48NIV:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

It’s easy to love those who love us and pray for those who treat us nicely.  This is how the majority of culture operates, but Jesus gives a new challenge here: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. What this means for us today is this— show God’s love and pray for those who bully you, make fun of you, are rude to you, who betray you, etc.

The second part of Vs. 45 says that God causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. This means that God is the God of the “good” people and the ones many may consider “bad”. He loves us all equally as much. When we show love to those who mistreat us, we are showing them the same love that Jesus showed us on the cross instead of responding with the same type of attitude like they expect us too. When we love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us, we are choosing to walk in the freedom and joy that God intends for us to walk in instead of allowing others to control by causing bitterness in our hearts.

Verse 48 tells us to “be perfect”. The Greek word for “perfect” means completeness. Jesus gave us these instructions to help us live in and experience the complete freedom, love, and joy that God offers us through a relationship with him.

If you’re struggling with bitterness towards those who have hurt you or wronged you, I encourage you to choose to love and pray for them. The truth is that people who hurt others are typically hurting themselves. Instead of allowing yourself to be robbed of the joy of the Lord because of bitterness, choose prayer and forgiveness!

Make sure to take about three minutes to watch an encouraging video on Christians in Iraq on how they respond to the persecution they face.

See you next week!

-Pastor Dustin

 

Amazing Race— Persecuted Church Edition— 7/16/17

Happy Monday #teamawakening family!

Last night was week two of our Amazing Race— Persecuted Church Edition Series. Our featured country this week was Somalia.

Jack Felter, one of the high school leaders, gave the message this week as the group looked at Psalm 119:105:

Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.

We know that “word” is referring to the Bible. We used this illustration to explain this verse to the students: Imagine you are walking down a dark path in the woods at with a flashlight. The flashlight does two things. First, it acts as a “lamp” to show you what is directly in front of you. Second, it shines further down the path to make us aware of what lies ahead. God’s word does the same thing for us. It helps guide us through the situations and circumstances that we face in our day-to-day lives as well as prepare us for anything we will face down the road in life.

The Christians in Somalia have to rely on God’s word to guide them through some of the dark times and circumstances they face. While we may not be facing the extreme persecution that people in Somalia face, but it is imperative that we rely on God’s word to be our light and guide throughout our lives.

After the message, the students were split into teams to compete in the various challenges that represented some of the games and activities that children in Somalia often participate in.

You can check out a quick clip of Jesse leading the students in worship last night before you go:

Have a great week and we will see you Sunday!

-Pastor Dustin