• ~IMPORTANT~

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

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Your license is no longer valid if it is not renewed.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

CLEAN UP TIME— Week 1— 2/11/18

Hello #teamawakening family!

Last night was the first week of our February theme— CLEAN UP TIME. We kicked the night off with a game called “Battle of the Sexes”. Five guys faced off against five girls. Each guy was given a Powerpoint slide they had to identity, and the girls did the same. The point of the game is that the guys got slides that most of the girls would know (the brand of the purse pictured) and the girls got a picture that most of the guys would know (what is the name of this tool). The girls won the game 4-1.

Worship time was great! We did a completely unplugged acoustic set since we didn’t get our sound system working until right before youth due to the remodel. This was actually a blessing in disguise as we got to hear twenty-six students and leaders singing out in worship together. Sometimes God allows things not to go how we want them to create an expected, intimate experience with him.

Next up was the message to kick off our CLEAN UP TIME theme for the month. It’s not necessary to clean up unless things are dirty or messy. We take showers to wash the dirt and smell off of us that is accumulated from living life. This months theme verse talks about God creating a “clean heart” in us. Just like our  physical bodies get dirty and smelly when they aren’t cleaned as we live life, our spiritual lives do the same as we go through life.

Psalm 51:10NKJV says, Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
The background of this story is that King David, a man after God’s own heart, made a huge mistake.  David had an affair with the wife of one his most loyal warriors and then had him killed to cover the affair up. David, who had been an example of leading with integrity and godliness since a teenager, had fallen. The phrase that we will look at throughout the month is, “Whatever has your attention, has your affection”. 
Our attention is what we place our focus on. It is the act or power of carefully thinking about, listening to, or watching someone or something (Webster’s Dictionary). Our affection is a feeling of liking and  caring for someone or something; a tender attachment (Webster’s). What ever has your focus eventually gains your affection and passion, and whatever/whoever has your affection eventually determines your actions. David’s attention and affection were in the wrong place.
When God sent Nathan the profit to confront David, David cried out to God with the prayer we see in Psalm 51:10. David desired for God to create in him a clean, or pure, heart and help him to be firm in his faith and actions towards God once again. David needed to clean up.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, we tied the topic of sexual purity into the message, and looked at how the words “pure” and “purity” have been used in culture as well as in the church. Many times in church circles, sex is made out to be bad— Don’t think about it! Don’t ask about it! Etc. We always start off our discussions on sex by telling the youth that sex is something incredible that was created by God. The catch? It was created by God to be between a man and wife within the marriage relationship. Anything outside of this is outside of God’s plan and brings hurt, confusion, and trouble.
We often hear the term “staying pure UNTIL marriage” a lot. While we obviously understand and agree with the principle of this comment (not having sex until marriage), purity is something that should be carried into and throughout your marriage. Purity is a life style. Purity is often confused with virginity. We challenged the youth with this comment— “You can be a virgin and not be pure”. If you are a virgin but looking at inappropriate things on the internet, having inappropriate conversations, listening to immoral music, etc., are you really living a lifestyle of purity.
Purity rings are another thing that is big in Christian circles. For the record, we think purity rings are a great idea, but wearing a purity ring in and of itself doesn’t make you pure. Purity is more than a ring. Purity is a lifestyle. Living a lifestyle of purity is more about what we do than what we don’t do. Many times, the focus is placed on things like “Don’t have sex until you’re married, don’t do this, don’t do that, etc.” When we place our focus on living a life that strives to draw closer to God and live the life that he has called us to live before himself and others, the don’ts many times have a way of taking care of themselves.
As we go through life, we get “dirt” on us: thoughts, temptations, opinions, habits, etc. that need washed off. We need to clean up.
Philippians 4:8NIV gives us some good advice on how to live a life of purity:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Paul tells us to think, reason and decide (or focus) on things that are true, noble, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. Basically, Paul is telling us to focus on Jesus, his way of thinking, and things that glorify and honor him.
When we place our attention on these type of things, we become passionate about the things that honor and please God which leads to us living a life of purity before God.
We closed out the message by asking the students these questions before heading back into our Tribe Huddles for group discussion on the message:
What in your life needs cleaned up? What areas of your life do you need to shift your focus and attention? What or who have your given your attention and affection to that is leading you down a road like David travelled?
We all have areas of our lives that could use some clean up. It’s Clean Up Time.
Have a great week!
-Pastor Dustin

Arts Night— 1/28/18

Hello Everyone!

This Sunday was our first monthly Creative Arts Night. We kicked off the night with a quick ice-breaker where two people had to see who could be the first to put 30 band-aids on their partner’s face. Make sure to check out the pictures of the aftermath below:

The band led us in a powerful time of worship last night, and you can catch a short clip of that below:

We had several of the students participant in the Creative Arts night by doing a drawing, song, or sharing a testimony.

Next month, we will be doing a Night of Worship where students will be able to experience the different avenues of worship as we worship together— singing, painting, writing, praying, etc.— as we worship together. January was a great month, and we expect February to be even better!

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin

 

LIGHTS. CAMERA. ACTION.— Week 3— 1/21/18

HAPPY MONDAY #teamawakening family!

The topic this week was “GO! Together!”

There is power in numbers. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12NIV says,

     Two are better than one,
     because they have a good return for their labor:
     10 If either of them falls down,
     one can help the other up.
     But pity anyone who falls
     and has no one to help them up.
     11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
     But how can one keep warm alone?
     12 Though one may be overpowered,
     two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

We’ve all been in situations where we thought we’d be better off trying to get through it ourselves so we didn’t have to rely on someone else or let someone else see our vulnerabilities and flaws. The problem with that way of thinking is that it normally ends with us being overcome instead of overcoming whatever lies before us. However, we can get through anything when we have people to go through life with! The more reliable, godly people we have around us, the stronger we become.

Last night was Fellowship Night, and we took a look at communion and what it actually means for us today. Most of us think of communion as a cracker, grape juice, and praying to thank Jesus for dying for our sins. While there is nothing wrong with that, there is much more to “communion” that we typically realize.

Communion means “sharing”. It comes from the same root word for common, community, and to communicate. A life of communion is meant to bring everyone together as one body.

Paul writes 1 Corinthians 11:17-22 in response to the church at Corinth neglecting to live a true life of communion with one another .

1 Corinthians 11:17-22 says,
In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. 18 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. 19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval. 20 So then, when you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, 21 for when you are eating, some of you go ahead with your own private suppers. As a result, one person remains hungry and another gets drunk. 22 Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God by humiliating those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? Certainly not in this matter!

The believers at Corinth came together to do the “church thing”, but were really only concerned with themselves. Paul wanted their focus to be on helping one another through life as they all followed Christ together. Check out these next words from Macey, one of our All-Star student leaders we are blessed to have in AYM. Macey was unable to make it last night due to a last-minute illness, but she planned ahead so that we were still able to take a look at what she had to share anyway! Max, one of our sixth graders, shared Macey’s words with us. This turned out to be a great opportunity to allow one of our younger students to experience ministering to the rest of the group. Macey said,

This relates to how sometimes in our own lives we do the same thing just because it’s what we’re “supposed to”. We should take this time and make it about us, God, and this family that God has helped us build here. Communion and living a life of communion with one another should be very personal.

The point of community is that we GO! Together. Communion is sharing in our community, #teamawakening. This means that we struggle together, we rejoice together, we fail together. we win together, we overcome barriers and differences together, and we GO! through life together. Communion (community) helps us experience God’s love and gives us strength to GO! Get Our Harvest! (our 2018 theme that we talked about in the 1/7/18 post).

Max closed out the message with sharing these words from Macey about her heart for AYM this year as we “GO! Together”:

It’s easier said that done, but it’s in the hard times that we really need to rely on others most. Whether it be people here, friends at school, or even family, those are the people who help the most. My goal for us this year is to never feel alone. Not only do we have God, we have each other! I also don’t want someone to ignore another person they know is struggling. Reach out to others and let them in as well. It’s the only way we are going to grow as one for Christ.

Max studying his notes as he gets ready to share!

We took this time to split back into our Tribe Huddles to share our struggles and victories and pray for one another. I caught this moment at the end of our Tribe Huddles and was able to take a picture to share with you:

The Little Rascals Tribe closing out their Huddle time by locking arms in prayer!!!

We closed out the night by gathering back together to take communion together. John, who leads our middle schoolers with his wife, Cindy, shared this with me after youth, and typed it so you could experience it as well. I hope it fires you up as much as it did me when I heard it!:

We had communion tonight for Awakening Youth Ministries and I was asked to pray before we partook of the bread. Toward the end of my prayer I felt a very 
hot presence come over me like a fever. I had an overwhelming feeling that these young men and women were going to be great and do Great things for the Lord!!! I am honored that the Lord has put my wife and I here with these Precious lives to see them grow together in the Lord.

Don’t miss next week as we close out January with Creative Arts Night where the students will be able to share in music, dance, drawing, dance, etc.!

Be Blessed and be a blessing!

-Pastor Dustin