Friday, March 30, 2007
"Before we can talk to our students about God, we need to talk to God about our students!" - Some Wise Old Youth Pastor
I am so grateful that I found these words as I was searching for something else in my computer yesterday.
I'm not done preparing.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
I've kept this quote close to my heart this week as I have been meeting with students. It's a great reminder to push me towards living incarnationally in the world of our students. Don't get me wrong, I care about the impression, but I am always searching for impact! The same is true for me with my kids. I want to live many impressions on them, but I am always looking for ways to impact them.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Compare the way you eat. Suppose that you start the day with a glass of orange juice. It’s good, and good for you. It takes you maybe five minutes to drink it if you read the newspaper at the same time. Then you go off to work or school. You don’t eat anything else until the next morning. And you have another glass of juice. And so you go on drinking one glass of juice a day until you drop.
That’s the way a lot of Christians try to survive as believers. They feed their faith with five minutes of food in the morning, or evening, and then don’t eat again until twenty-four hours later. Some even skip one or two mornings and don’t give their faith anything to eat for days.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
We must never forget to practice incarnational ministry with your students. Jesus modeled it for us in John 1:14 when he "dwelt among us." He spent the better part of a year and a half of his ministry connecting with people. I love how one of my long time mentors Michael put it for me some time ago:
It does NOT say:
The Word stayed in Heaven and felt sorry for us!
The Word became information as was assimilated by us!
The Word became computerized and interfaced with us!
The Word became FLESH and taught courses among us!
The Word became FLESH and emailed all of us!
The Word became FLESH and scolded us for that whole “garden scandal."
The Word became FLESH and lead seminars w/great food and a great band among us!
Jesus literally "pitched His tent" on our turf! What a model of connecting.
Monday, March 26, 2007
I am gearing up for my big coaching debut tonight. I am coaching Noah's U6 soccer team. I've read through my coaching manual and I'm as ready as I can be. The only other team I coached was the church basketball team in 1994. I had a great center playing for me in that church, the great Chris Lord! I figure a youth pastor is a perfect fit for being a U6 soccer coach. You have to yell, be loud, run around, play games with soccer balls, talk to kids who don't listen to you, eat oranges at halftime, and walk to your car after the game with a snack and a drink! So this is why I went to seminary! The games we are playing tonight: Defrost, Knockout, Sharks and Minnows and a short scrimmage.
It's a fascinating read and worth a discussion among your student ministry leaders.
According to the author, here's the amount faith needed for this to happen, "And, oh yes, there should be one faith test. Faith in our country. Sure, there will be bumps along the way. But in the end, what is required in teaching about the Bible in our public schools is patriotism: a belief that we live in a nation that understands the wisdom of its Constitution clearly enough to allow the most important book in its history to remain vibrantly accessible for everyone."
What do you think? Good idea? Bad idea?
Sunday, March 25, 2007
"Far more than pains that racked Him then was the deep,
longing thirst divine,
that thirsted for the souls of men,
dear Lord--and one was mine!"
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
· Proud people ... focus on the failure of others
· Broken people ... are overwhelmed with a sense of their own spiritual need.
· Proud people ... have a critical, fault-finding spirit; look at everyone else's faults with a microscope, but their own with a telescope.
· Broken people ... are compassionate; can forgive much because they know how much they have been forgiven.
· Proud people ... are self righteous; and look down on others.
· Broken people ... esteem others better than themselves.
· Proud people ... have an independent, self-sufficient spirit.
· Broken people ... have a dependent spirit, and recognize their need for others.
· Proud people ... have to prove they are right.
· Broken people ... are willing to yield the right to be right.
· Proud people ... claim rights; have a demanding spirit.
· Broken people ... are self denying.
· Proud people ... desire to be served.
· Broken people ... are motivated to serve others.
· Proud people ... desire to be a success.
· Broken people ... are motivated to try to make others successful.
· Proud people ... desire self advancement.
· Broken people ... desire to promote others.
· Proud people ... are wounded when others are promoted and they are overlooked.
· Broken people ... are eager for others to get the credit and rejoice when others are lifted up.
· Proud people ... feel confident in how much they know.
· Broken people ... are humbled by how very much they have to learn.
· Proud people ... are self-conscious
· Broken people ... are not concerned with self at all.
· Proud people ... are quick to blame others.
· Broken people ... accept personal responsibility and can see where they are wrong in a situation.
· Proud people ... are unapproachable or defensive when criticized.
· Broken people ... receive criticism with a humble open spirit.
· Proud people ... find it difficult to share their spiritual needs with others.
· Broken people ... are willing to be open and transparent with others.
· Proud people ... are blind to their true heart condition.
· Broken people ... walk in the light.
· Proud people ... don't think they need revival, but are sure that everyone else does.
· Broken people ... continually sense their need for a fresh encounter with God..
And last but not least.
· Proud people ... think they belong on the broken people's list.
· Broken people ... are sure they belong on the proud people's list.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Today I read this blog post from Brianne - My Mentor - about Stacy.
This one of the things I want to see happening all over our ministry in the next 5 years!
Thanks Stacy! This blog inspires me to continue to serve with passion the students in our community!
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
“If Christianity is dull and boring,
if it is a burden and not a blessing,
then most likely we are involved
in a project, not a Person –
a system not a Savior,
rules rather than a
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.The modern scientist has lost God amid the wonders of His world; we Christians are in real danger of losing God amid the wonders of His Word. Religion, so far as it is genuine, is in essence the response of created personalities to the Creating Personality, God." - AW Tozer
This is what we are striving for in our student ministries! AMEN!
Monday, March 19, 2007
He went on to explain how the group of students was just hanging outside the church to talk about the student who died this past week. They figured hanging outside the church was probably a good place to meet and talk. Most of them went to Bear Creek and I spent about 10 minutes listening to them process the reality of losing one of their peers. Our conversation ended with two of the girls asking me if we were meeting on Sunday morning. I gave them the information and they showed up yesterday! I found out as I was talking to them that one of them left work that morning to come to church and was going back after we were done. They heard the cry of Jesus from the cross, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
God is moving. This morning. 10:30 p.m. on Friday night. Tomorrow. This summer. Forever. What a privilege it is to walk alongside students when they are hurting as they try to find their part in the story of God.
Friday, March 16, 2007
· Building up the growing believer - Building upon the foundation, erecting something that can be seen.
· Strengthening the mature believer in his faith - Strengthening so as to inspire confidence to trust God on their faith journey.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
This morning I asked Noah what his favorite part was and he replied immediately, "All of it!"
Josiah chimed in, "I loved Star Whores! (I laugh every time he says it), especially when Luke destroyed the whole Earth!"
This is awesome!
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
This is a key verse in our ministry for the adults who lead small groups. It's also a key verse for our students.
We must never forget what bought us our community with one another.
The blood of Jesus Christ.
He paid an unimaginable price for our community. It's such a privilege to be a part of a spiritual community. We want our students to know at least two things about the end of this verse. Their leaders in our community are gifts. The students in our community are gifts. Gifts that have been paid for!
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Shepherd (shep’erd) n. “One who herds, guards, and tends sheep.” (The American Heritage Dictionary, Houghton Mifflin)
If you want to be a leader in our student ministries, you are called to be much more than a chaperon – which come a dime a dozen. Instead, you are called to be a spiritual leader and to shepherd a segment of the flock (students).
A shepherd has three distinct responsibilities:
GUIDE the flock.
PROTECT the flock.
FEED the flock.
I am so thankful for the men and women who guide, protect and feed our students!
Monday, March 12, 2007
Check it out here.
I'm quite sure that if we looked hard enough into my family tree I am somehow related to John Elway! :)
I miss John!
As I drove home I was overwhelmed with the passion of the leaders that I get the chance to serve with week in an week out. They are pouring their lives into the disciplemaking process. I consider it a privilege to have passionate leaders leading the most passionate people in our church. I am excited to see what God is going to do in our i2i groups as we meet throughout the next two months!
Friday, March 09, 2007
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Spring is coming. Spring break is coming. WARNING! May the Spirit of God give our students the wisdom to heed the warning of Jesus over the warning of TAG.
"28But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell."
Monday, March 05, 2007
"My dad was my dad, but he was also my friend."
Yes! My heart jumped. I can't wait for the day I get to add the word friend to my relationship with my children. I can't wait for this to happen!
Sunday, March 04, 2007
"'Can't you wear something else? ...And please wear a belt because I don't want to see your butt crack when you bend over."
I want to criticize her, but I've done the same thing (not wear the above outfit) and will do it again (tell my kids one thing and then do what I told them not to do). It's true for Madonna and for me, our kids reveal who we really are.
Friday, March 02, 2007
Thursday, March 01, 2007
"24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
It snowed yesterday. The roads were extremely icy. Icy conditions DID exist. A lot of our students chose not to let those conditions stand in the way of our meeting. They showed up. For some, the trek was too difficult as there were accidents EVERYWHERE. We missed them and understand their frustration. One of our leaders, Julie, spent over 30 minutes in her car traveling less than a mile before she turned around! As I was hanging out in our cafe' before we started I heard a student proclaim, "Hey, I had to get here tonight! I am not giving up meeting together!"
We only have seven weeks left before we take our summer break in our small group ministry with these students. It's a privilege to be a part of a community students that wants to be together for the purpose of spiritual formation!