Monthly Archives: September 2007

Saturday…

It is gameday…big game today between FSU and Alabama. I have to be honest. I’ve been bummed that I am not going to the game. Seeing that it is in Jacksonville and the largest crown in Jacksonville stadium’s history…well…yeah…and I only live 15 minutes away…
So go Noles! haha…we shall see what happens.

Had a great time playing some b’ball with some of the youth! Lots of mosquito swatting and all so it was a good time.

I’m excited that we are going skiing in January! The trip is all set to go and I can not wait. There is something about cold weather, snow, skis and downhill that gets me pumped. Can’t wait to hit the black diamond!

My prayer for Elevate students is that we continue to grow into a core of students that serve Jesus! I can see the growth from January and I desire to see more students come to know Jesus!
There are many people that need an encouraging word…encourage somebody today!

Have an awesome Saturday and keep your eyes on Jesus.

Jesus is the center…

It was a lot of fun last night at Elevate! haha…”Whose room is it anyway” was hilarious…I wonder whose room will be next week?

I’m excited that God is doing a work in the youth group. I was reading this morning in Colossians 1:15-16,

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things were created through Him and for Him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

What an awesome description of Jesus…Last night at Elevate was the last week on prayer and why it’s important in our lives. I was reminded again by this passage that Jesus must be the center of our lives.

Colossians 1:17b says, “and in him all things hold together.”
Not only is God the creator, but He is what holds the universe in place…God has such a great answer to the world, He came to save those who are lost…he came to show us a new way through Jesus Christ.

Why must we make Christianity so difficult? It is the power of God in us…”If anyone is in Christ He is a new creation, old things have passed away, behold all things are new!”

What i’m learning in my own life is that Jesus must be the center of my relationships, my attitude, my thoughts, my desires…It has been a journey to find out how much I need Jesus to change me every day. I do not want to become stagnant and go through my daily motions without a fresh word from God and letting His word saturate my life.

I pray that we as Christians throw aside every weight that is holding us down and look to Jesus as our source of life and believe that He is stronger and mightier than any obstacle we face in this life.

Sweet. Jesus loves you.

See You At the Pole tomorrow!!

Hey!

Remember tomorrow morning at 7am at your school’s flagpole to come and pray!

Pray for your friends, family and your school! Pray that many come to know Jesus!!

I’m excited to see how God works through See you at the pole throughout Jacksonville and the world! Uniting students together to pray is an awesome chance to see a revival in America!

Have an awesome day!

Monday…

Beautiful day! I hope you are all doing great.

Reminder for Elevate this week! This is our last week on our series: “What prayer is all about anyway?”

Come on out! God has been working in many lives, keep praying for people who need the Lord and an encouraging word!

Special video this wednesday night…”Whose room is it anyway!!!” It is hilarious!

Who will it be this week!?!? Come find out…

Also, tonight at 6:30 the student ministry is going out to visit and encourage students! Be in the ATRIUM to get the “low down” on where we will be going and all! We will hang out afterwards, maybe grab some food to eat!

Focus on God today…remember that He loves you and wants to use you to be an example to other people!

Awesome stuff

God is so good…

We had a great time at youth last night…God showed up last night and worked in some lives, encouraged some and helped others to find a relationship with Christ.
Nothing thrills my heart more than getting a voicemail from a student that had given her life to Christ with her mom after Elevate! I definitly saved that voicemail…It was great to see that students are responding to God and desire a relationship with Him. Students are hurting in so many ways…Even though the news speaks of students and how horrible and bleak it is…God still changes lives! sweet.

Anyways…It has been raining like crazy for the last few days…I can’t wait to go surf when it clears up! Let me know if you want to go!

Keep seeking after Jesus and remember to share Him with others!

what’s up

Yo blog world. haha.

I’m heading to Sandalwood High school…eat some lunch with students and hang out. I really enjoy going to schools because you get to see what students go through on a daily basis. There are so many temptations and frustrations during school. It helps me understand that each student has a life that is full of ups and downs and they need encouragement and discipleship to be strong in today’s culture.

God is moving in today’s students. I was able to see God work yesterday in a few lives and i’m excited to see God’s hand on this youth group.

Psalm is one of my favorite books, I love to read it in the morning when I wake up. Here’s a verse I came across today:

Psalm 73:26 says, “My flesh and heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

God is our portion! By His strength we can live this life

…I talked with a student yesterday of how we can do all the “makovers” we want on our life, we can go to church, we can be a good person, we can treat others fairly, but without a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, we are sinners before God.

But by His mercy we can be forgiven. I’m forgiven because of what Jesus did on the cross.
What an amazing God! He loves you and wants to strengthen your life today no matter what is happening…He is the strength of our heart (Ps. 73:26)

Stay clean and close to God!

Postmodernism…

Ooooh..big word!
I’ve been contemplating on this for a good bit of my college life and now in ministry. This word is thrown around a lot in Christian culture books, etc. I’ve been reading an awesome book called, “Engaging the Sould of Youth Culture” by Walt Mueller. It has been a great tool to me…
Postmodernism is a worldview. In other words, it is the lens by which people see the world. This worldview has its own dinstinctives though. An illustration is a painter that was not quite done with his work. His friend comes along and looks at it for a while…frustrated he looks at the painter and says, “what is it!” The painter looks at him and say, “It is whatever you want it to be.”
That sums up the postmodern worldview. Truth and reality is whatever you make it to be.
Why am I blogging about this?
If we want to reach the world for Jesus, we must understand their thoughts and beliefs! Many times the church has a mentality of, “come on in and join us”, but the world looks and wants to know, “Why???”

The world asks these questions,
“Why do I need to go to church?” “How can Jesus be the only way?” “Why did Jesus come to earth?”

The issue is not whether they are active in church, it is that they have been changed by a saving relationship with Jesus! Following Jesus and staying committed to church is a bi-product of salvation and relationships with other believers.
Postmodern thought follows emotion over reason. Many commercials, movies and ads display themselves towards people’s feelings and not on the product’s nutritional value or performance…interesting. On that same note, people believe in what they like. We call it “moral relativism.”

Without a moral standard of truth, everything becomes opinion and absolute truth is abandoned.
Jesus is the way, truth and the life!

Jesus changed my life. I mess up every day, but His amazing grace keeps forgiving me. Wow, what an amazing God! God is always good to his children.

Thank Him today for His truth. Thank Him for His love. Pray for people who need Jesus.