Monday, June 30, 2008

Waiting on God

Ever since the Rebelution I've been looking for my 'big hard thing.' I've come up with all sorts of possibilities of what that could be and have tried to hurry up and get going, feeling like I needed to catch up. Whenever I would suggest a big idea to someone and they would start asking me questions about how realistic these ideas were, I would brush it off thinking it was just low expectations again. This also revealed that I wasn't mainly doing it for God; it was more about my own prestige. God has been showing me lately that rather than running about trying to find big hard things to do, I need to be faithful to do my little hard things until God calls me to do a big hard thing for him. If any of you are in the same car (I don't like boats that much) as I am, this verse is a very helpful reminder: "You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much." Matthew 25:21


Sunday, June 29, 2008

Verse of the Day

Week of June 29th

June 29th- Romans 12:9-16 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

June 30th- 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.

July 1st-
2 Timothy 3:12-17 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

July 2nd-
Hebrews 4:12-16 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joint and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are- yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Long answer to a short question :-)

Answers to the study guide for chapter 2:
1) Yes, well, sort of :-). I've struggled to let the events produce outward lasting change but in my core I'm different. Really, it was a series of events too long to post right now, but the combination of a missions trip to Nigeria, This Present Darkness/Piercing the Darkness (now my favorite books besides the Bible), and other things totally revamped my attitude and thoughts about prayer (most of the time:-)). I now see prayer as a delight instead of a duty (though a not terribly unpleasant duty); a passion instead of a performance; an expression of personal friendship instead of an expression of "family friendship". Of course, it's a journey (one that the worship dance teachers especially have played a part in recently), but that's the first part of my answer.Secondly is my gaining a "big picture" of God, a fuller view of Him (literally magnifying Him :-)). The defining moment for that was probably this spring, when I attended a Bible study taught by my church history teacher on the very topic. More about that some other time per Melly's idea of attribute studies.
2) I don't think so
3) No
4) Not really

Friday, June 27, 2008

Upcoming Youth Camp!

Hey All,

Since Youth Camp 08 is next week, I came up with a challenge for all who are going (I hope everyone is!). My challenge would be to meet teens from other Sovereign Grace churches and to be open to whatever God has to say to each of us through the messages given.
I know it's a tendency to look at this opportunity as just a hang-out time, but we can make the most of this event. Take the time to prepare your hearts to receive encouragement, conviction, correction, and/or wisdom at the Youth Camp. Also initiate fellowship. Let's help each other grow in cultivating fellowship and accountability.
Also, this could be a great opportunity for each of us to stretch our comfort zones by initiating friendship with teens outside of our church. I'm sure God will bring a new friend along if we just reach out.
And definitely don't miss hanging out either. It's great to be with our friends and share fun times, and this will definitely be one of them.
I can't wait for what God's got in store for each of us at Youth Camp 08! I hope to see you all there!!!


Sunday, June 22, 2008

Verse of the Day

Week of June 22nd

June 22nd- 2 Timothy 2:20-21 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the master and prepared to do any good work.

June 23rd- Philippians 2:1-4 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete be being like-minded, having the same love, being in one spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

June 24th- Ezekiel 3:17-21 "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to a wicked man, 'You will surely die,' and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his evil ways, he will die for his sin; but you will have saved yourself. Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before him, he will die. Since you did not warn him, he will die for his sin. The righteous things he did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the righteous man not to sin and he does not sin, he will surely live because he took warning, and you will have saved yourself."

June 25th- Romans 2:5-11 But because of your stubbornness and your unprepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God "will give to each person according to what he has done." To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism.

June 26th- Romans 12:3-8 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

June 27th- Revelation 5:11-13 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!"

June 28th- Colossians 1:10-14 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Chapter Two

Chapter Two...and so it begins!!!

1)Looking back, do you see a season, a book, or an event that changed what you believe or how you live? If so, talk about it. How are you different now?

2) One teen told Alex and Brett, "Everyone I know at school is shackled by low expectations." Could you say the same thing? If so, talk about why. (or in our, co-ops, sports teams, etc.)

3) Have you ever found yourself responsible for a task that seemed too big for you to succeed at? If so, what happened? Did that experience turn out to be a bad thing or a good thing in your life?

4) Did you identify with the story of shy Heidi Bentley (pages 19-22)? If so, talk about it.

Chapter One

Alrighty, sorry that I didn't finish the rest of the questions last week...things got a little busy but that is no are the rest of the questions for chapter one

1) As you read the inside flaps of the book and the first chapter, how did you react to the authors’ talk about change, hard things, and "rebelution"?
2)Usually we try to look to older (hopefully wiser) people for life advice. Do you see any risks when teenagers—in this case, two nineteen year olds—try to persuade other young people to change how they think? On the other hand, what might be some advantages to the authors’ age?
3)"We don’t think ‘average teenagers’ exist," write the twins. Do you feel average? If so, why? Does that ever feel like a good thing? If not, what is it that makes you feel not average?
4)The fictional Dundress monks were well intentioned but unhappy Christians who believed that more misery must mean more holiness. Have you ever thought that? Where do you think that kind of thinking comes from?
5)In what ways do you think popular culture misrepresents what the teen years are for? Can you think of one thing that would change if you and your friends believed—really believed—that low expectations were ripping you off?

Have fun answering these questions and we'll start on chapter 2 tomorrow!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Mark and Chelsey.....

Hi everyone!

I thought it was only appropriate to make a post in honor of Mark and Chelsey. As most of you know, last night at the Q222 banquet, they were both rewarded with the best Godly Character and Example. I haven't known Mark or Chelsey for a very long time, nor do I know either of them very well. But from what I've seen in both of them, I'm not at all surprised that they got this award.

Chelsey, you are so sweet! You're so welcoming, friendly and easy to be around. Your smile is truly infectious. I love your joyful and cheerful attitude. Thanks for making this blog, it has been awesome and has really been a huge motivation and has helped keep me accountable. Thank you for being such a servant and an example!

Mark, I've only talked to you a few times, but I can tell you're a great Godly leader. The way that you started the study with the younger teens and how you've been very diligent to post a daily verse for all of us. I know that many times those verses were just what I needed that day. Thank you for being such a hard worker and serving the Lord in everything you do!

You both are really great examples of Rebelutionairies! Keep serving and growing in the Lord!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Do Hard Things Study

Alright, I hope you all have had the chance to download and look over your Do Hard Things Study Guide. From the way I see it, this will be a 13 week study, with a question every day during the week. (not weekends) So please do your best to contribute your thoughts and answers to these questions. (check back every day for a new question in this same post...and if your answer is long, you can answer the question in a post of your own =) ) Here we go....

Chapter One
1) As you read the inside flaps of the book and the first chapter, how did you react to the authors' talk about change, hard things, and "rebelution"?

2) Usually we try to look to older(hopefully wiser) people for life advice. Do you see any risks when teenagers-in this case, two nineteen year olds-try to persuade other young people to change how they think? On the other hand, what might be some advantages to the authors' age?

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Telepathic Ability

Ok I'm quite convinced that the Harris brothers are mind readers because just the other day I was wishing they would come out with a study guide...guess what! You can now go to because they have just come out with the official Do Hard Things STUDY GUIDE!!!!!!!! Please go to the link and download it...its free and then we can begin our study!