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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Just stop & Think

This is a link to a pretty amazing video. I just watched it. I haven't checked out the rest of the sight yet but Im sure thats pretty amazing too.

http://www.juststopandthink.com/movieextras.php

Test Results!

OK, I took the placement test yesterday morning, and I was mostly (I know, got to work on that) trusting God.
Thanks for all your prayers. They helped a lot, even though I failed. I'M JUST KIDDING!! I did pass!! Thank you, Lord!!!
Just goes to show that prayer really works. I can give you guys some of the credit, so give yourselves a pat on the back. :)
However, I have to give God ALL the credit. (okay, that doesn't make sense! I'll assume you all know what I'm talking about)
So yeah, it's great. Now, I just need God to open up some classes for me to take.
Thanks again you guys!

*Mel

Monday, July 28, 2008

Verse of the Day

Week of July 27th

July 27th- John 12:27-32 "Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!" Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and will glorify it again." The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him. Jesus said, "This voice was for your benefit, not mine. Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself." 

July 28th- James 4:7-12 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify hour hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.  Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you- who are you to judge your neighbor?

July 29th- Psalm 37:5-8 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret- it leads only to evil. 

July 30th- 1 Peter 1:3-9 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade- kept in heaven for your, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith- of greater worth than gold, which perishes though refined by fire- may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.  

July 31st- Proverbs 8:12-21 "I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have understanding and power. By me kings reign and rulers make laws that are just; by me princes govern, and all nobles who rule on earth. I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice, bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full.

August 1st- 1 Timothy 1:12-17 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners- of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

August 2nd- 1 Peter 5:6-11 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Update on Prayer

Well, God's plans definitely overrule mine (that's a good thing, by the way). I wasn't able to take the placement test this past Thursday due to CPCC's computer system, so we planned it for today. But my mom forgot, so it looks like tomorrow is THE day!
I'm not as anxious as before, but my trust in God could certainly grow.
Thank you all for praying. I appreciate you guys sooo much!!
I know God will give me peace and confidence so that I can do my best (as long as my brain gears function 100%, haha).

*Mel

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Prayer

Hey guys,

I know it seems like a small thing, but for me, it's important. Would you guys please pray for me? I'm going to take the CPCC placement test tomorrow, and I really need to pass the math section. I am not a big fan of math, and the test will have college math type problems.
I need to pass because I am pursuing veterinary school, and I could really start getting the pre-requisites out the way, math being an important one for this field.
Please pray for peace, a clear mind, and for my math memory to kick in quickly. :)
Thanks ahead of time for your prayers.

In Christ.
*Mel

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

New Band!

Hey everybody! For anybody who is looking for some really good music, I've found this new band called Worth Dying For. Their lyrics are completely amazing! They just came out with their CD Worth Dying For this year...so check them out!

here are their lyrics to he song "Revolution":
Lord I'll say these words out loud
And from my heart
I love You more than life itself
But that's not all
You're the Savior of my life
You're the One that I lift high
You're the only one who can save this world today
Today will be the day I give it back to You
Today will be the start of a revolution
We are the sound of a revolution
We won't back down, 'til a revolution
Today, today, today, today

Seriously guys, check it out! You can check out the rest of their lyrics HERE.

I also just want to thank you guys for taking ownership of the blog...I don't know if you've noticed but we have almost 50 posts...thats really cool! So thanks so much guys for sharing your thoughts! Keep it up!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Verse of the Day

Week of July 20th

July 20th- 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, "Praise be to you, O Lord, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name."

July 21st- Psalms 103:1-6 Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.
 
July 22nd-
Matthew 25:31-36 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'

July 23rd- Matthew 25:37-40 Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' 

July 24th- Matthew 25:41-43 Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'

July 25th- Matthew 25:44-46 They will also answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.' Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.

July 26th- Colossians 3:15-17 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Library?

Since I love books, I've had a lifelong dream of having a church library. I think having a library would be helpful because I would like to read a lot more books than I can buy myself, because it would be a good way to get to know some of you better :-), and because I think it would be fun to have a project to work on with other teens. Recently, Kailey and I have talked about the idea, and she thinks it would be neat, but I would also appreciate some input from a larger group. Assuming others support the idea after prayer, here's a plan I've thought about:

Several of us form the core team, and commit to being the workforce to staff/get the library going (perhaps organizing existing space to make room, organizing books, check-in/check-out procedure, etc)
We make a plan of how the library might work (funding, how to get books, space, etc)
We submit the plan to the pastors
If the pastors approve, we start working on it, possibly recruiting from the larger youth group if we need more help

On the logistics front, I imagine we could build up a good store of books by making the "joining fee" the donation of at least one book, new or gently used. I'm hoping space could be garnered by rearranging existing storage spaces, possibly emptying one.

Anyway, all that to say, would you be willing to think about this and post a response? Any questions or ideas would be welcome.

Quiet Times

Have you ever in your quiet times just found a verse that really stuck out to you? What do you do with it??? When I find a verse like that, sometimes I try to write my own mini commentary, just to help me explore the verse and really think it through and try to figure out why it stood out. Have any of you ever tried this? I'm going to post one that I did a while ago...the verse is really something to think about. But tell me, what do you do with these kind of verses? How do you search through them? What do you do to understand them better?

Jeremiah 17:9 – ESV – The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick who can understand it?
Jeremiah 17:9 – NIV – The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
One verse, two versions, same meaning. Desperately sick? Beyond cure?! How hopeless does that seem? As we look back in time and remember things we’ve said or done, this verse makes sense… "I can’t believe I said that to her! I must have some kind of evil or twisted thinking!" No…not evil or twisted thinking but a desperately sick heart that is beyond cure.
So does this mean that we can just give up? "My heart is beyond cure…its useless to keep fighting when there can be no cure…right?" No way! Just because there isn’t a cure doesn’t mean that our condition can’t improve. Just like in the medical world, there are many diseases that are incurable but with the proper care and medicine, the condition will get better and sometimes even disappear…that doesn’t mean that the disease is gone…its just being held back by a stronger force.
So what is our stronger force…our medicine? The only thing that can help us is prayer and diving into the word, reading your Bible daily as if it were a life-saving pill. That’s what it is in effect…a life saving and life altering pill. We could not have come this far without it…think about it, becoming a Christian was our first dose of healing ointment. And every new day that we draw breath and every time we meet with God in prayer is proper care for our desperately sick heart.
So think of it this way…I have a desperately sick heart that is beyond cure, I’m waiting for a transplant that I can only get when I go to heaven. I have to do regular check-ups and sometimes even surgery to help keep my heart healthy. Prayer is my proper care; the Bible is my medicine. With that combination, there IS hope.
Lamentations 3:20-24 "My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness!"
So we have our prescription and we have our medicine. Let us not fail to take it faithfully until the day when God calls us home for our new heart. Faithfully read your Bible and meet with God everyday, this is the only medicine that can help. Yes our hearts are desperately sick with sin and worldliness and pride and yes it is beyond cure BUT with the right medicine and the proper care, we can fight this battle!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Verse of the Day

Week of July 13th

July 15th- 1 John 2:15-17 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world- the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does- comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. 24-25 See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us- even eternal life.

July 16th- 1 Corinthians 1:18-15 For the message is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate." Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.

July 17th-
Hebrews 12:7-11 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

July 18th- Psalm 136 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever. To him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever. Who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever. Who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever. Who made the great lights- His love endures forever. The sun to govern the day, His love endures forever. The moon and stars to govern the night: His love endures forever. To him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, His love endures forever. And brought Israel out from among them, His love endures forever. With a mighty hand and outstretched arm; His love endures forever. To him who divided the Red Sea asunder His love endures forever. And brought Israel through the midst of it, His love endures forever. But swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea; His love endures forever. To him who led his people through the desert, His love endures forever. Who struck down great kings, His love endures forever. And killed mighty kings- His love endures forever. Sihon king of the Amorites, His love endures forever. And Og king of Bashan- His love endures forever. And gave their land as an inheritance, His love endures forever. An inheritance to his servant Israel; His love endures forever. To the One who remembered us in our low estate, His love endures forever. And freed us from our enemies, His love endures forever. And who gives food to every creature. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.

July 19th- 1 Peter 4:12-16 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.






Monday, July 14, 2008

Pray for Erica

Hey everyone. I met this girl named Erica at a concert I went to earlier today and she seems to be pretty on the fence of whether she'll accept christ or not. She's somewhat Jewish but she doesn't really take it seroiusly, so theres a good opportunity for her. Im just asking if ya'll could keep her in your prayers, even though you don't know her. She sais she's gonna start reading her bible but I doubt it. She could use your prayers. I don't really know her that well but if God could work a miracle in me, he could definately work one in her.

~Jordan

p.s. This is my first post.... sooo go easy on me if im not doing this right.

Book Recommendation

The book is Respectable Sins: Confronting The Sins We Tolerate by Jerry Bridges.
I've only started it, and I'm already convicted.
Gene Emerson had a quote from this book on his worldliness handout at Youth Camp .
Jerry Bridges deals with sins we commit all the time that are so natural we don't really think of them as sin (e.g. anxiety, frustration, unthankfulness, irritability, and a bunch more).
I highly recommend it. This book looks like one that I'll be reading over and over again. I can definitely relate to a few, if not all, of the sins he writes about.
You can buy this book at the church bookstore.

*Mel

Friday, July 11, 2008

Introducing/prayer request

'ello...
I'm Matt, just joined here. Emily Recommended DHT to me.
Read my profile to find out more..

and the request: my friends the Colemans have basically nothing, including a house, and they need a house in like to days, so, yeah, they really need prayer.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Library?

Since I love books, I've had a lifelong dream of having a church library. I think having a library would be good because I would like to read a lot more books than I could buy myself, because it would be a good way to get to know some of you better :-), and because I think it would be fun to have a project to work on with other teens.

Recently, Kailey and I have talked about the idea, and she thinks it would be neat, but I would appreciate some input from a larger group. Assuming others support the idea after prayer, here's a plan I've thought about:



Several/many of us form the core team, and commit to being the workforce to staff/get the library going (perhaps organizing to make room, organizing books, check-in/check-out, etc)

We make a plan of how the library might work (funding, how to get books, space, etc)

We submit the plan to the pastors

If the pastors approve, we start working on it, possibly recruiting from the larger youth group if we need more help



On the logistics front, I imagine we could build up a good store of books by making the "joining fee" the donation of at least one book, new or gently used. I'm hoping space could be garnered by rearranging existing storage spaces, possibly emptying one.



Anyway, all that to say, would you be willing to think about this and post a response? Any questions or ideas would be welcome.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Youth Camp 2008

I'm not sure Youth Camp could have been any better! It was such an amazing experience and I think that God really met us there. It was kind-of a bitter-sweet weekend since Youth Camp was my last Youth Group function but with that aside, this weekend was spectacular!

Worship was truly wonderful and I loved how each night there seemed to be a common theme running through the songs. One word that was brought at the prophesy mic really affected me. The lady was talking about "taste and see" and God wants us to come to the table and eat...but not the leftovers, we can't come to the table and eat the leftovers because our parents were there, or our siblings were there, or our friends were there...we have to come and eat for ourselves because God doesn't serve leftovers. That was just such an amazing picture and so powerful.
The last night when Mr. Connolly had all the teens come up to pray and worship was really amazing. It was so cool because it seemed like it was just us singing...the sound of several hundred teenagers singing praises to God was just powerful (and I know I'm using these words over and over but I can't seem to find any others lol!) In a world where teenagers are looked down upon because of our age...it seemed like we were joining together for one purpose and it just really was powerful.
The messages were really good...several of them really convicted me, especially Joe's message, I'd heard a lot of that before about seeing people with an eternal perspective but just thinking about what I want to do with my life now...I need to find something that is WORTH my life and yet, if I have God, I've already found it! So that was encouraging. I was really happy that Mr. Connolly addressed salvation first and foremost, that was really important and I pray that it was heard by many people. Mr. Brrault's message on honoring God and your parents was especially convicting. I haven't always been faithful with the little things like washing the dishes or cleaning my room and so God gave me the grace to go up and be prayed for by Mr. Morrison. And Mr. Emerson's message on worldiness was so very important in all stages of life, especially the teen years...So all in all I really think that God met us there and many lives were affected by the worship and teaching that took place.
I had a great time hanging out with friends, meeting new people, I met 4 girls and 4 guys all from different parts of Virginia but don't ask me what parts because I totally forgot lol! So that was fun, I also really enjoyed my roomie (Becca) and hanging out until all hours of the night at the coffee shop/game area. I'm going to miss that place!!!
I hope you guys had a similar experience! I'm going to miss you guys at youth group!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Verse of the Day

Week of July 6th

July 6th- Acts 2:17-21 In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

July 7th- Luke 12:22-26 Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?"

July 8th-
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

July 9th- Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope- the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

July 10th- James 1:19-25 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it- he will be blessed in what he does.

July 11th-
Mark 13:32-37 "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It's like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back- whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: 'Watch!' "

July 12th-
Galatians 3:23-29 Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law. You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.




My Youth Camp Experience!

I had a blast at youth camp!
Worship was awesome! The fact that they turned down the lights helped me to not be self-conscious and to just praise God with all my heart.
The messages were very thought provoking. One part of Joe's message that really was a light bulb moment was the point about seeing people with new eyes. I've gotten so used to seeing people at the grocery store and different places and think of them as JUST another person and not a soul. I felt convicted about not seeing people as an opportunity to carry out the gospel mission.
Gene Emerson's message about worldliness was great too! As I am going to be more in the world this coming school year, I will have to really start guarding my heart and mind from worldly influences. To keep myself from slowly accepting the world and to seek to know God even more as the battleground expands and the battles become harder.
All the messages were excellent, and there is still so much to go over and think about.
I met several people from other churches: 4 guys from KingsWay, a girl from Richmond, and others who I don't remember the churches they were from.It was actually easier for me to initiate meeting people as I continued doing it. The more I did it, the easier it became. And the people I met were willing to talk and meet me as well.I had a wonderful time fellowshipping with friends. I can honestly say that after I really experienced what true, biblical fellowship was, I would rather talk about God with fellow believers than chat about the latest and coolest whatever.Sharing what God has done with my brothers and sisters in Christ is sooo much more uplifting and encouraging than talking about stuff.For all who I had fellowship with, thank you for helping me to see that fellowship a wonderful thing to do. And thanks for the encouragement.
The games were fun too. Although, I am VERY sore from 4 games of frisbee, 3 games of foosball, and 2 games of air hockey.I really enjoyed the late nights even though I am now EXTREMELY tired. Lack of sleep made for a great time with all my friends.
So the whole conference is totally unforgettable.

*Mel
July 6, 2008 5:05 PM

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Post Youth Camp

Well, Youth Camp is over. I'm sure I can speak for all of us when I say that I had an awesome experience. There were so many high points during the time we were there-

AMAZING worship; definitely one of the highlights for me.
Great sermons; one of which (Brault's message, I don't remember his first name) brought about a change in my own heart.
Competitive church-on-church activities; Go Charlotte! We won 2 out of the 4 Adam Campbell shows! Kudos to Emily and Hannah! Besides that, frisbee, soccer, volleyball, etc.
Sweet hangout area; just thought I'd throw that out there, that place was really cool. :)
Deep Face2Face time; I really had a blast discussing the sermons and stuff with my dad.
Hanging out with friends, and meeting new friends; I got to meet a bunch of guys from Richmond and Virgina Beach, and it was really cool hanging out with them.

As I mentioned above, I had a real change of heart during one of the sermons. I had been having struggles with respecting my parents and their decisions, and Mr. Brault's message on honoring your parents really struck me. I thank God that he gave me the grace to go up to the front with my dad to get prayed for.

I want to open some discussion up- Did any of the sermons, or any part of the conference at all, have an effect on any of you guys? What were the highlights for you, etc.

Cyall tomorrow!

~Mark

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

summer

Well, guys...its summer!!! It was so cool to come back to the blog and see how many people have been posting since I was last on here (lighting hit our modem and we had no internet for a week). Its so cool to read what you guys are thinking! I just want to encourage you to keep it up! I know we can all slack off during the summer (including myself!!!) So thanks for stepping up to the plate! I don't want you guys to rely only on Mark or I to post just because we are the "admins". This is your blog too! So thanks for taking ownership!!!


Questions for Discussion or Reflection: Chapter 3
1) Have you ever visited a zoo, seen beautiful and powerful animals caged by glass or bars, and felt that something was terribly wrong? If so, talk about it. Why do you think some teens might identify with a wild but caged bird or animal?
2) Do you think that harmless-sounding lies about the teen years could be holding back both you and other teens you know? Talk about it.
3) What was your reaction to the stories of George, David, and Clarissa (pages 31-32)? Have you ever thought you could accomplish a lot more than you are now?
4) What do your parents expect you to do at home in an average week? Do you deliver? Be honest. How much time and effort does it take to do what’s asked of you? Do you think your parents require too much or too little?
5) Have you ever found yourself behaving very differently—and accomplishing a lot more—simply because someone expected you to? Describe the experience.