Last night was busy something fierce. New people in Youth which was cool. Seems like there are always new people. One of them was from another outreach ministry that I work with. He doesn’t look like a straight laced kinda kid but he has an amazing testimony. He says he’ll be coming back and I’m gonna ask him to share his testimony in a couple of weeks. He has lip rings (yes plural) and ear hoops and all kinds of either things like that, but he really does get it so that is frigintastic.
I filled my last 2 spots of Acquire the Fire but also had a couple of teens ask about going so I’m gonna have to try and get them in with one of the other groups we are going with.
Anyways, we also had some not so great stuff happen. There was a fight last night. I didn’t get out there but it sounds like one of my new volunteers dealt with it very well. I’m very excited to have this guy here helping. It seems like he is doing everything perfectly right now. Praise God for answers to prayers but we are going to need more workers so if you are praying for me keep praying for that.
I talked to one of the parents last night, one that doesn’t go to church, and she thanked me for what we are doing. She said her son really looks forward to what we are doing each week. Honestly that was pretty cool but I’m gonna have to give that credit to God because I really don’t know what I am doing half the time. God is good.
Last night I shared the Great Commission and talked about how the Church often has it totally backwards. We go out and tell people how to behave and heap rules on them then try to get them baptized then finally talk about the gospel as another rule for going out and getting others saved into our burdens. I challenged them to understand that they are the church and they can be the solution. We can share the power of the gospel as the means of freeing us from burdens. The burden of sin, death, and heaps of rules that we can’t keep. Freedom to live and have a relationship with God through Christ.
Oh, and I also fired off my t-shirt cannon and got one really good shot that I’m gonna upload next week. I fired off skittles too but didn’t get any good shots of that. It was pretty cool but I need to dial in the pressure.
One last thing. I am having more fall out from growth. I’m worried about some of the ones that have been here for years. They are getting frustrated with the new students. I talked with them so many times in the past year about the right way to act to people and they seemed to get it but now that there are new people they are acting just like the other brother in the prodigal son. They are hung up on the past and mad that the new ones don’t “act right.” Even after the sermon last week that dealt with this same thing … I just don’t know. I need to sit down and talk with them about it. Help them understand the powerful truth that Jesus was sharing in that parable. If they continue they will become just like the Church that I was talking about in the sermon last night.
Yeah I know kinda random but what did you expect.