A few weeks ago we took our youth to the “awakening conference” in RI. It was fantastic. Great preaching, great worship and great fellowship. We had a good amount of kids with us and we were very excited about what was to come of this trip.
I have been to many conferences and most are like energy drinks. A quick high. However this one last year was different so we went in with high expectations.

There was some themes that stuck out to me:

  1. You need to have the presence of God in your ministry
  2. You need to be dedicated to prayer
  3. Don’t get discouraged
  4. Let God do His thing

Every bit of that is dead on. I have heard many times in ministry that if the presence of the Lord is there then people will respond. The problem is that we always have this assumption that this means a good response. However there are a few huge things that we have to realize.

  1. Where the presence of the Lord is there will also be conviction of the Holy spirit
  2. The deeper you get into the word and the more challenging the more people have to make choices as to what to do with that info

We stepped up our Youth ministry as of late to challenge the kids beyond just reading the bible. Beyond going through the motions.

If you bite an apple you can choose to spit it out before it nourishes you.

In the same sense if you read the word or hear it you can spit it out before it nourishes your spirit.

I know our kids have been convicted. We have lost many kids since trying to be more real and this has been discouraging. Thing is having 60 kids who come to meetings just to check out the opposite sex and never ever attempt to apply the word is worthless. Having 2 kids who are really trying to see what God can do in their life and affecting others is priceless. This is currently what we are dealing with. We literally went from 60 kids to 5 in 6 months.

Now numbers can be discouraging, but that honestly is not my concern. I don’t care about even having 0 kids coming. What I care about is these kids are hurting. I know they have felt love in the church, but it is so hard to let go of hate, bitterness, sex, drama, baggage, etc and just give it to God. I pray for them daily.

What I have noticed though is this:

We as leaders can go through the motions, but at a certain point we are just casting pearls before swine. That’s when programs and events and misc stuff need to end and prayer needs to be taken to a new level. Because it is only through prayer that God can heal our land.

I have noticed something interesting about free will…
When God convicts we have two choices:

Repent or Run

Right now my youth are turning to run so we are turning to more prayer. This may mean we are putting a halt to our youth meetings to regroup and let God move because the time we put into preparing the word for people who don’t want to hear it can be better served in coming before the throne on behalf of the least, the lost and the lonely in my church.

 

So in case you haven’t noticed I have been kinda MIA from the site for a few weeks.

It has been almost a forced time of refocus. I did not plan on getting to busy to even blog. Something I really haven’t done before.

But I did kinda just put it out of reach for a few weeks.

God has been doing some things in our church. We have replanted ourselves. We moved and we are having a grand opening in 3 weeks. This has made me quite busy.

I am revamping my design site and attempting to be able to refocus on getting more work.

Last week my wife and I were pretty concerned about money and praying about it. My mens group was praying as well and I got a call out of the blue with 2 design jobs. God is Good. Why do we always forget that?

Last sunday I drove to CT to lead worship and teach at a church. Yes I said teach. This was really out of  my comfort zone to be the sunday AM preacher. I spoke on being a dangerous Christian and it was a fantastic morning. God is continually taking me into areas that I’m not comfortable with so I can see Him move.

My wife and I have had some scary things come up with the new baby due in Sept. Everything “seems” good, but there are no guarantees. I can’t really go into that on the blog, but we really could use your prayer for faith, patience, and peace.

My youth ministry in the church is in a scary spot. The kids here are reading the word and coming to events but they are not ingesting the word and showing fruit of it. This has been very discouraging and while I know to leave these things in God’s hands I am human. I want to see these kids really have the presence of God in thier lives.

I want to join up with the “our creative community” crew, but some reason I haven’t. Why haven’t I? Fear, lazy. what the heck.

I need to get in shape
I need to be a better husband
I need to be a better father
I need to be seeking God more
I need to write more music
I need to finish the 3 childrensbooks I started
I need to finish the coffee table book
I need to….

It’s seems there is so much flying in my brain that I am asking God to declutter. Not trim down the creative but help me get a handle on managing the unmanagable.

So with that said..Im back on the blog. I am excited about THE JOINT reviews. I am stoked beyond belief with my friends on the internet who pray for me when I need it (and if your a blog friend hater…shut up!)

I heard it again this week. people online are not being real…That’s a cop out. There are people online who are and some who are not. But I can say the same for those I meet in real life.

God has been faithful with me and my family and I am praying for the reassurance of that all the time. This blog is just a reminder of how much God works in me and around me.

Cya guys on the next post….

The Joint: Bluetree

May 13, 2009 — 10 Comments
 

Review: Blue Tree – God of this City

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A friend of mine on the net (twitter, IM and blogging) is going through some insanely tough times right now. Pray for him and his wife.
On top of everything he received some horrible messages from people.

Let me say something..this world is messed up. And Christians, of all people, should not be trampling on others when they are down.
John is a great guy. He does great work for the kingdom. He has a beautiful family.
And sadly they have been met with horrible tragedy this week. He needs Gods peace, grace, and our love.
So unlike some other people that have sent him messages…Don’t be an idiot. Extend the hand of Christ instead.

Please go now to human3rror and pray for their family. It all starts with this post.

The Joint: Ian McIntosh

April 24, 2009 — 3 Comments
 

Review: Ian McIntosh – Awakened

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