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A feeling of unrest…

December 18, 2008 — 4 Comments

I had a long conversation with a fellow youth pastor last night and realized that he and I are feeling the same way about things these days.

It is very hard to see the big picture God has for you and the people you are working with.

All we really can see is the “now”, but sometimes that is very discouraging. Even though we know we are doing what God wants not seeing results is difficult.

I see some amazing things, but I am the kinda guy that wants it all now and that makes things really tough.

Im in prayer and praying for my friend as well.

I am thankful that even when I suck God doesn’t

I was watching MTv the other day. Yes I do watch it from time to time and I will get to which shows I watch in another post. Any way while I am watching it a commercial comes on with PINK.

This is not an exact quote because I can’t find a youtube video of it, but she say. When I was in High School being a slut made you a loser. Now if you are not a slut then you are the loser.

PINK was dead on with that one. I have found it very odd in doing youth ministry how much things have changed since the good old 1990’s. Back then things were pretty simple. There was pressure to have sex…sure, but if you were one of the ones who was always looking for it people called you a slut and you became an outcast. In the schools now you have to go much further in your “experimentation” to be labeled a slut.

I think this was evident at the MTv VMA’s with the jonas brothers and others getting grief for thier promise rings. It just is not cool any more to wait for marriage.

So what is the deal? Why is this becoming such an epidemic even among professed Christians?

There is an increased amount of Christians who while dating or engaged, since they know “this” is the one, they think it’s ok to have sex. They have the Bible and know what God says about it, but they think what they are doing is just fine.

There are thousands of reasons why non-biblically, disease, STD, pregnancy, emotional damage, ruining your wedding night, etc etc. The bible says that when two people have sex they become one, emotionally and physically. Anybody who has had sex knows it is much deeper than just physical. God knew this when he created it and that’s why He designed it for within a marriage.

There isn’t much I can say for those who are not Christians on the matter because honestly sex is great so I understand the temptation.

I just want to talk about Christians here.

If you are a teenager who is a Christian and you are having sex and you are not married. You are not honoring yourself, your future husband/wife, your current partner, or God.

The bible says in 1 Timothy 4:12
Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.

I think this verse is huge and often the last part is left out. Most youth people use it to say…Hey you are young, but you can still do stuff great for God. Yes that is true, but there is more. It is saying..You are young, but as a Christian you have responsibilities to God and yourself.
Use your tongue for good, Love others, have faith in your God, and be committed to purity of mind and body. Do all of that so you can be an example to others who don’t believe in God.

I’m hoping we can break the culture of if it feels good do it. The truth is though that changing that mindset takes prayer and action. Prayer from the leaders, the church, and parents. Action from the youth to be an example and to hold each other accountable.

I’m praying for my youth…are you?

…Continued from previous post.

So I don’t believe I have posted about our ignite service yet, so here we go.

Our Ignite service is our evening service geared for ages 13-25 and has been once a month. We have everaged maybe 12-15 kids to it. Not a bad number considering our church is not a very large one. We have been talking in our youth group about a shift in the way we are doing youth now. We are no longer treating it like a boys and girls club. It is no longer about playing games and then maybe we will fit God in somewhere. It is now about God and maybe we will fit a game in. There are so many youth here that are broken and hurting and quite frankly we don’t have time to play games.

So we decided that our main youth group would be like a discipleship meeting and that ignite would be the place to invite friends. We quickly learned that once a month does not work so we have since decided to go twice a month and the opposite weeks to regular youth meetings. We have been preaching to our youth that God can do great things in us and to dream big things. “Chase the Lion”.

I told them 12 is good, but Lets pray for 200 and see God move in this area like we have never seen before. We have been praying about it and talking and passing the word around and it’s has been great. See 200 people is a God sized dream because Fire code says we can’t have more than 185 people. We were praying that God would make a way any way.

Sunday morning oddly enough we announce that we will be moving and everyone of the youth are thinking WOW! guess this 200 people thing is even more than possible.

Sunday night (last night) it comes time for the ignite service and we didn’t know what to expect, but God is moving through these kids so…God size dreams.

All of a sudden tons of people start showing up. We had 62 people last night. Up from 15 at the last service we did. I met a new youth pastor named brian is is just as fired up about the move of God here and he is bringing his youth to the service so they can get pumped for God as well.

I was floored. God is really amazing. My HS youth were like I have never seen them before. God was meeting them for thier faithfulness. You could see it in those who don’t normally worship lifting thier hands to the High King of heaven. They were fired up that God came thru with his promises and they went home that night even more fired up. Our HS group are opening up and being honest. We had a major spiritual breakthrough last night.

Aint no rocks gonna cry out in our place. Our church was filled with people hungry for something different.

Forget revival..I want to see an awakening…an outpouring of the holy spirit on these kids that will permeate through them at school, at home, and everywhere.

“Father…bless them keep them…help them be flames or Bonfires and not just pilot lights for you! IGNITE their hearts!”

By the way here is the set list for last night:

Rain Down – Martin Smith

Revolutionary Love – Crowder
All We Need – Charlie Hall
All Because of Jesus – Fee
O Praise Him – Crowder
You Amaze Me – Michael Neale

Mighty To Save‚Ä® – Hillsong
Break Free – United
We Cry Out – Brian Johnson