Sunday, July 27, 2008
Over the next few days, pray for God to use this time to really work on you. Pray for a moment that He gives you a "whoa!" or "ahaaa" feeling. Let the Holy Spirit work in you to freely worship and give praise to Our Savior. Raise your arms, jump, and yell out.
We are looking forward to REFLECTION time also. We have some things planned out, but are really going to give the time to God and let Him run it. Let Him use the time to work on us all!
It's going to be great. We are excited!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sorry guys, forgot the camera---thus no pics :(
But, we had a BLAST with the Progressive BBQ= from hotdogs, to toss salad, to macaroni salad, to cookies and watermelon. We had a BLAST!
Then we had a final meeting for Kingdom Bound 2008. It was requested and decided on two more tshirts...so each day we will have group tshirts! Just ordered them in the requested tyedye and brite blue colors. Together, we also figured out the transportation and sleeping arrangements.
AND the next BIIIIIGGGGGG thing after KB '08! Campout at the Kolb's house on DeRuyter Lake on 8/22/08. To say goodbye to the graduates going to college and say hello to the new Vertical Connection'ers'. More details to follow on all this.
Friday, July 11, 2008
What a great reminder. He IS merciful, forgiving, and compassionate. Our NLT Bible lists MERCY 24 times. His love is completely incredible and so hard to comprehend sometimes. We are sinners, we fall short, and we stumble through life. Yet unconditionally Our Redeemer has mercy.
I am so thankful for this week's Book study and this blessed reminder of His mercy.
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance-
1 Peter 1:3-4
Friday, July 4, 2008
WHEN YOUR HUTS ON FIRE
The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions. One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, 'God! How could you do this to me?' Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him! 'How did you know I was here?' asked the weary man of his rescuers. 'We saw your smoke signal,' they replied.
The Moral of This Story: It's easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering. Remember that the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground It just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God.
Todd and I were on that island, built a hut, and by God's mercy He burnt it to the ground! We have had recent spiritual growth.
AAAAHHHHHGGGGGHHHHH.....when going through it...aaaggggghhhhhh..... we wondered when is it ever going to end (Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut). Then we started to pray and give praise for this trial and tribulation (One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home). During the leeeennnnnngggggtttttthhhhhhh of this trial and thinking we can't go on ONE MORE DAY ....more "stuff" happens...(little hut in flames). Feeling defeated (ooohhhh that nasty Satan) we started to give up, (and Satan was thinking hahahahah) then we prayed again (smoke rolling up to the sky).
VICTORY!!!! He claimed VICTORY!!!! (Remember: Revelations=we win!!!) He sent us (the sound of a ship ) a good, clear message through friends, and Pastors, and Teens, and emails, and books, and strangers.
Is Satan trying to trick your head with defeat???? Is Satan giving you "stinkin thinkin" that there is no ship for you??? CLAIM VICTORY!!! God gives us all a ship. And the Comfort of our Helper sails us in His peace.
For everyone that is feeling defeated by something: Hi Father! Beautiful day and beautiful ways You have given to us! Oh Father, you know what lies so heavy on my heart right now at this very, very moment. And Father, I know that You are in control and I pray for clarity to this message You are giving to me. I hurt, Father, You know that I hurt. Father God, I give it all to You! My smoke signal is going UP! UP! UP! Do You see it Daddy???? I am ready for the sound of the ship. I am ready for VICTORY that will bring Honor and Glory to You. In the name of the Son that You gave us, I pray this today. Amen.