5 Freeway out here in Orange County, Ca
we happened to pass Anaheim stadium, home of the Angels.
Right as we were passing the stadium
2 huge F-16 fighter jets buzzed over us
as part of a Memorial Day fly-by.
It was one the greatest moments of my life.
They were so close, I could practically reach out and touch them
Something about fast planes, loud cars and dumptrucks
that just speak to the heart of every man.
#4 - Alex Van Halen (Van Halen ---Best Drim Solo Ever)
I loved this Study.
As I have mentioned in previous posts
this was by far the most challenging book I have ever
taught to High School students.
Yesterday we ended with a sermon on 1 John 5.
The chapter really sums up the entire book.
It answers 2 Basic Questions:
#1 - How does one become a Christian?
A: By BELIEVING in Jesus as the Christ
(To hear a great message from Matt Chandler on what Belief is...click here)
#2 - How is a person assured that they are a Christian?
A: The love of God is supernaturally placed in a person by God which allows the person to truly love others and hate sin.
(To hear an incredible message on 1 John 5 from John Piper... click here)
Throughout our 2 month series, we challenged our High School Students to truly
evaluate if they are in fact an authentic Christian.
In my Sophomore small group, I had 2 guys who admited last month that they were not assured that they were in fact Christians. This led to some great discussions with them over the last few weeks, talking about what belief is, what Jesus has done for us in offering us forgiveness through his blood shed on the cross and what is means to truly love others.
In our journey through 1 John, we had 1 High School Senior make a decision to become a Christian! I pray that there were others as well.
Yesterday as I taught, I kept making eye contact with a sophomore guy who told me last week that he has decided to become an atheist.
His parents force him to come to our group each Sunday morning. Throughout my message, I kept being drawn to him.
It was an interesting feeling to be speaking to the entire group, but in some ways feeling like I was talking just to him.
His name is Carter.
Pray for him today.
I really believe God is going to draw this kid to Himself soon.
Also pray for Alex, a Senior student I mentioned a few weeks ago on this blog.
He is a senior and will graduate from school and our group in a few weeks and then move
to Arizona to live his grandparents.
I am so burdened that Alex come to know Jesus before he leaves.
Maybe it will be this Wednesday night in Samsvick Chapel
We will talk about the Hero of the End Times, the Mighty Lion-Lamb...JESUS
This weekend I borrowed the movie "Walk the Line" from my cousin Bob.
This afternoon I watched the first 1/2 of the movie.
Melissa Brosch and Peter Pizzuto,
the two full-time High School Associate’s and I
sat down at Café Lucca (Best gelato ice cream anywhere) in Orange, Ca
and began to discuss, plan and dream
about the summer and future of Calvary Church’s High School Ministry.
It is so cool to have the opportunity to work with people whom I consider friends and who are passionate about Jesus and youth ministry. Both of them are brillant youth workers.
One of the things we discussed this morning was how to encourage our volunteer
adult staff .
One of the biggest juggling acts in youth ministry is the balance of time that
we spend pouring into staff or pouring into students. It is so easy to get out of balance
One of the goals we have is to do a better job in the coming months of
pouring into our volunteer leaders. We have a great team of volunteer leaders and a whole new batch of leaders coming on board this summer, so this is the time to really step it up and encourage and challenge our leaders.
Here are some good articles I came across today:
Article from a youth pastor in Kansas encouraging youth pastors to spend more time with volunteers (Click Here)
From the other side: A Youth Ministry Volunteer’s perspective (Click Here)
A Youth Pastor’s challenge to take volunteers to the “next level” (Click Here)
Youth Ministry Volunteers take the floor in a roundtable discussion (Click Here)
Take the “Are you a volunteer ministry destroyer” QUIZ (Click Here)
I am delirious at the moment,
pumped up on black coffee and thoughts of the paper I just finished
a few minutes ago
for my Talbot Seminary class, "Civil Government: A Biblical View"
The paper stinks but I do have a new hero as a result of it.
I hated math in high school but my new hero is the famous
French mathmetician, philospher, Christian apologist and all around good guy,
Blaise Pascal. He was only 39 when he died, but the guy made
quite an impact in his short life. He invented geomentry theoroms at the age of 12 that had never been defined or thought of before. Incredible genuis. Read about his life here.
In my paper, I found this great quote by Pascal talking about
how the effects of Sin on humanity have caused us to long to be rescued by a Savior.
The greatness of man is so evident that it is even proved by his wretchedness. For what in animals is called nature we call wretchnedness in man; by which we recognize that, his nature now being like that of animals, he has fallen from a better nature which once was his. For who is unhappy at not being a king except a deposed king?...Who is unhappy at having one mouth? And who is not unhappy at having only one eye? Probably no man ever ventured to mourn at not having three eyes. But anyone is inconsolable at having none."
Pascal once remarked about how incredible Jesus sacrifice was with these words, "The Judge himself is the sacrifice"
It is cool to read about an ancient historial figure who loved Jesus and was
Just some thoughts from my head at 2am.
Godly, humble, creative people in the last few weeks.
I have been encouraged and inspired by
their stories, by their passion for Jesus
and by each of their individual missions
to bring Christ into their neighborhoods.
Read about some of the people I have met
below and about the unique mission God has
1. Jon Cochran, Lead Pastor "The Portico"
(church plant currently meeting at the Ugly Mug in downtown Orange, Ca)
2. Ava Stephens, CEO of KIDWorks in Central Santa Ana
(Restoring hope to the inner city of Santa Ana through Biblical Mentoring)
3. Phil Payne, President, YouthWorld, Quito, Ecuador
(Developing teenagers who follow Jesus, in an beautiful, yet poverty stricken place)
4. John Handy, owner of TreeBones Resort in Big Sur, Ca
(A guy who loves Jesus and the local Church and who developed the action toy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles while working at Mattel Toys!)
I am so thankful for rubbing shoulders with these 4 and being
inspired to dream big dreams and trust God along the way!
I love Hume because of how God has used it as a place to shape me.
While we were only gone for 3 days, Marie and I missed our 23 month daughter Lily so much!We talked to her each night on the phone but it was so great to see her today and to hear her say, "hi daddy!"
I never realized just how fulfilling it would be to be a Parent.