So many announcements and I tend to ramble so stick with me.. You are in for a long blog.
God is MOVING through this guys. I have NEVER in my life seen him do so much in so little time, right before my eyes. Every church has those quiet girls or boys. You know them, the ones who run from conversation, who don't get on stage.... Well... There is a girl who is involved who has opened up SO much. She has a lead in a drama and at The Nest last night was SO sociable with EVERYONE she came into contact with. She truely showed the love of Christ to the homeless. Then, every guy has the goofballs. The ones no one thinks will change.. They act up in church, etc... I watch those guys CHANGE and shine brighter than most. I watch bad girls who used to soak up drama like a sponge become on fire. And I have seen God show himself to everyone involved. It's amazing!!!
We went to the Nest yesterday and everyone there got a hygeine bag. There was only one man's bag left. Then some women's, but we expected that. We made a lot. Nicole and I will do inventory sometime this week. I'm pumped about what happened there. EVERYONE was social and I am so proud of them all.
I want to get other youth groups involved or just other kids from random churches! We need to come together and work for Christ. I don't care if you are Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal, white, black, or maybe even purple.. WE ARE ALL HERE FOR ONE THING! That is to serve OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST and to show HIS LOVE to the lost. Can I get an A-men!? If you want more information message me or have your youth pastor do so! Spread_hope09@yahoo.com I will come SPEAK at your church if you want, whatever you need to get your youth involved let me know. I have people from other churches involved and if they want their youth group involved... Talk to your youth pastor and EMAIL ME. Let me know! I will do anything and everything to get this out there and FAR!
This is going to be huge. I am here for a purpose and I know it... SO ARE YOU! Step up to the plate and help others! What good are you to the Kingdom if you aren't out preaching to the Lost and helping others?! Matthew 5:13 says "You are the salt of the Earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men." So tell me what you are good for if you lose YOUR saltiness? Then it goes on to say in Matthew 5:14-16 says "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." What this is saying is don't hide your light that you have. Your light is Jesus Christ shining through you, the HOLY SPIRIT. Don't be afraid to show it. You are made to lead people to Christ. That is why you are here, I promise. So SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS!!
Someone out there is thinking right now.. "Well, you see I know this and I would but I'm shy. I can't. It's hard for me. No one will talk to me so how do I do that? I don't want to be made fun of!" Do you worry more about pleasing others than God? That is not how you were made to be! Before you do anything stop and ask yourself "what would Jesus do?" I know that sounds so old school VBS but just try it! If you need a bracelet to ALWAYS remind you that, get one. Don't worry about what others think.
It's in the bible that you ARE going to be made fun of... If that is an issue with you then you will have to face that on judgement day. This morning I was down about a friend rejecting Christ and my feelings were hurt over some things that were said to me. A friend just texted me as I was in the middle of typing about spreading the good news and he told me to read 1 Peter 4:12-19, "Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And,
"If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?"
So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good."
That is long I know I'm sorry but it's needed. Do you think God cares if you are downtown showing the love of Christ to a homeless man or woman instead of hanging out with your friends? You bet! He loves it. Need biblical proof? Here you go:
Psalm146:7 "He upholds the cause of the opressed and gives food to the hungry, THE LORD SETS PRISONERS FREE!"
Proverbs 14:31 "He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God."
Proverbs 21:13 "If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and NOT be answered."
Got enough yet?
Just because you are a teenager doesn't mean ANYTHING. In bible days, I would be a mother of SEVERAL children already. I'm 17. I would have been married at 14 or 15. There are not three standards in God's eyes. Just two, child then adult. Not, child... teenager... adult.
1 Corinthians 13:11 says, "When I was a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me."
Notice what this DOESN'T say... "When I was a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. Then I became a teenager and I looked like an adult but acted like a child." NO it says "WHEN I BECAME A MAN, I PUT CHILDISH WAYS BEHIND ME!" Put that immature thinking behind you.. The thoughts that say that it's not cool to hang with homeless people or it's not fair of me to give up my time for someone else. Also, put the thought out of your head that says I am too young to do this because Proverbs 20:29 says "The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old."
DO SOMETHING WHILE YOU ARE IN YOUR "GLORY". Not when you are old and can barely move!!! Don't wait, you could die tomorrow.
Now, I know there is an adult out there saying that it's too late for them. It's never too let. Plug in somewhere and DO something. Minister to co workers and anyone you come in contact with. Remember to ALWAYS support youth. NEVER bring them down. Don't put out their flame. Fan it higher with support.
Wow, that is so long. I didn't intend to start preaching but I am guided by the Holy Spirit. So I did because someone needs to see this.
Reread the updates if you have to and email me! firstname.lastname@example.org