Elevate 06 Rocked


Man, all the stress, busy-ness, and detail checking was totally worth it. This past weekend at Elevate was a blast, and most importantly I believe God really began a work in some of our hardest kids, and encouraged our core, and reminded our youth leaders that it’s all worth it.

Our times of worship were authentic and raw. We had a great band, but they didn’t just want to leave it as a great band, they really left room for the Spirit to move.

Our Speaker Brandon Cameron, was the perfect speaker for our group, laid back, personable, fun, and he spoke the truth. I get annoyed by camp speakers who say things like the Bible supports it but in reality it’s just their neat idea. Brandon was so right on track with the Word that I wasn’t worried at all about what he was going to say.

We came back from camp and had a wrap up service during our usually sunday Night gathering, and it was great, a ton of people who knew brandon were there, parents came out, and our Senior Pastor was there as well. It rocked.

The Mountain rocked, sledding and snowboarding were both big hits.

One of the things that I learned this weekend was that when we plan these events and retreats, we need to always leave room for relationships. It’s great to have a schedule, but you don’t have to fill every minute of every day with an organized activity. Sometimes it’s just good to chill and let kids be kids, and hangout and have a good time. I think it was those times when there was nothing really scheduled that we had some of the best relationship building.

I’ll post some pictures when I upload from my camera. Elevate rocked, and I am excited for next years already. :o)

This week is camp week!!!

Elevate came so quickly. I can’t believe it. This is the week that I have been preparing for and stressing over. and it’s finally here. I can’t believe it. I really don’t have much to write other than if any one reads this that they would pray for our retreat this friday saturday and sunday.

another week flys by


Well here it is Thursday 2pm and another week is flying right by. I can’t believe how quickly it goes. Doesn’t help that this was a short week due to MLK day.

As we are approaching this coming sunday I am going to be talking a little bit about John the Baptist. One of the most intriguing characters in the whole bible. Honestly if you eat bugs and honey and wear camel skins then you are going to be intriguing too.

I love John because of his boldness. He was sent to basically plow the roads to prepare for Jesus’ coming if that meant breaking down mountains, or filling in valleys that’s what he did. He didn’t care who he offended or what others would think. He knew his mission, he knew his reason for being and he went for it.

I want to be more like John the Baptist. Not that I want to be overly offensive to people, but I want to just go and do what Jesus has called me to do. Man I want to be like John, he rocks.

Yep

Well,I went home last night and finished up that sermon on the Boy Jesus Luke 2:41-52. I think it came out well, it will be fun to talk about.

I just can’t believe how fast the church world goes. There is so much to do and so little time. AND so many things that can steal your time completely from you. GRRR to that.

I am about to go and visit a senior couple in our church. The wife fell and broke her hip and her husband is pretty shook up. I love this couple, but I don’t enjoy these kinds of visits, because they are so hard emotionally. I invest a lot of my heart in just 15 minutes or whatever, and it kind of takes a toll. But I love this couple, they are really great people so I look forward to praying with them.

I also get to drive over with our familylife pastor here at tNC and that’s always a good time. He’s a funny guy and there is never any shortage of things to talk about.

Tomorrow my wife and I are going in to see the doctor for an ultrasound, we might be able to find out the baby’s gender. Very Exciting, then we are going away for an overnight trip to leavenworth, good times.

Peace

Boy Jesus

I was really excited when I started thinking about what I was going to talk about this week at >>b>> But now I seem to be hitting a mental block. Maybe because I’m tired of sitting at my desk, and I need to finish this up at home or something. I don’t know.

It’s pretty amazing that Luke would take the time to write about young Jesus. This is the only story we have in the Bible about him. So it’s pretty cool. I’ll try working on it tonight at home. We’ll see how that goes.

Camp is Coming

Man, I can’t believe that January is already here. I started planning our winter camp in August, and it’s almost here. It goes so quick.

I’m a detail person, and I carry a lot of responsibility for having the details right. I shot a goal that was pretty high for Elevate, and now I have to back track a little bit. But it’s okay. I was originally shooting for chartering a bus to go up, because that would relieve so much stress in my life, but that’s not looking like it’s going to happen. So now I have to figure out some different ways to get transportation up there. We’ll probably end up caravaning like we usually do for events. It’s really lame that we don’t have church vans. I got totally spoiled at the church I grew up in, they had a whole fleet of busses. It still cost a lot to get where we were going, but we didn’t have to pay a driver or for their hotel or anything. Oh well. Maybe this will be better. I hope so.

One of the things that we are doing, and I don’t know if this church has done this before, we are having a guest speaker, and we are paying him, and putting up his family. It’s a worthy investment because they are the top shelf communicators. They rock and I am really excited to have them at our camp. We’re not pouring tons of money on them but it still costs us quite a bit of money.

I need to trust God on this one. I have been, but I need to really lean into him and be confident that he is looking out for us. He’s a big God and I shouldn’t worry so much. Worry is just wasted use of my imagination. Kathy, my wife, chastises me pretty regularly for worrying so much. I think it’s the detail thing in me.

God, help! I want this weekend to be a landmark time in out students lives. I want them to know you fully, and to grow to trust you with their whole lives. You’re the only one who can do this God, please begin working on their hearts and showing them how much they need you.

Meeting with a student

I’m meeting today with a young man who comes from very troubled background. I know that he really wants to serve God, but it doesn’t seem like he wants to put in the effort to make that happen.

He has been on my heart a lot lately, I actually had a dream that he was messing up his life and I couldn’t do anything to stop it. It was very troubling. I actually woke up afraid for him. So I prayed and prayed until I could go back to sleep but that took a long time.

Investing in the lives of students is very difficult emotionally. It’s hard to ever leave your work at the office. You take it home with you, you think about people, you pray for them, you talk with your wife about what you’re feeling and thinking, but it never goes away.

I think a youth pastor who can say I’m done at 4pm and totally divorce their mind from their work, is either very gifted, or very very emotionally unattached.

I’m actually a little nervous about this lunch that I’m going to have, I’m thinking a lot about what we should talk about, whether or not I can give him some spiritual nudges, or what. I guess I’ll just pray my way over to his house.