this weeks text for >>beyond>>

Hey All, here’s this weeks text for >>beyond>> It’s taken from the Message:

27After this he went out and saw a man named Levi at his work collecting taxes. Jesus said, “Come along with me.” 28And he did–walked away from everything and went with him.

29Levi gave a large dinner at his home for Jesus. Everybody was there, tax men and other disreputable characters as guests at the dinner. 30The Pharisees and their religion scholars came to his disciples greatly offended. “What is he doing eating and drinking with crooks and “sinners’?”

31Jesus heard about it and spoke up, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? 32I’m here inviting outsiders, not insiders–an invitation to a changed life, changed inside and out.”

33They asked him, “John’s disciples are well-known for keeping fasts and saying prayers. Also the Pharisees. But you seem to spend most of your time at parties. Why?”

34Jesus said, “When you’re celebrating a wedding, you don’t skimp on the cake and wine. You feast. Later you may need to pull in your belt, but this isn’t the time. As long as the bride and groom are with you, you have a good time. 35When the groom is gone, the fasting can begin. No one throws cold water on a friendly bonfire. This is Kingdom Come!

36″No one cuts up a fine silk scarf to patch old work clothes; you want fabrics that match. 37And you don’t put wine in old, cracked bottles; 38you get strong, clean bottles for your fresh vintage wine. 39And no one who has ever tasted fine aged wine prefers unaged wine.”

I would love to hear what jumps out at you in this text.

Hope to hear from you

Speed the Light Concert

So last night we had a worship Concert for Speed the Light. It went really well. This whole evening was the brain child of Tessie Brown. She had to do a senior project and she wanted to do a concert and she figured lets benefit Speed the Light.

Rock On TESSIE!!!

It went really well. The Band played well, the spirit of worship was really great. and we raised $208.20 for Speed the Light. For those of you unfamiliar with Speed the Light it is an organization by which the teenagers of our denomination raise money for missionaries to buy cars and sound systems, computers, projectors, whatever they need to get the gospel out. It’s a great organization and I’m really happy that we are a part of this.

Go Tessie for a great night

Youth Leaders Summit Finally

Well the amish era at tNC is over for now. But I’m sure technology demons will return. Let’s pray that God will protect us from those oppressive spirits.

But with the amish era over I finally am in a place to process some of the stuff that I picked up from leader’s summit. First of all I think that Jeffrey Portman is the man Every year summit is one of the highlights fo the year. And This year was no different. I really appreciate Jeffrey’s heart for the leaders he leads. He closed out the conference with a call for all the leaders of the Northwest Ministry Network to pray. Prayer is our greatest tool to reach students. More powerful than any game, outreach, illustrated message, or anything is prayer, and I needed to hear that.

But Let’s go back to the beginning.

Earl Creps was one of the key speakers for this weekend. This is my take on Earl. He loves God, Church and leaders, and he wants those leaders to stop huddling and get out into the culture and reach people. I had heard of Earl before but I didn’t understand why everyone was in love with him. But know having heard from him myself I understand why.

One of the things that really stuck out from one of his talks was this statement:

You have to know who your are or others will try to make you who you aren’t.

I thouhg that was really interesting. I think my ministry experience so far has really helped me to understand this principle, but he solidified it quite nicely.

He was talking about Paul and Timothy, and how Paul was trying to reach both the Jews and the Greeks and timothy was both jewish and greek. He was equating youth ministry to timothy, this kind of inbetween person, and youth pastor today are between generations. And how Timothy had to make sacrifices for greater effectiveness. We need to ask ourselves what kind of sacrifices are we willing to give, what kind are we willing to be. Very informative. I was really challenged by his talk.

I went to a break out session with Earl and he talked about what youth pastors would only say to other youth pastors, he blogged about it here. I was very encouraged by a lot of what he had to say. And challenged as well. It was quite good.

The other featured speaker was a Scottie Gibbons the youth pastor or ReaLife Ministries. He was very inspiring. He has been in the same ministry for something like 13 years. I hope that I can have that kind of longevity. I really was challenged to think big picture of the right now, not just stuff that I think God might be calling me to some time. I don’t know if that makes any sense to anyone reading this but it makes clear sense to me (deal with it).

Scottie talked about Prayer on the closing day, but he also talked about running. and How we need to know our goals and be disciplined. Don’t look away but run and work hard. So that was good to hear as well.

Portman brought up quite a scary thought in his main session. We are one generation away from being biblically illiterate in our nation. Crazy. I really want to do my part to help equip students with a working understanding and love for the Bible. I hope that I can reach a lot of kids with the message of the Gospel and show them how to get the WORD into their lives.

The breakout sesssions were really great as well.

Where I was really inspired and what made this whole weekend worth it was that the leaders that I brought with me were inspired to make our ministry great. Two of my leaders sat in a session where they learned about Aaron and Hur and how they helped Moses hold up his arms when they were fighting the Amalekites and as long as Moseses Arms were up the Israelites were winning, but whenever Moses’ arms fell they lost. So they are trying to organize our leaders to help me to hold my arms up. And this was totally their own idea. They are going to run with it. And I just can’t thank them enough for it.

Youth Leaders Summit is worth it every year for me and my team and I am so grateful that I work in a network of leaders who care about equipping and strengthening their leaders.

On Being Amish

I am as close to amish as I EVER want to be right now. Our church is at this present time without our network, so to send out emails, blog, or anything like that I have to go to the public library where they heave free wi-fi, that’s not so bad. What is multiplying my frustration is that my desktop computer is currently out of comission and that computer has all of my data bases, distribution lists, and hundreds of other timesavers. GRRRRR.

I hate technology when it doesn’t work right. I have been wanting to blog about this past weekend leaders summit but I just have not had the will to do so at the library. It’s very, very, very frustrating.

But I will live, I know I sound like a whiner but c’mon technology, give me a break here.