Each year Momentum Youth Conference is a highlight of the summer for our student ministry. There’s something about getting away for several days that helps you change your perspective and makes you more open to what God might want to say to you.
In just a few days our church will be flooded with children who will have the opportunity to be guided through the Bible, hearing the Gospel and hope of salvation. Wow! What a privilege God has given us to reach the children in our communities.
As a part of a family, you have responsibilities. You have a role to play. The family of God needs you and you need the family of God. What an amazing invention, God’s family…and we get to be part of it!
We think of culture as the bent or direction of society as a whole. We live within culture, are biased by culture, can be influenced by culture, and are part of culture, but once again it’s still something outside our home.
Retreats are valuable and every follower of Jesus should take time to withdraw to a safe place to refocus, refresh, reflect, and even retool.
On more than one occasion during the three weekends, everyone could sense God’s close presence. The Holy Spirit nurtured participants to dig deeper and to open their hearts more widely. Joys, heartaches, highlights, failures, progress, and setbacks all came out through dynamically animated voices, tears, laughter, nervousness, and bold courage.
My son Henry is a typical seven year old boy. One moment he listens, the next moment he couldn’t hear you if you shouted in his ear. He loves to play and get dirty and has no sense of time and schedule. Henry is also a typical child in that he likes fairness and justice.
I regret to inform you that, yes, that time has arrived. It’s time to go back to school. While this is probably a matter of disappointment for many students (and a matter of celebration for many parents), going back to school is more than just the sad end of a carefree summer, it is in fact a great opportunity.
It seems I’m always trying a new Bible reading plan in an attempt to get through the Bible in a year. One time, however, I went on turbo. I decided to try a Bible reading plan that goes through the Bible in 90 days. Predictably I didn’t make it through.
The Christmas season is often consumed by busy schedules focused on family gatherings, shopping for gifts, and extended times of personal indulgence. The cultural wrappings of Christmas can overwhelm our sense of the true meaning and opportunity that we have during this special season. Is there more to this wonderful holiday?