Life is full of light and shadows, oh the joy, oh the sorrows

It has been a while since I blogged.  I just get so busy sometimes, and sharing my thoughts falls to the bottom of the priority list.  However, I am here now, and I will share.  A lot has happened since I last blogged.  We are starting a Hispanic service at Westside Baptist Church.  I am really excited about it.  A Hispanic service is something that is really needed in our community, and I really think that God is going to use this to change lives in the Hispanic population of our community.  We have felt as a staff that God has been leading us to this point for several months, and it is now actually going to happen.  I pray that God will bless and direct it.  Another thing that has happened is that the new David Crowder Band album has come out as well.  It is a great album.  I highly recommend that you get it if you do not have it already.  I think that it is one of the band’s most theologically deep works to date.  The title of today’s blog comes from the song “Shadows”.  One portion of the chorus says, “When all seems lost when we’re thrown and we’re tossed, we’ll remember the cost, we’re resting in the shadow of the cross.”  I love that!  No situation that we come into contact with in this life seem nearly as significant when viewed from the lens of the cross.  I think that we, as Christians, lose sight of that fact from time to time.  We can truly rest in the shadow of the cross.

I hope to bring a word of encouragement from several other songs from the album.  I hope that everyone has a great day.


Yours is the kingdom, Yours is the power, Yours is the glory forever

Day three of camp has been amazing.  God has made his presence known in a grand way.  This morning we spent the entire session following the music portion in prayer for our churches.  It was a powerful and very moving time.  I think that the youth are starting to understand the importance of taking time to pray for those who they rely upon so often.  I think that the youth can begin something amazing at our church.  It all comes down to a matter of whether or not they are willing to step up and take responsibility for the calling that God has placed on their lives.  I tried to get them to understand this evening that they are going to be the leaders of the next generation at Westside whether they want to or not.  I would ask that you pray for the continued development of the understanding that the youth have.  I do not want them to miss the opportunity this week to experience the presence of God in this context.  Sorry for the short post tonight.  It has been a long day, and I am very tired.  Continue to pray for us.

All our hope is in You, all our hope is in You

Day two of camp has been amazing!  God is most definitely here.  This morning focused around the question, “What are you fixing your eyes on?”  We get so caught up in the visible and tangible world that we completely overlook the spiritual world that is just a s real s the physical one.  If we are fixing our eyes on the things that are visible, then we have lost sight of the things that are important.

This afternoon we had a great time enjoying God’s creation at the beach.  We had a little accident where one of the adult leaders ending up at the hospital getting four stitches in her shin, but I promise that everyone is doing fine, and she will make a complete recovery.  I don’t even think that she will need physical therapy to relearn how to walk. 🙂  The free time outside was cut short by an afternoon thunder storm, but that let us have some great time hanging out at dinnertime getting to know each other a little better.

This evening center on four things that happen when we are in God’s presence.  We looked at Exodus 33:7-16.  In His presence our posture changes, our focus changes, His presence becomes necessary to us, and our faces are changed as a result.  I firmly believe that God is doing something in the hearts of the youth from Westside.  They have all stated that they want to ask God to show them His glory.  I told them all during our church group time this evening that I hoped they are ready to face the consequences of voicing that desire.  I mentioned that I was not discouraging them, but rather trying to help them understand what will follow a request like that.  I read the kids a quote that Louie Giglio said during my youth pastor’s meeting just before the service this evening.  He stated, “I want your students to know that it is okay to let Jesus do something crazy in their lives.  Don’t think that it will be wrong for Jesus to radically change their lives.”  I pray that the kids will understand that.  It is completely  okay for Jesus to radically change them.  He can call them to serve in a currently unknown village in the jungles of Indonesia to be the first person to reach a people group for the name of Christ, or He may call them to serve in their neighborhood by helping cut the grass of an elderly person down the road.  GOD CAN DO AMAZING THINGS! Especially when we are willing to give up our plans for life, and follow hard after the Lord.

Everyone is doing great, and please know that God is doing a mighty work in our lives.

We are family. All my brothers, sisers, and me…

I write those lyrics because Kim’s mom, step dad, brother, and sister are in town with us this week.  It is fun having them in town though.  I really like them a lot.  I am getting really excited about youth camp next week.  I know that it is going to be a blast both recreationally and spiritually.  That is what I want to focus on tonight.  I really am praying that camp next week is mostly about the spiritual blast that I am expecting.  I wait with an attitude of expectancy for God to show up in a big way for the youth group.  I know that we are going to have a great time during our free time in the afternoons, but the thing I am looking forward to most is the times when they all are quiet and God is whispering in their ears.  I love those quiet moments when God begins to whisper and tug on the heart strings.  I am praying so strongly that God will move in a mighty way for the camp as a whole, but more selfishly for the kids from Westside.  I want them to grab hold of the passion and energy that comes from having a mountain top experience.  However, I want so badly for it to not be a mountain top experience only.  I want the passion and energy to stay at a maintained level for an extended period of time.

We have one more pre-camp lesson tonight talking about how God’s ways are so vastly different from anything that is done here on earth, but God’s ways are always the best way.  I will let you know how it goes tomorrow.  It is also a fun day tomorrow because we are going, as a youth group, to play Whirly Ball.  If you don’t know what it is you need to google it, and it will change your life.  Okay that’s all for now.  Have a great night.

Love is not a fight, but it’s something worth fighting for.

I know I have used that lyric before, but it fits with today’s post.  I don’t really have a lot to say today, but I am trying to be daily with my posts on this thing.  Westside Baptist Church, which is where I work, is showing the movie Fireproof tomorrow night for free.  Everyone is invited.  We are trying to get out into our community and reach people.  I hope that people show up and see this movie.  It is a great film about making Christ the center of every marriage relationship.  I think that it will be a great night and opportunity for Westside to reach out into the community.

I hope that these posts that I put up are speaking to people’s hearts, and I hope that everyone has a great day.

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