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Speak life

What an unexpected night at CORE Youth Ministry.  We set out to discuss one topic, and ended up discussing something completely different.  There were TONS of rabbit-trails and (more than once) we halted the discussion to debate whether our donated cupcakes were topped with spoiled frosting.  Not exactly the spiritual depth I pray for weekly.

And yet, as I reflect on last night, I can’t stop smiling. ¬†Instead of being frustrated (or discouraged), I found it charming. ¬†Endearing. ¬†Sometimes we need a night where the discussion is unexpected. ¬†While “random” it was, “pointless” it was not.

In this season of Lent we are sharing a meal (hob-knobbing with our church family), attending a Lenten service, and discussing the sermon.  Last night Pastor Mike (Senior Pastor at Manchester United Methodist Church) preached on Luke 7:11-17,

Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. ¬†As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out–the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. ¬†And a large crowd from the town was with her. ¬†When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” ¬†Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. ¬†He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” ¬†The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. ¬†They were all filled with awe and praised God. ¬†“A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. ¬†“God has come to help his people.” ¬†This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country. (NIV)

The main point that Pastor Mike was trying to make was a question: “Are you dead (like this boy), or are you alive in Christ?”

After the sermon we got comfortable on the couches in the youth room and and began to discuss the topic at hand. ¬†It seemed, however, that there was very little to discuss. ¬†Everyone in the room was confident that they are not “going through the motions” of being a Christ-follower; everyone feels alive in Christ.

This is where the conversation might have stalled out.  And in a sense, it did.  But CORE students are amazing.  They blow me away.  In the moments where it felt like there was nothing left to discuss, they noticed a little nugget of Truth from Luke 7:11-17.

Jesus spoke life into the dead boy.

This has practical application in our own lives. ¬†We can all point to moments where scripture, a mentor, or a song on the radio has “spoken life” into our dry, weary, or dead souls.

As we tossed around this concept, ideas became to take shape for CORE’s Celebration Sunrise Service on Sunday, March 31. ¬†Students will share verses from scripture that “speak life” to them personally. ¬†My heart was so touched as they began to toss around passage after passage of “life-giving” Truth from the bible. ¬†I can’t wait for them to share on Easter morning.

Sometimes the most random nights give birth to something beautiful.


Click here to hear CORE students’ experience at¬†Acquire the Fire 2012.

Want to experience some of ATF’s powerful worship? ¬†Here’s the playlist inspired by “School of Worship”:

rock you.

Posted: July 19, 2012 in Action, Christ, CORE, High School, Love, Lunch Bunch, Music, Service

Lunch Bunch on July 16. Small crowd, but great conversations.

Monday’s Lunch Bunch will be at Las Flores at 12:30pm.¬† PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE.¬† This is due to many of us helping with Vacation Bible School.¬† Be sure to spread the word. :)

Remember all those Wednesday nights were Kelsey asked, “So then, how can we live out this scripture?”¬† Your answer was always the same: serve.¬† So here’s our shot.¬† Monday, July 30th CORE is serving with 2nd Helpings.¬† This great ministry hosts a weekly free meal for people in the community who are in need.¬† It’s incredible.¬† We will help prepare, serve, and eat with people.¬† What a great way to serve AND talk about the God that we love so much.

So here’s what you need to know:¬† Monday, July 30.¬† Be at the church at 4:30pm wearing your CORE shirt (or wearing our colors–red or black).¬† We need THREE SALADS (such as pasta salad, broccoli salad, etc).¬† If I don’t get any volunteers to make a salad I will be asking a few of you specifically (so here’s your chance to beat me!).

Serving people is a great way to live out the transformation that Jesus has made in your life.¬† It reminds me of this powerful song that I’ve shared before by the band For King & Country called “The Proof of Your Love.”¬† Check out the lyrics below…they’ll probs rock you with their truth. :)

If I sing but don’t have love
I waste my breath with every song
I bring an empty voice, a hollow noise
If I speak with a silver tongue
Convince a crowd but don’t have love
I leave a bitter taste with every word I say

So let my life be the proof,
The proof of Your love
Let my love look like You and what You’re made of
How You lived, how You died
Love is sacrifice
So let my life be the proof,
The proof of Your love

If I give
To a needy soul but don’t have love then who is poor?
It seems all the poverty is found in me

So let my life be the proof,
The proof of Your love
Let my love look like You and what You’re made of
How You lived, how You died
Love is sacrifice
Oh, let my life be the proof,
The proof of Your love

When it’s all said and done
When we sing our final song
Only love remains
Only love remains

Let my life be the proof,
The proof of Your love
Let my love look like You and what You’re made of
How You lived, how You died
Love is sacrifice
So let my life be the proof,
The proof of Your love

Happy 4th of July!¬† No CORE tonight…enjoy the fireworks and festivities.¬† (:

This Monday (July 9)¬† is LUNCH BUNCH!¬† Bring some money (or use your CORE account) and meet us at the fair at noon!¬† Yes, it’s that time of year for delicious pie and tenderloin sandwiches.¬† Yum.mmm.

NEXT Wednesday (July 11) is the¬† Brandon Heath concert at the Delaware County Fair.¬† This concert is FREE (with admission to the fair…let me know if you want to use your CORE account).¬† HOLLA! ¬† If you want to sit together,¬† meet at 5pm at the stage to save your spot.¬† Then we can ride the sketchy attractions and eat delicious pie from the 4-H stand before we rock out.¬† Great photos from that night should be uploaded to the CORE facebook page.

If you are showing anything during fair week, make sure you let CORE know so we can come support you.  Good luck to everyone! (:

For those students helping with Vacation Bible School: There is a mandatory training with Mrs. Stocks on Monday, July 16th at 6:30pm at the church.¬† It is SUPER important that you let Mrs. Stocks know if you can’t be there.¬† (I’ll give you her email if you need it.)


Philippians 1:9-11 from The Message paraphrase:

So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.

Here at CORE we believe scripture is important. So important, in fact, that we actually stand when we read it. ¬†It’s Holy because God gave it to us in order that we might know Him. ¬†If we don’t read it, we can’t know Him…who He REALLY is. ¬†My job isn’t to force Jesus on you, like your parents force you to eat stinky broccoli. ¬†My job is to show you who He is–the real Jesus. ¬†When we get to know who Jesus is and what He’s about, we are able to understand how to live. ¬†Just like it says above, “Live…a life Jesus will be proud of…”

Here’s a passage we discussed last night; it’s a great picture of who Jesus is and what’s He’s all about:

1 John 3:16-24 (The Message paraphrase)–Love in Action

This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.

¬†My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.

¬†And friends, once that’s taken care of and we’re no longer accusing or condemning ourselves, we’re bold and free before God! We’re able to stretch our hands out and receive what we asked for because we’re doing what he said, doing what pleases him. Again, this is God’s command: to believe in his personally named Son, Jesus Christ. He told us to love each other, in line with the original command. As we keep his commands, we live deeply and surely in him, and he lives in us. And this is how we experience his deep and abiding presence in us: by the Spirit he gave us.

When you read this, what do you discover about who Jesus is, and what’s He’s about? ¬†Does this cause you to make any changes in your life? ¬†Your actions?

The Lord cares very much about our actions. ¬†Again, the passage above (from Philippians) challenges us to be “bountiful in fruits from the soul…” ¬†What fruit (actions) are coming out of your internal life? ¬†Do your actions show love, or hatred? ¬†Encouragement, or discouragement? ¬†We’ve also been talking this weekend about Matthew 25:40 which says:¬†‚ÄúThe King will reply, ‚ÄėTruly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (NIV)

Every kind smile you share is for the glory of the Lord if you remember what He’s done for you (1 John 3:16). ¬†But when we don’t help people being¬†harassed, or when we join in the laughter, scripture shows us these actions are being done to Jesus as well.

Continue to meditate on Philippians 1:9-11, and let your actions flow from there.

This week’s challenge:Read Philippians, then send a facebook message to Kels sharing with her what you take away from the reading.


Posted: August 16, 2011 in CORE, High School, Music, Youth Ministry

Today is the last day of summer…for those who go to WD, that is.¬† Sunday’s cookout and Monday’s “Lunch Bunch” was just what the doctor ordered to finish on a fun and relaxing note.

I wanted to send you off to your fall schedules with a bit of joy and laughter in your hearts, and who better to give that to us than Julian Smith, I ask you?

Make the most of your day today, and the most of tomorrow.  :)

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