Josh Griffen, the high school student pastor at Saddleback Church, is putting out this book soon. I’m super excited to read this book! I love reading any book on youth ministry, but Josh Griffen is a man in youth ministry that I highly respect. He is running one of the best youth ministries I have ever seen and has an excellent blog that is very relevant for anyone involved in youth ministry. Make sure and check that blog out at www.morethandodgeball.com. My opinion is that anyone involved or passionate about youth ministry should check out the student ministries at Saddleback and also check out the community around www.simplyyouthministry.com. I may not agree totally with some of the things at the student ministry at Saddleback, but God is evident in their work there. I hope this book turns out to be a good one! After reading it, whenever that might be, I will post a review on it!
I love this video! I ran across it a few days ago and the Lord brought to my attention some things concerning His coming. First, I do not totally agree with the end of the video. I do not believe that Christ coming is going to be quit like it is portrayed in this video. The Bible does tells us about the Lord’s return! 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17(NIV) says, “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”But, I am not here to judge this video and point out what I disagree about. God still used this video to encourage me and to remind me a few things about the Lord’s coming!
First, while I was watching this video, God reminded me of 1 John 2:28 (NIV) which says, “And now, dear children, continue in Him, so that when He appears we may be confident and unashamed before Him at His coming.”I love how the video shows people going about their normal day, the busy streets, the people getting their morning coffee while reading the paper, the meetings, and then unexpectedly the Lord comes back! This is one of the saddest things about us Christians today. We are so caught up in this life that we are no longer looking for the Lord and His return. We must remember that this isn’t our life really, we are just passing through and spending some time, because our real life and home is in heaven with our God! I love 1 John 2:28 because it remind us to continue in Christ, to be about His business, to be living for Him and staying out of sin, because if we do that than we will be confident and unashamed at His coming! There is a lot of Christians who are in sin and living worldly lives and soon when Christ return they are going to be unashamed! I believe us Christians need to get out of the routine of thislife and start being more business about the Lord’s work! We need to be excited about the Lord’s return and be looking for it! But while we are looking fellow Christians, let’s being busy about His work and lets not be ashamed when He comes!
Secondly, I started thinking about the unsaved person. At the end of the video there is a man running and saying “wait, wait!” I’m so glad I will not be one of those people! It amazes me that God has laid out His plain of salvation so clearly, but people are still rejecting it! I believe when the Lord returns, there will be a lot of people that are going to wish they would have accepted Christ when they could of! I pray that if your reading this, and you are not saved and do not have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, than today will be your day of salvation! Don’t be the one running and yelling “wait, wait!” after the Lord has returned! Get saved now and be one of the ones taken up to meet the Lord in the clouds! If you are not saved or have questions, than find someone who is a Christians and ask them how you can get saved!
I hope this video speaks to other as it has spoken to me! Watch it a few times and let the Lord press on your heart about His coming. It’s getting closer everyday and we need to be ready!
I ran across this video on a blog the other night and with mixed emotions I figured out why it made me upset because I see a line being crossed in how you worship our God. The ministry where this video was taken is called The Ramp (www.theramp.org). I have read and talked to some people who are involved in The Ramp type ministry and I am fully behind and in agreement with what they are trying to do. They are a ministry where they gather the young generation once a month or so and do a mini, very intense conference type weekend. They are very passionate about reaching the young generation for Chirt and getting them geared up to be the army of God we are called to be. My problem then lies in the way they do some of their worship and the way they carry it out.
First, and my biggest concern is that it is way to much emotion. I believe worshipping God through songs can be very emotional and I have had times where I have had emotional moments when singing worship songs to my God. The problem is when the emotion has taken over and it is no longer worship to our God, but a bunch of hype and adrenaline pumping through us. The fact is, to many people focus on “experiencing” God and they get all emotional and hyped up, but they never experience God because the emotion got in the way. God is not concerned about emotion and hype. He wants us to worship Him in our own way yes, but in a way that is all about Him and drawing nigh to Him. That is what I see in this video. Their is alot of excitement, emotion, hype, and energy, but it is hard to see God in it with all that stuff in the way. I have had some good times at teen camp where the whole place was jumping up and down while singing David Crowder songs and running around the adatorium while singing the Happy Song, but when that emotion takes our eyes of God and truly gazing upon Him, than our worship is no longer worship.
Secondly, I do not see my reverce and respect given to the Lord in this video. The lead guy’s attitude does not even seem right to me. The song or “lines” they keep reapeating are actually taken from an 80’s pop song, but only with “Jesus” added. That to me does not seem to be a fitting song to sing to our God. At the end of the video the guys says, “…we love the Lordy.” Im not sure how that is showing much respect and reverce to the One who has died on the cross to pay for our sins and save us from hell!
I love having a good time in church and while worshipping my God. I have been in services where you can’t help but to throw up your hands or fall to you kness. I have been in services were we have jumped and ran around while singing awesome songs to our God. I love that! But I have had those times doing that, when I have caught myself being totally off foucused from God and totally focus on the emotion of running, jumping, and waving my hands. King David knew what it was like to jump and dance while worshipping our God. There, in a sense, is nothing wrong with worshipping that way! But we must make sure it is God honoring and the emotion is not taking the first place in our worship.
I ran across this video on another blog and at first skipped right over it and did not watch it. But I went back to the blog again tonight and watched it. Although it had no Biblical or spiritual content, God brought a thought to me. The Bush girls are encouraging and giving advice to the Obama girls about their new life in the White House, shouldn’t we as Christians be encouraging and passing on advice to other Christians when they are going through a big transition time in their life? Many Christians, like the Obama girls, are going through a big time of transition or even a time of trouble and all they need is encouragement and advice from someone who has been there before like the Bush girls in this situation. Hope this made sense and hope the video helps you see my point!
Yesterday I was watching the inauguration and I was very impressed and moved by Rick Warren’s prayer. First, I though it was encouraging to see someone like Rick Warren, pray at the inauguration of a president who is so different in all his views and beliefs. Some might down Rick Warren for praying at the inauguration because of all that Obama stands for and doesn’t stand on Christian values or the Word of God. I think Rick Warren did the right thing by taking this opportunity and shinning the light of God Almighty by praying at this inaguration. This post is not about the fact that Rick Warren prayed at Obama’s inauguration, but is about what Rick Warren said in his prayer that really moved me and encouraged me spiritually. During his prayer he said this: “in the name of the one who changed my life…….Jesus” Wow, what a way to address our Saviour Jesus Christ! I think this is what we as Christians miss so much, that because of Jesus Christ we have been changed or in better terms “born again!” We have been born again and been changed because of Jesus Christ!
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NASB) “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
The Word of God makes it very clear that when we are “born again” we are changed, the old has passed away, but we have become new! The sad thing is, the church is full of people who say they are “Christians” but have not been truly “born again” because there has been no change. When we get saved, the Bible makes it clear, we will be changed! If someone can get “saved” and not be changed and still live like the did before they got “saved” than their salvation is in question. Jesus, the one who has changed my life, did just that! I accepted Him and asked Him to come into my heart and I was changed! Have you been changed by Jesus?