Sword-Training

Posted on January 27, 2010 by Pastor Derick in Just for Fun, Music, Pop Culture

We played this fun video as students were seated at tonight’s rally service…

We played this fun video as students were seated at tonight’s rally service…

ELEVATE UPDATE: 1.27.10

Posted on January 27, 2010 by Pastor Derick in Elevate Update

A romance-infused introduction to our new student message series called “Love and Relationships: Unfiltered”…

A romance-infused introduction to our new student message series called “Love and Relationships: Unfiltered”

Are the Newsboys “Born Again”?

Posted on January 26, 2010 by Pastor Derick in Music, Spiritual

A lot has been said about the direction the Newsboys music has taken over the years.  From fun, pop-rock to a more worship-driven, contemporary feel… some have missed the rock’n’roll punch of earlier days. Coming in June of this year, Newsboys will be releasing their new album with former DCTalk member, Michael Tait, leading on […]

A lot has been said about the direction the Newsboys music has taken over the years.  From fun, pop-rock to a more worship-driven, contemporary feel… some have missed the rock’n’roll punch of earlier days.

Coming in June of this year, Newsboys will be releasing their new album with former DCTalk member, Michael Tait, leading on vocals for the first time.  The following video, produced to help promote a service trip with Global Expeditions this summer, may provide a hint towards the Newsboys’ rebirth?

What do you think? Are you looking forward to seeing the Newsboys at Hills Alive this year?

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Love and Relationships: Unfiltered

Posted on January 25, 2010 by Pastor Derick in Elevate Update, Spiritual

LOVE and RELATIONSHIPS… there is SO much to talk about in regards to students, dating, and romantic relationships.  We can’t wait to start this new student message series — based on the book of Ruth — next week.  Here’s how it’s gonna break down: Past Mistakes / Future Grace (chapter 1) – relationships and consequences […]

LOVE and RELATIONSHIPS… there is SO much to talk about in regards to students, dating, and romantic relationships.  We can’t wait to start this new student message series — based on the book of Ruth — next week.  Here’s how it’s gonna break down:

  • Past Mistakes / Future Grace (chapter 1) – relationships and consequences
  • Hot or Not (chapter 2) – dating, romance, and being noble
  • Good Girl, Bad Girl/Boy (chapter 3) – beauty, modesty, character, and popularity
  • It’s a Life Sentence (chapter 4) – dating isn’t a game a la “playing the field”; it’s a life-long commitment

Coming in 2010…

Posted on January 25, 2010 by Pastor Derick in Elevate Update, Spiritual

Every year, we take some time at the beginning of the school year to give space for students to hear from God for their personal lives and for the collective journey of our student ministry.  On Wednesday, January 13th, this is a sampling of what the students of Elevate wrote down for the New Year… […]

Every year, we take some time at the beginning of the school year to give space for students to hear from God for their personal lives and for the collective journey of our student ministry.  On Wednesday, January 13th, this is a sampling of what the students of Elevate wrote down for the New Year…

  • …to minister to kids my age that cutting, drugs, and sex isn’t the way and that God can fill all those voids…
  • …we need to take a stand for our generation and bring them to God, cause they are hungry for sex or cigs and they want to cut and turn away from You, God, and keep denying You and blow their life away.
  • …we should gear ourselves and set Rapid City on fire and love others like our family. To desire our gifts and use them.
  • …showing these kids what life is all about is the greatest gift you could give. Being there for these kids shows Me that you are a strong group and you are going to impact many people’s lives. This is truly what I wanted from My people of earth, for you to reach out and teach is so awesome. This ministry is definitely going places…and the kids involved are so grateful for the leaders. — Mazie
  • Destiny, you will see things happen that you never could have seen coming. You will see a fire like never before. The atmosphere of expectancy is the breeding ground of miracles. — Jazzy
  • I gave this youth group a heart for this generation rising up… that it will know the words to say to keep someone going and that this family I have brought together will say My words and walk the path I have to tell the people of My love for them.
  • Even though there will be change, some will be good – even if tears fall – later on, there will be smiles. God knows what He is doing. There is a protection with the Shoup family and over the church.
  • 2010 is going to be an eye-opening year. We will see things that we haven’t seen before. Miracles are going to happen to those who believe. Don’t give up on your dreams. They will happen; just believe in Me. Many things will change this year.
  • Let’s be the generation the world will be proud of. Go beyond all comfort zones. — Autumn
  • …this next year will be the best one yet for Elevate.
  • Depend on each other and God in each person. Keep holding on to what you have and spread it to others. Don’t hold back… break the silence. Be different.
  • Get more involved in ministry and not be so embarrassed to talk about Him… not be scared to do Godly things. — Levi
  • Just keep going. No matter what… keep praying, healing, and ministering. Never back down and never quit.
  • …get closer with people.
  • …for Shawn and Deanna to have a good time with the youth before they move. — Brent
  • That the students of Elevate will do what it’s name says: elevate them in a way that they will never turn back. They know what’s right and what’s wrong… continue to pray and soak in My presence.
  • …I love what you are doing… even when Shawn and Deanna leave, I have something in store for you that you would never have thought of. — Sam S.
  • Pay attention more… soak everything in like it was straight from God.
  • To reach out to other youth. To love each other more like brother and sister. To come together as family and to teach each other.
  • …there will be a light that shines brighter than any other.
  • God is wanting all of us to go out and touch and bless more people. He wants us all to make a huge impact on someone’s life, leave an impact… He wants us to bless everyone. — Jackson
  • The Lord loves us all… some people don’t see that love and you can show them! — Sam R.