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Posted on January 25, 2013 by Pastor Derick in Music, Spiritual

By: Derick Brown John 4:21-24 – “Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. But the […]

By: Derick Brown

John 4:21-24 – “Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.””

Do you “get” worship?

It’s a simple question but I believe that it is something that many Christian teens struggle with. What is worship? Why do we worship? What should it look like?

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I believe that Jesus was telling us that real worship is more than sacrifice. It is more than giving. It is more than loving others. I believe that Jesus was telling us that true worship can’t be faked. That true worship starts within. In the deepest parts of our soul. True worship starts in our spirit.

We will never find fulfillment in physical acts of worship until we allow God to light us up from the inside. True worship starts with giving everything we have, everything that we are to God and allowing him to have his way. Until our innermost being is motivated by love for God, our outward actions are just actions.

So I guess the real question is, do you burn?

To Hear God’s Heart

Posted on January 16, 2013 by Pastor Derick in Spiritual, Written By Students

By: Megan Alyea If we could just sit down and be able to listen to God’s heart, we would hear that His heart beats for those of us that are lost and broken, who have nothing to turn to. The abandoned, the lonely, the fearful, the rejected, those of us who feel we aren’t good […]

By: Megan Alyea

If we could just sit down and be able to listen to God’s heart, we would hear that His heart beats for those of us that are lost and broken, who have nothing to turn to. The abandoned, the lonely, the fearful, the rejected, those of us who feel we aren’t good enough, or have been through too much. His heart beats with a Loving passion, specifically for YOU!

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God is the ONE person who will always be there to help you. He will NEVER leave you, NEVER ignore you, ALWAYS except you, and will NEVER stop loving you! He has set you apart from your fear and loneliness, so that you could become closer to Him, and His enveloping embrace.

Will you trust God enough to be so blind to fear, that all you see is His joy and consuming glory? I pray that you would be SO blessed today, with overwhelming strength and happiness. That NOTHING will faze the peace that God will give you!

Sometimes Being A Christian Is Hard

Posted on January 8, 2013 by Pastor Derick in Spiritual, Written By Students, Youth Ministry

By: Hannah Masters Sometimes being a Christian is hard There was a time when one- actually, several- of my very close friends began changing and taking a path that opposed everything I believed. I was looked down upon for my faith, and it appeared that all of my attempts for sharing the good news of […]

By: Hannah Masters

Sometimes being a Christian is hard

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There was a time when one- actually, several- of my very close friends began changing and taking a path that opposed everything I believed. I was looked down upon for my faith, and it appeared that all of my attempts for sharing the good news of Jesus were in vain. They began to build a wall against me and accused me of things I never said or even thought. It really hurt to see what was happening.

Even now, a few months later, it’s hard to see the benefits of it. But God often works in ways that we cannot see. In the same way that He’s been working something in my heart that even *I* don’t know about yet, I believe He could be working something in the hearts of my friends that I just can’t see right now. So even though it’s hard, I’ll continue to let Him work through me to influence them.

My faith has grown as a result of that. I’ve really looked into and considered what I believe after seeing it through a different pair of eyes. Why *am* I really a Christian? What does this lifestyle benefit? Why do I believe in something that a lot of people think is crazy? Despite what I’d been told, considering that made me love and want God even more. I realized it’s when you don’t give up trying that you become stronger. It’s when things hurt and beat you down and drown you out that you rely more on God’s strength to carry you.

So when you find that being a Christian is hard, remember, God will never let you go… And even when you fall, He will lift you up stronger and wiser then before.

I hid. I was afraid…

Posted on January 2, 2013 by Pastor Derick in Spiritual, Written By Students

By: Shelby Reid He (Adam) replied, “I heard you, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.” Genesis 3:10 So many times in my christian walk I find myself facing God without my “clothes”, completely naked. I believe the same happy face we put on much of the time for the world, we […]

By: Shelby Reid

He (Adam) replied, “I heard you, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”
Genesis 3:10

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So many times in my christian walk I find myself facing God without my “clothes”, completely naked. I believe the same happy face we put on much of the time for the world, we try to put on when we it comes to God. Little do we realize that God is always watching, and regardless of if we’re doing the wrong thing, or the right thing, He sees it. Adam and Eve were ashamed of their nakedness, just as we are ashamed by who we truly are underneath the surface; sinners. But we serve a God who clothes us. It says in the next verse that God gave Adam and Eve the skins of animals to cover themselves, He also had to send them out of the garden because of their sin. Sure, we will still face consequences, because it isn’t as if we can get away with giving into our flesh. But our God is merciful.

So how about next time you come to God, or He to you, be vulnerable. We are His children, and He longs for us to be honest with Him.