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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sunday Words of Encouragement September 9, 2018

We had a nice Sunday School lesson covering 1 Corinthians 1 verse 2. Our SS teacher says he will get moving along, otherwise, at this rate, it would take over 8 years to go through 1 Corinthians!

This morning we had a Youth Movement service where our youth took over with music, video and sermon. It was very good. I really enjoyed the music and the message. Our youth pastor shared that he is leading the youth in a series called “Following Jesus in the 21st Century”.
He noted that it isn’t easy to be a young Christian in this age of free living.
Christian youth (and adults) must learn to “Fix your focus”.

There is great cost for following Christ. Luke 9:57-62. It is life changing. We must recognize what is most important, which is the kingdom of God; investing in the eternal; adding to the Kingdom, not just going along for the ride. Momentary things of the world are unimportant.
“What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” James 4:14.
Our lives are a fleeting shadow. Psalm 144:3-4.

We must strive to live showing God's characteristics. We are meant to live for more than worldly gain. God put you here for a purpose. God intends that we be something much greater than who we are individually. We must correct our focus from life to eternity.

The youth pastor shared the story image of a man with a long white rope that extends around the room. At the end is a tiny price of red tape. The white cord signifies Eternity compared to the red which is our tiny time on Earth.

Fix your focus. Remember that heaven and hell are reality --- forever. It isn’t easy.

They shared a video with the youth talking about the things they face in school and among the other students: temptations, ridicule, harassment. Sad to hear that the schools smell of pot and that so many use drugs and alcohol. They also shared their faith that gives them strength to stand against the evils of the world!

Pastor then reminded us that we are here to be the church. To win souls. The greatest chance to win a soul is before age 16. The church people need to encourage the youth; to let them stand on our shoulders.

Even in our small community, even in the ‘Bible belt’, there are hundreds of students who have no one in their lives to point them to Christ. Adults and students need to be a beacon, a light in darkness. A lighthouse to the unchurched.

The youth sang this song this morning which is new to me. I LOVE the words!
Reckless Love!
Verses for Today:
Psalm 144:3-4 (NIV)
3 Lord, what are human beings that you care for them,
mere mortals that you think of them?
4 They are like a breath;
their days are like a fleeting shadow.

My comment/addition: I was impressed how the words to this song can be a prayer, not just for me, but for loved ones who need to know Jesus. I will substitute their name for the word “me”.
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