October 6, 2013 Sermon Recap: Names of God Series "Elohim"

Q) What is the chief end of man?  “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.”  How well do you know God?  The goal of this series is to help you know about the person of God as revealed in His names

      and then experience Him more fully.

 

We can get to know a person through their name, roles and character: e.g. “Bob” is a father, engineer, husband, cook, musician & demonstrates humor, generosity, patience, etc.

 

“Elohim” pronounced “el-lo-heem”

September 15, 2013 Sermon Recap "Blessing Your Children"

Q) If I were to ask your children the following two questions, what would be their response?

  • Do your dad and mom tell you that they love you?
  • How do they show you their love?

You yourself may want to ask these two questions - today!

Christ valued and blessed children:

"Then little children were brought to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them and pray for them." (Matt. 19:13)

September 8, 2013 Sermon Recap "Childlike - Value"

Introduction - A practical view of life: by Robert Fulghum

"All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten"

Some of you have grown up with the adage "Children are to be seen and not heard." Basically saying that adults are the important ones and children are not. Christ takes a different view of and actually honors childlikeness.

August 11, 2013 Sermon Recap: "Contagious Faith of a Father and Son"

Q) How well are you passing on your faith?

Mark #1. Be available at any time for God.

When God calls, Abraham responds, "Here I am." (Gen. 22:1, 11)

Q) Am I available and willing for God to use me today?

Mark #2. Live immediate obedience toward God.

God gives a very tough command to Abraham, yet "early the next morning" Abraham was about the task. (Gen. 22:2-3)

All great ideas deteriorate to hard work - so take action!

The Fruit of High Expectations

Over the years I have been blessed to see many students rise up and become the active ministers of the Gospel that they are called to be.  It has been my experience that when we create an environment in our ministry where students are able to grow deeper in their relationship with the Lord you always see increased kingdom impact.  Expectations are not something to be feared in fact they are freeing.  To be clear I am not talking about expecting our students to become perfect rule following drones that “toe the line” and seek to make their youth leader happy in order to receive some special

5 Expecatations Our Students Deserve from Us

In a world where students are rewarded for mediocrity I firmly believe that it is time for the church to set itself apart by expecting more from our students!  If Jesus could change the world using mostly teenagers (see Matthew 17 for a clue as to why I believe He did hint only Jesus and Peter owed taxes and to owe taxes you had to be over 20) than why do so many youth leaders, parents, pastors, and students themselves expect so little from students?  I confess I was once a leader who expected to little from students.

How the Newsboys Prove we are “Better Together”

According to a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, Vermont is ranked as the 50th least religious state, or stated another way, we are the least churched state in the entire country. This is likely because Vermonters see themselves as ruggedly independent, capable of making it on their own, and skeptical of any need for salvation other than one of their own making. As the National Network of Youth Ministries (NNYM) state coordinator for my home state this fact creates some interesting obstacles and unique challenges.

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