One of my favorite outreaches that I am involved in each year is our annual Lee County FCA Super Bowl Party. My wife and I, invite all our local FCA students over to our house for a fun night of watching the big game, funny commercials, and eating lots of good food. As soon as time winds down in the second quarter we turn off the tv and settle the students down for some time in The Word. Each year I make sure to do a full Gospel presentation for students that might not know Christ and also a challenge to those students who have put their faith in Christ. This year will be no different in that all our students will be challenged to examine themselves and where they are in their walk with Christ, and if they have one at all. Please be praying for all our students in the next few days leading up to this outreach that God would already begin working in their hearts and that they would make a decision to fully follow him on Sunday. Also, please be praying for me as I prepare to share a challenge to them from God’s Word. Yes, we are expecting to have fun on Sunday, but most importantly we are expecting God to do great things!!!
For the last several years, my wife Erin and I have been blessed to help lead FCA Huddles at our local high school and middle school. One of hte trends we have seen over the years is that one year a school will be up and another will be down in huddle attendance and then the next year it will switch.
This year we are in one of those years where our middle school huddle is really booming with 30 to 40 students attending each week. The kids are eager to attend and we have had some truly great interaction with them. Our high school huddle on the other hand is in a bit more of a down year. We have about 6 to 8 students who attend faithfully and we are truly thankful for the growth we have seen in their lives. At the same time it has been very disheartning at the high school as each week I have seen many kids who have came to FCA in the past and even attended leadership camps with us, just walking the hallways and not coming to our huddles. Most of these students I have been able to speak with and invite back and thankfully they aren’t coming because of being upset or anything like that. Honestly, they don’t really have any reason other than not making the effort to be there.
Please join me in faithfully praying for all our FCA students, but especially the high school students. Pray for the ones that are faithful and wanting to grow in their walk with Christ, that they wouldn’t be distracted and sidetracked like it seems so many other students have been. Pray for the students who are not attending, that God would become a priority in their life. We would love to have them back at FCA, but more than anything want to see them strive to grow in their walk with God and impact their schools for Christ. And lastly, pray for a group I haven’t event mentioned, our students who have graduated and are in college that they would continue to seek fellowship with other believers and grow in their relationship with Christ.
Friday started off bright and early for us hear at the 2015 FCA Leadership Camp. Students were all gathered by 7:30 for a time of exercise and prayer to start the day. From there they were able to have both time to go get breakfast and also take time for their personal devotions. It was awesome walking around the campus here at Campbellsville University and see so many of our FCA students alone with their Bible studying God’s Word and spending time praying to Him!
From the quiet time we went to our morning chapel session where we were once again blessed through the praise and worship music. Seeing students who normally are more self conscious about what people think of them openly lifting praises to God is a great thing to be a part of. The morning speaker challenged the students on how the only way to live an Undefeated life is to live for Christ! After the morning chapel service the students spent the next couple of hours either in team competition or in their Huddles doing small group Bible study! Erin and I really enjoyed watching our students compete against each other in dodgeball!
Before lunch the students had a team building session where they were taught about how to share their faith and impact their schools for Christ. Today they will actually be having another team time and get more training that they will be able to put into practice right away. Please be in prayer for our students as they take what they have learned at Camp this week in team training times, chapel services, huddles, and in fellowship with fellow student believers and go out into the local community and do door to door evangelism!
During the afternoon on Friday the students had lots of fun activities to keep them busy. More games were played and our girls especially got into “Tubemania!” One of the best parts of Friday afternoons for the students and families here is free time where you can rest, play basketball and other games, and even take advantage of the large indoor pool. My daughter was thrilled to be able to go swimming with “her teenagers.”
Friday evening was packed with lots of fun and lots of training. The students were treated to a Christian illusionist who uses magic tricks to share the love of Christ. Everyone from my little kids, to our teens, to Erin and I enjoyed watching all the slight of hand and tricks the illusionist used and seeing how he was using his gifts for Christ. From this treat we dived right back into evening chapel with a great time of praising God and hearing from our speaker about how we can effectively share the Gospel. Our speaker definitely holds no punches when challenging our students about what a true leader for Christ looks like.
As far as camp goes it was a truly great day and watching our students interact and grow has been extremely encouraging. Especially on a day where as a follower of Christ their has been so much frustration and discouragement. I don’t want to get into the whole SCOTUS debate over the decision that was made on Gay marriage today. Most anyone who knows me knows what I believe and my sadness at the court ruling and state of affairs in our country. What saddened me most as I looked through various forms of social media today was so many “Christian” friends celebrating the SCOTUS ruling. Friends who once would have said they believe in the Bible as God’s Holy Infallible Word, now celebrating something (sin) that goes directly against God’s Word. As I read so many of these people putting up the hashtag “Love Wins,” I grew even sadder and more frustrated that people have forgotten true Love won over 2,000 years ago when Christ laid down his live for our sins, took a punishment we deserved, and rose and conquered death and the grave. Doing so to show love and forgiveness to every sinner. Today was not a Love issue at our forefront it’s a sin issue, and thankfully we have a God who’s Love has already won and we can share that with anyone caught in any sin. We can’t be wishy washy Christians anymore scared to take a stand and openly showing on social media we don’t know what we believe as we spew out praise for things that clearly goes against the Word of a God who loves us so much. We have to be solid, we have to be ready to show love and share God’s good news, to take a stand when necessary, and to know what we believe and why. And that’s why last night I didn’t go to bed depressed over the day’s events. Because I know that right now over 500 students are here at FCA Leadership Camp praising God, learning about who He is, being trained to to know what they believe and why, and trained in how to share this uncompromising Love to all they come in contact with. May we be as diligent and bold for Christ as they are!
Last night we had our final meeting with our Lee County FCA students who are going to camp with us on Thursday. We went through all the students need to know for going to camp, what paperwork to bring, what to pack, when we are leaving and coming back, and what the camp schedule looks like. We are very excited as it looks like God has provided the needed funds for camp fees and transportation. Out of all the years we have taken kids to camp this is the closest we have come to leaving for camp with funding in doubt so last night as the students brought in their money it was just awesome to see God providing. Thank you to everyone who has been praying for our finances and we would ask you to keep praying for students as we head to camp Thursday. Pray that God would begin working in their hearts even now that they would be receptive to the teaching and Bible training they receive at FCA Leadership Camp. Pray that they would grow in their relationship with Christ and that they would come home ready to impact their schools, families, and communities for Christ. Lastly, we ask you to pray that some of our students may even be challenged this week to give their lives to full time ministry. God is working already and I will keep posting later this week to update you on how are kids are doing at camp. Keep praying!
This past Friday night we held our annual Fall Teen Lock-In at the Lee County Recreational Center. 130 teens came out to this outreach and had a great night of bowling, games, movies, and lots of fun. Most importantly though, KMM Missionary Mark Coburn shared a devotion with the students where the Gospel was very clearly presented. Please join us in praying that we will be able to follow up with our students and that the seed that were planted during the lock-in will see many teens accept Christ as Savior!
Also, please be praying for myself and all the staff who gave of their time for this outreach. I know personally I was blessed with plenty of energy to make it through the night, but now two days later I am really feeling sluggish and wiped out. Pray that we will have plenty of energy for all that is going on this week and in the coming weeks!
Our lock-ins are a great opportunity to reach our local teens for Christ. We have another coming up on New Year’s eve and would love for you to join us as a chaperone! Start resting up now so you can join us December 31st!
Here at the Rec Center it’s almost time for our first all night teen lock-in of the school year. On October 31st we are expecting between 150 to 250 teens to come out from 10pm that night until 6 am the next morning for a fun filled night of bowling, games, prizes, food, and most importantly a Gospel presentation. Normally, I would post about this event the week of and ask you to be praying, but this time I am hitting you up for prayer and consideration much earlier. Our lock-ins are by far our largest teen outreaches that we have. Unfortunately, with each lock-in it is getting harder and harder to find volunteers to help chaperone all night through. Without these volunteers it’s hard to put on this outreach. We need solid adults who care for our students to help us with this large of a project. So, I am asking you to begin praying right now that God will provide plenty of quality help for this lock-in. Also, begin praying if you might be able to come donate the whole night or half of the night to help reach our local students. God is going to do something great through this outreach and we hope and pray you will be a part of it!
In the Sunday School class I teach at our church I have been going through a weekly study on owning/developing your own faith. With students everywhere, and particularly in our area, I have seen a major problem where they really don’t know what they believe about God. Often when you ask them how they know they are a Christian, they respond with something about going to church or the fact that some member of their family is a Christian so therefore they are. Understanding what a true personal relationship with Christ is, is something that often eludes them. Also, many of our students that do have solid relationships with Christ, still struggle with being able to share with others what they believe and why. So the series we are doing has been great to help them own their faith.
Yesterday’s Sunday School lesson was on owning your own faith through understanding the deity of Christ. Basically, that’s a long way of saying understanding that Jesus is God. It was a great lesson as I really felt like the students were engaged as we discussed things like the eternality of Christ, the fact that He is the Creator, and many other aspects of his deity, especially the fact that He is God and not just a prophet or a good man.
The awesome thing about how God was working yesterday was the fact that our lesson tied directly in with our pastor’s morning sermon. Our pastor spoke from John 3 about Nicodemus visiting Jesus in the night. One of the key points that he shared was how Jesus was clear to Nicodemus that He was God and that we must look to Him for Salvation.
As I sat there listening to my pastor speak, I couldn’t help but smile to myself as I thought about how God was working that very morning. My pastor and I hadn’t spoken to each other this week and had no way of knowing what the other was going to teach, but God had a plan. Our students were very clearly able to hear that Jesus truly is God the Almighty Creator and that only through Him can we truly find Salvation. I know some people may say that this was just and awesome coincidence, but I know that with our Awesome God there are no coincidences. Just as I know this was an awesome part of God’s plan how these lessons tied together, I know that His plan is not completed yet. So please join me in praying for our students that they will take this very clear message and apply it to their lives and trust in Jesus as the one true God and Savior!