Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
What an incredible evening in the history of our country. It was neat to watch the reactions of so many people on the election of Obama as our next president. I must admit when he first announced and started his campaign I wondered if our country would elect an African-American as president. Our country has such an awful history of hatred and violence towards blacks. You could see the joy on the faces of many African-Americans in the crowd last night in Grant Park as president-elect Obama gave his speech.
We definitely need a leader to come and help to clean up the mess that is our country right now. Obama seems to be that leader. His ability to reach out and bring people in is exactly what is needed currently. I appreciate his knowledge of history, and I think that the world will stand up and take notice as to what has happened here. We will all look back one day and remember exactly how we felt when we heard that Obama was elected president and I hope we don't soon forget the civil rights activists who risked so much to bring our country to a point where this could happen.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
What is truly amazing about being in a place like that is the natural beauty. Our God is so incredible. Being around His creation is inspiring and makes me continue to wonder why he chooses to love us like he does. He loved us all so much that he sent His Son to die on the cross for us! There is no greater love than that. As you see our earth's natural beauty, thank God for it, and thank Him for loving you too.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The highlight for me was our club time and church time every night. The club time was a a time when the whole group was together and a YouthWorks staff member led us in worship and with a lesson. Afterwards, we went into church time. This was a chance for just our Grace group to meet and talk about what had happened that day. I enjoyed hearing what the student's experiences were and what they had learned that day.
I can assure that the students that we took on this trip were changed. The way that God worked in their lives was incredible. We studied Luke 1:37, which says, "For nothing is impossible with God." I know the students believe that and I know that I will never doubt that again.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
In preparation for Saturday, tonight at JOLT we will be studying Acts chapter 10. It is the amazing story of Cornelius and how he received a vision and sent for Peter. Peter also received a vision, about how he was to go to Cornelius. I guess God didn't want any miscommunication on this one. The moral of the story is how everyone is good enough to receive the Gospel. We as believers need to take it to all the world. It also challenges us not to take someones answer that they are religious. Cornelius was a religious man, but he didn't know the truth about Jesus. Our world needs to hear about our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and what he did for us on the cross.
Who can you tell about Jesus today? Go and do it!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thanks to all who donated and helped and shopped.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Below you can see some of the fun we were having as we played some water games one night at the dorm. This Sunday June 22nd we will be giving a report to both services about the trip. Please come and here all that happened on our exciting journey.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
If I can find a computer with internet access I will post about our trip here on this blog. Otherwise I will have to wait and do it upon our return on Saturday. Please pray for our group!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Please pray for us as we decide where our school will be next year. Thanks!
Friday, May 23, 2008
Of course, Congratulations Graduates!
Monday, May 19, 2008
This week is busy as graduation nears, and I am excited to see the students prepare to move on to the next phase of their lives.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Don't forget that tomorrow is Mother's Day. Call your mother and tell her you love her, or maybe you will have the chance to see her in person. Not sure yet what our family plans are going to be. Emily and I have already got Leslie the perfect gift. (something she asked for) It is an angel for outside. She loves to decorate and garden outside. You will all be able to drive by and check it out soon.
Friday, May 2, 2008
I had a chance to go to Dragon Pride last night. It was a neat experience. Seeing all the students up there was downright awesome. There are so many great students who are doing great things at Pekin High School. The work that was displayed last night was very well done. I am very proud to be able to call a lot of these students friends. Keep up the good work!
Monday, April 28, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Also, my great friend KT is being baptized tomorrow morning at Pekin Bible Church. That is incredibly exciting. Kaitlyn accepted Christ two summers ago, and she has continued to grow in her knowledge and faith. I am very proud of her for taking this public action and showing to her church family the love she has for Jesus. Way to Go KT!
Monday, April 14, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
This past week we read how the disciples filled the position left by Judas. We can learn how we need to make decisions for ourselves from this passage. They narrowed down the choices using certain criteria. They knew the man chosen needed to have been there since the beginning. There were two qualified men, and they didn't know which one should be selected. They prayed and asked God to show them which one should be chosen. God aswered their prayer and the men choses Matthias. We need to look to our God in prayer when we have a big decision to make too. He will guide us in the way he wants us to go. It is important for us to follow his lead and not resist what we are told.
Friday, April 4, 2008
And I don't mind.
Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!
And so I'm happy, tonight.
I'm not worried about anything.
I'm not fearing any man!
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!!"
Dr. King is a great American hero, and today we need to make sure we try to understand all that he has meant to our society.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Yesterday here at Grace, we had a sunrise service at 6:30 am . Now I realize that is really early, but it was a great service. The high school students read scripture and Chris put together some great videos that took the congregation through the Easter weekend. It was a very meaningful service and it was a joy to work with Chris and the students putting it all together.
This week, lets not forget that Christ is alive and we can have a relationship with him at anytime. Have a great week and I will have pictures added to this blog soon!
Monday, March 10, 2008
On Wednesday night as we studied this, the students found this account very interesting. The Book of Genesis gives us great detail about creation, and the Tower of Babel is no different. Here we learn how the different languages of our world were created. Just like the earth, and everything on it, God created the languages we speak.
We closed our lesson time by asking our students to consider what their "towers" were. What are we putting up in front of God? Many students mentioned activities that they were involved in. These activities take the place of time with God, and give them their worth. God wants us to put him first and allow him to give us direction as to where we should go and what we should do.
Take some time this week and pray that God would help you to put your priorities in order, with Him at the top spot
Friday, February 29, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
God had a plan for Noah, and God has a plan for us too. We only need to follow and trust God to learn what that plan is. We are never to young or old to be used for God's work. As teenagers, I think it is important to realize that you are not to young! God can and will use you right where were you are. Remember, God can accomplish anything. What seems impossible to us, is no problem for God. Don't be discouraged, remember that God is in control and you can depend upon Him for strength and guidance.
Next week we will continue with Noah.
Monday, February 11, 2008
We studied Matthew 4:1-11, The Temptation of Jesus by Satan. On Wednesday nights, we have been studying Genesis, so I decided to compare the tempataion of Eve with the temptaion of Jesus. The 1st temptation was an appeal to the physical appetite. Eve was told she could eat the fruit, and Jesus was challenged to turn the stones into bread so he could eat. Remember Jesus had been fasting prior to these temptations. The 2nd temptation appealed to personal gain. Satan told Eve, she would not surely die if she ate of the fruit. Jesus was told that he would not be hurt if he hurled himself down, because the angels would come down to him and save him. The 3rd temptation appealed to power or glory. Eve was told that she would be like God. Satan told Jesus that he could have all the world's kingdoms if he would align himself with him.
All of Satan's temptations were going against God's Word. Satan wants nothing more than to see us go against God's Word and His will for our lives. How do we stay connected with God?
We need to spend time each day reading his word and having time in prayer with him. That way we will be ready to face the temptations of this world, and more importantly recognize when things are not jiving with God's will for us.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
This brings us to our need for Jesus Christ. We as humans have all sinned and God's son Jesus is our road to salvation. As you can see, Adam and Eve's original sin is the reason we need Jesus!