Archive for May, 2011

We need this sometimes . . .

I sometimes feel like posting a video link is a bailout, especially when some have already seen it.  But take 10 minutes, watch this video, and be challenged about how big God’s ways are compared to ours!  For me personally it really was a jolt, and sometimes, well, I need to be jolted!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnrJVTSYLr8

Oh Lord, help us today to avoid shoving you into boxes of what I think you should do.  Help us to understand your ways and explain them as best we can to people we love.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Have a good Friday everyone.

In Christ,

Pastor Kevin

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Our Identity

If you were to describe yourself with five adjectives, what adjectives would you choose?  Would you choose outgoing?  Introverted?  Male?  Female?  Young?  Old?  Would you describe yourself by your race?  By your economic class?  By your academic accomplishments?  When we really stop and think about describing ourselves, we find that there are dozens (if not hundreds) of ways that we describe ourselves and others.

Teenagers are often in a state of self-evaluation.  During these formative years, teens ask themselves the questions “Who am I?” and “How do I fit in?”  In some ways, I think we all ask ourselves these questions, but teenagers ask them often.   The way teenagers answer these simple questions has a huge impact on how they live their lives.

The Goss Youth mission statement is: To passionately help teens find and live out their identity in Jesus Christ.  During Youth Group this past month, we talked about how and where we find our identity.  It is so easy for teenagers to find their identity in the world and in how others perceive them.

So how would you describe yourself?  If you had five adjectives, would ‘Child of God’ have made the list?  It is truly amazing how important we say God is, but often times when we think about ourselves we forget the most important part of our identity.  Even more important than our economic class, age, character, physical characteristics, race, and gender is that we are co-heirs with Christ.   We are His, and that should define us.

Blessings,

Josh

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5-15-11 I Corinthians 16 Part 2

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5-8-15 I Corinthians 15:50-58

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The Ministry Juggling Act

In any given week, here is a sample of any number of things that might be on the plate of your church’s ministry staff:

  • scheduling decisions
  • policy conflicts
  • deciding how best to provide help
  • deciding not to help
  • random visitors to the office
  • long term planning and goals
  • visitation
  • encouraging and connecting with people via e-mail, Facebook, phone, text, etc.
  • meeting(s)
  • following up with ongoing situations
  • counseling
  • office staff meetings
  • work to best communicate in various forms
  • oh . . . did I mention sermons and worship service planning?
We love to serve and it takes on a variety of ways.  There is always some light-hearted joking that ministry staff don’t do much, but hopefully this sort of things gives you the idea of what things occupy our time!

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5-15-11 I Corinthians 16 (Part 1)

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Music that is moving me

Here are some songs that have been moving me.  I encourage you to take 5 minutes, close your eyes, and escape into the music and lyrics of one of these songs.  Music has an incredible way of refreshing us.

Carry Me Through by David Barnes – For those who have a task they don’t think they can overcome.

Blessings by Laura Story – For those who are hurting in the midst of trials.

Shelter by Jars of Clay – For those seeking the comfort of Christian community.

Blessings,

Josh

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