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Preparation for December 30, 2018

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This Sunday, December 30th, we will get ready to welcome in a new year. 

Every year we make promises, resolutions and changes within our self to embrace the coming year. Why? Because we want to better ourselves and steer ourselves on track with a good and healthy life. Why do we wait for January 1st? Why not start every day with new life? 

The biggest hang ups that we have are anxiety and stress, the false perception that we need to be perfect in a not so perfect world, and that if we don't have control we will not meet a life worthwhile. However, what if we gave it all to God? What if we looked at each day with the enthusiasm that we look at in our new year, but with the acceptance that this is God's design not ours? What if instead of just trying to find happiness, we found joy? 

We will look at examples in Philippians 4:6-7, Genesis 12:1-3, and end in what really is at stake in our short but complicated lives, gratitude, Psalms 103:1-5.  

Let's do this together, this Sunday. To JOY!

Blessings,

Chris Temple

The Youth Dude

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December 14, 2018

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Read Judges 8

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges+8&version=NLT

 

Scripture- ​​​​​​​Judges 8:28-31   28 That is the story of how the people of Israel defeated Midian, which never recovered. Throughout the rest of Gideon’s lifetime—about forty years—there was peace in the land.

29 Then Gideon[a] son of Joash returned home. 30 He had seventy sons born to him, for he had many wives. 31 He also had a concubine in Shechem, who gave birth to a son, whom he named Abimelech.

 

Observations- The relationship between Gideon and his concubine produced a son who tore apart Gideon's family and would cause tragedy for the nation. Gideon may have won a battle for his nation but he lost one with his family.

 

Application- Have you ever followed a sports team who was always in first place? There is an uneasy feeling, isn't there. Even though the team is doing fantastic. The old saying, "once you're at the top, there is nowhere to go but down." Gideon's story is a reminder of how we can be tempted even when we have a spiritual victory. We always need to stay alert and keep ourselves ready for temptation. What should we do to prepare ourselves? Think about what got you to that victory. I'm willing to think it was God. Keep your eyes focused as usual, your heart always in the right place, and always keep the conversation open with God on what it is that is tempting you. He knows. He sees. But it is you who must retain that victory. You must defend it and champion it!

If you follow Notre Dame or college football for that matter, you will know that in the Fighting Irish locker room there is a sign that indeed reads, "Play like a champion today." Well....go get 'em.

 

And I will definitely give you a half time locker room verse here:

"I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us." Philippians 3:14

 

Prayer- God, thank you for allowing us to have the winning advantage in believing in you. It only seems right that sin would want to knock us out of this spot. But we move forward and we move past it to look for another victory, and yet another challenge. But with you by our side. Always, let us look to you and never to ourselves to beat sin. Amen.

 

The Youth Dude

 

 

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