Camp Update for Fuge and Crossings

Hey parents!

Camp will be here before you know it.  Here is some information about payments.  We will send our more information about electives to sign-up for and have a special meeting to fill out and notarize permission forms in May.

Payments Coming Up

Centrifuge in Florida for rising 9th – 12th grade grads.

  • Total Cost to church is $310 (most of you have given money toward that total already.  If you are going to Centrifuge and you paid $100 deposit, please make the NEXT payment of $100 due Sunday, May 6th, and final payment of $110 due Sunday June 3rd
    • If you need that payment schedule broken down into small chunks of $50 for example, please contact Dawn or Diane.
    • Also, if you have a scholarship arranged, know that the numbers are probably different for you.

Crossings Camp in Kentucky (outside of louisville)

  • Cost of Crossings (6th and 7th grade)  $230
    • If you are going to Crossings and you paid $100 deposit, please make next payment of $100 due Sunday, May 6th, and final payment of $30 due Sunday June 3rd
  • Chaperone payments for both camps are also due by Sunday, June 3rd.  Chaperones for both camps will owe $100.

Please give your payment to Dawn Bilbrey or turn into the payment box outside the office.  It is never ideal to give Kevin your money, especially in the middle of the normal chaos of Wednesday night and Sunday morning activities.

You can also make a payment online by clicking here.

If you have any questions about your final balance please contact Dawn Bilbrey 859-576-0272 or Diane Baker, Financial Secretary 859-873-7338

Please watch for upcoming dates for parent camp meetings.

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Spring Get-A-Way. Last minute details, what to bring, permission forms, theme…

foolproof_title_scriptureHere is the Release & Permission Form if you don’t have one already, we will have some here Saturday.  Come early if you need to fill one out AND if you can help us load a few things.

We are leaving church at 12:30 pm.  Or as soon as we can after we get loaded.  We will return Sunday at 2 pm.  That’s a tad earlier than we earlier promoted.

Our Theme for the weekend is “FOOL PROOF”.  At DNOW we talked about being Fools for Christ, and now we will talk about walking in wisdom and not foolishly.

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Our guest speaker is Ramny Perez, he is from Louisville, but originates from the Dominican Republic, then was raised in Miami, and then New York.  He is on staff

 

at Immanuel Baptist in Louisville.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Bring sleeping bags and pillows or blankets for bedding.
  • Bring a bible and something to take notes with.
  • Because of the weather, bring shoes that are ok to get wet and a warm coat.
  • Bring your favorite card games or other games.
  •  Bring some snacks to eat and to share, including drinks if you want to bring some 20 ounce drinks.

 

If you are not signed up but are interested in going.  Call or text Kevin RIGHT NOW!!

 

Parents as hoes and weedkillers.

thornsseeAn application for parents occurred to me during our Pastor Michael Cabell’s sermon on the Four Soils.  Full disclosure, I’ve been thinking about developing a series for students on the Four Soils, so I was listening to the sermon looking for how the truths be applicable to families.    The main verse that jumped out to me is from Matthew 13:22 “As for the seed that was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the WORRIES of the world and the deceitfulness of WEALTH choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.”  (Kevin’s International Version)

Any with teens or who ministers to teens should perk up on this passage because many contemporary students have the potential weeds of “worries” and “wealth” in abundance.   Jesus tells us that seed among the thorns doesn’t bear fruit because it is choked out by worldly worries and the deceitful promises of wealth.

Parents, in this unique time, we need to be about the business of killing and removing weeds, to the extent that we have the power to do it. Our students need some room to give the seed a chance to live and grow. And here’s the challenge, some weeds aren’t necessarily bad things. Sometimes “good” things take over so much of our students lives that there is no room for “ultimate” things.

We parents tend to watch out for sketchy friends and risky activity that might choke out or trip up their faith.  But that isn’t what Jesus is concerned about at all.  Ironically, what Jesus is concerned about possibly many of the things parents bend over backward to add to their kid’s lives.   Heaven help us if our kid’s faith gets choked out because we (wanting to be loving) have given them so much good stuff, that they don’t have room for the best stuff, that they don’t have room for Jesus to take root in their lives.

Let’s pray for wisdom.  Let’s watch for fruitlessness.  Let’s evaluate schedules and toys and tech.  Let’s ask the hard question, is their room for Jesus to grow bigger and bigger in my student’s life.

Parents, it may be time to hoe and spray some weed killer.

 

Every home needs a good Study Bible. #morejesus

esvstudybibleSeveral of our students are reading chronologically through the gospels for the next 52 week.  More here.   In our students devotional journal we have embedded 7 questions that they can ask about any passage to help them really think about it.   But honestly, sometimes you need a little help understanding what is going on in a passage (especially if the Bible is pretty new to you).

For that reason alone I think it is wise for every home have at least 1 good study Bible.   A study bible will explain the context of the Bible’s various books and authors and will have notes on the bottom of each page explaining words, phrases, and ideas that might need more light.

Here are a list of several trusted Study Bibles if you are looking for one.  Any of these would be good.

ESV Study Bible

Zondervan Study Bible 

CSB Study Bible 

MacArthur Study Bible  The MacArthur probably has more notes than any other study Bible.  But all of the above are good.

 

 

Which Jesus is in your heart?

whichjesuspictureSometimes, because I can be cynical when it comes to American evangelicalism, I wonder if the Jesus many people “invite into their hearts” is the same Jesus of the Scriptures.
That is a very real fear I have for students in our churches.  When a student receives Christ, what exactly do they believe?  Are we ever guilty of assuming knowledge that hasn’t really been comprehended?
That’s one reason why we are encouraging and resourcing our students and parents to take up the 52 Weeks with Jesus Day by Day reading plan and journal. We cannot follow a Jesus who’s life and words we have not and are not studying. And if we have not studied his life and words, the “Jesus” we are following may very well not be the Jesus of the Bible, but the Jesus of our imagination.
So, let’s immerse ourselves in Jesus this year, really pursue him, not only what Jesus says and does, but what other parts of the Bible say about the nature and character and mission of Jesus.
Also, consider grabbing a good, Biblical, book about Jesus.   Here are a few suggestions (off the top of my head) that may serve as a helpful corrective to our personal and cultural assumptions about Jesus.  They, of course, are supplement to what you are learning about Jesus in the Word.
The Original Jesus.  This book by Dan Darling, is about the various and common counterfeit Christ’s of culture and of our imagination.
Your Jesus is too Safe.    This book is not only a corrective to misconceptions of Jesus but frank portrayal of the Christ of Scripture.
The Sermon on the Mount.  Very easy to read overview of the Sermon on the Mount.
Seeing and Savoring Jesus.  A short book about being in awe of the greatness of Jesus.
Who is Jesus?  A short intro into the life, teaching, and nature of Jesus.
The Gospel According to Jesus.    This  book is a longer read, but noteworthy because of its emphasis on the Lordship of Christ which can and has been under-emphasized in American evangelicalism.
See Adam’s webcomic for a cynical chuckle and to see which Jesus goes with picture above.

Jesus is the Litmus Test: Series Intro

litmus_jesus_newlogo_minustime.jpgOur “Jesus is the Litmus Test” has begun to start off the year.  To introduce the message some friends donated me a lab coat, some beakers, litmus strips, and household chemicals.2018-01-10 17.59.08

Honestly, I don’t know all the science behind it, but i did learn and demonstrate that the blue strips reveal whether substance is an acid and the red strips reveal whether a substance is a base, by changing color.   We also learned that if something is neutral, the strip just gets wet.   In essence we noted the various REACTIONS.

Earlier in the evening, just for fun, I played funny GIF reactions to various situations.  For example:  WHEN THE TEACHER ASKS WHO IS TALKING

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The Main Point

In our series we are going to learn that people have various REACTIONS to Jesus, from awe and honor to anger and hostility.

When you meet the real Jesus of the Bible there is a reaction, rarely indifference.   Keller says it best.

 

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Next week we will start looking specifically at the different reactions people had to Jesus.  From the pharisees and Sadducees  to the rich young ruler, to tax collectors and prostitutes.

Tonight however, I simply quotes a handful of verses that clearly and unequivocally say that how you react to Jesus defines spiritual life and your relationship with God.

  • John 1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 
  • 1 John 5:12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 
  • John 5:23 … Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

As you can see just from a few verses, receiving, believing, and honoring Christ and the One who sent him is a matter of life and death.

Why wouldn’t someone believe in Jesus, trust him, and honor him?  We’ll talk about that next week.

 

 

 

Club Update: Losing sin and weight as we run.

This week in Yellowjackets for Christ and Tigers for Christ we talked about running, specifically running after Jesus.

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Thanks to the Moffetts siblings for helping illustrate a truth today. Jackson can run a mile under 6 minutes. But not with Savannah on his shoulders. We talked about throwing off weight (Jackson didn’t throw off Savannah) and sin that hinders our pursuit of Jesus. Not everything that slows us down is a sin, but any weight that slows your pursuit of Jesus needs to be taken seriously. I challenged the students to be watchful for relationships and choices that hinder our chasing Jesus. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

In the high school group we played this clip from John Piper that powerfully makes the point.

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MORE JESUS: 52 WEEKS WITH JESUS DAY BY DAY

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Updated: Click here for the updated devotional journal .

Christians love Jesus!  They want more Jesus!  They are’t satisfied with “just enough” Jesus.   They want to know him, follow him, and make him known!  To get “MORE JESUS” we need to meet him in His Word regularly.  In the Bible we learn what Jesus said, what Jesus did, and what was said about Jesus.

We have a reading plan and a journal available for students to study the life and teachings of Jesus.  It’s 52 weeks of short daily-readings, covering the life of Christ chronologically, rather than going from Matthew to Mark to Luke to John.

You can More Jesus Devotional Journal in PDF format here.   We will have hard copies at church.    And you can click here for a PDF of the Scripture assignments only  , just the weekly/daily readings.  You don’t need to devotional, but it can be a helpful tool.

Also, our MORE JESUS reading plan syncs up with a devotional book you can buy an new or used one at Amazon, The One Year Jesus Bible.

What does a big WIN look like? 

A student falling more in love with Christ, growing in their understanding of Christ, and their ability to share more about Christ is a big WIN.

Improving your odds for success.

  1. Establish a rhythm.  Some people are early risers, some are night owls.  Pick a time that works for you, and get into a lifestyle rhythm of reading and talking to God each day.  Could be before school, right after school, or maybe before bed.
  2. Encouragement from friends. Nothing beats being encouraged to read the Bible from your peer.  Encourage friends to read and seek out those who will encourage you!  Take a picture of the passage or text a friend something you learned.
  3. Example and accountability from parents.  Students who have parents who are on the journey with them, are more likely to succeed.   Likewise, students whose parents are holding them accountable for making time to get in the Word are more likely to succeed.  BOTH are needed!
  4. Expectations.  Have realistic expectations and give yourself some grace.  If you’ve never had a habit of reading the Bible, don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day here or there.  If you miss a day, just pick up where you left off the next day.  If you find yourself getting out of rhythm considering reading with friends for a couple days to get back in the groove.

 

 

Hey Dad! A quick chat about porn.

hey dads! when you were 12 years old, if there were 1000 copies of penthouse or hustler or playboy in the closet in your bedroom. How would that play out? what kind of weight would the be on your shoulders everyday to fight the temptation to look? How many of you would not even fight that temptation? How many would fight and win some and lose some? What kind of guilty weight would you live with? Or how hard-hearted would you become?
NOW STOP.

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if your son has a laptop or a smart phone without any accountability software or filter, they have access to millions of images. SO… the question is, “how much porn do you want your son to be watching?” and “how hard to you want to make their efforts to grow in godliness?” and “how healthy do you want their concept of women to be?”
Your sons may not ask for help, but they need your help.  
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And yes, all of this applies to both parents and both genders. Just wanted to speak to dads specifically.