I know if you are friends with me on Facebook or Instagram you have probably seen the picture below already. However, I love and am so blessed by the two guys with me in this picture I wanted to share it again. I am blessed to have such a Godly father who loved me and shared Jesus with me. I am also blessed to have such a great son, and I pray that I will be as good of a dad as my father and reflect Jesus to Judah as well!
i know this post is coming a few weeks early, but I really really need your help. On New Year’s Eve we are holding our annual New Years Eve Teen Lock-In. We are expecting around 150 area 7th through 12th graders to come to this outreach. Throughout the night we will have bowling, cosmic bowling, games, karaoke, prizes, food, a guest speaker and much more. As always, our main purpose is to share the Gospel with these teens. This is a great opportunity to share Jesus and keep our teens in a safe environment on a night when there are many less than wholesome options for them to participate in.
In order to do this event though we depend on our KMM staff and volunteers from Lee County and surrounding communities. With so many kids we need adults to help us chaperone by interacting with the kids, watching the doors, making sure kids are following the rules, and also just building relationships to share Jesus with our students. Without volunteers this event and our other lock-ins really wouldn’t be possible.
Unfortunately our surplus of volunteers has dwindled over the past few years. Between helpers getting older, having other commitments, moving away, and various reasons our number of volunteers at each lock-in has decreased. God has been great in making sure that we have just enough help, but as I look to the future i am concerned about how many more lock-ins we can keep having without more help.
So how can you help??? First of all, pray that we will have more than enough volunteers for this outreach and many more to come. Next, consider volunteering yourself. I know that a lot of people can’t stay all night long, but even if you could stay for the first half of the night, or come in for the last half of the night, that would be a great help and blessing to us. If you feel led to volunteer, please contact me asap. You can reach me via email, Facebook, or give me a ring at the Lee County Recreational Center.
I hope to hear from you soon!!!
When KMM opened up the Lee County Recreational Center’s Bowling Center in November of 2007, we made the decision to close on Wednesday Nights and Sundays so that we would not be competing with local churches. There are enough things going on that pull at our youth and adults to keep them from attending church. At the same time, one of our goals has always been to be a tool for the local church to use bring people in to hear about Jesus. So, when approached by churches we make exceptions to our closed rule and open up for various outreaches that a church wants to do.
Yesterday, Erin and I were blessed to open up on a normally closed for our church’s youth group to come out for a monthly youth activity. A whole van load of kids from Emmanuel Baptist Church in Powell County came out and joined us for a fun afternoon of cosmic bowling to the latest contemporary Christian music and Christmas music, and eating lots of pizza. We had a great time being able to let the kids enjoy the bowling and fellowshipping with the other youth leaders who brought the kids. As I made lunch for everyone and watched the joy that this outing was bringing to our students, I was reminded of how thankful I am to be part of a ministry that uses sports and recreation as a tool to bring others to Christ. And to be able to be an extension for our local churches to use is just another huge blessing.
Please keep the ministries of the Lee County Recreational Center in your prayers. Pray that more churches in our area will take advantage of our facility for their outreaches. Most importantly, keep praying that whether through Church outreaches or through our own Rec Center Outreaches, that we will be able to share Jesus with many more people!
Over Thanksgiving we took our kids to “Monkey Joe’s” which is an inflatable play land for the kiddos. Judah however could care less about the the bouncing and just wanted to ride the “Horsey” all day. It’s hard to ride a horsey though, if you don’t put down your elephant!!!
Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord, exulting in his salvation. — Psalm 35:9
This week I have had the pleasure of leading FCA Huddles at both our local high school and middle schools and on the heels of celebrating Thanksgiving last week I wanted to to talk to students about another side of being thankful, being joyful. Too often, not only our students, but Christians in general don’t reflect the Joy they should have in their relationship with Christ. To be totally honest, some of the most miserable angry people I know claim to be Christians. How can this be so? How can people who have experienced the love of Christ and now have the gift of eternal life with Him, have no joy? This is something I can’t truly comprehend.
I know that it is not my job to judge whether or not someone truly has accepted Christ or not. However, a true heart changing interaction with Christ should bring change to the persons life. The Bible says in Matthew that we will be able to know true followers of Christ from false prophets by their fruits. Later on in Galatians we read what the fruits of the spirit are, and guess what a big one of them is Joy! As followers of Christ our life needs to reflect the Joy that we have found in knowing Christ. As the verse above says, we need to rejoice in the Lord and the Salvation we have in Him!!! We have a gift we could never earn and a relationship with the almighty Creator! This should excite us and and pour joy out of every aspect of our lives.
I know that life can be tough and their are always going to be rough situations, circumstances, and people that we have to deal with that have the potential of discouraging our joy. That being said, we have Christ who promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5). In all those scenarios, we can still take joy in the fact that He is with us. People are watching us looking to see what fruit we exhibit. As my father is fond of saying, we may be the only Bible that some people ever read. With this being the case, being joyful and finding joy in Christ is a must!
I encouraged my FCA students today as we enter the Christmas season, we are going to be constantly reminded of the Joy we should have that Christ came to this earth so that we might have eternal life with Him. So use this joyful season to really start letting others see the joy we have in Christ. We are not called to be miserable, we are called to be joyful followers!