Friday, February 26, 2010

JOB

Wait... what?? you want us to get a job you ask?? Nopers, but we are talking about a pretty cool dude named Job!! Mike opened up the story for us this past wednesday introducing us to this very wealthy man who loved God. In this story Job's sons and daughters would get together and have feasts in each other's houses and when they did, Job would go and offer burnt sacrifices to the Lord and said "It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." and so he did this regularly.

Now there was a day when the sons of God [meaning "beings" or "angels"] came to present themselves before the Lord and satan came as well. So God said to satan "From where do you come?" and satan answered "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth in it." God then said to satan if he considered his servant Job and that there was "no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil." Satan says to God, well of course he loves you because he has everything he could ever want. So think about it this way, a type of "lets make a deal" begins. Satan says that if something bad were to happen to Job then he would curse God to his very face!! =O God says to feel free to do what he wished with Job but that he is not allowed to touch Job himself.

Well now that satan was given "permission" there was a day when Job's sons and daughters were having another one of their feasts a messenger came to tell him that some bad guys came and attacked and he lost all his oxen and all his servants were killed!! and he was the only one that escaped to tell him.

Another messenger then came and told Job that fire had fallen from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and that he was the only one that escaped to tell him.

Another messenger came and told Job the chaldeans came and stole all his camels and killed all the servants and that he too was the only one that escaped to tell him.

Then... would you believe it?? ANOTHER messenger came to tell him that while Job's sons and daughters were feasting in their oldest brother's house a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck down the four corners of the house and it COLLAPSED on them and that they all died!!

How do you think he received this news?? 4 different servants came and brought him this bad news... and what did Job do?? "Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped." Wait.. did you just say worshiped?? yup yup, that's exactly what Job did.

How would you react if something you loved was taken away from you?? How would you respond to God??

In the first chapter of this story the last verse says "In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong." WOWZERS!!

Mike will be continuing another part of the Job story next week so tune in to see what else happens to him!!

God bless~ ^_^

Monday, February 15, 2010

Revolution Winter Retreat 2010!!

Welp... first off let me just say what an amazing time our 3D students and leaders had on this trip "REVOLUTION MISSION POSSIBLE" in Lake Geneva WI.

There were lots of activities and workshops that they got to choose from, card games, and gross games and everything in between, but most importantly their encounter with GOD!! They all truly served as an inspiration to me and I'm sooo glad that I got to be a part of their growth during the retreat. To see them worshiping the Lord and praying for each other as well as other kids that they didn't even know.

I am very excited to say that we had a few middle schoolers who accepted Christ for the very first time!!!! We also had 3 new girls who came and they really enjoyed themselves as well. It was wonderful to see them open up with each other and with us as leaders.

Enjoy this slideshow as it shows just a portion of all that happened over the weekend!! video