Monday, February 12

What the...?

Stacy? Pastor Jim? Guys? Where is everybody?

CURSE YOU, MYSPACE!!!

Thursday, December 21

Anybody home?

Hey does anybody read this anymore or am I posting to a ghost town?

Time change

I don't think blog set it's time right. Has anybody else noticed?

Wednesday, December 20

My comics

Hey I created my own sprite comic and posted them up on my own Blog. Head over to www.jacobscomic.blogspot.com and check them out. Take note that they're only rough drafts.

Saturday, November 4

Off to Carolina

Hey Gang!

I wanted to let you know that I'll be going to The Wilds in South Carolina. Ken Collier is preaching for most of the sesions, and it's all about developing into a godly leader. I hope to learn a few new things. Have a great Wednesday night service.

~Jacob J.

Sunday, June 25

Gate 412 - June 25, 2006

EMBRACING VISITORS

What can we do to make visitors feel more at home?
Greeters at the entrances
People to seek them out / meet them
Make it a goal to say hi to 3 new people each week
Have a coupon or something for a free slice of pizza for 1st time visitors
Take ownership – meet new people
Have specific people each week (rotate) to get visitors’ info and follow up with the visitor
Make sure they feel loved and cared for (at the expense of my own fun)
Take responsibility for our home church
Longer greet time after worship
Call visitors – what do you like about youth group, then try to keep doing that
More personal ways to get information – call instead of sign in sheet

Thursday, June 15

Gate 412 - April 30, 2006

Spiritual maturity ~ being spiritual giants (‘let no man despise your youth’)
Prayer is the currency of Heaven

UNITY
EQUIPPING US TO DO THE WORK GOD HAS FOR US


WE NEED CHANGES IN OUR PRAYER LIFE:
Individually –
How serious are we willing to take this?
Forget woes with each other / fall in love with each other

Corporately –
Take prayer more seriously
Stepping out of comfort zones / what we are “programmed” to do
Work for it / don’t expect it to come naturally
Prayers that focus on God’s glory, not ourselves
Training in prayer
Not always depending on someone else to pray


Every single moment that we give up on prayer – Satan gets to do whatever he wants to do.


What would you want with $2000???
Basketball hoop
Snack bar
Rock climbing wall
Paint walls
Trampoline
Graffiti walls
Paintball
Bethel store (shirts/etc.)
Scholarships for trips
Disco ball (ahhh yeah!!!)
Blue screen
Gaming systems (PS2, xbox, etc.)
Get rid of the carpet (acoustic) things on the back wall
Lights (paint them, maybe put them higher)
Fans (zero gravity)
Couches
Prizes
Beach (water/sand)
Ice cream machine
Tanning bed
Vending machines

Gate 412 - April 9, 2006

YOUTH DREAMS & VISIONS

WHAT WE WANT OUR YOUTH GROUP TO LOOK LIKE:
Healing
Encountering Jesus – passionate worship; “fire on the feet”; switch sanctuaries
Growth in numbers
Spiritual growth/intimacy/be real – need to get to a better place spiritually before we grow in numbers
Unity in the group – not quench the Spirit with cliques
Freedom in worship and response (not worry about other people)
Get together more, more Rec Nites
Casting out demons, raising the dead…
Get togethers to bring in new worship songs (brainstorm worship)
Reaching out to the community – being God’s hands and feet
Be a place to heal broken souls
Embrace future leaders (Brandon, Issac, Cody) – a place for youth to find their spiritual gifts and use them!
Opportunities for discipleship
Unity as one Body in Christ
Place of freedom – set apart from the world
Place of deliverance – breaking the chains
Not to be afraid of what others think of us – be real with each other, struggle together, be victorious together
Take us beyond ourselves – walk in FAITH


FAITH-DRIVEN MINISTRY
Time to ask questions – how to deal with answering the world’s questions about…
Outreach – reaching the lost (new and creative ways)
Center of revival for the youth in America
Change the culture of this area


WHAT HAS TO CHANGE ~ POSTURE OF PRAYER:
Spiritual realm awareness
Focus off self / back to God
Intensify prayer power
Learn about praying ~ step up my prayer life ~ making a commitment to prayer
Putting ourselves in a position to hear from Him
Taking on a servant’s role



WHERE AM I ON MY PRAYER COMMITMENT?
WHERE CAN I SERVE?

Thursday, May 4

Devotions ~ Thursday 5/4

Proverbs 29:22-27
v22 The man who has a bad temper is always ready to start arguments. He will cause a lot of trouble.
v23 A proud man will become humble. But a humble man will receive honor.
v24 In court, even a thief’s friend becomes his enemy. The thief’s friend promises to God to tell the truth. Then the thief’s friend does not dare to say anything.
v25 If you are afraid of people, then this fear will cause troubles for you. But the person that trusts God is safe.
v26 Many people want judges to help them. But only God deals fairly with everyone.
v27 Good people hate evil people. Evil people hate good people.


Verse 22
Anger is dangerous. A bad temper causes many troubles. We should learn to stay calm.
Verse 23
The proud man wants to be a great man. But God will not allow such a man to become great. See Proverbs 16:18.
But God loves humble people. And God will give honor to them. See Luke 1:51-53.
Jesus was humble. Although Jesus is God, Jesus became a man. And he lived like a servant. He even died like a criminal. But God has given the greatest honor to Jesus. And everyone will know that Jesus is God. See Philippians 2:5-11.
Verse 24
The thief’s friend does not help the thief. When the thief is in court, the thief wants his friend to lie.
In court, the friend promises to God to tell the truth. The friend is not afraid of the court. But he is afraid of God. And this friend remembers that God will punish people who lie.
So, when the lawyers ask their questions, the thief’s friend says nothing.
Verse 25
People will cause many troubles. There are many cruel people. But do not be a coward! God will protect you. Trust in him. See Psalm 91.
Verse 26
Perhaps you trust judges. Perhaps you think that the court will help you. But there are some evil judges. And even good judges sometimes make wrong decisions. So trust God. He is fair with everyone.
Verse 27
Good people and evil people have nothing in common.
Do not suppose that evil people will support you. If you do the right things, then evil people will still hate you.
And do not support an evil man’s scheme. His scheme will be cruel. Or his scheme will be evil. Or his scheme might even be terrible. It will not be a good scheme, because the man himself is evil.
Instead, warn the evil man. He must confess his evil deeds to God. And he must invite God into his life.