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There has been much talk about falling away, losing faith and apostasy the last few weeks due to the statements by Joshua Harris and Marty Sampson (of Hillsong fame). Each has said they are no longer followers of Jesus. Sampson later clarified what he meant by losing his religion.
To be honest, I have nothing else to add except to say it is disheartening, but life goes on. Let us keep in mind the Apostle Paul’s words,
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! – 2 Corinthians 13:5
and Peter who wrote
Therefore, brothers,[a] be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:10,11
Do not lose heart. Christ is still on his throne!
Lastly, I have a bonus Back To School Edition of the Youth Ministry Round Up. Enjoy!
Quotes (it’s been a while, enjoy)
If you want to raise the level of your performance, in any area, then focus on the level of your rehearsal. @BrandonTWebb Mastering Fear, A Navy Seal’s Guide
A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week. – General Patton
The people who become truly exceptional at something do so not because they believe they’re exceptional. On the contrary, they become amazing because they are obsessed with improvement. – Mark Manson
Whatever you want today, you’ll have to fight for it. No one is giving away what you really want. Find your WHY and then run to the battle to get it. @paulturner
Youth Sports Are In Decline PSA. Imagine this was a young person not wanting to come to youth anymore. What reasons would they give?
A Powerful Story of Sacrifice and Devotion
For Your Geeky Kids: Geek Devotions and Batman vs TMNT
Great song to lead in abut praying for a future spouse, nominal faith and God’s grace.
Easy, no prep game.