Random Acts of Christmas

Matthew 25: 31-46
31″When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34″Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37″Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40″The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

be like Jesus . . . love. serve. give.
celebrate the birth of our LORD by serving others.
when we do it for others, we do it for Jesus.

we will be using all the offering from this week and next week
to order some animals from http://worldvision.org.

give a little extra
by using one of the ideas below, or coming up with your own,
perform at least one random act of Christmas (kindness)

http://tomsshoes.com – buy a pair of shoes, and they give a pair to a child in need
http://worldconcern.org – donate the money you would have spent on your present(s)
http://thewaterproject.org – donate or buy products to dig wells in africa & india
http://charitywater.org – donate $ or buy merchandise to provide clean water
http://secondharvest.org – give food to a family in need
http://angeltree.org – give gifts to families of inmates
http://operationsmile.org – give money to medical missions, provide free surgeries for kids

or…

  • buy a gift card for a single mom or family in need
  • contact the utility company and pay someone’s utility bill
  • volunteer as a family at a food bank or soup kitchen

or come up with your own ways to show Jesus to others this month!

comment below and share what you’re doing to spread the love of Christ!

Matthew 1:23″The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”

Be the Change – Music Video

Youth Convention 2010: Be the Change

quoted from Matt Nuss:

Our High School Night out…

Every year at the annual AG youth convention, Our high schoolers sneak out on Saturday night and do something that we typically keep “TOP SECRET” this year, however, we are excited to share our adventure with you.

We ended up at a studio and the High Schoolers wrote a song about Youth Convention 2010. The theme was “Be the Change”. Miles McPherson was the guest speaker. We used our cell phones to make the video… 🙂

Hope you enjoy the video.

Making the Most of Life – life journal 12.5.10

This post was originally posted at http://lityouth.com.

Ephesians 5:15-20 NIV

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

OBSERVATION
Be careful how you live. Don’t be foolish. Don’t get drunk and act like an idiot. These days are evil. Don’t live to please the world. Instead, be wise. Make the most of every opportunity. Live to know God’s will. Sing songs of praise, and thank God all the time for everything.

APPLICATION
It can be so hard to live for God. There is so much distraction. Life is so busy. And I don’t even do everything. I don’t go to every event I would like to. I don’t do all the work I want to. There is always something more, something else to be done. But there is something more to life. More than the junk from this world. It seems like everything wants my attention so it can sell me something. It’s all marketing. I’m more than just a consumer.

I am a child of God.

And if I am a child of God, then I have a different purpose in life. The stuff offered by this world is not enough. Fun? I can have drinks and not remember if I had fun. Or I can be entertained in the presence of the LORD who died to have a relationship with me. I’ll take fulfillment in my soul over a hangover any day.

I need to live my life in a way that “every opportunity” is taken. If I am wasted, then my life, my opportunities will be just that: wasted. I will seek God daily, even with each breath. And I will be filled with the Spirit, who is God. After all, its what I was made for…

PRAYER
Lord, I pray that you would fill me with your Spirit. Give me a fresh blessing for today, so I can be renewed in my passion to live for you. Take all of me, so that I can be all that you made me to be. Amen.

Making the Most of Life – Brian’s life journal 12.5.10

Ephesians 5:15-20 NIV

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

OBSERVATION
Be careful how you live. Don’t be foolish. Don’t get drunk and act like an idiot. These days are evil. Don’t live to please the world. Instead, be wise. Make the most of every opportunity. Live to know God’s will. Sing songs of praise, and thank God all the time for everything.

APPLICATION
It can be so hard to live for God. There is so much distraction. Life is so busy. And I don’t even do everything. I don’t go to every event I would like to. I don’t do all the work I want to. There is always something more, something else to be done. But there is something more to life. More than the junk from this world. It seems like everything wants my attention so it can sell me something. It’s all marketing. I’m more than just a consumer.

I am a child of God.

And if I am a child of God, then I have a different purpose in life. The stuff offered by this world is not enough. Fun? I can have drinks and not remember if I had fun. Or I can be entertained in the presence of the LORD who died to have a relationship with me. I’ll take fulfillment in my soul over a hangover any day.

I need to live my life in a way that “every opportunity” is taken. If I am wasted, then my life, my opportunities will be just that: wasted. I will seek God daily, even with each breath. And I will be filled with the Spirit, who is God. After all, its what I was made for…

PRAYER
Lord, I pray that you would fill me with your Spirit. Give me a fresh blessing for today, so I can be renewed in my passion to live for you. Take all of me, so that I can be all that you made me to be. Amen.