Friday, December 08, 2006

WWJD...How It All Began


This morning i was reading a daily devotion deal that I get each day through my email here at work. Now I know this saying is ultray cliche and I know a lot of people say it, but don't really think about what it truly means. I thought it was super interesting to find out how it all began.

More than a century ago, a book came out called "In His Steps." A Pastor by the name of Henry Maxwell was preaching a sermon on sacrificial love and during the middle of his talk a dude who has been without work for months stands up and says,"I was wondering if what you call following Jesus is the same thing as what he taught.…I get puzzled when I see so many Christians living in luxury and remember how my wife died in a tenement.…what would Jesus do?"

The amazing part of the story - directly after he said those words the man collapsed and died on the spot. WOW! Now that is one - messed up and two - sad to think about.

I am just as much a believer as anyone that this "WWJD" saying gets old and 9 times out of 10 it's not used in the right way or context, but after reading this I thought to myself, "wow - pretty cool, but tragic story."

Maybe from now on when you see those letters - WWJD - you will think of it differently...I know i will.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Something I Thought You'd Like...


That's right - this is Big Rick and I. He has created this new "room" in his house where he is putting up a picture of every staff person of Saddleback who is under 35 years of age. It's really a cool idea - although I haven't actually seen it yet. He wanted to do this so when he is spending time in prayer at home he can pray for us idividually and specifically.

So, now each of you who always ask, "have you met Rick yet?" you now know that I have officially have met him. He's a great guy - much like a big huge teddy bear if you ask me.

Enjoy!

It's Been A While...

Hey everybody! I'm sure you have figured this out - but just in case you haven't...i am not the best at this blog deal. At least I am admitting it - but i really do want to be committed to it - especially for my awesome supporters back home who are praying for me and walking through this internship with me.

Things have been so busy lately and to be honest - I can't think of a time the last couple of months that things haven't been super busy. My rotation in small groups is quickly coming to an end sadly but i have really enjoyed the last few months. I have had such a great opportunity to connect with many of our volunteers and I have had an awesome experience being able to see what an effective small group ministry looks like and consists of. We have our Community Night coming up tomorrow night and I'm excited to be a part of the training process we are doing, as well as excited to be able to love on and care for our volunteers.

One thing I have realized in my time here is that volunteers are priceless. What i mean by is simply the fact that our volunteers are the most vital and essential piece of Wildside - they are the ones who walk through this ministry with us and they ARE our ministry. They take time to pour their hearts, lives, and time into our students on a weekly basis and that is the sign that your ministry is effective.

Ok so I really am going to try and do this more - and keep those of you who read this updated more...today I just had volunteers on my heart. Have a great day and God bless!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

IT'S CHOCTOBER...NOT OCTOBER...SHESH!



That's right! Wildside's month of October is called Choctober. So, we do everything chocolate. All of the games have to do with chocolate and all of the prizes are chocolage. It is a lot of fun! The picture you see is none other than yes, a CHOCOLATE SLIP N' SLIDE right down the middle of our tent and it was AWESOME! I don't have a clue how I am going to pull it off, but the next church I serve at - we HAVE to at least attempt an all chocolate slip n' slide. It is just too good. What were the ingredients you say???? There was of course Hershey's Chocolate Syrup, LOTS of baby shampoo (baby oil causes blindness - little FYI) to increase the slippery effect, and yes, tons of Jr. High Students competing to see who could slide the farthest.

Another cool element that i got to participate in was a game we call the "Chocolate Milkshake." I picked 4 students (2 7th grade and 2 8th grade) and they competed to see who could make a chocolate shake the fastest and drink it up. Now the trick to this was the way they made it. One student had to feed a spoonfull of Chocolate Nesquick to the other and then pour a gulp of milk into their mouth. The student with the contents in their mouth would then mix it up or "swash" it up as I like to call it just like its a gulp of mouthwash - they then spit it back into the glass - filled it up to a line we determined beforehand and yes, had to CHUG it once they got it to the line. Now how cool is that!!!

I LOVE CHOCTOBER and you should too!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Reeled In Volume 2

WATCH THIS...PLEASE, ITS FUNNY! It's also the video portion of my talk in the previous post below...ENJOY!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

For My Supporters...And Others...But Definitely For My Supporters


I realize it has been a while since i have blogged, but I'm trying. Things are going GREAT here! Our small groups have been launched and they are running smoothly. I have a group of 7th graders this year - 11 of them and they are all awesome guys. It should be a great time doing life together with them each week and learning and growing in our love for God and in our love for others. I also have a co - leader this year (Dered Robinson) who is an intern in the Small Groups ministry here at Saddleback. He really wants to gain some insight in the world of Youth Ministry so he has decided to help w/ C-Groups - should be great having him around to help teach and develop relationships w/ the students.

Another awesome opportunity i had recently was teaching last weekend. We are doing a 3 week series called "Reeled In," where we are taking a look at a different story each week that has something to do with fish. Week one we talked about when the disciples went fishing all night and caught nothing and then Jesus tells them to cast their nets on the other side and they caught more than the boat could handle. Then, last weekend i got to teach on the "feeding of the 5,000." As a matter of fact, if you have 26 minutes of free time, i would LOVE for you to listen to my talk. Feel free to comment on anything you'd like or to make fun of the words i use repeatedly - i'm pretty sure it happense a lot-Ha! Ha! Just click on the link “Listen Here” to hear the talk.

This weekend is our final message of this series and Kurt will be teaching on Jonah and yes, the whale. It should be a LOT of fun - especially since this weekend marks the annual CHOCOLATE SLIP N' SLIDE down the center isle of our tent. Don't worry, more to come on that in the next post - you'll enjoy it along w/ some great pics.

Have a great one and God bless!

Listen Here

Friday, October 06, 2006

Portrait of Abraham Lincoln in Pennies

HE used 1,702 pennies to make a portrait of Lincoln. Sorting the coins took about seven hours, and making the image took just under six. (Scroll down for a larger image of the final version.) May 2005.

Friday, September 22, 2006

For My Supporters...


Hey guys!

I hope each of you are doing well and enjoying the end of a great week! I tell ya, for me - it has been sooooooo busy this week. We have finished placement of our small groups for this year and we are still in need of about 30 more adult leaders. Now you wouldn't think that it would be difficult to find people who are willing to serve at such a big place like Saddleback, but...it really is.

I think one of the greatest challenges in Youth Ministry is finding adults who want to love your students and serve in your ministry. The toughest part about this concept is the fact that the adult leaders in your ministry are the most important part of it. Why? Simply because w/out them, half if not all of the ministry is not remotely even close to being possible. That is why i have learned in my short time of being involved in Student Ministry - i have learned that the most vital part is the adults who are willing to be a part.

So, this next week, we will train our leaders on Tuesday and Wednesday night. I am really excited about this because I love the training piece of ministry when it comes to adult leaders. I believe that training is so essential so that they can learn more about why you do what you do AND why they are doing what they are doing. Now, that may come out a bit confusing, BUT...what i want to say in short is training teaches them more about the vision of the ministry and it allows them to get excited about being a part of that vision.

I want each of you to know that i love you so much and i'm so excited to have you a part of my life. I hope you enjoy this post and better yet, i hope you have an incredible weekend!

God bless!

ps. The picture above is our sweet C-Group logo for this year. Our theme is "rooted" and its based out of Ephesians 3:16 - 19