Survivor Challenge Photos

April 30, 2008

Here are some photos taken from our Survivor Challenge two weeks ago.  For those of you seeing these for the first time, the four different teams are represented by four different colors.  Also, two weeks ago we played a game of Strobe Light Dodgeball that had some barriers set-up in the middle of the room. 

I hope that you enjoy the pictures. 

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Survivor Challenge Update

April 28, 2008

Greetings all!

At the moment I have only 2 score totals turned in.  With that being said, the Flaming Flamingos had 75 points from last week, while the Indecisive came in at 27 points. 

We are still waiting to hear from team Azul and INDEPENDENTS. 

This week our challenge will be a game of Ultimate Frisbee.  We will have 2 games going on simultaneously and the winner of those games will play each other while the lose of the first 2 games will play each other. 

Wish you all the best and may the LORD further empower and encourage you as you serve as His shinning light in a world of darkness.  Don’t be afraid to take big steps by the grace of God in connecting with your friends and acquaintances for the purpose of connecting with God through Jesus Christ!

Lord willing see you Wednesday evening.


Survivor Challenge Update

April 22, 2008

Last week we marched forward in our Survivor Series as we addressed “Outshine” from Philippians 2.12-13 and discussed the importance of taking personal responsibility in working out our salvation by dependinig upon the power of God at work within us to do so. 

Afterwards, we played an exciting game of Strobelight Dodgeball.  Major kudos to Jeremiah, Christian, Justin, and Ethan for setting everything up.  If I forgot anyone, please forgive me. 

For those of you that have been participating in the Survivor Challenge, here is an update on the point standings of each team.

Last week, the Independents came in first with a total of 60 points. 

In second place the Flaming Flamingos came out strong with 55 points.

Tied for fourth place is team Azul and The Indecisives with 41. 

Here are the cumulative team leaders after two weeks of competition:

Independents with 91.5

Azul with 81

Flaming Flamingos with 77

Indecisives with 57 

What I am most encouraged about is that we had 4 first time visitors last week and 7 overall.  Way to go gang!  May we see many more not only visit, but many come to Jesus Christ during this time and commit their lives to Him, His body, and to serving Him. 

For those of you that are participating, how are you enjoying the teams and challenges?  Is there anything in particular that you would like to see? 

Tomorrow night’s challenge will have some physically challenging elements, but will require team work and some mental exertion.  Be prepared to think it through to victory!

Lord willing see you tomorrow night.


Principles on How to Teach our Children from Deuteronomy 6.4-9

April 1, 2008

This past Sunday I had the opportunity to teach on Multigenerational Faithfulness.  During this time we looked at the role of the family, and in particular the fathers, in teaching and passing on the faith to their children.  We discovered through Deuteronomy 6 and just a few other passages, that the family is to bear the primary role and responsibility of passing on the faith to their children.  Therefore, the church, the government (i.e. public schools), and/or private schools, are to serve as secondary means and not primary.  This means that these different organizations are to serve as support mechanisms for the family.  For example, if the church provides a Sunday School for children and youth, the parents are to ensure that their children and youth are doing the required work, not the church staff.  Moreover, if students are dropping out of school at break neck speeds, which they are dropping below 59% in 17 of the largest 50 cities (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,344190,00.html), it is their parents and/or legal guardians responsibility to ensure that their child is doing their assigned work, attending classes, and fulfilling other obligations and not the governments.  That’s another story for another day.

Moving on, this past Sunday I told the congregation that I would provide the remainder of my notes for the message via my blog.  The following two items will address what it means to “teach” and what we are supposed to teach our children.

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