Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Barnabas Group

Hey Guys!

Youth was awesome tonight....thanks so much for coming. I hope we can see all of ya on Sunday at the Barnabas's all the details if you missed them. I

Love you guys!


The Barnabas Group!

(Hopefully we can come up with a better name!)

M&M’s (or Skittles) at every meeting!

Would God trust a teenager with ministry? It seems wild. But the answer is yes! Your mom and dad might think twice about loaning you the car, but God has always treated youth as significant people, EVEN LEADERS, who can change the world. And he wants to use you.

When: Sunday Nights @ 6:30pm

Where: Doug and Melinda Gilbert’s House

651 Holiday Lane, Lansing, KS

Who is Barnabas?

Well, his actual name is Joseph, but he was nicknamed Barnabas because it means “Son of Encouragement” (Acts 4:36-37). He is best known for traveling with Paul on his missionary journeys, but his greatest attribute was

encouraging other believers to grow their faith in Christ.

What is a Barnabas Group?

A Barnabas Group is a small discipleship group focused on growing in relationship with Christ. This group will be focused on building each other up in faith with encouragement as well as getting soaked in Scripture, prayer and practical ways to minister to your friends and family!

Is this just another fancy name for a Bible Study?

Ha! I wish I was that creative! This group is not only designed for you to understand God’s word better, but it is also dedicated to making you a leader among your generation – someone that will make an impact among your peers and parents for Christ! All while munching on some M&M’s!

My hope is that you will prayerfully consider this night of fellowship and make this a weekly commitment to your personal and spiritual growth. Christ has some amazing things planned for you! I can’t wait to see you encourage others to walk with Christ!

In Christ,

Brenton (Bob)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

One Way Festival


Here's what you need to know...

We will be leaving at 1 pm from the church on Thurs, and getting back at about 1 am Sat. night (or morning)

What you need to bring...

Your own food for 4 meals
I will bring several coolers, so you can store your food in there if you like, or just keep it in a backpack.

You need Dinner on Thurs, Breakfast and lunch for Fri, and lunch for Sat.
You need to bring food $ for Fri night and Sat night (we will drive into town for dinner...feel free to bring some food for those meals if you don't want to miss the bands that are playing at that time.)

For meals, you can bring premade sandwhiches, sandwhich makings and store them in the cooler, milk and cereal, canned ravioli/spaghettios, etc...bring whatever you like. Please remember to bring a plate, or bowl, or whatever you think you might need. We will have some chips and snacks, but feel free to bring your own.



You'll need a sleeping bag, pillow, a towel, swimsuite, clothes for 3 days, deoderant (please!), your Bible, whatever else you may want. Just as a heads up, there are no showers. If you want to wash your hair in the lake, feel free.


Jon and I will go early on Thurs to set up camp and tents and all that, so just be ready to go at 1 at the church :)

Unless I forgot something, I think that should do it.

(Sammy just let me know if you have someone else for that ticket)


Oh, one last thing...the total price on the tickets was $725 for 12 tickets. It's all sitting on my credit card right now, so, it'd be great if you could bring $60 for each ticket. I know I said $55 earlier, but there was a fee for buying them online or something...I dont know, either way, it's cheaper than $75 at the door.



Sunday, July 02, 2006


Hi all, this is Sharon. Luke is leaving for Arizona (yeah for vacation!), so I'm running the BBQ this Friday (along with Kim and Eric...right Kim and Eric?). It will be a lot easier for me to have it here at the house rather than lug all the stuff down to the park, so we will have it here instead. If anyone needs a ride, just post and we'll arrange it. I'll make burgers, chips, chocolate cake, the usual BBQ stuff. You just need to bring yourselves and anyone else you'd like (within reason...). :-)

We'll start at 7:30 and and can do movies afterwards or whatever else you'd like. See you then!!!

Sharon p.s. Movie Trivia Question of the the first Star Wars movie (episode IV), when Luke is having a meal with his Aunt and Uncle, they are drinking some weird looking liquid. What color is it?

Friday, June 30, 2006 week...

Due to a prior engagement, we will postpone this fri till next fri. I apolagize, but I think because of the pool kids working late, there'd only be like 4 of us anyway, so it'll be better to wait till next week. Once again, I apolagize.

As far as the concert goes, I don't have enough to buy them at a group rate yet. If we have to buy them at a single rate, they go up today from $69 to $75. I know that sounds expensive, but we hardly ever do anything as a group that costs money, and this will be completely worth it. If you need any help at all, let me know, and I will be more than glad to help...

You know what, I'll just by the tickets today, and whoever comes can pay me back...I think we'll definetly have enough people when it comes time. If not, I'll deal with that then. I will buy 12 total, so if you are coming, you need to let me know and reserve your ticket for $50 something bucks as opposed to $75...

I've got one for Sammy, Brooke, Ali, and Myself right now (Sharon, I'm not sure if you'll have to have one if your not going to watch the bands...I'll have to find out.) If anyone else wants one, there's only 8 left, maybe 7...let me know.



Tuesday, June 27, 2006

This Friday Night

Hey all, we will meet at the park on 2nd & Kiowa (I believe it's'll find it.) at 7 PM, and we'll leave whenever. We'll bring some hotdogs and burgers for grillin, you guys bring a basketball, volleyball (they have sand courts), or baseballs if you want. Oh...and a friend!

If you need any further info, let me know...Sharon, Eric, and myself will all be there, so you be too!


July 20-23
We can buy tickets at a group rate (that'll make it about $54 per person for a four day pass), if we have more than 10 people...but I have to know how many people will be there by this FRI. I have to buy the tickets no later than FRI, so comment here and let me know if you're going. If you need more info, visit that should give you everything you need.

As far as our group, we'll try and piece together some tents (it is a four day camping event). I will be there for Thurs, Fri, and Sat. I have to work Sun, so we will most likely come back late Sat. night. You will need a sleeping bag, clothes for 3 days, swim trunks (we should be able to swim at smithville lake), and as of now, food for yourself. So pack sandwhiches, or whatever, and we'll have a blast.

Like I said, visit the website, and let me know if you're coming! IT'S GOING TO ROCK!!!

Monday, June 26, 2006


Hey, we will do deeper life on Wed. this week, cause I work Thur.

I'd like to start at 8:30 for the pool folks, but I don't know if that's too later for anyone else who wanted to come.

Sean, if that's too later for you, let me know...anyone else as well. Thx,


Wednesday, June 21, 2006


(HAHA, most of you won't get that...Inside Joke between me, Sharon, and Steve...oh, don't you wish you knew!)

Anyway, enough of that silliness.

FRIDAY will be bowling on post. Meet at the church at 8:30 PM to catch a ride with Steve Roberts on post. Bring $7. Bowling is from 9-11 PM. If you need a ride back to the church afterwards so your parents can pick you up, call Sharon Roberts. If you need her #, call me to get it (913) 680-4389 (I'm not comfortable putting someone elses # on here, but people can call and harrass me all they want...BRING IT..LOL)


I'll be at the church Thurs. night, starting at 7 PM, for a time of prayer, worship, and study. I don't care if only one of you guys shows, we'll do it anyway...good times. We'll probably spend a good bit of time in prayer this week. I look forward to seeing you there.


Sunday, June 18, 2006

This Thurs. & Fri

Lets see, this Thurs, we will have the Bible study at the church again. I want to call it deeper that's what I'll do, cause we study a little bit, but more than anything, it's a time to grow deeper, and to talk about life, and spend some time talking with God, so that's's settled...deeper life Thurs the church this week.

Fri night, we will go to the bowling lanes on post (Since we already have enough ally's, or however you would spell bowling alley...?) Anyway, Sharon is calling on details of times and check on here later.

Next Fri. we will meet at the park at 2nd st. and Kiowa (I believe it's Kiowa), for sand volleyball, basketball, hotdogs, etc...

Cya, Luke

Friday, June 16, 2006

Mad props to JC

He was the only one to come to the bible study, but I'm glad, cause we had a rockin time! (idn't that right better get my back bro...I know where you sleep...)

Anyway, tonight is the ice cream social and a movie...

8 PM be there, or be without ice cream. And if you come try and bring a topping of some sort....chocolate, m&m's, pineapples, whatever.

Cool Yo. Peace,


Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Hey guys...

The bible study will be at the church tomorrow. Let me know if anyone is interested in coming. We will do some worship, prayer, and a bit of study. It'll be good, so come on down...let me know if you plan on it though.
THURS @ the Church 7 PM
FRI @ the Church for ice cream and a movie 8 PM

C U there.


Friday, June 09, 2006

Stuff goings on

Last Night was great at the Roberts. Thanks Steve for teaching. It was really great. And thank you guys who showed up with a desire to learn more about God and were willing to put distractions aside. Those of you guys who weren't there missed out, but there's next week.


We are meeting at Wolman pool at 4 pm. Be there or be square...or rectangle or triangular, or whatever you like really. It costs $3 to get in, and then there is a snack bar also. You are welcome to leave whenever you like, but we will most likely be there till 8 pm. If you need ride accommodations, give me a call. (913) 680-4389. If I don't answer, it's cause my phones dead and my charger's at work...Leave a message though, and I'll go by to get that charger shortly.

Ben is in the Cyrano De Bergerac play at the place across the street from the church. I believe it starts at 8. I'm not sure how much it is...I'd imagine from $5-$7 most likely. I'll be there, so join me and support Ben...and Donna.

Later ;0


Saturday, June 03, 2006

Thursdays & Fridays

OK, thanks to some of the coolest people I know, we've got an idea of how we will do our small groups and summer fun. It'll look like this...

We will go out and do a cool fun activity. Obviously your friends are welcome. College freshman are also welcome...however, you will have to have a talk with me if your going to come. It's going to be a blast. Steve and Sharon Roberts are helping plan and organize, and will be there most of the time and when I cannot be there also.
We will post the activity on here with the times and location and let you know if you need to bring anything (IE $ etc...)

I don't know if we have a name for this or not, but just know it's completely voluntary, and our goal is to get DEEP. We should have some very good discussions and study's as well as intense prayer and worship times. HOWEVER...I do not want you there if you are going to be a distraction or want another social time. I'm serious about that also. If we feel you are being distracting, we won't even hesistate to send you home. But, if you want to come and really press into God's word, learn a lot, get in some good prayer and worship, come along, but know that I expect you to act mature. This will be at the Roberts house at 7 pm. I will leave from the church at 6:30 if you want a ride with me. You do need to arrange for rides one way or another though.

So, this Fri's activity.

We are going to Wolman pool to hang fom 4-8 pm. It costs 3$ to get in, and then either eat before, or bring $ for snacks...or bring your own snacks...I'm not sure if they let bring stuff in though...

Hope to see you Thurs and Fri.


1 Peter 4

This is what we will be covering this Sunday morning. Please feel free to read it and come prepared with any questions or comments you may have regarding the passage...or really anything.

Small groups will start this week. Sorry I didn't have them ready for you like I said I would last sunday. Things have been chaotic for me. I truly have no idea where the last 2 weeks went. Anyway, I love you guys tons, and I'll see you tomorrow.


Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Tear Jerker

Hey guys! If you don't feel anything after reading the lyrics from this song don't have a heart! Just kidding. I just think they're super moving.

Her parents never took the young girl to church
Never spoke of His name
Never read her His word
Two non-believers walking lost in this world
Took their baby with them
What a sad little girl

Her daddy drank all day and mommy did drugs
Never wanted to play
Or give kisses and hugs
She'd watch the TV and sit there on the couch
While her mom fell asleep
And her daddy went out

And the drinking and the fighting
just got worse every night
Behind their couch she'd be hiding
Oh what a sad little life
And like it always does, the bad just got worse
With every slap and every curse
Until her daddy in a drunk rage one night
Used a gun on her mom and then took his life

And some people from the city took the girl far away
To a new mom and a new dad
Kisses and hugs everyday
Her first day of Sunday school the teacher walked in
And a small little girl
Stared a picture of Him

She said I know that man up there on that cross
I don't know His name
But I know He got off
He was there in my old house
and held me close to His side
As I hid there behind our couch
The night that my parents died

Thursday, May 25, 2006

John 19 (The Message)

So Pilate took Jesus and had him whipped. The soldiers, having braided a crown from thorns, set it on his head, threw a purple robe over him, and approached him with, "Hail the King of the Jews!" Then they greeted him with slaps in the face. Pilate went back out again and said to them, "I present him to you, but I want you to know that I do not find him guilty of any crime." Just then Jesus came out wearing the crown and purple robe.
Pilate announced, "Here he is: The Man."
When the high preists and police saw him, they shouted in a frenzy, "Crucify! Crucify!"
Pilate told them, "You take him. You crucify him. I find nothing wrong with him."
The Jews answered, "We have a law, and by that law he must die because he claimed to be the son of God."
He sat down at the judgement seat in the area designated Stone Court. It was the preparation day for Passover. The hour was noon. Pilate said to the Jews, "Here is your king."
They shouted back "Kill him! Kill him! Crucify him!"
Pilate said, "I am to crucify your king?"
The high priests answered "We have no king but Caesar."
Pilate caved in to their demand. He turned him over to be crucified.

They took Jesus away. Carrying his cross, Jesus went out to the place called Skull Hill (Golgothat in Hebrew), where they crucified him, and with two others one on each side, Jesus in the middle. Pilate wrote a sign and had it placed on the cross. It read:


A jug of sour wine was standing by. Someone put a sponge soaked with the wine on a javelin and lifted it to his mouth. After he took the wine, Jesus said, "It is finished." Bowing his head, he offered up his spirit.

Barbeque Sunday...

Hey all, if you are wondering...

Barbeque starts at 5 PM at the Griffith's. You are free to leave whenever, but we'll kick you all out at some point. Feel free to bring your family or friends. Everyone's welcome. Bring your swimsuit if you want to swim in the pond. That's about it...I may ask some of you to bring a bag of chips, or some drinks or something...just to give you a heads up. I will take care of hamburgers and hotdogs.

cya Sun.


Monday, May 22, 2006

Hey Graduates!!!

Just wanted to say congrat's and I'm proud of all of you guys. You guys all rock, and it's been more than a priveledge getting to know you guys so well. I love you all dearly, and I know that God does even more so. I'm glad some of you will be around, and sad to see some of you leave, but I know that God has good things in store for those who love Him, and I believe that He has wonderful things planned for each one of you. Peace out, and here's to a sweet summer!! CHEERS!

...and sorry to wake you up so early...but you're all so cute when you're sleepy and angry...

Here's a verse out of "The Message" not really relating to anything in particular...
Amos 5:4-6
Seek me and live. Don't fool around at those shrines of Bethel. Don't waste time taking trips to Gilgal, and don't bother going down to Beer-Sheba. Gilgal is here today and gone tomorrow and Bethel is all show, no substance.
So seek God and live! You don't want to end up with nothing to show for your life but a pile of ahses, a house burned to the ground. For God will send just such fire, and the firefighters will show up too late.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Barbeque...or however you spell it

Next sunday afternoon, we will have a barbeque out at the griffith's place. All youth invited and families too. Let me know how many will be coming with u and we'll be good. Thx...


Sunday, May 14, 2006

Post A Predicament!

Leave a one word anonymous comment on an issue you want some scripture back up on.

Monday, May 01, 2006

wisdom is good, right?

what up y'all? i'm good, here's some insight into life for you guys.

7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. 8 Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching. 9 They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.

10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them. 11 If they say, "Come along with us; let's lie in wait for someone's blood, let's waylay some harmless soul; 12 let's swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit; 13 we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder; 14 throw in your lot with us, and we will share a common purse"-- 15 my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths; 16 for their feet rush into sin, they are swift to shed blood. 17 How useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds! 18 These men lie in wait for their own blood; they waylay only themselves! 19 Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it.


Thursday, April 27, 2006

Titles are for wimps!

So I've been a little lost lately with some stuff, and you guys know what to do when that happens right?! RIGHT! You turn to your trusty ol' Bible and God will always offer something to help. So as far as being discouraged and stuff goes, well, I really like this passage from 2 Corinthians:

"All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Chist. He is the source of every mercy and the God who comforts us. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. You can be sure that the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. So when you are weighed down with troubles, it is for your benefit and salvation! For when God comforts us, it is so that we in turn, can be an encouragement to you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. We are confident that as you share in suffering, you will also share God's comfort." (3-7)

Sometimes it feels like satan is getting the upper hand on you, weighing you down with a bunch of bad stuff, but just remember God will always be there for us and will take care of us, even through really bad times.

"Oh Lord dont' be far away. Storm clouds gathering beside me, Please Lord don't look the other way. I'm a crooked soul trying to stay up straight, Shine on me, Let my shadow prove the sunshine." ~Switchfoot


Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Wednesday Nights...???

What's up guys? How was Wed. night...tonight, for you guys? for me the Financial Peace University thing is gonna be awesome. I really really want to do things right, especially going into college next year and all the debt that entails. Dave Ramsey, the guy who made the FPU is hilarious and really gets his points across. A lot of the details are hard to remember, but those aren't as necessary as the point he's trying to drill into our heads, "SAVE, SAVE, SAVE." That's why i'm SO glad i got my job back, i can start saving for spending money, emergencies, etc. If you weren't there tonight, YOU STINK!!! royally. you guys HAVE to go, it's cool.

As for the second half, it was kinda lame and really unorganized. It was a bummer that Luke wasn't there, but we saw him passing in a firetruck. It was cool. So, in the future, i think i'm gonna pretty much take over Luke's spot as the leadership. I'll plan a small lesson or something, Aley can to if you want. Nothing huge, but we could work through a book of the bible and pray for each other. I guess if i run out of ideas, i could always pull out those prayer sheets. I was just bummed that everything was so disorganized. Everyone was running around yelling and screaming, but expect next week to be cool...if not cool, then more focused. Cuz it'll be really really boring if we do NOTHING every week. Think about it, it's food for thought, i guess.

As for prayer, i could use some for this weekend. On Saturday, i gotta head out to some out of the way town in the middle of Kansas that's a four and a half hour drive from any civilization for the State Band Solo Competition. I am basically gonna drive eight hours to play for 30 seconds. My teacher calls it good resume material, but since i already applied everywhere i need to, i call it a waste of time. Pray that i don't freeze up, that i find some sense of worth (see previous sentence) in what i'm doing and that i do well if it's God's will. If not, i'm sure he has some good reason behind what he does.

That pretty much wraps it up for tonight. Later.


Saturday, April 22, 2006


hey guys, it's Jon with another old-fashioned update on the youth blog!!! Can i get a "WOOWOO"?

anyway, Wednesday was the last "official" youthgroup we'll be having for a while, except for on sundays and all, but that doesn't really count. I overheard that we'll be doing like small groups or something that have nothing to do with the "administration"...Luke...i don't know, like the youth are going to lead them or something. well, i don't know if Luke has anything big planned already (prolly cause i didn't bother to ask) but it would be my guess that you should all start thinking about some kind of focus for a cell group you'd like to get together. i.e. a serious bible study or like the money matters....peace university thing on Weds. i guess it would be kind of stupid to start a "singles" group....for all of you who don't get it: we are ALL single. for a while back in AZ my dad was the singles pastor at a big church, so i don't know if you guys have heard of that kinda stuff or not...any ways, yeah that's my 2 cents....why is it a penny for your thoughts but you put in your 2 cents? where the does the extra cent go? my guess is taxes...

So i'll leave you guys with that....

Oh yeah, yesterday (friday) we had this mock car accident at school for R.A.D.D. which is Rams Against Deadly Decisions. it was originally against drunk driving but then we had kids doing other really dumb stuff so they changed it to a more encompassing name. anyway, yeah so like six people were inside a wrecked SUV and they were screaming and stuff like they just got in a real accident and we had cops and firemen and stuff pretending like it was the real deal, trying to show kids what it's like. a couple of the kids "died" and two were actually lifeflighted guessed it...helicopter and the davis funeral home came and picked up the dead people...well, what i'm trying to get at is that Luke was one of the firefighters that ripped the car open and tryed to save people. It was AWEsome. and then he talked to school about deadly decisions just happening to mention all the ones he did too...**i still have this wierd twinge in my neck** anyway, yeah i thought that was cool.

see y'all later


Thursday, April 20, 2006

I'm a slacker, yes yes, I know...

Ok, so I haven't done a verse of the day in ages, and since I don't have my bible with me and I have nothing prepared but still feel the need to put something up for today..I will leave you with my FAVORITE verses:

Love is long suffering,
love is kind,
it is not jealous,
love does not boast,
it is not inflated.
It is not discourteous,
it is not selfish,
it is not irritable,
it does not enumerate the evil.
It does not rejoice over the wrong,
but rejoices in the truth
It covers all things,
it has faith for all things,
it hopes in all things,
it endures in all things.
1 Cor. 13:1-7
There ya go all you eager blog readers!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Rejoice in the Lord!!!

What up y'all, this is Jon with some verses for today...which come out of Jeremiah...33:11

'...there will be heard once more the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord, saying,

"Give thanks to the Lord Almighty
for the Lord is good;
his love endures forever."

For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were before,' says the Lord

i guess, that's all i have for i said, it's the VERSE of the day...
have a great one at that

Jon, in, out, cute little roll across the aisle, out, and back in style again