Monday, October 31, 2005

Verse of the Day

I'm running a little late for work, so this is a quick but good one.

Eph. 5:4 Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jockes---these are not for you. Instead let there be thankfulness to God.

James 1:26 If you claim to be religious but don't control your tongue, you are just fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.

That's pretty straight forward.

Love you guys. Have a great day. And live it to the fullest.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Verse of the Day 10-29

Hello, and Good Morning to all!

Today is a great day! And what better way to start it with a refreshing dive into the Word. Before i go though...just a quick update on what i've been up to:
We had our first basketball game against the Saint Mary Alumni last night and won by 40 points! It was pretty one sided, but a good game to get our legs running.......I am taking a trip to Homework City this weekend, as i have 2 major assignments due for Monday. I hear the traffic is terrible, but ill take some pictures for ya....ha! I'll probably see some of you there! I'm also on a weekend class this weekend, but don't worry, i'll be there Sunday. Oooh also, you may not recognize me this hair is a little.......different! That's all I'm going to say.

With that being said, lets take a look at the Verse of the Day

2 Corinthians 13:3-9
I will give you all the proof you want that Christ speaks through me. Christ is not weak in his dealings with you; he is a mighty power among you. Although he died on the cross in weakness, he now lives by the mighty power of God. We, too, are weak, but we live in him and have God's power--the power we use in dealing with you.
Examine yourselves to see if your faith is really genuine. Test yourselves. If you cannot tell that Jesus Christ is among you, it means you have failed the test. I hope you recognize that we have passed the test and are approved by God.
We pray to God that you will not do anything wrong. We pray this, not to show that our ministry to you has been successful, but because we want you to do right even if we ourselves seem to have failed. Our responsibility is never to oppose the truth, but to stand for the truth at all times. We are glad to be weak, if you are really strong. What we pray for is your restoration to maturity.

I chose this verse today, not so i could explain to you what is meant by it, but that you might read deeper into it and around it and find your own meaning. I will say a few obovious things though:Paul is calling out the Corinthians on their actions and convicting them to test their faith to see if it is genuine, but why is he doing this? That is what i hope you will find out. Get out your Bibles today and see why Paul was so adamant about this for the Corinthians! Find out why this was so important not only for them, but also ourselves. How can we test and examine our faith daily to see the mighty power of Christ working within us?

Let me a comment!
I love you guys, and I hope i continue to see Christ's power work through you

God Bless

Friday, October 28, 2005

Verse ODeDay 10-28-05

Good morning guys. I hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday. Thanks to you guys who were able to make it out to the servant evangelism project. I know it seems like maybe we didn't accomplish that much (especially since I forgot to ask that last family if there's anything we could pray for...oops), but you never know what God can do with just a little bit. Seriously, he could take one of the notes we left, or our small conversation with that last family, and eventually bring them to an acceptance of Jesus through our small contribution. I think I even read in youth once a story about a young highschooler who had cleaned out his locker and was on his way home to end his life, when he dropped his books and another boy walked by, helped him pick up his books, walked home with him, and eventually the two became best friends. So, it just goes to show that you never know how God can use even the smallest things as long as your willing. So, all that was to say thank you for showing up, and being willing to be used. I appreciate it.
Oh, and sorry if I got a little cranky...I hadn't eaten in a while...I get that way.

So, verse of the day.

Haggai 1
On August 29th of the second year of King Darius's reign, the Lord gave a message through the prophet haggai to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Juda, and to Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest. This is what the Lord Almighty says: The people are saying "The time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord's house-the Temple."
So the Lord sent thismessage through the prophet Haggai: "Why are you living in luxurious houses while my house lies in ruins?" This is what the Lord Almighty says: "Consider how things are going for you! You have planted much but harvested little. You have food to eat, but not enought to fill you up. You have winde to drink, but not enough to satisfy your thirst. You have clothing to wear, but not enough to keep you warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes!"
This is what the Lord Almighty says: "Consider how things are going for you! Now go up into the hills, bring down timber, and rebuild my house. Then I will take pleasure in it and be honored, says the Lord. you hoped for rich harvests, but they were poor. And when you brought your harvest home, I blew it away. WHy? Because my house lies in ruins, says the Lord Almighty, while you are all busy building your own fine houses. that is why the heavens have withheld the dew and the earth has withheld its crops. I have called for a drought on your fields and hills-a drought to wither the grain and grapes and olives and all your other crops, a drought to starve both you and your cattle and to ruin everything you have worked so hard to get."
Then Zurubbel, the high priest, and the whole remnant of God's people obeyed the message from the Lord their God. It had been delivered by the prophet Haggai, whom the Lord their God had sent, and the people worshiped the Lord in earnest. Then Haggai, the Lord's messenger, gave the people this message from the Lord : "I am with you, says the Lord!" So the Lord sparked the enthusiasm of Zerubbabel, the governer of Judah, Jeshua, the high priest, and the whole remnant of God's people. They came and began their work on the house of the Lord Almighty, their God. This was on September 21 of the second year of King Darius' reign.

---I know it's a long passage. And to think, I was going to put both ch.'s one and two in So, a little preface...The remnant of Judah was given permission to leave Babylon and return to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple. They started on it, but were delayed because of enemies that attacked. Then after God gave them victory, they never returned to working on the Temple. Here God asks why they are living luxuriously while His house lies in ruins.
The same challenge applies to us. They had put all their work into their physical lives and needs, and completely neglected their spiritual lives. However, the harder they worked, the less they had because God's blessing wasn't on it. Later in Ch. 2, they rebuild the Temple, and God promises to bless them beyond measure!
When we put God first in our lives, he provides for our deepest needs. Don't be confused and think that means you'll win the lottery. I know that when you put God first, you'll agree with me 100%, and you'll understand what I mean. I know it for a fact. I can honestly tell you guys that I've never been so happy in my life! And I largely have you guys to thank for it. It's because of you guys that I've been forced to rely solely on God, and my relationship with Him has grown 100 times over. It's an issue of priorities. Judah put themselves before God, and the suffered. The same thing happens with us.

Here's the challenge!
Reorder your priorities according to God's will! What has God told you to do? Put everything else aside and obey him.

I love you guys sooooo much! You Rock! I pray that God will bring you to a full understanding of His word and perfect will for your lives.

Thursday, October 27, 2005


Hey all! We'll be meeting at the church at 3:30 and leaving at 4:00 to go rake the leaves of some of the people in the community, and pray for them if they'll let us. If you happen to have a big rake with the floppy prongs, bring it along. I will make sure we have enough for most of us at least, but the more the better. We should finish around 5:30-6:00, and I'll get pizza afterwards, and you guys are more than welcome to hang as long as you like.

So, be there!

Church 3:30-4:00
If you want to come late, call my cell phone and see where we are.

Verse of the Day 10-27

Hey guys.....its Bob.

I heard there were only a couple of ya at youth last night, but i heard it was excellent. Thanks so much to Mike and Jennifer for coming to help out. I know Luke really appreciated it, and we'd love to have you guys back anytime!

Anyway, im about to dive into the word.....wanna come?

Matthew 25:37-39
"Then these righteous ones will reply, 'Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will tell them, 'I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!'"

To me, this sounds like a call to social justice! "Oh no!! First Bob is trying to get us to ask all our friends to youth, now he wants us to write a letter to our congressman about better care for homeless people!!!" Well guys, i'm not gonna lie......that would be AWESOME! But social justice can mean so much more. In this passage, Jesus is talking about some of the poorest of the poor, but in saying this he is also talking about our treatment of all people. Just stop and think for a second how many people we look at, pass by or talk to each day and treat like they are the least of our brothers and sisters......................................................................................................ok, thats enough thinking, i've thought of too many already.

I know that we all have people in our life that we treat like our dirty laundry piles. We wear them for a while, but when they get all sweaty and dirty we throw them in a pile in the corner of our room. We neglect them for days on end and watch them as they get smelly and moldy in our sight. We only look to that pile when we've totally run out of clean clothes, but when we stick them back on, we are uncomfortable, because we've let the clothes sit for so long and can't stand the smell. (OK, maybe its only me that wears dirty clothes from time to time...ignore that metaphor!). But ultimately, we can change the way we approach these people in our lives. Christ is calling us to take out our dirty laundry and wash up the way we interact with others; approaching them with love, kindness and compassion. This is a call to social justice!

This doesn't mean you have to treat everyone like your best friend.....but giving everyone a smile wouldn't hurt. Not being afraid to sit with a stranger at lunch would be awesome. You guys should come hang with me at the geek table'll find some real interesting folk. Basically, if we can work on acting Christ-like to those we interact with daily, we are not only living out his mission but are serving a higher call to social justice. And i know all of you guys are already awesome in that aspect, but i know that we all still have a dirty laundry pile that needs cleaning.

Ooooh, that was a refreshing dip! Thanks for jumping in with me guys. I love all of ya, and i hope God is blessing ya with an awesome day!

Galatians 5:25
If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Verse O' DaDay for 10-26-05

Good morning you guys! Stop right here and spend a second getting the day started right with your Father...spiritual Father that is, but you can say hello to dad and tell him you love him too if he isn't on his way to work.

Verse of the Day
1 Peter 4:12-19
Dear friends, don't be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad---because these trials will make you partners with Christ in his suffering, and afterward you will have the wonderful joy of sharing his glory when it is displayed to all the world.
Be happy if you are insulted for being a Christian, for then the glorious Spirit of God will come upon you. If you suffer, however, it must not bne for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people's affairs. But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his wonderful name! For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin first among God's own children. And if even we Christians must be judged, what terrible fate awaits those who have never believed God's Good News? And "if the righteous are barely saved, what chance will the godless and sinners have?" So if you are suffering according to God's will, keep on doing what is right, and trust yourself to the God who made you, for he will never fail you.

The option of physical persecution over rejecting Christ isn't a tough one for most of us, but to live for Him and face social rejection from our peers and co-workers is seemingly much tougher. I know this is something I struggle with from time to time myself. Not that we intentionally deny Christ, but we find ourselves doing or saying things we know are not honoring to Christ, and are definatly not an accurate portrayal of what God has called us to be. However, on the opposite side, we don't want to reject them, deny them the love God has called us to share, and come off as just another self-righteous Christian. That's a tough balancing act, one that I can say I haven't mastered myself. But I find it holds true in this area, as all others, that if we do our best to mold ourselves to Christ, that in time we will be a much more accurate portrayal than we had previously been.

Philippians 3:12-14
I don't mean to say that I have already acheived these things ro that I have already reached perfection! But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be. No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.

I love you guys. Have a great day!

XF this week!

Wed. 7-8
Dating God's Way P.2
Mike and Jennifer Zambrowski will be present to help facilitate group discussions on Dating.
Please come eager to learn and with any questions you might have for them. You'll learn more from them on Wed.

I need the $25 for the conference on either Wed. or Sun. this week. Remember, the conference is next Fri, Sat, Sun. We will be meeting at the church at 3:30 on the 4th of Nov.
If you need a list of what to bring, pick one up at the church.
Some things...
$ for 5 fastfood meals
Clothes...please no streaking
Hygene materials...yes guys that means deodorant
You're Bible
Aley was kind enough to write some of this stuff and other things you might need down on the flyer. So for you guys who have to have it on a list to know to bring it (myself included), get one.

The postponed Christ Car Wash!
Supposed to be this Sat.
Bob is going to have Basketball and can't run it. I have work. I'm going to try and get some time off that morning to run the car wash, then back to work I go.


Monday, October 17, 2005

XF 10-19/10-26

XF 10-19
"Dating God's Way_1"
-We're gonna talk about what exactly this means...

XF 10-26
"Dating God's Way_2"
-Mike and Jennifer Zambrowski have so kindly agreed to come in and facilitate some group discussions on the'll find out more about them on the 26th.

C U There

Sunday, October 16, 2005


I really need to know if you want to needs to be in today.
If you can't get it in, that's fine, just let me know you want to go, and we'll pay for you in advance.

Also, coming up at Xtreme Faith is a two week series on "Dating God's Way". I've really enjoyed studying up on this, so be ready. Cya, Luke

Youth Worship team practice tonight...

6 PM @ the church...please let me know if you can't be there.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

XF Game Night 10-12-05

Come on down tonight and bring a friend, we're taking a break from the normal routine to hang out and have a good time. We are planning on playing a version of capture the flag indoors. So come and hang and be prepared the next two weeks for "Dating God's Way"

REMINDER: All who took part in the worship team meeting last week, please remember to bring me your responses. Thx, LK

Monday, October 03, 2005

XF Wed. Oct. 5th

Doors open 6:30-8:30
Worship & Lesson 7-8

Sorry about the car wash, but due to uncooperative weather, we will be postponing that until a later date. However, a huge thanks to those of you who stuck around to help clean the church. You were a great help, and a huge blessing. There's no way we could've gotten all that done without you. You guys Rock!

Lesson Passage: Mathew 7:21-27 & James 1:22-25
Leader: Luke