Monthly Archives: February 2014

Eutychus Awake

This week I’ve been thinking about the high school teens of Bethany Church. I’m very grateful for the
 adolescents who call our church “home”, and for Junior Youth Director Roy Moore’s additional
 availability along with the willingness of our volunteer high school leaders to give spiritual care and
 direction to our young people.

 Yet we’re in a place of transition, and parents and youth are wondering, “What’s next?”

 And here’s the answer: “Whatever the Lord wants.” But I don’t know what that is yet. The Leadership
 Council of our church has committed to a time of asking the Lord to show us how best we are to care for
 the young people of our church and our neighborhood. Will you join us in praying for the future of youth
 ministry at Bethany Church?

 To help you, let me remind you of a wild episode from the ministry of the Apostle Paul, as recorded in
 Acts 20:7-12. On his way to Jerusalem, Paul stopped in Troas (near modern-day Istanbul), to spend an
 evening preaching to some believers there. Around midnight in that warm and crowded third-story
 room a youth named Eutychus was on the window sill, trying to listen and stay awake. But the longwinded
 preacher and elevated room temperature were just too much, and Eutychus fell asleep. At that
 he dropped out the window to his death!
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 What a tragic moment! Everything stopped as Paul raced down the steps and threw himself onto the
 boy’s body…and God did a miracle! Eutychus was alive and well! Praise God! We can only imagine how
 excited that group became, and after sharing communion together, Paul preached until dawn.
 For me, this is a picture of the youth of our churches today. They want to be engaged and challenged
 and a part of something great. But honestly, some of the way we do church is just too stuffy and boring
 to keep them alert, so they sometimes nod off and we lose them.

 My prayer is that God would lead us to spiritually lead and care for our young people in ways that they
 would be fully alive and engaged as a part of the church! And for those who have fallen off, that God
 would do a great work of raising them to life, with powerful testimonies of what God can do when we
 turn to Him!

 Church, please pray for the future of youth ministry. Pray that we have many Eutychus experiences –
 not the falling out the window part, but the raising to new life by the power of God part.
For the kingdom-
Brian Wiebe
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My Gifts. His Glory.

I consider writing to be one of my gifts. Not in a boastful kind of way, like I’m the best writer in the world – because there are obviously greater, more talented writers – but in a way that suggests God’s hand in my ability to put my thoughts into coherent and meaningful words onto a page. I have always loved writing. Yet, it took me years, decades even, to realize that this passion came from Him and that I could use it for His glory.

I recently wrote for a friend, an explanation of why I write, or more specifically blog, about Jesus. This got me thinking about not just why I write, but why I do anything. Isn’t my purpose in life to reveal God’s glory? So, why just write about Jesus, why not remove the veil of my insecurities, timidity and self-consciousness and do everything for him?

This message has been coming to me clearly in my reading, Bible study and reflection and from the pulpit of our own church. Several weeks ago, Pastor Brian challenged us from the book of John with the suggestion that our job as Christians is to point people to Jesus, just as the disciples did. Then, Crystal posted last week about unwrapping our spiritual gifts in order to avoid being spiritual wimps. Additionally, in the book I am currently reading, Restless, came this quote:

“We possess God and are filled with him for the very same purposes that Peter, John, Paul, Mary, and Luke in the early church were filled with him. We are filled with God to pour him into the darkness, pour him into the broken souls who are starving fir something.”

I think the message is clear. Don’t you?

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Here are some the reasons that I listed, when asked why I write about Jesus:

IT IS WHO I AM     

I could not write about my life or my experiences without including Jesus in the mix. He is a part of me, and has been since I was seven years old. I can’t write apart from Him. It’s just not possible.

So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27

IT HELPS ME

Bringing God’s light to others is one of the ways I experience His light even more. There have been many times when I have shared my thoughts and reflections on a Bible verse or a song, in order to encourage someone else. As a result, I end up feeling encouraged. Going into God’s presence for others, helps bring me closer to Him.

…I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved. 1 Corinthians 10:33

I WANT OTHERS TO KNOW HIM

Although each person’s faith experiences may be unique and my relationship with Jesus Christ may not be the same as someone else’s, I want people to know Him as I do. It’s the same reason I would introduce one friend to another or recommend a good book to someone. When something or someone has made a difference in your life, you want others to know it, in hopes that they will desire it too.

It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always prodcues fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. Isaiah 55:11 (NLT)

I pray that what God has revealed to me will inspire you to explore why you should write, speak, encourage, live or do anything else for Jesus.

Blessings,  Sybil

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