Sunday, October 14, 2007

A Full Day

Awesome day at church today. While I had very limited time to prepare my first Sunday morning lesson (think less than 2 hours), I spoke on some of my dreams for our youth ministry. I focused on Paul's prayers in Ephesians 1 and Ephesians 3, where Paul prays that the church would know Jesus better, that their eyes would be open to what He is doing in their lives, and that they would be a community rooted in Jesus' immense love. I love what The Message paraphrase says for the prayer in Ephesians 1:

I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him

This is my prayer for the junior high students at Red Mountain this year: that they would know Jesus personally in an intelligent and discerning manner; that they would focus on the mission He has given them; and that they would grasp hold of the kingdom-life He has for them.

It was a full day: leading the junior high Sunday gathering; playing cards with students in the church's cafe; watching The Nativity story with a 8th grade small group; watching the Arizona Cardinals football game with Bob Fox (lead pastor), Brad Fox (high school intern and Bob's son), and Mark; playing with Zane and Ivana.

Time for a chill evening!

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