Storyline #68: Ezra 7-10 “WORD: How bout some Hypostatic Union”

Free resources for youth pastors:

2 – Ezra 7-10 – Hypostatic Union (mp3)

2 – Ezra 7-10 – Hypostatic Union (ppt)

2 – Ezra 7-10 – Hypostatic Union (fillout sheet)

2 – Ezra 7-10 – Hypostatic Union (sermon)

2 – Ezra 7-10 – Hypostatic Union (Scripture)

2 – Ezra 7-10 – Hypostatic Union (service)


sermon intro video:

            2009 has been flat-out crunk for CBSM.  We’ve gone on awesome trips including a high school conference at Southern Seminary, Student Life Camp at Covenant College, BASIC Mission trip to Detroit, and ADVANCE Mission Trip to San Diego.  We’ve had great events at our place such as our Back to School Bash, HarvestFEST student night, and our Disciple Now Weekend.  We’ve had crazy stuff happen like having to cancel our All-Nighter because the mayor personally shut us down because of the Swine Flu epidemic.  Over 2009, we’ve witnessed God save several teenagers, several get baptized, some called to full-time ministry, and so many lives changed for the glory of Christ.  Our Wednesday worship services, Sunday AM small groups, and Sunday PM SMT’s have all grown by leaps and bounds.  There is definitely a huge common denominator in all of this.  For the events and trips that totally flopped and epically failed, it has always been because of the poor preaching and teaching of God’s Word.  For the events and trips that were a huge success, it was always because of the awesome preaching of the Word of God. 

            So notice, not only in our student ministry, but also in our lives, how crucial the Word of God is.  Do you understand what the Word of God really is, how true, how powerful, and how beneficial it is?  Do you realize what the Word of God is really getting across to us, really teaching us, and really pointing us towards?  Let me ask you this.  How different would your life look if you really loved, believed, depended on, read, studied, meditated, and obeyed God’s Word on a constant basis?  Do you get how important it is for our lives in order for God to get His truths and wisdom into us?   Continue reading

Storyline #67: Ezra 1-6 “WORD: Baby Come Back”

Free resources for youth pastors:

1 – Ezra 1-6 – Baby Come Back (mp3)

1 – Ezra 1-6 – Baby Come Back (handout)

1 – Ezra 1-6 – Baby Come Back (ppt)

1 – Ezra 1-6 – Baby Come Back (sermon)

1 – Ezra 1-6 – Baby Come Back (Scripture)

1 – Ezra 1-6 – Baby Come Back (service)


sermon intro video:

            About ten years ago while I was working at a summer camp, a group of counselors and myself were standing outside the camp chapel waiting for our weekly “skit night” performance to start.  Our opening skit was called “the flour girl” because one of the guys would go around the stage asking every acting girl counselor if she’d be his flower girl, and they all told him “NO!” until he came to the last girl.  When he would ask her, she would then blow baking flour (that she had been hiding in her mouth) all up in his face.  Well, as we were standing outside, our flour girl had already put the flour in her mouth when someone made a funny.  She laughed and then accidently gulped the flour which hardened in her throat and got lodged there.  We all panicked and just stared at her as her eyes got wider and she started freaking out because she couldn’t breathe.  The crazy thing was that we all were trained in CPR and the Heimlich about a month before.  Since I was the in-charge program director, I did what every leader should never do:  I told everyone to take care of it because I had to go get the nurse!  About that time, she gagged, threw-up the flour and everything else, breathed again, and yelled at all of us for nearly watching her die!

             So many of us and many people we know are literally suffocating spiritually.  Just like our little flour girl, they need help. They need to be revived. People may even be around them who know how to help, but no one is doing anything about it.  Continue reading