One Hit Wonders: Turn Turn Turn (Book of Zechariah)

Free downloads for youth pastors and small group leaders:
Zechariah (mp3).mp3
Zechariah (HS handout).pdf
Zechariah (ppt).ppt
Zechariah (outline).doc
Zechariah is all about making sure that you are putting points up on the board for Team Jesus. Through Zechariah, God instructs Judah to not follow the sinful footsteps of their fathers and families by practicing a lifestyle of repentance. He describes repentance as returning to Him and turning from sin. Check more out about it in these resources.

Taken: The world’s screams for a loving father

takenA wide-open mouth, a bug-eyed look, a thumping heart, and a desire to chop an evil doer in the neck…these were all my reactions while watching “Taken.”  I think its one of the best movies I’ve actually ever seen.  I honestly don’t say that much.  It instantly went into my top ten list.  I won’t spoil the movies for those who have seen it, nor will I rehash it for those who have.  But I think what made it so unforgettable was, it had pretty much everything.  Both the men and women are loving it.  It resonates with us all.  We all want to feel rescued in some way because we all secretly know we’re lost.  We all want someone who loves us enough to pursue after us.  That might sound really strange for a guy since we’re supposed to be the ones pursuing, but still its true.  Why is this movie such a hit?  Its because it answers the screams of the world from deep within, it rings true in our inner being, and it strangely connects with our souls.

Its true that most of the world either live without a father or live with an unloving father.  With men who are uncommitted to their families, men who just follow their passions from woman to woman, men who won’t stand and do the right thing, men who have no self-control, men who are lazy, men who don’t fight for their families, men who don’t love their children, men who don’t lead their wives, men who don’t stick around, men who don’t work hard, men who are harsh, and men who just don’t give a crap…the world knows all about these men. These pains and hurts run so deep that people continue to feel the affects into their elderly years…and even to their death beds. Continue reading

Framework #21 – “Doctrine of God: God is Great”

02-doc-of-god-god-is-great-blog-picFree files for youth pastors:

02 – Doctrine of God: God is Great (ppt)

02 – Doctrine of God: God is Great (mp3)

02 – Doctrine of God: God is Great (fillout sheet)

02 – Doctrine of God: God is Great (notes)

One question I love to get students thinking about is “What kind of spouse do you want to live with for the rest of your life?” I want them to go ahead and think of those real important qualities that truly matter as that will affect both who and how they date. If you’re a student reading this, go ahead and do that now… In the same way, God has qualities and characteristics. They are what we call His attributes. Who do you imagine God to be? Do you know what God is REALLY like? God wants us to know Him! Continue reading