Storyline #36: Joshua 5-11 “How to Fight Like a Christian”

2-joshuaintroFree files for youth pastors:

2 – Joshua 5-11 – Fight Like a Christian (outline)

2 – Joshua 5-11 – Fight Like a Christian (fillout sheet)

2 – Joshua 5-11 – Fight Like a Christian (mp3)

2 – Joshua 5-11 – Fight Like a Christian (ppt)

(intro video – go to youtube and type in “cbsmmedia joshua intro”)

We about got our butts kicked! I remember walking the beaches of Pensacola as an 18 year old college freshman with about 5 other buddies. We walked up to a huge pack of about 80 college kids who went to the University of West Florida. One of the smallest guys came out of the crowd asking if we wanted to play football. “Let’s do it,” we said. About then, 5 honking-huge dudes stood up, and walked out to play against us. At this point, we just wanted to play hard enough not to look stupid. After many cheap shots, the crowd cussing at us, and a bloody nose…we decided to forfeit to avoid a fight.

I wonder how many times we as Christians do that spiritually. We feel that the enemy is too huge, the persecution is too great, and the fight is too hard…so we forfeit and let the enemy win. We have got to remember that we’re in a spiritual battle vs. sin. Continue reading

Storyline #33: Deuteronomy 5 – 26 “The Laws”

intoFree files for youth pastors:

3 – Deuteronomy 5-26 – Laws (order of service)

3 – Deuteronomy 5-26 – Laws (mp3)

3 – Deuteronomy 5-26 – Laws (study notes)

3 – Deuteronomy 5-26 – Laws (pulpit notes)

3 – Deuteronomy 5-26 – Laws (ppt)

3 – Deuteronomy 5-26 – Laws (fillout sheet)

This week, President Barack Obama was inaugurated into the office of the President of the United States. As a Christian, I certainly disagree with him on major moral issues such as abortion and homosexuality. But on the other hand, his life and inauguration is an amazing story of our nation overcoming its sin of prejudicial racism! President Obama was sworn in on the Bible of former President Abraham Lincoln who God used to abolish slavery in America. So what is the Presidential Inauguration all about? It’s ultimately all about the President agreeing to obey and defend the Constitution of the United States. That is so close to what is happening in Deuteronomy! Continue reading

Storyline #32: Deuteronomy 1-4 “The History”

1-intro1Free files for youth pastors:

2 – Deuteronomy 1-4 – History (fillout sheet)

2 – Deuteronomy – 1-4 – History (ppt)

2 – Deuteronomy 1-4 – History (order of service)

2 – Deuteronomy 1-4 – History (sermon outline)

2 – Deuteronomy 1-4 – History (mp3)

This is an unprecedented, historical week for me. I bought and closed on a house! With all of my running around the past decade, I’m so excited to finally be settled here at this church, with this student ministry, and in this area. I’m amazed with how God has been preparing me for this ministry. Just over a year ago now, I had been in my previous church for 3 years, and all the other four pastors I was serving with had resigned. I was left with leading that church, but God used it to prepare me for the next. Meanwhile, God had brought awesome youth pastors before me to this church, and prepared the student ministry to be passionate worshippers, attentive learners, and humble servants. When I got here, it was obvious that this is what God had been planning all along.

Everything I just said was absolutely true, but I also wrote it as an example of what God is doing with Deuteronomy 1 – 4 (read it). Continue reading

Storyline #11 – Exodus 1 – “Enslaved: Our need for coaching, community, and commission”

Files for student pastors:

11 – Exodus 1 – Slavery (ppt)

11 – Exodus 1 – Slavery (mp3)

11 – Exodus 1 – Slavery (Scripture Notes)

How many of y’all out there had the pleasure of having hamsters for pets when you were growing up? I see that show of hands. I remember loving to watch those little fur balls run around their cage, exercise in their wheel, and maneuver through all their tubes. I always dreamed of having a play-land that cool! Actually, I finally found something very similar to a hamster cage for adults…The St. Louis City Museum is amazing! But that’s beside the point. From what I remember, we had to get rid of our hamsters because we just couldn’t control them as they were popping new little hamster babies out at the rate of a salad shooter. If we didn’t act fast enough, they’d take over our home and eventually the world! Okay, that was a tad extreme. Continue reading