Is it Wise?

Ashley and I had a great time with the students this Sunday! We started the discussion by asking the students what’s on their watch list for the summer. Some students are looking forward to binge watching Arrow, while other are eagerly anticipating the premier of The Incredible’s 2. We also asked what other media they will “consume” during their time off. YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, and Xbox games were some common answers.

Then, as I presented a tray of fudgy, frosted, delicious-looking brownies, I asked who would eat one if they knew I added in just a little bit of cat poop while baking them. Yep, you read that right. Cat poop. Most of the students turned away in disgust while others said they would still eat them! Yuck! Of course there was NO poop in the brownies (in fact, I didn’t even bake them)! I used that illustration to show the students that watching a movie or YouTube video with just a little bit of inappropriate content in it is like eating a brownie with just a little bit of cat poop.

What we consume physically and mentally affects us. I pointed them toward Philippians 4:8 as a great list of what we should fill our minds with.

Stay tuned for more details from Ashley.

Have a great week!


The Personal Invitation

Blog Prayer

This past Sunday, we had a great discussion about the power of a personal invitation. I shared part of my story about how a friend persistently invited me to church in many creative ways and eventually I agreed to go…and it changed my life.

I encouraged the students to invite a friend, family member, or neighbor to church and reminded them that a simple invitation could change the trajectory of someone’s eternity.

The names pictured above are the names of the people the students will be inviting to church this week. Would you join me in praying for everyone on the list?

We ended the second hour by praying over the baptismal and praying for those who have chosen to be baptized this coming Sunday.

I can’t wait to see what God does as the students boldly invite the people in their lives to join them at church!

** Due to the Easter Holiday, On Mission Prep will not meet Sunday morning. Students are encouraged to attend the main worship service with their parents (and hopefully whoever they invited).

We Want You To Want To

This past Sunday started off a little different. There we were, standing under the sails with just a few students. Curious as where all the other students were since it was time to begin On Mission Prep, I began to walk toward the worship center and noticed many students playing basketball. When I shared that it was time to begin, they were surprised when they learned what time it was. Now of course our leaders could go and round everyone up on Sunday mornings, but how much better would it be for our students to be so excited to dive into the Word of God on Sundays that they make it a priority to meet under the sails early. We want them to want to.

Last week wrapped up the quiet time practice and ended with a great discussion about 2 Chronicles 7:14 and the reasons why God wouldn’t listen our prayers.

I am looking forward to spending time with the students tomorrow morning!

What did Jesus look like?

I have truly enjoyed the last three weeks! I am excited to announce that Daisy Pierce won the coveted fuzzy donut/cupcake journal after completing several of the challenges over the last three weeks! Congratulations Daisy!

This past Sunday we had a time of Q & A. Some of the fun questions we got to discuss and look to the Bible for answers were: Did the burning bush have flowers? What did Jesus look like? Why do friendships drift apart?

I also learned that there were several students whose favorite book of the Bible is Revelation. It’s one of my favorites too! We got to have a great discussion about some aspects of end times and what maranatha means.

I hope you’ll join me in continuing to pray for the people we know that don’t know The Lord and that you’ll invite those people to join you at church!

Did you say SOAP?

It was so encouraging to hear how the students prayed for the individuals their wristbands represented this past week.

I got to share about the S.O.A.P. study method (S.O.A.P. stands for: scripture, observation, application, and prayer) and, back by popular demand, the students had time to find a place around campus to have their quiet time for the day and to give the S.O.A.P. method a try.

After spending time reading, praying, and practicing the S.O.A.P. method of studying, we came back together to share about what we learned. This sparked some great discussion and I loved hearing what the students discovered as they read their Bibles.

The two challenges for this week are: 1. Continue to pray daily for someone to either come to know The Lord or for someone who you will invite to church and 2. Practice the S.O.A.P. study method every day this week.

Next week is Q&A!! I look forward to diving into the Word to answer the questions the students bring! See you Sunday!


Words Matter

I had a blast getting to spend time with the students this past Sunday. I asked the question: “If you could meet any Bible character besides Jesus, who would you meet and why?”. Some of the answers were: Joseph because he rose from the bottom to the top and Jonah because I’d like to know what it would be like to be swallowed by a large fish.

We also talked in depth about the power of our words and how to be intentional about speaking life-giving words even when someone hurts us.

We ended the day with two challenges. The first is to wear a wristband as a reminder to pray for someone daily who either doesn’t know the Lord or who you will invite to church. The second is to do an act of anonymous servanthood and come prepared to share about it next week!

I can’t wait to hear the ways in which the students have anonymously blessed someone this week and the God stories that come from their intentional time of prayer.


Q & A

Sunday was our first Q&A in Strength and Beauty and it was so much fun!

As leaders, we made sure the Bible was our source for the answers to the wide spectrum of questions the students asked. Questions such as, “What does the Bible say about dinosaurs?” and “Why does God let things like hurricanes happen?” to “What is salvation?”.

It was a great way to end our three weeks with the students! Beginning this Sunday, Kelsey Light and Olivia Thayer will be the Beauty leaders and Weave Wilson and Phil Baker will be leading the Strength groups for the next theee weeks.

Come Anyway

It was so great to spend time with those who came to Beauty this past Sunday! We missed the students who weren’t there.

One way we know the Enemy likes to disrupt community is to get us to believe that we aren’t welcome if we didn’t keep up with the daily Quiet Time Challenge (or any other challenge for that matter). However, we want to make sure that this message is loud and clear…COME ANYWAY! We know the challenges might be tough, but we are in this with you and want to walk through these challenges together. So, even if you missed a day (or two…) we hope you will live out one of our On Mission Attitudes and choose to belong each Sunday regardless of whether or not you completed the challenge for that week. Today is a new day and it’s never too late to pick up where you left off.

We look forward to seeing you next Sunday!

A Daily Practice

This past Sunday during our discussion in Beauty I was reminded of one of my favorite pastors, Daryl McLeod. Years ago he shared that every day he practices the presence of the Lord as he drinks his coffee in the morning. He does this by pulling up an extra chair to talk with the Lord as if he was sitting with Him in the flesh. The intentionality of this practice was what struck me and prompted me to share this story with the girls on Sunday.

Just like we make plans to hang out with our friends and family, we should make plans daily to spend time with the Lord to cultivate our relationship with Him.

What began as something I learned to do is now something I love to do… and I am better for it. Daily prayer, hearing from the Lord through reading His Word, and writing about what He is doing in and through me has lead to my intentional intimacy with Him.

I can’t wait to hear about what God is teaching everyone through the Quiet Time Challenge!