Fields of Faith

What does it look like when students from all over the Humble ISD area gather together for a time of worship, Bible study, and prayer? It looks like Fields of Faith hosted by FCA, which is happening THIS Wednesday October 9.  Fields of Faith is truly inspiring time for students to come together and worship as one group.  Fields of Faith takes place at Turner Stadium in Humble and the program begins at 7 PM.

We won’t be doing our normal youth stuff this week (Frontline) because we are going to meet at Turner Stadium for Fields of Faith.  Our students will leave the event challenged to be more passionately focused on reading the Bible!  Plan to get your kids out to Fields of Faith this Wednesday.  It will be a great night!

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You Are Not Alone

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Much like the teenagers who I now minister to, I grew up in the suburbs of Houston.  I attended a large middle school and a larger high school.  Also, like the youth I minister to, I attended my church regularly and was really involved in the youth group activities. My youth group was big (150 or so kids) and I truly enjoyed my time there as it gave me an opportunity to grow in my faith, in a safe nurturing environment.

However, out of the 150 kids in my youth group there was less than a handful of them that attended school with me.  So when I would walk the halls of my high school I would feel somewhat isolated as one of the few Christians who attended my school.  I honestly couldn’t have named 20 faithful Christians in my school.

This changed one year in a dramatic way for me when I attended See You at the Pole.  On this particular year there were over 200 kids standing around our school’s flagpole praying together.  As I walked up to the circle of teenagers praying, I recognized for the first time that I was not alone at my high school as a believer.  I realized that the church was much larger than my church.

See You at the Pole has the ability to be one of the more influential experiences for your child at school.  I strongly encourage you to get your kids out to See You at the Pole THIS Wednesday.  Typically the prayer time begins about 30 minutes prior to the start of school.  I will be going to at least one high school and one middle school to pray alongside our teenagers, and I would love nothing more than to see your child there: standing and being counted as student who has faith in Jesus Christ.

See You at the Pole is this Wednesday, September 25.

How about you? Did you feel overwhelmed at the bigness and lostness of your school?  Did you know many believers outside of your church family? 

Tough Questions Final Week

We began this week with a game where the group was divided into three teams and each team received: a roll of wrapping paper and a roll of scotch tape. The object of the game was to use the wrapping paper as a ninja costume, the tube as a ninja sword, and the tape to keep the costume together. Also, five 2.5′ lengths of tape were allowed to be used to strengthen the sword. We had one team that just totally dominated.

Good Fun!

We looked at a few specific issues that the students had submitted for the Tough Questions series finale.

1. When I pray what name should I call God?
There are a number of names of God in Scripture.  Generally when someone prays it can be helpful to think of the attribute of God that they are seeking (Father, Judge, Healer, etc) and then use that particular name to address God.  Here is a list of names of God that are found in the Bible:
Abba – Father
Elohim – The Strong, faithful, and only true God
El Shaddai – Almighty, All-sufficient God
El Elyon – Most High God
El Olam – The Everlasting God
Jehovah Jireh – The Lord will Provide
Jehovah Nissi – The Lord is my Banner
Jehovah Shalom – The Lord is Peace
Jehovah Sabbaoth – The Lord of Hosts
Jehovah Ro’i – The Lord is my Shepherd
Jehovah Shammah – The Lord is There
Jehovah Rapha – The Lord who Heals
The Light of the World
The Bread of Life
Lamb of God
Emmanuel: God with Us

It may be beneficial to take a look at this list of names of God and others that are used throughout Scripture (if you’d like a more in-depth look at this subject click here) and discuss with your child a few that have meant more to you at certain times in your life.  This sort of discussion gives your teenager a valuable glimpse into your spiritual life your walk with the Lord through the years.

2. Are my pets going to heaven?
The Bible doesn’t truly discuss this.  I have heard from many people that heaven wouldn’t be heaven without their pets there, and while I think the sentiment is nice, I believe that God is totally able to make heaven awesome with just his presence.  There does appear to be animals in heaven (lion laying down with the lamb), but this would not necessarily mean that your pet is kept around.

Regardless of your view on the souls of pets eternal home, I encourage you to think on the eternal home of the people you come in contact with daily.  They certainly have eternal souls, and they can live with you forever in heaven, but we need to be the hands and feet of Christ to those who are lost.  Pray for your neighbors as often as you think and care for your pets.  God will sort out the details and make our joy complete when we reach our heavenly home.

It’s Time Conference

Developing and maintaining a life of consistent effectual prayer is crucial to what we do as believers.  We are commanded to pray without ceasing, but how is that even possible? What are we supposed to be praying for?  If God is all-knowing is prayer even really needed?

Since prayer is such a vital part of the Christian faith we would do well to take it seriously.  One way that I am trying to help the youth at KBC in their prayer life is by taking them to the “It’s Time” prayer conference.  This looks to be a great weekend of worship and serious teaching about prayer.  Since we are going to be commuting to and from the conference for the weekend the cost for us is only $39 per student.  The conference takes place on October 8-9 at Faith West Academy.

Please consider letting your child attend this conference, and as with most conferences and events adults are needed too!  Who knows, perhaps some of your questions about prayer will be answered and you will have a more fervent and enjoyable time with the Father.  Thanks guys!