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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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July 5, 2013 - A Generational Need

By Gary Rogers

Last month, after a 20-year absence, I stepped back into the shoes of a youth pastor. It was summer youth vacation Bible school. I've tried to share the vision for youth VBS with others, and they just couldn't see the possibility of it being relevant.

After my day with about 30 teenagers, I've concluded the needs for this generation of students have not changed that much from the previous. They just need someone to show them love and a willingness to get involved in their lives.

The day's topic was "Seeing God in Creation." After a devotion time, we loaded up in vans and drove to Mount Scott and witnessed God's creation. There on top of the mountain, they jumped from rock to rock as I yelled, "Your momma wants me to bring you back with legs and arms attached!"

"From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities — his eternal power and his divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God" (Romans 1:20, NLT).

Surveying God's creation and witnessing firsthand the mountains, oceans, and stars, you are able to gain insight into God. Traits and qualities in the nature of God can be seen in His creation.

"Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous — and how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable! I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up in the morning, you are still with me!" (Psalm 139:14-18).

One important principle you learn in studying God's creation is how special you are to Him. God saw you and knew you from the womb. Before a single day of your life ever began, God already had a plan laid out for your fulfillment. You are so important to God that the number of thoughts He has about you can't be counted. Every day you wake up, God is right there ready to begin the day with you.

Young people need to know they are important to God and He wants to help them enjoy life. This principle crosses over every generation. No matter where you are, no matter what you are going through, the God who created the Rocky Mountains is thinking about you. The God who formed the oceans is with you every day.

I'm convinced He is more than enough to help every generation through whatever difficulty we may face.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.

 

 

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