A TALE OF TWO JETHROS

Written by Jeremy Pate on . Posted in Youth Minister

As a youngster, I enjoyed watching reruns of a TV show called “The Beverly Hillbillies.” My favorite character was Jethro Bodine, who was constantly exhibiting a less-than-brilliant approach towards life.

He was notorious for misunderstanding things and for getting himself into trouble due to his lower-than-normal IQ.

Concerning Jethro, Jed Clampett (Jethro’s uncle) said, “If brains was lard, Jethro couldn’t grease a pan.”

In short, if Jethro Bodine was giving out advice, you might want to think twice before you take it.

Comfort Food - Part 1

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I don’t know about you, but the holiday season is one of the toughest times for me to eat healthy. As a Type-2 diabetic, there are certain foods that seem to magically appear during this time of year that are simply impossible to resist. Whether it might be stuffing, cakes, pies, homemade cookies, egg nog, or mashed potatoes (which are available all year, but are much easier to resist in July), there are certain “comfort foods” that I have trouble saying “no” to.

TO RETREAT, OR NOT TO RETREAT…

Written by Pam Newman on . Posted in Youth Minister

“retreat” [ri-treet]

Noun

  1. 1.The forced or strategic withdrawal of an army or an armed force before an enemy, or the withdrawing of a naval force from action.
  2. 2.The act of withdrawing, as into safety or privacy; retirement; seclusion.
  3. 3.A place of refuge, seclusion, or privacy
  4. 4.A retirement or a period of retirement for religious exercises and meditation

We will be taking our teens, along with a great group of adult chaperones, to Palmetto Bible Camp next weekend (October 23-25) for our annual Fall Retreat.

OVERLOAD?

Written by Jeremy Pate on . Posted in Youth Minister

Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. YouTube. Online blogs. 24-hour news. Cable television. The internet.

Would it be safe to say that the 1st century church lived in a simpler culture?

Would it also be fair to assume that our constant access to unlimited information has been a bit of a “game changer?” I think that we would all agree that there are both positive and negative elements to this glut of information that we are constantly exposed to.

HOW DO WORKS WORK? – PART 4

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We have seen very clearly so far that, although our approach towards our salvation should be taken quite seriously, our works do not put God in a position of “owing” us anything whatsoever. We are saved “by grace…through faith…not as a result of works.” (Eph. 2:8-9) This teaching is made crystal clear in a number of other passages, to the point that the “works-based” concept of salvation is seen to be absolutely indefensible and unbiblical.

HOW DO WORKS WORK? – PART 3

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In Paul’s letter to the Philippian saints, he says to them in 2:12:

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”

Thanks a lot, Paul. Everything seemed pretty simple until we got to this verse!

HOW DO WORKS WORK? PART 2

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Last week, we began a study on our “works” and their relationship to our salvation/justification. This week, let’s continue this study and see what else we learn.

According to multiple passages in the New Testament, God has made one thing crystal clear: WE ARE NOT SAVED BY OUR WORKS (Eph. 2:8-9; 2 Tim. 1:9; Tit. 3:5). The Bible teaches that there is absolutely nothing that you and I can do to earn, merit, work towards, or deserve the salvation that God has offered. In fact, it is described as a “gift” 8 times in Paul’s letter to the Romans (4 of those instances describe it as a “free gift”)! In Paul’s words (inspired by the Holy Spirit), he explains, “Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due” (Rom. 4:4). Let’s break this down, by way of “nailing down” this concept:

HOW DO WORKS WORK?

Written by Jeremy Pate on . Posted in Youth Minister

I recently did a word study on the word “works,” as it appears in the ESV translation of the New Testament. The word appears over 100 times in a variety of contexts, but for the purposes of my study, I was looking to learn some specific things:

1.What is a “work?”

2.What is the relationship between my “works” and my salvation?

3. Is there any way in which the “works” that I do for God are contributing factors to being justified/made righteous in His sight?

What I found was enlightening.

5 Minute Devotional?

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This past Wednesday night, I was asked to speak as part of the Summer Series at the Piedmont Road church of Christ. In addition to the 40-minute lesson/class that I was asked to teach, I was also asked to present a “5-minute devotional” before Bible classes began. I’ve done dozens of these in the past, and so I fully understood the concept, but then I began to think about it more…

Have you ever heard of a “1-month contract” from a phone/internet company?

What about a “2-day diet” or a “30-second workout?”

This is when I began to really think about the concept of a “5-minute devotional.” Isn’t this an odd title? Isn’t it strange that a word like “devotional,” which comes from the word “devoted,” which typically is associated with longer periods of time, has come to describe 5-15 minutes of our time?

Please Read This

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School has officially begun, and there are a few things that I’d like to say to our teens and parents during this challenging time.

1.Young people, God has plans to use you as His “instrument of righteousness” (Rom. 6:13) during school this year. This means that He would like to give you some opportunities to serve Him and to live out the message of the Gospel in front of some people who are lost in sin. This might mean that you will have an opportunity to influence a teammate, or maybe the person who sits across from you at the lunch table. This might mean that you have an opportunity to talk to one of your teachers or coaches about why you are so “different.” But here is the bottom line: you will not get these opportunities if you don’t “present yourself” to God to be used by Him. If you’re unavailable, too busy, or too concerned about getting what you might want from your school year, those opportunities will pass you by. You will become the 1-talent man in many ways, burying the opportunities that God has entrusted you with. I want to encourage you to pray about these opportunities, and then begin looking for God’s will in your life this year!