Heading to China!

Written by Brandon Edwards on . Posted in Youth Minister

chinaWell, here we go!

As many of you know, nineteen of us are heading out to China this afternoon. We will be in Nanning, China for close to two weeks working with China Agape and two of their orphanages. It is going to be a long trip! Awaiting us is a four-hour flight, a sixteen-hour flight, a three-hour flight, and then a two-hour bus ride. And that it just to get there! Should be fun!

I wanted to let you all know a neat story about this trip. Last fall I challenged the teens to push themselves beyond the low expectations that many have for teenagers in our modern world. Everybody expects nothing more than trouble and problems from teens and I wanted them to see themselves as different. Well, little did I know what that would mean!

Praying with my Daughter

Written by Brandon Edwards on . Posted in Youth Minister

prayingI don't remember the exact first time that my father or mother prayed with me, but I do remember it being as a young child. From my very youth I remember praying at meals, at bedtime, and many other times with my parents. Even when they didn't pray with me personally, I know that my parents prayed for me consistently since even before I was born!

But there is something to praying with your child that is simply amazing. As an adult, the memories flood back to me every time I stop to pray at a meal with my daughter. They flood back like wonderful waves of comfort that I never knew encompassed me. These memories cling to my soul as I teach my child about God and communicating with Him.

Happy Graduation!

Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

graduation

Invitations sent! Cap and Gown in hand! Graduation rehearsal just days away! And, then the big event! In your mind's ear, listen to the old familiar sound accompanying the marching seniors as they make their way to their seats. As the names are being called, the anticipation continues to grow until they call out your name over the loud speaker. As you make your way to the podium where the principal is about to shake your hand and give you that coveted trophy, your mind is saying, FINALLY! Finally, the end is HERE! It is going to be nothing short of awesome. Graduation provides much deserved recognition for a job well done. Enjoy the moment, rest on your laurels, and soak it in as long as you can, for you deserve it. Congratulations!

A Momentous Moment

Written by Brandon Edwards on . Posted in Youth Minister

childrenIt was a truly momentous moment. A life changing moment that changed me forever.

I remember the moment when I realized I could influence my parents. I was a small child and I realized I could turn mom against dad or dad against mom. It was an eye opening moment of awesomeness.
I suddenly wielded a power that was truly incredible.
And I wanted to use it.

Oh, we have all used this power as children. We learned to ask mom if we could jump off the roof. She would say, "no" and we would go and ask dad. But we wouldn't ask dad just at any point in time. He needed to be doing something so that he was distracted. From behind his paper, or while he was watching sports, he would answer, "Sure, sweetie."

Suddenly, we are on the roof getting ready to jump and mom is screaming and waving her hands from the kitchen window. She may have said, "no" but dad said, "Yes." And we all know that the last answer is always the one that counts.