Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Monday, December 15, 2008

Pics from the Spring Retreat

Winterfest 09 Registration Form

Here is a link to download the Registration Form for Winterfest 2009!

Print it out, fill it out, and either scan it and email it back to me, or bring me the hard copy!

Registration Form - Winterfest 2009

Have a blessed day!

Friday, December 12, 2008

For your heart...


December 8, 2008


  1. Something for Your Heart
  2. Surf Report
  3. Forgettable Fact
  4. Potent Quotables
  5. Uh, That's Funny?



Chances are, you know who Jesus is. But do you really know about Jesus? He is probably the best-known person in history, and yet there's a lot that people don't know about who he was, what he did, or why he did it. In this 48-week devotional, you'll spend time reading Old Testament predictions of Jesus, stories about Jesus, what he taught, and the miracles that he performed.

Learn more about or purchase the book "Christ" here:



Luke 1:39-45

What goes through your mind when you think about Christmas? Luke 1:39-45 records the very first response (other than Mary's) to Christmas. A baby who was still inside his mother's womb leaped for joy. Then his mother, Elizabeth, encouraged Mary that she was indeed carrying the Messiah. Shouldn't we all respond this way--leaping for joy at the birth of Jesus, the Savior, who allows us to have a personal relationship with God?

So far in your life, what's been the hardest thing that God has asked you to do?

Or what's the hardest truth in the Bible for you to obey? What did you learn from that experience?

What would help you trust God more in the tough areas of life?

Spend a few moments with God and tell him how you feel about your relationship with him. Then ask God to develop in you a joy about who he is that will last even when tough times come. (And they will come; that's how we grow.)


Taken from "Christ" by Student Life Bible Study, copyright 2008 Youth Specialties/Zondervan. Used by permission. Order the book here:


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"The coming of Christ by way of a Bethlehem manger seems strange and stunning. But when we take him out of the manger and invite him into our hearts, then the meaning unfolds and the strangeness vanishes."
~ C. Neil Strait

"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree."
~ Roy L. Smith


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Monday, November 17, 2008

Update - South Texas Youth Rally

For those of you attending the South Texas Youth Rally, here are a few things to remember:

Be here no later than 4:30 on Friday!

Pack clothes for warm and cool weather. Pack a towel and bathroom supplies. Pack a pillow and sleeping bag (although you will probably be in a bed). Pack your Bible.

We will be back mid-afternoon on Sunday.

If I don't see you on Wednesday, then I will see you on Friday.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Weekly Newsletter for you!


October 20, 2008


  1. Something for Your Heart
  2. Surf Report
  3. Forgettable Fact
  4. Potent Quotables
  5. Uh, That's Funny?



It was 7:53 p.m., and we were locked out of the house. But "The A-Team" was going to start in seven minutes!

For my brothers and me, Tuesday night was big church night. I had junior high Bible study, and my brothers had church scouts (or something like that). After church we'd catch a ride home with a family friend and then race into the house to watch our all-time favorite TV show.

For my parents, Tuesday night was free time. I'm not sure what they did while we were gone. But on this particular night, they weren't home when we got there. A note taped to the front door read--

We'll be back late. Be sure to feed Jonathan's rabbit while you wait.
Mom and Dad

I was infuriated! Didn't they know that Mr. T and "The A-Team" were starting soon? How could they leave us out in the cold while they pranced around town like childless married people?

I ripped the note off the door and sat down in the yard. Josh, Jeremy, and Jonathan joined me. All my dad seemed to care about was that we feed Jonathan's rabbit--which Jonathan had done before we left!

I was very upset at my parents. My brothers were mad, too. Josh and Jeremy had homework to do; Jonathan was just mad because we were.

Now it was 8:30 p.m., and "The A-Team", the coolest show on earth, was half over.

I picked up a baseball bat and started whacking a tree. How could my parents be so rude? Josh and Jeremy were looking all around the house for an open door or window. Everything was locked tight.

Finally, at 9:30 p.m., my parents pulled into the drive. Four angry Matlock boys rushed out to jump them. As the four of us expressed our displeasure in no uncertain terms, my dad asked me if I'd fed the rabbit. I told him no, and then I reminded him that Jonathan had fed it before we went to church.

My dad walked us over to the rabbit food. There, taped to the bag, was the key to the house.

"What did you want me to do, Mark?" my father asked in a Mike Brady-like tone. "Did you want me to leave a note that said the key was taped to the rabbit food so anyone who read the note could find it?"

If I'd honored my dad, my evening would have been much happier. Instead, I was a fool worthy of Mr. T's pity. (See, that's a joke for people who've seen "The A-Team". Mr. T was always saying, "I pity the fool!" I'm not really sure why, now that I think about it. I just knew he was cool.)

Instead of honoring my dad by following his instructions, I jumped to the conclusion that he just didn't get it. He didn't understand that the rabbit had already been fed. So I'd decided his instruction was worthless. But if I'd stopped to remember that Dad usually did a good job of providing for us and giving us worthwhile direction, I would have honored him by honoring his note. And that literally would have been the key to my A-Team happiness.

We saw in the last chapter that the fifth of the top Ten Commandments was the "first with a promise." Here it is from Exodus 20:12: "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you." Since Paul repeats it in Ephesians 6:1-3 and Solomon emphasizes it in Proverbs, we still hold on to the idea that honoring our parents leads to longer, wiser living.

That makes sense, doesn't it? I'm not saying parents are always right. In fact, sometimes they can be selfish, too strict, or too lenient. So what? What other two people in the universe have made it their jobs to love you, take care of you, and invest their lives in you for your own good? That's what parents do.

Since they've been doing it for so long, we sometimes take their investment for granted. It's human nature for us to ignore the things they do right and with good motives 80 percent of the time (or more!) and to be on the lookout for anything they might screw up instead. To continue to honor your mom and dad (even when you don't understand where they're coming from) takes wisdom and a stubborn refusal to give in to the temptation to dishonor them.


Taken from "Wisdom On ... Getting Along with Parents" by Mark Matlock, copyright 2008 Youth Specialties/Zondervan. Used by permission. Order the book here:


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