I Need Thee…National Day Prayer

“I Need Thee Every Hour” for National Day of Prayer. We all want control as individuals and as a nation. Sometimes we feel as though we are self sufficient and we don’t need the Lord. Whether we realize it or not, we not only need the Lord every hour, we can’t even walk without Him.

I know many who are reading this are tired and hurting. I just want you to know I’m thinking of you right now and more importantly, I’m praying for you. God is faithful and He is able. Let’s all pray for each other and our nation that we each would realize our need to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Love in Christ,
Pastor Mark
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Let’s take them deeper!

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Some thoughts from a former Student Minister to current Student Ministers: Student Ministers Don’t underestimate your students, they are capable of digging into the Word, and they really want an authentic, real faith that results in a changed life by God’s power. Trying to be “clever” by being like the world yet also being Godly is not a Spiritual gift and the result is failure. Let your “measuring stick” for ministry be life change and not only about numbers and fun. Let’s give our students the truth, they deserve it, they can take, and they really do want it!

Many students excel in the classroom and some even take college credits while still in high school; many students also excel in sports, arts, and clubs yet when they come to a lot of student ministries they usually only receive baby food if they get that. I believe that when a student’s heart is touched and challenged with God’s Word then the result of their spiritual growth will be to remain in church instead of dropping out like so many do after high school. Think about it, when a student has little to no spiritual growth and the majority of what they received was fun,  entertainment, and social emphasis they quickly realize that church didn’t equip them for life so they drop out because it’s time to grow up (which they never did spiritually). The irony is that most student ministries pride themselves on being relevant yet when high school graduation takes place students see that what they received was anything but relative. Let’s take them deeper!

I’m so thankful for our student leaders and volunteers at LFBC for being interested in our student’s hearts and spiritual lives. They truly love them by desiring to be with them, by having fun with them, getting to know them, and most importantly by desiring to see them grow in their faith and go deeper in their walk with Jesus. We will only have our students for a short time so let’s redeem the time!

Love in Christ,

Pastor Mark

1 Peter 2:2