Showing posts from February, 2014

LEGACYouth: Acquire the Fire 2014 Prayer Points

After months of administrative and spiritual preparation, after hundreds of hours praying, planning and laying groundwork, Acquire the Fire has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Granted, whenever heaven and earth collide in this life, the experience always feels too short. But as the case with each Acquire the Fire event, its conclusion never fails to leave behind some notable takeaways.

But before I continue, what is Acquire the Fire exactly?
Well, for starters, it’s a life-transforming event centered on giving volume and clarity to God’s voice in the lives of young people. It’s an event marked by fearless evangelism and anointed worship. And it’s a time for youth to engage the power and presence of God amidst the silence of secular noise. In essence, Acquire the Fire is a dynamic, encounter-based experience, fixed on inspiring young hearts to Jesus.
This year, the theme of Acquire the Fire, “Epic Truth”, emphasized the importance of seeking truth amidst our daily deluge of dis…

Flash Weather: The #Snowdome Winter

As an amateur "meteorologist", I take pride in being a diehard winter weather enthusiast. After all, it's, by far, the most erratic season, especially for sections of the midsouth. One week could be marked by unseasonably mild air and severe weather episodes, while the next features a freak icestorm or blizzard with record-breaking cold. But for a winter fan who enjoys his fair share of hometown snow, this winter has been one epic disappointment. So in my quest to put words to frustrations, I figured I would look back and briefly analyze a winter desperately needing to be put out of its misery.  Granted, for hundreds of millions, winter 2013-14 will go down as a memorable, overachieving, blockbuster season. But for me, I can honestly say: I've never been so excited for spring this early in my life.  For most, one would think such a statement would be indicative of a person fed up from the wintry elements. But not in this case. Truth be told: I've never seen such…

The Road Less Traveled By

Back when I was a young padawan studying the Word, I had a bad habit of downplaying geography and time as filler. I figured by skimming over environmental details, I'd better discern the “heart” of the passage without being distracted by peripherals. 

However, as I would ultimately find, when we consider what the Scriptures has to say about Christ's ministry, we find every word, pronoun and article carrying strategic purpose and placement.
Take John 4 for example, where we find Christ intentionally reaching out to a woman at a well. Before the encounter takes place, we’re given comprehensive context with respect to setting, which connects back to John 3:
John 3:22-23 (ESV) – “After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he remained there with them and was baptizing.John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming and being baptized.”

Now, let’s flash-forward to John 4:1-6:

Now when Jesus learned tha…

Never Give Up, Never Surrender (Part 1)

I’m going to be quite frank: I’m not a fan of my day job.
I mean...don’t get me wrong. I take great pride in being bivocational, serving as a full-time volunteer youth pastor with a permanent governmental position on the side.

But on some days, I’m telling you…I seriously consider buying some “Just for Men” products just to combat premature greyness potential.

After all, it’s hard to stay engaged at work when you sense your passion bucket is drying up…when the only thing keeping your midday heart afloat is a splintered desire for excellence.
'Cause truth is: Sometimes, it’s easy to want to quit…to unplug and refresh, especially when you feel you’re heart and résumé are headed in opposite directions.
However, when we soak in the Word and rest in the arms of Christ, we can find value in steadfast persistence, even when our circumstances don’t make sense. Yes, we may be burning for a reset compass to the tune of 90°, maybe 180°, but this doesn’t have to compromise our faith in staying …