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Tuesday
May032016

May 2016

I am thankful for the students that God has entrusted to us over the years. It really is a privilege to serve in a place long enough to be able to minister to the students of some of my former youth. We have watched several of our youth grow, some from the time they were very little.  They have participated in the children’s ministry, Christmas programs, led in worship, been involved in VBS, participated in the youth ministry, and went on mission trips. At a time when many see the teenage years as just a time to blow off and have fun, there are students who sacrificially give of their time, money and resources to share God’s love with those around them.  These students have been a vital part of our church life.

One, of many, highlights of our youth ministry is the youth-led worship service. These students work hard in preparation for leading in all aspects of the service. They will again be leading on May 15th. I am proud of these teenagers and their willingness to use the talents and abilities God has given them. I am looking forward to the challenge they will extend to us as they share God’s Word through the music and preaching.

Some of our students are now preparing for graduation and the next step in their future.  As they move from youth to “young adults” let’s not forget our responsibility to these students.  As we approach graduation, remember to pray for the seniors as they are transitioning in life.  Some are choosing colleges, looking at careers or joining the military.  God is opening new opportunities and these students deserve our prayer. 

Whether they stay in Casper and continue to be involved in our church or move on to new places, let’s encourage them to stay involved in God’s Kingdom ministry. At a time when many students who are transitioning from high school to the next stage of life are leaving the church (statistics show up to 90%) we need to help them continue to grow in their relationship with Christ.  God entrusted them to us throughout their childhood and that doesn’t end at graduation.  We still have a responsibility to these students. 

Thank you for supporting student ministry. Boyd Avenue has done an exceptional job giving our youth many opportunities to grow, develop ministry, and become adults who love and serve God. All over our country there are former students who are actively participating in their churches and shining the light of Jesus in their chosen professions. So thankful that God allows us to be a part of that. 

 

Tuesday
Apr052016

April 2016

I wanted to take the time this month to share a little about the upcoming trip to Haiti.  We are taking a team of about 15 people to spend a week in Haiti from June 18-25. This will be the first of hopefully many more trips in partnership with Haitian Outreach Ministries. During this year’s trip, we will be primarily doing light construction projects with lots of painting. Being our first time serving in Haiti, we wanted to start with something that we know we can do, but the dream is that this will be just the beginning. There can be future opportunities to do children’s ministries, major construction projects, and maybe even an opportunity to take a medical team down.

As we get closer to this mission trip, we have several ways for those who may not be going to be involved in this project. First, please pray as we prepare and then as we go.  Pray for those who are going, pray as we strive to reach our financial goals, and pray for the people of Haiti that we will be ministering to and with. Second, there will be a time when we will ask for some help with supplies to take with us. We are still looking at what we can take with us that will be of benefit in Haiti.  And finally, we do have a financial need. Pray about how you may be able to be involved on a financial level.

We are still in the neighborhood of about $8000.00 short of our trip cost.  We have some fundraisers coming up. On April 3rd we will be having a chili cook off following our morning worship services. This is a chance for you to make your favorite chili and see how it competes with others. There will be a time of tasting and then voting. The voting will be done monetarily. The chili that raises the most money will be declared the winner.  Prizes will be given to the top three.  Then on April 11 we will be partnering with Pizza Ranch for a community impact night.  Our team will be serving and bussing tables from 5-9pm that night. For each person who tells the cashier that they are there to support our group, we get 20% of your order, plus all tips left on the table.  In early May we will be having a silent auction.  We are looking for donations that we can auction off during this event. We would love your help going to local businesses and asking for donations or donating appropriate items yourself.  Our team will also be available to do work projects to help raise money. If you can, please participate in these events with us, or if you desire, make a donation to the trip.  My hope is that we can raise the money for Haiti before the yard sale so that we can use the funds from the yard sale for our Canada trip in July.

   I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the ministry at Boyd Avenue.  Our church truly has a desire to be a part of the Great Commission. Thank you for all you do to help as we desire to reach our community, state, nation, and the world with the Gospel.

 

 

Tuesday
Mar012016

March 2016

One of the things that I really appreciate about working with students at Boyd Avenue is the ability we have to participate in mission trips and build partnerships around our world.  In the coming months, we will be taking three different trips that our church has some involvement. 

In March a group of college students from Casper, Sheridan, and Laramie will be heading to Dallas on Spring Break.  In June, several teens, college students, and adults will serve for a week in Haiti.  Finally, in July, a group from Boyd Avenue will take our annual trip to Calgary as we serve with our friends there.  Both Dallas and Calgary are an ongoing partnership and we are hoping that Haiti will become one.

In Dallas, we partner with Cornerstone Baptist Church.  This is a church that God is using to truly transform a community. Over the last eight years we have made five trips to assist in this ministry.  We have done numerous children’s outreach ministries both around the church and in some of the parks in surrounding communities. We have also had the opportunity to be involved as the church ministers to the homeless in the area. Several of our students have been able to gut and then remodel homes and apartments that were once used for drugs and prostitution. These buildings have been purchased for use and ministry by the church.  This year, the church has purchased three of these facilities that we have been praying for.  We will begin to remodel one of these and help clean out the other two, along with doing a park ministry for children in two parks.

The Haiti trip will be a new experience for us.  We are working with Haitian Outreach Ministries where we will most likely spend a week doing a lot of repair and painting in a couple of their compounds.  The plane tickets are reserved and our students are busy raising money to finish paying for those, the cost of the project, and for food and lodging while in Haiti. We are very excited about this opportunity and hoping this will lead into a more permanent partnership, where we can send medical, construction, and future teams to work with children.

Very shortly after returning from Haiti, we will be heading to Canada to continue our partnership with Southwinds Church. Our primary role that week will be to conduct an Upward Basketball Camp for children. We will also be involved in a variety of outreach events in the communities that Southwinds is ministering to. I am very thankful for our friendship and partnership with our brothers and sisters from Calgary. We have spent many years serving together, both in Canada and in Wyoming.  In August, they will again partner with us as they minister alongside us in both Casper and Midwest.

These mission experiences give our students the ability to see what God is doing in other places and also challenges them to carry what they learn back to our community.  The hope is that we develop a Kingdom mindset that applies to all of the Great Commission.  Join with me in supporting these trips through prayer, encouragement, and if possible, a financial donation as we see lives changed, both among the people we minister to, and among those who go.

 

Tuesday
Feb022016

February 2016

  The time has come to play the Super Bowl.  Two teams have played their entire    seasons and have reached the goal of playing in the big game.  The Broncos and  Panthers will play for the championship.  The players have worked, trained,      practiced and sacrificed to  get to play in this game.     For some, their careers will  be defined by what happens on Super Bowl Sunday.

As a child, my friends and I would go outside and pretend that we were competing in the big game. We would pick our favorite team and would always win, usually with a game winning catch at the end of the fourth quarter.  In our mind, in our imagination, we were the champions. 

Spiritually, the Bible teaches that we should prepare ourselves to reach for the prize.  For us it isn’t a Super Bowl championship, but the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  There are some things that we can do to prepare ourselves for the best God would have for us. Going to church, studying the Bible, prayer, fellowship with other Christians are some of the disciplines that prepare us for His ministry.  Just like these football players have worked hard, we need to work hard to succeed in the work God has called us to.  Living the Christian life requires dedication, hard-work and discipline.

Instead of putting forth the effort required, many Christians act like my friends and I as children.  Just head out, pretend to play the game like we are having success.  There is no real effort, no real motivation, and no real reward.  Just go through some motions, have some fun and celebrate fictitious victories.  This is not the life that God intends for us.

We need to live a life striving for the best.  In our Christian life, we should be striving for the best God has for us instead of just going through the motions of Christianity.  Professional athletes prepare themselves to compete.  Then they put into practice what they have prepared to do. How do we prepare ourselves to live for Christ?  Then do we put that into practice in our lives?

 

Monday
Jan042016

January 2016

     January brings a new year. For many, this is a time to look at the past as a memory and look to the future with renewed excitement. If you look up the word “new” in the dictionary, you see a pretty good picture of this idea.  The best definition of “new” seems to fit the New Year: “beginning again, making another start.”  This is true as our calendar turns from 2015 to 2016. Looking at my 2015 calendar, each square is full of things I did or places that I had to be. Most of it was good, but some I hope is not repeated in the New Year. As I plan my calendar, some things will “begin again” and for others, we will “make another start.”

     This can also be true in our lives.  Many times we wish to begin again or make another start.  I remember playing video games as a child and whenever I would mess up early, I would just hit the restart button.  As I grew into adulthood, I often have wished that life had the same restart button.  I mess up, hit restart.  Life is tough, hit restart.  I’m not happy about the direction things are going, hit restart.  After all, a do over would be nice.

      Many people try to make the New Year a restart time in their lives. Instead of just hoping for changes of activity on a calendar, they hope for changes in their lives.  They think the New Year will be better.  They believe that they will make different decisions, change old habits, or just have a better year.  Unfortunately, the changing of a calendar doesn’t change a life.

     The good news is that there is a way to have a changed life.  II Corinthians 5:17 tells us “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”  Christ desires to make us new.  When we accept Him as Savior, we become a new creature.  This means that we can live in the freedom of this new life.  We don’t have to live the same way we used to.  Why do so many Christians live an old defeated life when Jesus gives them a new, abundant life?

        God gave us a restart button when he gave His Son.  We are given new life. The old pages of our calendar may be full, but the new are there to be filled. With God, we have the opportunity to fill these pages of our lives with the joy of walking with Him.  As we begin a new year, let’s live like the new creatures we are.