Boot Camp Week 2: Breathe

The second week of boot camp has already begun, last week almost everyone memorised at least one verse for the week, many memorising almost all 7 verses. Consuming the word of God (eating) is very important, however prayer (breathing) is equally important in our spiritual lives. This week the challenges are:

  1. Prayer time – at least 10 minutes a day
  2. Corporate Prayer – Everday at 8pm pray for Youthopea
  3. Pray for a miracle – In someone elses life, in your life, in the life of the church. BE SPECIFIC!

More details on boot camp or if you have any questions, head over to the Boot Camp post on the Youthopea forum.

Boot Camp begins

For the next two months Youthopea is holding a boot camp challenge which aims to raise each individual’s (and the group as a whole) spiritual level. Our first task this week is to:

  1. Memorise 7 verses (John 1:1-2, Ephesians 4:2, John 4:24, James 4:10, Philippians 4:8, James 1:2-3, 2 Corinthians 5:17)
  2. Read your bible at least 2 times a day.
  3. Apply what you read into your life.

Each person will monitor their progress through the use of a (Spiritual) Diet Diary. Each week at Youthopea each person will get a chance to submit their progress and at the end of it all we will evaluate how much we have grown spiritually. This is not to be a competition, but more to encourage and challenge ourselves to take living for Christ to whole new level.

The Best Has Come

Got back from Hope Church Camp 2007 (The Best Is Yet To Come…) yesterday evening. We had an amazing 3 days of learning God’s word, encouraging and building each other in the Lord. The best part of all was seeing God touch lives and lives being saved. I had an incredible team (Prime Minister) and we won the crown! However that wasn’t the best part. The most amazing part was that all the non-Christians (there were 3) in my team received salvation in Jesus Christ.

God is amazing, God can soften the hardest of hearts. Prayer is powerful. I never thought it was possible, but through prayer one by one, my team members were saved. Praise God! To see them saved was better than any earthly crown.

Thank You Lord

“in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Th 5:18

Sometimes we think life is too hard and we don’t realise the fact that there is so much we should be thankful for. However remember to always give thanks, even when it seems like the whole world is against you.

Hope Church Camp 2007

Come and explore the secrets of how to receive the BEST from God and to live with the assurance that the best is yet to come…

Every year Hope Church camp keeps getting better and better, this year is no exception. Only 5 weeks to go guys! Register today!  If you use Facebook, you can check out the event details on Facebook.  Trust me you don’t want to miss this one, come and be blessed.

Exceeding Expectations

It’s a good feeling when we can meet expectations, but it’s so much better when you can exceed them. I went to a buffet dinner about a week ago and one particualr dish had run out and so I inquired, hoping that more was coming. Being a buffet restaurant I expected them to have more coming, because there was still quite a few people around. So they assured me that more was coming soon. What I did not expect was that the girl I had asked would deliver the dish to my table, because normally in these buffet restaurants, you would go up to the food bar and help yourself. It totally exceeded my expectation and my image of the norm at a buffet restaurant.

People build up stereotypes of many things, girls like pink, boys like blue, girls like flowers, boys like cars, supermodels are ignorant, geeks are physically less attractive, nightclubs are full of drug addicts and drunks. Christians are usually stereotyped as self-righteous and legalistic.

Sure some of these may be true, but as a Christian I am not proud to be seen as someone that is self-righteous and legalistic. I have heard of many testimonies where Christians have exceeded expectations – including from my own church. Where members were friendly especially to the newcomers, ushers went the extra mile to help someone in need and many others. Let us always strive to do our best for God and exceed human expectations, after all our God (who is in us) is not human.

Give Up To Go Up

Craig from Lifechurch.tv ended his series on “Give Up To Go Up” with this post which gets to the point, that nothing we own or achieve in this life is as important as our relationship with Jesus. Whether it’s money, possessions, people, in the end what matters is having a good relationship with God. Sometimes to deepen our relationship it requires giving things up, giving up time, money, pride.

We can be rest assured that as we give things up for God, it will not be in vain. What we receive through Christ will far exceed what we have now.