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.

Distractions

Why do we get distracted with things? At times I can get in the zone and be working away for hours and even forget to eat. Other times I could be working one minute and the next minute we find that we have just spent the last hour browsing Facebook profiles. I believe this happens when our mind is not focused and we start to think about other things. The Bible (written about 2000 years ago) had already warned us about this:

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.  – James 1:8

The best thing we can do is focus on one plan and don’t let other things get in your way. I am not saying this because I’m perfect, after all I’m still a work in progress. I found this to be a good reminder and so I hope it helps you too.

So did you just get distracted? Well at least now you know what to do 😉

Growing The Wrong Way

 excercise.jpg Part of growing and staying healthy is exercise.  When we exercise our  bodies grow stronger. However a lack of exercise not only hinders growth but causes our bodies to grow the wrong way (sideways). This degrades performance and could also lead to unattractiveness of the physical body (subjective to the viewer). God designed our body a specific way, and by exercising we allow our bodies to achieve its full potential.

You’ve been raised on the Message of the faith and have followed sound teaching. Now pass on this counsel to the followers of Jesus there, and you’ll be a good servant of Jesus. Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion. Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. – 1 Tim 4:6-8 (MSG)

Likewise a Christian needs to excercise to build their spiritual life, this excercise means to use what we have learnt from God. Using what we have learnt to bless others, to serve and to glorify God. Without spiritual exercise, our spiritual life becomes flabby and weak. What can you do today to perform spiritual exercise?

Purpose of Light

Bulb What is the purpose of light? We all use light everyday to light up our dark world. Light is most useful when the place is dark. We don’t use torches when we walk around outside during the day because there is already enough light. Likewise Jesus wants us to be a light to the world, and this means lighting up the dark places of the world. We could be a light at church and in front of other good Christians (lit areas), and it does help, but the potential of impact can only be seen when we dare to stand out and shine our light into the darkness.

I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. – John 12:46

Jesus came into the world to be the light of the world, to impact and brighten a dark society. He became the most influential person ever to live on Earth – even after over 2000 years millions and millions of people still read about Him.

2008 Here We Come

I hope you all enjoyed your holidays as much as I did, some of you are probably STILL on holidays. What a great year 2007 has been, praise God for all the blessings in finances, spiritual blessings, relationships with family and friends and many more. I am looking forward to see what God will do this year and I believe it is going to be even better.

Highlights of 2007:

Although holidays has come to an end, the amazing journey for 2008 is just getting started 🙂

Made To Love

We were made to love, because we were made by love and with love.

These are the words of Tobymac:

I was made to love You
I was made to find You
I was made just for You
Made to adore You
I was made to love
And be loved by You
You were here before me
You were waiting on me
And You said you’d keep me
Never would You leave me I was made to love
and be loved by You

Taken from the chorus of Tobymac’s song “Made To Love”.

Christmas is all about celebrating the birth of Jesus.  God so loved us that Jesus came to give us life, by giving the ultimate gift – His life.
Whether you celebrate Christmas or not does not change the unchanging truth that Christ was born over 2000 years ago. Whether you celebrate my birthday or not, does not change the fact that I was born over 24 years ago.

Have a loving and blessed Christmas! 🙂