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Here’s a quick message to HSM from our Senior Pastor, Rick Warren! Summer Midweek is this Wednesday (July 20th) at 7pm in the Refinery. It’s going to be awesome!

Speaking Out at School

Anonymous asked: Surrounded by sin at school, to speak or not to speak? In every class there’s just people talking about sex and cussing and all this other stuff. I don’t know if I should speak up or keep quiet like I have been. There"s never really an opening to talk about Jesus. I really realized how all of this going on today, and it was a pretty bad day. I pretty much kept to myself all day, I felt so unproductive Christian wise. What should I do…Speak? or don’t speak?

I answered: "There’s never really an opening to talk about Jesus" there is your answer right there. That leads me to think that if you were to say something you would be trying to convict them of their sin, and that is simply not your job. That is up to the Holy Spirit.

You can’t change the unwilling. Right now, I would bet that these folks think that what they are on is working out. Hopefully some day they will see that sex, or booze, or approval of others, or whatever they are trying to fill themselves up with, is not working. That is an opening for sharing Jesus. Right now, you would just be trying to convince them that something they think is fine is evil, and that is a tough road to hoe. You are much more likely to piss people off.

One of my favorite stories anyone ever told me was a Young Life staff person said that when he was in high school, his leader asked him one day “do you tell people you are a Christian?”. The guy thought he was about to get some witnessing points, so he said yes and the leader replied “could you…not, because you aren’t helping”. I fear that snapping at classmates about being filthy, filthy sinners would put one firmly in the “people who are not helping” category.

Now if you want to spread Jesus through that school, find the people no one else is talking to, not the ones having loud conversations about how cool they think they are. I guarantee you that your lunchroom has kids who are depressed, who are lonely, whose parents are splitting up, and who think no one cares, especially not God. So you, who are part of His body, go up and strike up a conversation, listen to them, invite them out for a hamburger, that would be something.

Minute to Win It: Chocolate Unicorn

If you haven’t started utilizing NBC’s “Minute to Win It” games within your ministry, now is the time! I hear that they were all the rage when the show first came out. I’m late to the bandwagon, but we’ve been playing one game a week and they’re great!

This week we played Chocolate Unicorn (<——video rules in link).  

What you need: 14 Chocolate “Ding Dongs.” i.e. Hostess mini chocolate cakes

Have two teams of two come to the stage. The point of the game is for a team to balance as many cakes on one of their teammate’s forehead as they can in 60 seconds. To make things more interesting allow the team to shape and mold their cakes.

FUN for Participants? 50% chance. Choose your unicorns wisely.

FUN for Spectators? 100% goodness. The crowd will love this one.

Minute to Win It: Chocolate Unicorn

If you haven’t started utilizing NBC’s “Minute to Win It” games within your ministry, now is the time! I hear that they were all the rage when the show first came out. I’m late to the bandwagon, but we’ve been playing one game a week and they’re great!

This week we played Chocolate Unicorn (video rules in link).  

What you need: 14 Chocolate “Ding Dongs.” i.e. Hostess mini chocolate cakes

Have two teams of two come to the stage. The point of the game is for a team to balance as many cakes on one of their teammate’s forehead as they can in 60 seconds. To make things more interesting allow the team to shape and mold their cakes.

FUN for Participants? 50% chance. Choose your unicorns wisely.

FUN for Spectators? 100% goodness. The crowd will love this one.

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Four simple steps on how to raise your parents.

GAME: Poopdeck

Section off a room into three areas by using a line on the ground. (tape, chalk, etc.) The three areas are the:

Poopdeck | Main Deck | Quarter Deck

Have your group stand together on one of the decks. Ok, here’s how it works.

A facilitator calls out one of the decks, and everyone must run to the deck that was called out. The last student to get into the deck is OUT.

There’s one side rule: “HIT THE DECK!”

If you yell “Hit the Deck” everyone must get into a push up position. To make things more interesting, make it a rule that if you call out the deck everyone is presently standing in, and a student runs out of that deck, they are out.

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Just a thought from Parker on the way home from the DMV.

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Just because everyone loves a good laugh on a Wenesday…:D Enjoy this video featuring my friends: Chris, Jake & A.C.

Pax, 

Rob

GAME: Bologna Toss

What you need: Bologna

How you play: 

1) Have your students get in pairs and face each other.

2) Give each pair of students a slice of bologna.

3) On the count of three, everyone tosses their slice of bologna to their partner.

Here’s the catch: If they drop their slice of bologna they are out UNLESS they take a bite of their bologna that has touched the ground. If they don’t take a bite they’re out OR if there is not more bologna to eat they are out.

Winner is the team that successfully throws their piece of bologna the farthest and catches it.

It’s a fun game for students who enjoy bologna, like to do disgusting things like eat bologna, and are expert bologna tossers. Everyone else enjoys the game until their bologna hits the ground. 

All around I’ll give this 3.5 pork sandwiches out of 5 pig parts. We’ll play it again if I come across free bologna. 

Inklings About Insecurity

I had shared with a few brothers of my anxiety and insecurity regarding ministry and one responded saying it was an example of humility; knowing my place with God at the centre. But I heard once that insecurity doesn’t reveal our humility but masks our pride. I believe that’s true. I don’t think the solution to insecurity is trying to give it value by calling it humility. Perhaps we should ask another question – Instead of “Am I good evangelist?” one can ask “Is the gospel of Christ being heard?” Take the emphasises off ourselves completely and put it on the glory of God. Perhaps. I think there is at least some merit in it. Though as always with issues of pride and heart – it is much easier said than done.

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Stories is our testimony ministry at HSM.  If you’d like to share your testimony on stage, in a video, or on the blog, you can email Hope at hopes@saddleback.com

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I love my church for doing things like this :D

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GAME: Classic Wiffle Ball

There’s a reason that the classic games have stuck around for so long. There’s weeks where I brainstorm and try to dream up new creative games to play only to have them flop hard.

The classics remain fun, competitive, and STUDENTS love them.

You can pick up a wiffle ball & bat combo for about $7 at your local sports equipment store, Make up your own rules depending on how many students you have.

We play that there are no outs. Everyone bats before you switch sides, and you keep pitching until the batter makes a hit. This way everyone hits the ball, everyone bats, and there’s less pressure to perform and all around more fun.

I give this game 5 HOME RUNS out of 5. Will play again.

Failure, Fear & Ministry

During high school I had a desire to see many come to know the sweet grace of Jesus. For years I had prayed, at times fasted, at times cried out to God for strength – and for years I saw no fruit to my labour. I can even point out times where I probably led people further away from God. Though I acknowledged my need for Him I remained weak. I made many mistakes of pride, of apathy and foolishness. I cringe at my past; filled with regret. Now again, this year, I return to my mission field. I return with fear, with my past heavy on me, with failure loud in my heart saying “I am not strong enough; I am too foolish; I lack leadership; I lack knowledge – I am totally and utterly insufficient, inadequate and inapt.”

I don’t really know what it means to lean on God. I don’t really know what it means to do something in His strength. I know what it means to reach the end of my ability and to fall. I know how much that hurts. But I’m going to have to trust that God’s going to come through for me. I’m going to have trust in Him with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding. This year is going to hurt, and it already is hurting. It’s a war before it’s even begun. But if God is for us who can be against us? And no weapon against us can prosper. 

I stand on God and His promises, on Christ and His salvation, on the Spirit and it’s power. I stand on His word. I stand leaning on my brothers and my sisters. Though I may fall, I will not fail. Not this time.