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GUEST POST FROM 16-YEAR OLD, DANIEL RIGGS

1 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch.
2 The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will give.

I love my generation. Unfortunately, my generation is more often than not characterized by what we do wrong than what we do right. That’s probably well deserved. It seems like my generation has lost sight of eternity, and focused in on the here and now. Many of us are living like there won’t be a tomorrow, and there definitely won’t be an eternity, so they think they’ve got to “live it up” as much as possible now.

Obviously, that mindset leads to a lot of sin, and a lot of selfishness. One morning, as I was praying for a friend who’s seemingly lost all sight of eternity, God showed me these verses. He showed me that there is hope for a generation that seems lost. I pray each day, as Isaiah did, that my generation’s righteousness and salvation will shine brightly for all the world to see. Just like Isaiah’s heart was heavy for the people of Jerusalem, God has burdened my heart for the people of Woodstock, and the U.S., and across the globe.

I believe there’s hope for my generation- for each and every student to believe whole-heartedly in the Gospel, and allow it to take over their lives. But before that happens, we have to tell them the Gospel.

Daniel Riggs.
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YOU HAVE A CHOICE

Matt Lawson —  January 4, 2012 — Leave a comment

We have a billion choices everyday. What to eat. What to wear. What time to get up. What TV shows to watch. The list could go on forever.

Of all the choices that we make, most of them seem pretty small and insignificant. Wearing a red shirt instead of a blue shirt hardly seems significant. But what if our little decisions actually made a huge impact? What if the little choices we make ended up being huge?

When it comes to changing the world, of all the people that I’ve studied and interviewed, one common theme is that they all had a choice.  They had a choice of how to spend their time, how to invest their money, and how to treat people. They could have spent their money on something else. They could have invested their time in other activities. They could have treated people completely different. They had a choice. And so do you.

Changing the world is a choice. It is not reserved for the few. It is not reserved for only the rich. It is not reserved only for the creative or brilliant. Changing the world is reserved for those that make the choice.

Today you have the same choice. You can choose to invest in things that will make a huge impact. You can choose to execute on that idea you dream of starting.  You can choose to put it off (again) until tomorrow.

You can choose.

You have the choice.

GUEST POST: Greg Darley is a social entrepreneur with Backstage Impact, frequent speaker at events, and founder of BackstageLeadership.org. He is the author of Passion Is Not Enough. Greg graduated from Clemson University, has his Master’s from Liberty Theological Seminary and is a graduate of BreakPoint’s Centurion Program, a Biblical worldview training program with Chuck Colson. He lives in Greenville, SC with his wife and two kids. He can be reached at GregDarley.com.

 

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Love emails like this. Got this from one of our HSM staffers this morning. Hey Revolutionaries…you’re not alone. Keep leading and loving and inviting!!!

Matt,
Valeria Lobo is one of my 9th grade Sunday School girls, and she goes to River Ridge High School.  She has caught the vision and is acting upon what it means to live the Kingdom Life.
 
The night that we put all of the post-it notes to show the church to unchurched ratio in our area, rather than taking one or two post-it notes to write an unsaved friend’s name on, she took an entire pack of them.  She put all of the post-it notes up on her wall in the shape of a cross with a circle around it.  She decided that for every friend she brings to church who gets saved, she would put a different colored post-it note in a basket in her room.  Before the last Freedom event, she invited her entire lunch table to come.  Three kids came, and two of them got saved at the event!  She was so excited!  She now has two different colored post-it notes in her basket. 
 
This past week she invited a guy friend who she goes to school with to Epicenter.  He had never been to a church before.  He went down front to pray at the alter that night.  When she asked him how he liked church, he simply said that he “felt loved” that night.   Very cool! 
 
Last Sunday she saw the invite cards that Pastor Johnny encouraged us to give to someone.  She didn’t take just one.  She decided to take a stack of them.  On Saturday she didn’t have anything to do, so she decided to walk around her neighborhood and give out the cards to her neighbors. 
 
We ate lunch together on Sunday, and she decided that she wanted to come back to church on Sunday night for the invite service.  She went through our list of 9th grade girl inactives to see who all she knew.  She picked out 8 girls that she knows, but 4 that she specifically wanted to visit.  We visited the four girls, and then she asked me if we could go to Arbor View neighborhood because she had several unchurched friends that lived there.  We ended up going to 5 different houses to invite girls!  In total, we went to 9 different houses to invite girls.   
 
During the 9th grade retreat Girl’s Panel, several questions came up about what is okay to do with a boy.  We discussed how once the door is opened, it is easier to fall more and more into sin.  While we were in the car last night she said, “You know Jordan Lee how at 9th grade retreat during the girl’s panel ya’ll talked about how once you take the first step its easier to take the second step and the third step?  Well its the same way with inviting people to church.  Once you invite the first person its easier and easier to invite more and more people.”
 
I am consistently blown away by Valeria and all she is allowing God to do through her for the Kingdom.  She is so humble!  She does nothing to impress others, but knows that this is just what she needs to do!
Jordan Lee

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Revolution Speaks is undertaking a writing project to narrate the stories of everyday student revolutionaries.

  • STUDENT PASTORS/STAFF – do you have a student(s) you would recommend that could write a 250-500 word of their journey of living revolutionary?
  • STUDENTS – have a story that could encourage other students who feel like they’re on an island and need to know they’re not alone?
  • PARENTS - is your son/daughter living uncommon for Jesus?

If you or someone you know would be interested in participating in this project by writing a 250-500 word chapter, please email matt@revolutionrising.net. Details for what we are looking for are below.

GUIDELINES:
1. 250-500 words in length
2. Share your story of revolution:
- could be one courageous moment
- could be a ministry you started
- could be sharing the gospel with a friend or friends
who got saved
- could be the story of inviting a friend to church who
got saved
- could be the story of you starting a bible study/prayer
group/worship gathering
- could be someone you’ve shared the gospel with
- could be something revolutionary in your journey of
faith (read through the bible, weekly ministry, etc)
- GAP year experience
- could be your journey of loving Christ without many
Christian friends around you that share the same pursuit
3. The audience for this book is teenagers. You’re narrating
your story to other students who need and want encouragement that they are not
alone in their pursuit of Christ and they can in fact live revolutionary in
spite of being seemingly alone.

If you believe you have a story to add that could encourage other students, please write a 1-2 sentence description of what you would include and email it to matt@revolutionrising.net. We may use your story in this book.

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Label me. It’s a fact. I’m all about the numbers. I want more students than we had last year…

  1. because 95 out of 100 students on every school campus in my city don’t know Christ
  2. because greater than 90% of 100,000 people in a 5 mile radius of our church are unchurched
  3. because more than 90% of Christians don’t share their faith
  4. because Matthew 24:14 is Truth
  5. because found people find people
  6. because Jesus always deserves more
  7. because lost people matter to Jesus
  8. because we have hope in death
  9. because we have purpose in chaos
  10. because we have life in tragedy
  11. because we have understanding in abuse
  12. because we have wealth in poverty
  13. because we have joy in suffering
  14. because we have a Father when there is no father
  15. because we have the meaning when everyone around says there is none
  16. because the mission of God is greater than any other cause and demands my surrender
  17. because in Him is life and life abundantly
  18. because the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off (Acts 2:39)
  19. because that day there were added about three thousand souls (Acts 2:41)
  20. because the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved (Acts 2:47)
  21. because we can’t stop speaking about what we have seen and heard (Acts 4:20)
  22. because multitudes of men and women were constantly added to their number (Acts 5:14)
  23. because at this time while the disciples were increasing in number (Acts 6:1)
  24. because the word of God kept on spreading and the number of disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem (Acts 6:7)
  25. because a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith (Acts 6:7)
  26. because many who had been paralyzed and lame were healed (Acts 8:7)
  27. because they were preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans (Acts 8:25)
  28. because he kept preaching the gospel to all the cities until he came to Caesarea (Acts 8:40)
  29. because the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria continued to increase (Acts 9:31)
  30. because all who lived at Lydda and Sharon turned to the Lord (Acts 9:35)
  31. because it became known all over Joppa and many believed in the Lord (Acts 9:43)
  32. because the hand of the Lord was with them and a large number who believed turned to the Lord (Acts 11:21)
  33. because considerable numbers were brought to the Lord (Acts 11:24)
  34. because the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied (Acts 12:24)
  35. because nearly the whole city assembled to hear the word of the Lord (Acts 13:44)
  36. because the word of the Lord was being spread through the whole region (Acts 13:49)
  37. because they preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples (Acts 14:21)
  38. because the churches were increasing in number daily (Acts 16:5)
  39. because a large number of the God-fearing Greeks and a number of the leading women were persuaded (Acts 17:4)
  40. because all who lived in Asia heard the word of the Lord (Acts 19:10)
  41. because how many thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed (Acts 21:20)
  42. because He ordered us to preach to the people and to testify that He is the one appointed by God to judge over the living and the dead (Acts 10:42)

If that’s what being “all about the numbers means”…then yep, I’m all about the numbers, just like Jesus and the apostles. I want more…

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THE FOLLOWING WAS WRITTEN BY 8th GRADER, ABBY HOENSTINE 

this title is confusing. please read this & let me explain.

i saw Never Say Never tonight. great movie. & i really respect the biebs. but one thing i noticed through the whole movie was these girls that were so emotionally attached to him. how attached i was by the end. there were girls crying their eyes out because they had the chance to be in the same place as him. how moved they were because they got to be a billion feet away from him. 

now i’m not saying i’d do all that for justin, but i would definitely not do it for God. which is so so so wrong. i have this opportunity to spend all of my time in the world with the Creator of life & music itself. but i give Him maybe an hour a day. i’d give justin bieber so much more. i went to the jonas brothers concert a few years ago & sat about 3/4 of the way back & i cried for 3 songs. i get up close & personal with Jesus, who thought my time & love was to die for, & i rarely ever am moved to tears. 

i was so convicted by this movie. God is inexpressibly better & higher & more worthy of worship & praise & adoration than biebs or anyone else of this world. but i don’t treat His Love or His Word or His Time that way. all i’m saying is that i wanna be so much more of a Believer in God than a bielieber of anything in this world.

What is it about things and people in our culture that creates a cult-like following while Christ rarely gets the same adoration…even by believers? Your thoughts?

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USA Today ran a great article this week highlighting this generation’s social consciousness to change the world. Read ‘We Generation’: Tweens volunteer, start non-profits

HIGHTLIGHTS OF THE ARTICLE:

  • Even Tweens (8-14 yr olds) are starting their own non-profits to impact culture according to their passion
  • This generation is identified as “the most socially aware generation ever”
  • Teens and Tweens have a drive to change the world but need direction, guidance, and support to be globally and socially responsible
  • Parents play a major role in raising and supporting Tween/Teen world changers
  • Check out a few of the Tween World Changers www.katieskrops.com, www.lemonaidwarriors.com, www.tweensummit.com, www.goodygoodies.org

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

 

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Student Pastors and parents, what do you say? Students, you’re welcome to answer as if you are answering for yourself or for your friends.

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If you’ve lost hope in this generation of students, keep reading. The thank you note below was sent from a family that was served by a group of students recently. No big deal? These students didn’t serve this family because a youth pastor planned an “outreach event.” They found the family themselves. They asked how they could help. And they did it.

And by the way, they do it every single Saturday.

Here’s hope…

We were so blessed to have had such a wonderful group of young adults in our home today. Your caring, and thoughtfulness made such an impression on me, Randy and the girls. We are trying our hardest to raise Godly girls and you girls were a perfect example of what we strive for. The young men in your group also set an example of how Godly young men should act. Living in a city like Atlanta where Godliness is not always evident, you young adults brought a refreshing glimpse of what we are seeking to teach our children to be like! Your respect for each other, manners, and love for OUR LORD truly brought a blessing to me. THANK YOU!

With the food you brought I was able to do some “ahead cooking” so that on Sundays we have food ready to put in the microwave, as we dont like to do house work or cooking. Now I have a freezer full of spaghetti, vegetable turkey soup, and tacos.

The housework you did was amazing, and as thankful for that as I am, I am so much more thankful to know that we share a faith and that you are my brothers and sisters. I don’t even know the words to express how much you guys touched me and my family.

Please keep praying for us and especially Megan as she is struggling to find a reason to believe in our God.

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Last week I blogged this note that was posted on Facebook by one of our students.  From that one note something that may be described as the similance of an awakening has begun with some of our students (it has extended beyond our community as well – see this note from a student in Alabama who read the note). Students have been openly declaring radical abandonment to all things except Christ. From that note, a ministry was birthed by students that they are calling RAD Ministries (short for radical, meaning radical abandonment). Their vision is to serve a community with the love of Christ by meeting any need they can meet.  Today, they were randomnly (meaning Providentially) featured on the radio.  Here is a note from the guy who called into the radio station.

Hey guys!

Ok so Rad Ministries has only been here for like a week and God is already doing GREAT stuff in just a week! I just wanted to let yall know the great opportunity we had today!
So this morning on way to work, the FISH was raising money to help the ppl in Haiti from the Earthquake that has killed thousands and thousands of ppl without a home, much less food… Rad Ministries made a small contribution to this cause which intrigued the FiSH ppl. At first I called and let them know tht the donation was on behalf of Rad Min and they asked me to give them more details about our ministry and how and when we started–they were astonished that we had just started like a week ago. Then They announced Rad Min at around 910am this morning once thanking Rad Min for its contribution. At around 1230 today, I get a call from Parks Stamper, who is the host person at the FISH asking me if she could play the recording of when they were asking me about our ministry and how its helping ppl… THIS WAS AMAZING!!!! God is getting the word out there! As soon as that happened, I get an email from her with Prayer Request for something that we could perhaps help in.

I am forwarding you what Park Stamper from the FISH said in the email–I ask that you pray for this family.

We are super PUMPED about this and see how God is really moving through this new ministry! God is moving greatly and you can be a part.

1 John 3:16

See Yall Saturday at warehouse 10:30am if u can!
SB
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From: Parks Stamper (parks@thefishatlanta.com)
You may not know this sender.Mark as safe|Mark as junk
Sent: Thu 1/14/10 5:31 PM
To: santiago09@hotmail.com

Hi Santiago,
First thank you and your ministry for helping Haiti. This is an email from the listener with car trouble. Pray for them and see if this may be something you want to help out with.
Thanks again,
Parks Stamper

________________________________

From: Randy Hilliard [mailto:raistlehoff@gmail.com]
Sent: Thu 1/14/2010 11:13 AM
To: Parks Stamper
Subject: prayer request

I’m not sure who to send this to, or even where to begin. My wife and I have three girls, two of which are diagnosed with epilepsy, and one also autism. I currently have two part time jobs that maybe bring $260 a week. My car has not been running for a couple of months, and we’ve only had my wife’s to get by on. It has been in need of work and we were hoping to get by until our tax refund comes in.
The problem and what we really need prayers for is my wife dropped me off at work and the car wouldn’t go. It will crank, but not go into any gear. Soooo, she is stuck here with me, and our youngest gets out of school at 2:30, then 3:00 for the middle and 3:45 for the oldest. Not to mention the middle has a doctor’s appointment at 4.
All we have this week is $100 so far and that is for a $90 power bill.
I just don’t know what to even do. If I don’t work today, we won’t have money, and we can fix it when we get taxes. If you could just say a prayer for us that would be wonderful.
My wife’s name is Missa and her number is 678-499-8955
Thank you for just listening.

Isaiah 40:31