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Monthly Archives: April 2009

I think we can all agree that most people don’t have a problem falling in love with Jesus. Come on – when you understand who He is, what He’s done and His love, you can’t help but love Him. I’m convinced that young people in church love Jesus. When I go to youth rallies and I see them lift up their hands and praise the Lord and scream for Jesus, I know they love Jesus. When I see them come forward at a youth day crying to give their lives to the Lord, I know they love Jesus.

Although Jesus is popular today, His church is not. Many people have negative feelings about the church and it’s members.  Young people for a large part seem to have problems with the church as well. I had a conversation with a really intelligent teenager recently and she helped me understand some of it. She expressed that what young people see the church to be is a group of adults fighting for positions, engaging in politics, gossiping and not really doing anything meaningful. I have to be honest – I agree with her for the most part.

With that said, I still love the church and I think young people can as well. Why you ask – because I love the picture of the church that Jesus gave us – a caring community and an unstoppable force to make a difference in the lives of those who are hurting. Imagine if we became known for how much we loved each other and how much we help others. Well I think my dream can be a reality (and is in some places). I love that.

Here’s what I believe – young people can help us reclaim the church that looks like the one Jesus talked and showed us. They are hungry for community and seek caring relationships. They want to and believe they can make a difference in this world. You see sometimes adults talk about serving, teach about serving, pray about serving others but don’t serve. Youth just go out and serve. Imagine if the church became known for being the people who were always out helping others no matter the cost.

Wouldn’t that be great….I love that church!

This video was an interview by Pastor Donald Rolle, Park Hill SDA, of a young man who is homeless. We thought we were going to be a blessing to him but as you listen you realize, we were blessed by him.