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MARK 10:13-16

“People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.”‭‭Mark‬ ‭10:13-16 

When we started our vbs preparations these verses set our foundation. Personally these words of Jesus really was my biggest motivator and gave me purpose and drive for this vbs. Today was the last day, we finished strong and I believe we walked out these verses and brought them to life. 

In our ending service we had a time where I shared the gospel with all the kids and asked if they wanted to accept Jesus in their lives and receive salvation. Almost every single kid raised their hand. The staff team got in a line and prayed over each kid and welcomed them to the Kingdom. 

From the bottom of my heart this was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever witnessed. As I was explaining to the kids what just happened and what this meant to God I couldn’t help but cry. Tears of joy were rolling down my face because I couldn’t help but rejoice in what god has done. 

I truly believe that God did something special. He has planted seeds, called His children home and brought them into a loving relationship. This made absolutely everything worth it. That moment was what we all worked so hard for this week, to witness salvation and see the gospel and love of Jesus shower these children. Praise God for what He has done! 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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OH HAPPY DAY

If you know me you will now that I am most definitely not a morning person by any means. I just don’t do mornings. People call me an owl because I’m more alive at 3am at night than anytime in the day. I literally sometimes think I’m nocturnal. 

But being the director for vbs this year I have to be at church earlier than I would usually like. I try to get there by 7:45 each morning. These past couple days mornings were a struggle and I would be pretty grumpy and groggy when I got to church. But today was very different. 

I woke up a little past 6 am (which is when I sometimes go to bed lol) and I felt great. I got ready while singing and worshipping and set off for my day. I was all smiles and happiness this morning during our staff meeting and getting things prepared. The reason I think this was the case is because I absolutely love doing vbs. 

Walking into an empty church, knowing that in a few hours the halls and rooms will be filled with God’s children ready to learn about Him. Knowing the quietness will soon be interrupted with rejoicing sounds of laughter and worship really excites me. 

How could I not be filled with joy and excitement? There’s a particular song from our vbs this year that wouldn’t depart from my mind or lips this morning. 

It is a happy day knowing that the day will be filled with children meeting and encountering the living God. What a way to start the day, with anticipation and expectations knowing God will do something amazing. 

I saw God today. 

Did you? 

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SUN UP TO SUN DOWN

I was at church from 7:45am til 9:30pm today. VBS was finished around 2ish and I need to come back to church anyways for Refresh tonight at 7 so I just decided to stay at church, take a little nap there and then prepare before Refresh. 

Overall it was an amazing day. VBS went really well. Yesterday we had some struggles and challenges but today was great, couldn’t have asked for more. Refresh was also a great time. We all spent time on our own going through scripture finding stories and verses that spoke into our current lives and circumstances. It was a great way to be in scripture as well as be vulnerable to share with one another how we were all doing. 

Even though I was at church all day, was tired and a bit exhausted, I loved it. Days like today I’m reminded this is what I love. Being in the house of the Lord, serving the Kingdom and being with the Father and other brothers and sisters in Christ. This is what I want to do for the rest of my life and I’m glad that’s exactly what I will be doing. 

I saw God today. 

Did you? 

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WHEN PRAYERS BECOME REALITY

I can’t believe it’s already been 4 weeks since we have been preparing for our VBS. It has been a long and busy 4 weeks but honestly a really enjoyable time. God gave me a true conviction from the beginning of preparation, I do the best of my ability on my part and have faith and trust in God and He will do the rest. That was our big prayer topic during or vbs prayer meetings, fully trusting in God to work in the hearts of our kids and parents so His children can take one step closer to Him. Another big prayer point we’ve been praying about was for this vbs to be a ministry and bridge to spread the gospel to kids who God really desires to have a relationship with. 

One thing I haven’t been focusing on at all was the number of attendees. To be honest I was convicted from the beginning that I will give it my all if it’s for 1 kid or for 100. The number didn’t matter. But through that I believe God moved and revealed that He is wanting to do the unexpected. 

Just about a month ago I was expecting about 15 kids to be at our vbs. Due to busy schedules and people being out of town a lot of our kids can’t come to our vbs. But through the grace of God He has opened opportunities for other kids in the community to register for our vbs and now we are expecting over 30 kids. That’s crazy. 

There are these two brothers in my children’s ministry who I really really wanted to come to vbs since they have never attended before. I thought it would be a great experience for them and would be a huge stepping stone in their faith. But their dad told me a month or so ago that they will be going to Korea right after school is out so they couldn’t come. 

But randomly last Sunday their dad came up to me and said He’s really been contemplating about pushing back their flight so their kids could come and he said he would get back to me. This morning I woke up to an email from him saying that they will be going to Korea on a later date so they could attend vbs. Praise God!! 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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PASSION CONFIRMED

With VBS right around the corner my sermon this morning was focused on the faith of our children. Since Wednesday as I was meditating on the story of David and Goliath (which was what my message was on) God continued to really touch and move my heart. He continued to reveal to me throughout the week what message He wanted to share with our congregation. 

My initial calling into ministry and the passion that drove me into wanting to serve the Kingdom was because of the younger generation. God has always put this passion within me for the younger generation. I have this deep rooted conviction that God views all people, all ages as His children. When I see a child I don’t see a child, rather an instrument of God, whom He desires to move in and through. 

This passion and conviction of mine was confirmed once again to me personally during my sermon today. As I was preaching about the importance of faith within our children and how God moves through His children I was reminded of my passions. This was really needed for me, especially during this busy time of preparing for VBS. It was needed to be reminded that I am serving God out of passion not responsibility or burden. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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DUMPLINGS

Today was our final day of VBS decorations! I was at church from 2-9 with other brothers and sisters and we finally completed all of our decorations. It was a long, exhausting and busy day but a successful one. After about 3 weeks we have finished and it feels great. 

I left church and was on my way to drop someone off when one of our church members who is a close family friend gave me a call. She knew I was home alone since my family is in Chicago over the weekend. It was almost 10 but she told me to come over to their house. To be honest I was a little tired and wanted to go home but I went anyways and boy am I glad I went. 

Their family and I spent about an hour making dumplings today for a late night snack. It was super fun and ultimately super delicious. The whole time was filled with laughter and great conversation. 

As I was over at their home I couldn’t help but be thankful and joyful. Thankful that through the relationships God has allowed I have people who I can call family. People who I can encounter God’s love through and with. Church really is a beautiful place where special relationships are able to be formed all through God’s love. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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BEHIND THE SCENES

It’s officially our third week of doing vbs decorations. We have been meeeting every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for these past weeks doing these decorations. Each day we have been spending about 5 hours getting things done. Since I’ve been at church so much doing decorations I’ve been asked by countless number of people why we are spending so much time decorating for vbs, why we are doing it so ahead of time, why we are focusing so much on decorations. 

The answer that continues to pop up in my head is “why not?” Why not spend hours and days into preparing something for our children. Why not give our time and energy to put value in this ministry. Why not? 

A lot hit me today while I was doing decorations. The reality is, the hours we put cutting things out, taping things up etc. won’t really be noticed. Some of the things that take so much time don’t even look like a big deal. But it doesn’t matter, it’s the heart that goes behind it all. Honestly if we were doing all this for applause and human eyes we wouldn’t be able to do it, point blank. But the only reason we do what we are doing is for the Kingdom of God. Period. 

This experience is helping me be appreciative of all the people that serve God and the church behind the scenes. A lot of times it’s us the pastors who get the appreciation and attention. But the reality is for us to be able to do our job we need others like secretaries, prayer teams, media team, janitors etc. God has really been leading me to being thankful and noticing all the people who serve that goes unnoticed. For one part of the body to move we need the other parts. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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PROUD MOMENTS

One of the biggest blessings in being at one church for all my life and serving at my home church is having the opportunity and privilege to grow with others through the years and witness growth in others. These people who I call my congregation are not just my church members but family, my brothers and sisters in Christ. Especially the youth kids, I’ve seen mostly all of them grow since they were in children’s ministry, and today we had graduation service sending off our high school seniors who all have a special place in my heart. All throughout today’s service I felt more than a proud leader but a proud older brother to see my younger siblings completing one chapter and moving on to the next. 

  • Seeing them stand before the congregation as young men and women of God I could see how much they have grown. Throughout their years in youth group they have been molded by the hands of God to fit into the identity He has created them. 
  • One of our youth boys who truly is like a blood brother to me sang the offering song with his mom. It brought tears to my eyes to see him worshipping God along side his mom in closing this chapter of his life.
  • Also during the service we had a time to promote our VBS. We had our body worship team come on stage and perform one of the VBS songs. As I sat there watching I couldn’t help but feel so proud of my team. 

These moments are what ministry is all about. Pouring into the lives of others to draw them closer to God and bring growth. Days like today I’m truly blessed and thankful God gives me the countless opportunities to serve Him and my brothers and sisters in Christ. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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HAPPY WORKER

We had a graduation party at church today for all our high school graduates in youth group. It was a great time of fellowship and enjoying each other’s company. After the celebrations we did vbs decorations with everyone that is volunteering. But we had one kid help who actually can’t make it during vbs, but through him I was really blessed. 

The AC was not working today at church. It couldn’t have been a worse day, with it being over 80 and extremely humid. Inside of the church felt even worse. I tried to stay positive as possible but I was nonstop sweating and I found myself even complaining. 

But through it all that one boy was smiling for the whole 5+ hours he was helping out. The reality is he didn’t even have to be there, he didn’t have to help. But out of the kindness in his heart and his desire to serve God he was giving it his everything. 

Constantly he would come up to me and ask what more he could do. That attitude really was inspiring and encouraging to me. God gave me conviction through him today. Conviction to always be optimistic and be joyful in all circumstances serving God.

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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MOMMA’S BOY


Today’s Mother’s Day was very special for me personally. I had the opportunity to deliver two sermons pertaining to mothers. Through the messages god has given me I received so much conviction and God truly helped me to open my eyes and see my mom for who He has made her to be. 

For the sermons I had to do a lot of preparation going through the Bible and studying what scripture tells us about mothers. Through all this God has taught me a lot. To be honest my mom and I really close but with that intimacy comes with a lot of ups but also downs. I’m guilty of taking my mom for granted and not being as appreciative as I need to be. 

But through today’s sermons God reminded me that I really wouldn’t be the same person I am today if it wasn’t for her. The truth is she has played such a pivotal role in my faith. It’s through her I even had the chance to have a foundation of faith and to know God. And it’s through her I experience God’s sacrificial and selfless love every day. 

I really hope and pray that this change of heart I have received today follows with me. I want to continue loving her the way she loves me. I desire to appreciate her as a true blessing that God has given me in my life even though I’m so undeserving. 

I saw God today. 

Did you? 

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