Open House

YouTurn Open House…for Parents & Students – New and Old!

We are excited about a new school year beginning! School means routines, learning, getting plugged back into youth group! We want to welcome everyone back by having an Open House. This is for any one who is interested in, currently attends or fell through the cracks and wants to climb back into YouTurn.

On August 30th, we will open the doors at 6 pm for all to come. There will be food and coffee for you to enjoy. Games will be played. Giveaways will be given away. Information will be shared about YouTurn.

We invite everyone, including parents, to join us for our weekly youth service afterward. We will be in our new series called, “How To Be Awesome”.


The Winds of Change

There are certain times in life when change is inevitable. Especially when you are growing up, change is a constant. As a parent, there are times I wish my children would slow down and quit growing, at lgulf-coast-sailing-club-spinnaker-sailboateast long enough for me to savor the moment. As you grow up there are seasons of change and seasons of calm. We like the seasons of calm most of the time, as long as we enjoy where we are, but then the winds of change start to blow. We get nervous, anxious, and uneasy because we don’t know what the future holds. Will this be a good change, bad change or a God change?

The scariest and most exciting changes for me are the God changes! It’s scary because I have read the Bible. I know that God calls his people to things bigger than ourselves,
bigger than we can handle. It makes us trust in Him because that’s the only way we will be able to accomplish the task. It’s exciting because I know that God wants the best for me and that He has my back. His grace is sufficient for the calling! He will take me much higher and further than I can ever hope, imagine and dream.

Just remember that in life as the winds of change start to blow, know that this did not sneak up of God. He knows your future. He knows what is ahead. He has prepared a way. His grace is sufficient. And that You Will Make It as long as you trust in God and His plan for you!

The Flight Of Life

A pilot flying in foggy weather relies on the gauges. He cannot see what is ahead. He trusts that the gauges are true. He focuses on them. He doesn’t look at the foggy sky and try to figure out where to go.

The same goes for us and God’s direction for our life. The journey of life is foggy. We can’t always see where we are going. The Bible is are set of gauges. Putting the Word in our hearts daily keeps us on course. On course for our intended destination. 
The pilot stays on course and eventually he breaks through the fog to the open skies.  It is then that he sees a glimpse of his next destination.  If not for the gauges, he could’ve ended up anywhere; a place he shouldn’t be or even worse, the side of a mountain.  He has to keep his eyes on the gauges and control the plane according to what the gauges say. 
In order to reach God’s intended destination for our lives we must stay focused on Him. Don’t look blindly into the fog. Focus on the Bible to guide our paths. Make choices and decisions based on what the Bible says. 
The flight of life does not have “auto pilot”. The gauges are there as a guide. We still have to fly the plane. 

James 1:22 Don’t just listen to God’s Word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 

Manhood Issues

There are a lot of issues with men today. The biggest issue I see is that men are not willing to be men and take responsibility for their lives or their families. Men have become passive, lazy, and living without any sense of purpose. Of course I’m talking in generalities. There are a lot of great men out there going above and beyond the stereotype and living out God’s purpose for their lives.

Manhood1In a society that is striving for gender equality, gender sameness and in my opinion, eliminating the gender tags all together, the concept of manhood has been greatly confused and almost lost completely. How are we as men to navigate the choppy, sometimes treacherous waters of living out our manhood? I think we have to go back to the beginning. What did God make man to be? What did God make man to do? I believe men were made to be doers, to be active, to be productive. Show me a man who is not productive and I will show you a man who will be getting in trouble soon! The Bible talks quite a bit about idle hands and laziness.

Genesis 2:15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

Man was never meant to be idle. Even in the Garden of Eden man had a job, to work it and take care of it.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

Any man not willing to add value to his family or community is not a real man. Now before some of you get stirred up, notice I said ‘willing’ to add value. I understand some people are physically unable to work but unless you are in a comma or out of your mind you are capable of adding value to others!

Too many men are takers. They use people for personal gain and gratification. These ‘men’ are boys. Boys are selfish. Boys can only see the short-term gratifications. Men know how to delay gratification. They know what it means to work hard for what you want in life. They know sacrifice.

Ephesians 5 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”

In Ephesians 5, Paul talks about what a real man looks like. He actually compares men to Christ. He shows us 5 things that a real men do.

#1- Real men Love
#2- Real men Sacrifice
#3- Real men provide Spiritual Leadership
#4- Real men provide for Physical Needs
#5- Real men provide for Emotional Needs

The calling of manhood is not for the faint of heart. Following in the footsteps of Jesus is a big task. As we rely on the power of the Holy Spirit that lives on inside of us and as we cast our care upon Him, we can not only survive but thrive as Godly men!

The Great Divide

We are starting a new series this week called The Great Divide. We will be separating the guys and the girls for the next 4 weeks. We will be discussing topics pertaining to the specific genders. I’m looking forward to talking to the guys about some Manhood issues; who did God make us and what are we to do with it?


Psalm 91

I love Psalm 91. It’s one of my favorite passages scriptures. It reminds me of how good God is to us. He makes several great promises to those who ‘live in the shelter of the Most High’ and ‘trust Him’.

Psalm 91

1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.

3 For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. 4 He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. 6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. 7 Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. 8 Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.

9 If you make the LORD your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, 10 no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. 11 For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. 12 They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. 13 You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

14 The LORD says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. 15 When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. 16 I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”

What are some benefits if we ‘make Him our Refuge’?

Promise- Isaiah 54:17 – Rescue From Evil

Vs 3- rescue you from every trap
Vs 10– no evil will conquer you

Promise- Isaiah 53:4-5 – Health/Healing

Vs. 3- protect you from deadly disease
Vs 10- no plague will come near your home

Promise- Protection

Vs 4- cover you, shelter you
Vs 11-12- Angels to protect, hold you up

Promise- Luke 10:19- Victory over the enemy

Vs 13- You will trample, you will crush

Anytime I’m feeling down and discouraged, I go to God’s word and let it encourage me.
Let God’s word encourage you every day!