Cletus Take the Reel
February 28, 2008, 2:22 pm
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Tim Hawkins is so funny.  He is one of my favorite comedians.  Last year, Hannah and I went to see him live at Southern Wesleyan University and I couldn’t stop laughing at him.  He was so funny.  I got a DVD of him and the teens love it.  This video should get you to laughing.  Sometimes we need to laugh.  It is good for us.



Why I’m in Youth Ministry Today
February 27, 2008, 3:09 pm
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Growing up my mom always said I would do something with my life to help people.  When she use to say that, she was thinking more on the lines of a fireman or policeman.  She may have miss what profession I was going to go into but she didn’t miss what I was called to do.  I have always had a heart for people.  In fact, I have had many encounters in my life where I had to give counsel to people.  I never would have thought I would be the one giving counsel.  Oh but God had different plans.  This started as and observation from my mom . Now the question is why I’m in the youth ministry today?  The answer to that is God and people.  God called me to this and here is how it happened.  
I grew up a pretty normal kid.  I did ok in school but I didn’t try my very best the whole time.  In high school though I had to kick it in gear and work really hard (I mean really hard. I had a learning disability that I had to work with).  In my 11th grade year of High School I accepted Christ as my savior and started to live for him.  Before then I was just a “good christian”, who went to church because my family went and I knew the difference from right and wrong but I really didn’t get Christ very well.  There was a lot people who really impacted my life to get me to realize that I needed to get my life straightened out.  I will name a few:  My family (especially my mom, mystep dad and my grandparents), my first youth leader (who saw so much in me), my old baseball coach (this guy went to my church and was real with me), and one of my best friend Jonathan (He is the one who really lead me to Christ because it was our talks late at Huddle House, which brought me to thinking about God and my life).  Then after I started living for Christ I found a different church which I would grow in Christ in.  The church was Denton Wesleyan Church.  At this church I really became involved in the youth group and many different areas of the church.  The senior pastor, Charles Moses, he lead me through discipleship.  He showed me things that I didn’t know needed to be fixed and how I need to live. His son Josh Moses really showed me how it was to be a follower of Christ and not be fake.  My best friend Chad James got plugged into Denton with me and we really grow in Christ together there.  The youth pastor there at first was Scott Simmons (He is the head of the youth department of the Wesleyan Church now.) and it was through watching him that I started dreaming of one day being a youth pastor.  Of course, I was like no I don’t want to be that because I wouldn’t make much money and my mom told me that too.  (That is funny to look back on).  Then Charlie Collins moved to the church and really impacted my life.  He let me lead worship and lead small group times.  This is where I really began to grow in my leadership.  So then I went to a youth convention in 2003 in Charolette, NC.  It was there that I experienced something I never have experienced before.  God revealed to me that I was called into the ministry.  So after I got back I told my family and they were supportive and I decided to go to Southern Wesleyan University to study for the ministry.  Wow! SWU was a different place.  Mostly for the good. I have never really been in a Christian school before but I really enjoyed meeting different people and dreaming together with several.  It was there that I started to date my wife Hannah.  We knew each other before SWU but we started really hitting it off there.  I really owe a lot to her because she has been a follower of Christ for a long time and I was just a young Christian and she taught me a lot.  She still teaches me stuff and I am sure she will continue to.  She is a great woman of God and is a great Children’s pastor.  I love her.  (She reads this!)  Kris Leroy was Hannah’s youth pastor back home and I meet him the summer I accepted Christ.  The summer after my first year at SWU, I decided to do an internship with him.  It was great.  I  got to lead youth group a lot.  He taught me all different types of things.  He showed me how God can use some goofy guy like me to impact students.  He has been my mentor ever since. After being at SWU for 2 years I ran into Matt Smith and started to help him at the church that I am at now.  He really showed me a lot and allowed me to dream with him.  I really enjoyed hanging out with him.  He left the church in 2007 and I took over the youth pastor position in June after he left.  It has been great so far and I really enjoy this church.  Warehouse students are some of the greatest students in the world.  
 
I know this is a super long post but this is a walk through how I became a youth pastor.
I owe everything to God and the people that helped me along the way and continue to help me now.  
 
Teenagers need people that they can turn to that are strong followers of Christ.  I want to be that person.  I want to impact their lives like people did for me.  I want to be used by God to help spread the gospel of Christ into teenagers lives and the lives in their homes.  I want to be used by God to reach the ends of the world.
 
How is God calling you to impact the world? 



Overnighter
February 26, 2008, 9:26 am
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This is so funny.  Youth pastors: this is for you.  There is now a music video out about the pain of lock-ins/overnighters.



Perfection? I am human.
February 25, 2008, 2:51 pm
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People: your poop does stink!  I don’t care what you try to tell me, I know it does. A lot of people have a lot of pride about who they are. For some, they think they have never done wrong and they are just fine where they are in life. Others think just because they go to church then they are going to make it to heaven. Understand this: we are all sinners.  I am a sinner.  The great thing is that we have a gift of grace that was given to us. I am now a sinner saved by grace.  We aren’t perfect but in Christ, we can be made perfect.  God calls us to a perfect life but we can’t live it on our own.  When we surrender our lives over to Christ, we are surrendering everything to him. That means he is now living in us.   1 Peter 1:15-16 (Msg) says “As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, “I am holy; you be holy.” I love this verse because it shows me that I can be made perfect through Christ.  I can live a life that is holy and blameless if, I repeat if, I truly surrender everything over to him.  That means dying to my selfish ways of living.  That means I am no longer over what I do with my life.



Jesus – Lonely?
February 21, 2008, 10:08 am
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This is something that I have never really thought of before.  Jesus being lonely?  It was the night of Jesus being arrested and taking off to be crucified.  He prayed in the garden and told his 3 favorite disciples (yep, Jesus had favorites) to pray and watch for him but they fell asleep.  Can you imagine what was going through his mind?  Maybe he was like this. Here I am fixing to die for the sins of the world and I can’t count on my closest friends to watch my back.  Then Judas comes into the scene and gives Jesus a kiss on the cheek.  (If it was me I would be mad that the dude kissed me but it was different back then.)  Judas showed the men that were there to arrest Jesus, which one he was.  Yep, he turned Jesus in for some money.  Jesus was betrayed by Judas.  Judas was one of his disciples.  One of his friends.  Jesus was probably heart broken.  He felt all alone.  Then they arrested him and then the disciples scattered leaving Jesus alone. If we look at Peter’s story we can see that he betrays Jesus three times by claiming not to know Jesus.  It is crazy to think about how lonely Jesus felt during this time.  In our lives, we have probably went through times when we felt all alone.  Jesus can relate.  Not only can he relate though but he can be there for us in those times.  Here are some times when we may feel all alone.  “your father left” – The Lord said “I will never leave you or forsake you”  Hebrews 13:5.  “your friend cheated” – “Jesus says peace I leave with you, my peace I give you” John 14:27.  “your brother/sister lied” – God is the God of compassion and the God of all comfort and he is here to comfort us 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. “a divorce that divided your parents” – In our weakness, the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express Romans 8:26.  I know for me in my life I have felt times of aloneness but God was there to comfort me.  Maybe you are lonely right now.  I encourage you to turn to Christ (who can relate with you) for comfort.



Outbreak – One of the best books I have ever read.
February 18, 2008, 3:20 pm
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I love reading now that I am out of college and I don’t have to read for class.  This is the first book that I read when I got out of college.  I love sharing Christ with others and Greg Stier shares his heart for it in this book.  He is gifted in evangelism.  If you are a youth pastor or anyone who would like to share your faith better and understand the book of Acts better then I would recommend you read this book.  Even though it is geared toward youth and how to reach them, I  think that it is a good book for a senior pastor to read.  It would help understand youth and maybe even your youth pastor better.



My FREE ipod Touch arrived!
February 18, 2008, 10:03 am
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 Most people don’t like to do things like this and I normally don’t but my friend insured me that it was for real.  Here is proof for those of you who questioned it.

  1. November 1, 2007: I sign up at http://www.youripodtouch4free.com under someone else’s referral link and printed off some pastage for free. My account was credited that same day.
  2. January 2, 2008: I put it on the web and started talking  to my friends about it.  Then I got my first referral.
  3. January 31, 2008: I completed my 8 referrals needed.
  4. February 7, 2008: My account was approved and I submit my order for the 16GB iPod Touch.
  5. February 8, 2008: The next day my iPod is shipped.
  6. February 14, 2008: My FREE 16GB iPod Touch arrived in the mail!

Here is some pictures for proof.  What is next for me? I am not sure but I am probably going for the iphone or cash.  If you want to get an ipod touch for free click here