I am more through Jesus Christ!

I want people to succeed in life. I would be overjoyed if every person who stepped into my church would receive Christ and live out the life in abundance that he has promised for them (John 10:10). I could only imagine a community where there were no marriage problems, no financial woes, no interpersonal problems, or people frustrated with their own lives. Unfortunately, this is not the case. I see it on the faces everywhere I go speak. People need hope that one day they will live the life that Christ died to give them! They hope that one day they will be able to declare, “I am more through Jesus Christ.”

The Bible makes the following clear:

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

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Youth is not wasted on the young

My career in ministry started at age 13. I had a wonderful elderly pastor who believed in me and instructed me in how to teach my peers. My first lesson was based on Adam and Eve, one of the few stories that I was familiar with.  21 years later, I’m blessed to be a pastor and am lucky enough to have found my calling.

However, not everything in life has been easy, even this religion thing. At 18 I remember being tired of the church and ministry. I was prepared to leave it all behind to live like everyone else. It just wasn’t worth it to me anymore.

I see a lot of young people in the same predicament. While some find an authentic and life changing experience in Christ, many are disillusioned with a religious system that leaves them empty and unfulfilled. Church is good, their parents love it, but in 5-10 years they will transition out of the church and live a life apart from Christ.

And my heart breaks for these youth.

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