January 25, 2010

Krave Conference

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I’ll likely be away from this blog for the next couple of weeks.  Our student ministry is hosting a youth ministry conference Feb. 5-6.  Which means my to do list is quite lengthy.

You can keep up w/ Krave through twitter or facebook.

It’s going to be a great weekend.  We have churches from all across the state (Oxford, Starkville, Median, Vicksburg, Hattiesburg & all parts in between) taking part in Krave.

If you want to register your teen or youth group check out

January 21, 2010


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As usual Marshall Ramsey nailed it w/ his cartoon.

If you don’t follow BanjoIsADog, Marshall’s dog, on twitter you are missing out.

January 20, 2010

Student Worship Preview

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Tonight, it’s week 2 of The Battle Within.  Here’s the rundown of the service:

Song List: Sing, Sing, Sing, Freedom is Here, Cannons, & Revelation Song
Speaker: Hunter Clark, our youth ministry intern & a M.C. student
Bible Study overview: Every time you’re tempted, your confidence in God is at stake, not just your self-control.  Scripture references Matthew 4:1-4, Deuteronomy 8:2-3, Deuteronomy 8:11-14.

Plus, something that may result in me looking for a new job tomorrow morning.  Pray that a certain someone laughs rather than screams.

You can check out the service on YouVersion Live.

January 18, 2010

To the cowards who broke into my truck

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To the kids who broke into my truck this morning,

I’m not over what happened (isn’t that obvious by this blog’s title?), but I do hurt for you.  Satan is winning in your life.  His 1 purpose for your life is to destroy it (John 10:10) & you have chosen his way over God’s way.

While you were breaking into my truck (& the other car) I was praying for you.  Crazy, huh?  I feel the same.

I prayed for adults & churches to invest into the lives of children & teens.  I’m guessing that you haven’t had a ton of that, but I also bet that you’ve run from those who have attempted to lead you down a better path.

I feel violated by you.  I’ve spent the rest of my day worrying about what could have been, getting locks replaced, repairing my vehicle, & a spending $ on variety of other things that are a result of your selfish act.

Your mistakes (sin) affects so many more people than you realize.  Your act of selfishness has hurt me directly today.  Your decision to steal/& whatever else doesn’t just impact you, but everyone in your community.

Why live this way?  On a day when we honor Dr. King.  A man who gave his life for others.  You “honor” him by taking from others.  He valued others above himself.  You value you above all others.

I pray that God will convict you of your selfish desires & your heart will become open to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

My day

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This morning I particiapted in a prayer breakfast honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  I was graciously asked to come and offer a prayer for the youth of our country.

The location of the event was very special to me.  It was held at what is now the Amazing Institutional Church of God and Christ.  However, until the mid 1990s it was the location of where Parkway Baptist met.  Parkway is where I was saved, baptized, & called to ministry.  My childhood memories of church/faith are associated w/ this location.

The breakfast was held in the gym/Christian Life Center.  As I sat on stage memories of lock-ins, youth rallies, & basketball games flooded my mind.

The breakfast went as planned.  I stumbled through my prayer.  It ended w/ the Amazing’s pastor praying & encouraging each of us to serve others.  It was a great morning.

Then I entered the parking lot.

My truck was parked in the middle of a lot filled w/ hundreds of cars.  As I opened the front door I quicly realized that it had been broken into.  It was a mess.  One of the back windows had been knocked out.  Thankfully, they didn’t steal my vehicle (they tried, but weren’t succesful).

I was/am filled w/ anger, rage, sadness, etc.



The criminals who broke into my truck (& into another car in the same parking lot) are examples of the result of sin in our lives.  We covet.  We are selfish.  Greed conquers us.  We serve our own desires.

Not much has changed since Genesis 3.

I know the answer to the problem is Jesus.  But how do we help people who don’t want to be helped?

I do know that my prayer for the youth was not in vain.  Based on the evidence I’m guessing it was a couple of young teenagers who did the damage.  Had I known what was going down in the parking lot while I prayed, I would have prayed a bit more earnestly.

I do appreciate the quick response of the Jackson Police Department.  They couldn’t have performed their task any better.

January 13, 2010

No Student Worship Tonight

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 11:50 am

Due to the water problems in downtown Jackson, FBCJ offices & the CLC will be closed Wednesday, January 13. All Wednesday night activities at our Downtown Campus and West Campus have been canceled.

January 12, 2010

Payin’ Your Tithe

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Tension in Scripture

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Want to hear the best sermon I’ve ever heard on the tension between God’s sovereignty & free will?

Click here.

The sermon was preached by Matt Chandler, the lead pastor of The Village Church in Dallas. He preached this sermon on January 2.  I highly recommend subscribing to the church’s podcast.

January 11, 2010

This is why you don’t fight ugly people

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January 8, 2010

Friday Five

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  1. Why Ask Why by Seth
  2. How Different Generations See Work by Ben
  3. A Decade of Changes Part 1 & Part 2 by Tim
  4. Potential = Purity by Mark
  5. What If Target Operated Like A Church by Tony
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