WEEKLY MESSAGE FROM AARON
Happy Monday y'all!
I hope that you are all having a great start to your week. I am really looking forward to Skating on Saturday. Here is the info...
WHO: You and all of your friends
WHERE: Rollercade 223 Recoleta Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216
WHEN: THIS Saturday, Feb 1st, 2-4pm
COST: $12 plus any snack money you want to bring
We are going to have a great time. There will also be forms to begin to sign up for our Winter Retreat at the Ranch. That is Feb 21st-23rd and the cost is $60. If you bring a friend then you and your friend save $10 each. So get those friends to come along for a fantastic weekend at the Ranch!
CALLING ALL PARENTS!
Would any of y'all, mom's, in particular, be able/ willing to come and be a sponsor for the retreat weekend? The main responsibility for you would be to love on the students, make sure they aren't getting into trouble. Hang out. You would not have to lead anything. Please let me know if you can help serve our students that weekend. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I'm happy to help! And thank all of you for considering.
This week we read through Eph chapter 2. Again, I want to complement y'all for being so diligent to get through an entire chapter of study together. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, y'all are awesome!
In Chapter 2 we see Paul looking at a before and after for all of Christ's believers. Last week I asked y'all to come up with something, an activity, or a gift that you felt defined you. That you find your identity in.
This week I asked for you to look back and see if you could find a moment when you realized that you had that gift. What was the moment when you realized that you had talent in, or was good at something. Some of us had answers, others didn't yet, and that is okay. It is good to look back to see just how far we have come.
Quick side note, don't look back and dwell. That consumption of "what if's" can be very paralyzing. What we are doing here is looking back to claim victory in what Christ has done in our lives. What He has saved us from.
Here is a quick list of our lives before Christ...
Under God's curse
Doomed because of our sin
Loved by God but we reject his love in the greatest blessing in Christ
And here is a quick list of our lives after Christ...
Loved by God, rejoicing in all the great things Christ has done.
Seated with Christ in Glory
Given undeserved favor
Spiritually alive in the Holy Spirit
This week as you are in class and at home or hanging with your friends. Think about your own journey. How did you get there? Do you feel God's love, grace, freedom, and hope for you and all of your tomorrows? What is keeping you from fully embracing and letting go of your angst?
The truth is we love to make all of those things huge, humongous, insurmountable, the villain of all villains in our minds. Some times it feels easier to just say, I can't win. We don't have to do anything else to move forward then.
The real truth is you're right, we can't win. Jesus has already won for us. Hallelujah! Give those worries over, give your hearts over to the One who has a plan to prosper you, to make you whole, to heal all of your scars, to delight you in his mercy. Again, not by what we can do, but by what He has already done for all of us. Say I do to God this week and see the blessings that you may even be missing come to light in a miraculous way.
It can be scary. Pray. Pray for each other. I am praying for all of you. Have a fantastic week and I will see you on Saturday at the Rollercade. Roll on!!
Love and Prayers,
The FOSA Youth Ministry is dedicated to building discipled followers of Jesus Christ. We strive to foster understanding, love and humility in our students so that they may serve the Lord to the best of their abilities.
By giving our students the tools to understand God's word for themselves and providing them with opportunities to serve their community and world at large, we hope to equip them for a life-long relationship with their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to demonstrate His love to everyone they meet.
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