A Shepherd’s Prayer of Gratitude

It’s Christmas Eve and so many emotions fill my heart. I see the world around me, all of the hurt, the uncertainty, the pain and suffering. I’ve heard the news, innocent children hunted down for no apparent reason. Our country is divided because of politics and economics. Friends and family have been disillusioned by everything from the government to religion. The night is dark, and uncertainty lurks all around.

Is there hope anymore? Is there something more? Does this world have more to offer than pain and dissatisfaction?

But then worries turn to wonder! Hope springs anew! An angel brings a message! Born in Bethlehem is a baby! This baby is special! This baby is the one we’ve been looking for! It seems strange that hope would come from such a lowly place, but I believe in my heart that its real!

Years go by, that baby is now all grown up! The words He speak confirm what the angel said that night so long ago! He has come to bring life – not to steal, kill, and destroy! Not only does he give new life, he brings it more abundant!

Jesus thanks for coming to a dark world to be my Savior! Thanks for being a hope, when I had none! Thanks for giving me life!

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11)

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

Using Creativity in Children’s Ministry

This past October at the Church Life Conference at Trinity, I was able to help teach a breakout session with our Children’s Pastor, Paul Scott about using creativity in Children’s Ministry. I really enjoyed being able to share some of what we do at Trinity with others during the sessions, and I decided it would be a good idea to post some of that here on the blog. I’ll have several posts coming up that go over the material that we used in the session.

The first thing that God ever is recorded as doing was creating. Creativity is important to God! Genesis 1:1 starts out by saying that in the beginning God created. We serve a creative God so it is only natural to use the gift of creativity in our ministry. The message we have to share in children’s ministry is the greatest message in the world. We should use creativity to engage our audience with this very important message.

How are you using creativity in your ministry?

What a Year!

It has been an incredible year for me! I have learned so much in the past year and gotten to experience so many things! During this year I finished my senior year of college, and began working in Children’s Ministry full time! I am just beginning to understand how blessed I am and how thankful I am for all that God has provided for me!

That’s What It’s All About

Yesterday was a very busy morning! It seemed like the whole morning was non stop running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off. Just towards the end of the morning, as I was walking out in the hallway in front of the E-Theatre, a girl came running up to me excitedly.

With a big smile on her face, and a new Bible in her arms, she told me, “Bro. Jason, I just got saved!” She was so excited to share what Jesus had done for her! That is when it hit me, that the whole reason we do what we do is for moments like this!

I’m so thankful to be able to serve here at Trinity, and get to share the good news of Jesus every single week!

Hello Mac.

Hello Mac. My name is Jason. When I was a child my grandmother had a Macintosh computer. We spent countless hours on that beautiful machine. My favorite program was print shop. I would make things from my imagination.

I loved the time with that Macintosh computer, but as time went on, we grew apart, and I got caught up in the world of Windows. Don’t get me wrong, Windows was nice, but after 16 years it was time to go back to my first love. Today me and you, Mac, are reunited. It’s a beautiful thing. Thank you for taking me back, Mac!

No, This Is Your Job!

One of the highlights of my summer was getting to help out at Camp Come Alive at Eureka Gardens.  As I talked about in a previous entry Eureka Gardens is one of the high crime, at risk neighborhoods here in Jacksonville.  Camp Come Alive had around twenty five awesome campers ranging from five year olds to early teenagers.

One of the things that stuck out to me was something one of the boys said to me on the first week.  I would come for an hour or two in the mornings during Bible time and then leave to go into work.  Well, one of the boys asked me where I had left to go the day before.  I told him that I had to go to my job. 

His response was, “No, this is your job!”  I kind of chuckled at him, but his words reminded me of something Jesus once said.  In Luke 2, when Mary and Joseph couldn’t find Jesus, and they finally found Him in the temple, Jesus’ response was don’t you know I must be about my Father’s business?  This caught Mary by suprise, and probably others around too! After all Joseph was a carpenter, not a theologian! But of course Jesus knew that Joseph was just his step father, and Jesus had been sent by God the Father for a specific job.  Later Jesus said that He had come to seek and to save that which is lost.

The words of Jesus seemed to ring from this little guy’s question.  It reminded me that while I have many responsibilities it is my job to be sharing Jesus with others.  I am thankful for the chance to hang out with the kids from Eureka this summer, and thankful for all the other people who spent time this summer sharing Jesus with them.

So I Can’t Unroll Toilet Paper Very Fast…

You are probably thinking what? Ok another highlight of my summer was the privilege I had to speak at Trinity Youth Camp this summer.  This was my first time getting to speak in a camp atmosphere like that and I loved it.  It was probably the most fun I have ever had speaking.  The first week I was able to preach on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights.  The kids there were awesome.  It seemed like every kid there was listening and maybe even getting the message. 

I really enjoyed getting to know some of the kids while I was down there in the evenings.  It was interesting asking them what their favorite thing about camp was.  It seemed like everyone had something different.  It was really cool when a kid would come up to me and say thanks for the message, I really needed that.  I’m amazed how God can use someone as simple as me, and speak to kids hearts.

The second week I got to preach on Tuesday and Thursday nights.  On Thursday night, I was able to participate in the segment of camp called “Are You Faster Than Your Counselor?”  Each night they had a guy and girl counselor come up and do a Minute to Win It challenge, and the kids from the different cabins competed to see if they could beat them.  The game I got to do was unrolling a complete roll of toilet paper.  I think I could have won if I wouldn’t have knocked the toilet paper down to start, but those seconds lost were just enough for one of the boys from the blue team to win!

Even though I didn’t win, I still had a great time both weeks.  I personally want to thank the camp director, Daniel Warren for letting me come, and I hope that it is something I get the chance to do again in the future.  Next time I will be prepared to unroll faster!