This Changes Us [CIY MIX 2014: Day 3]

We live in a selfie world. A world were many people love Jesus and follow him but keep it all to themselves. And when we keep to ourselves we don’t notice the people around us who are empty.

We miss the people around us who need someone to care for them. We miss the people who are in our church or youth group that need help with their burdens. We don’t see them so they feel alone.

If the resurrection truly changes everything then it should change us to not be selfies, to see the burdens others need help carrying. Take a bucket of rocks, a full bucket of rocks are hard to carry by yourself, but if we gave everyone a little bit the weight becomes easier to carry.

We are called to help carry each other’s burdens. We are called to be there for others and share our walk of faith with them. This is how the resurrection changes us.

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This Changes Me [CIY MIX 2014: Day 2]

The tongue is a restless evil that cannot be tamed. It is something that we will all work the rest of our lives at controlling. It is easy for us to use our words to make fun of others or to try and make us feel better about ourselves. But if the resurrection changes everything, if it changes me does it change how I speak?

Does it change what I say to other people or how I respond to what others say about me? It should. It should change what we say, how we say it and what we mean by it.

You see, salt water and fresh water cannot come from the same spring. Fire and ice cannot be in the same space and good and evil cannot be together. Thus, you can’t call yourself a Christ follower and tear down those around you.

Allow the resurrection to change your talk. Allow The Holy Spirit to direct your conversations. God can direct our speech because the resurrection changes me.

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This Changes Everything [CIY MIX 2014: Day 1]

The most important event in all of history was the resurrection. No other event changed things more. Many of our students are constantly around it. James, the author of James and Jesus’ younger brother, was around Jesus all the time. I imagine that growing up with Jesus as your older brother was tough. I am sure a few times he heard, “Why can’t you be more like your brother Jesus?” Even through all that James calls himself a slave to Jesus. The resurrection changes everything.

Our students are around Jesus as well. They see people around them changed by the resurrection. They have to decide if this event matters to them as much as it matters to others. If it does it will change what we say, what we think, and what we do. If the resurrection changes everything then what does it change in us?

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Conference Update

Pretty amazing start to conference. “Over the top” is the best way to describe it. As fun as all that has been and as good as it’s been the best part has been being here with Nick and Tyler. Having a team to talk about what your learning with right away is priceless. To be able to think out loud with them has been great. I am looking forward to more and more of that today. More sessions and more breakouts coming up today!

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