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You could probably convince a jury to convict
me of being prejudiced about this, but I think the youth of our church
are the finest you'll find anywhere. They aren't the church of tomorrow,
they are the church of today!
I love the way they participate in the ministry
of our church. From serving as ushers on the 5th Sunday of the month
to operating the sound system on Sunday morning or leading the congregation
in worship on Sunday evenings, they are an essential part of who we are.
They take their turn in the extended session rotation and show up on all
church work days to pull weeds and mow the lawn.
I love the way they worship too. Last
week I traveled with two car loads of our youth to the State Youth Conference
in Sacramento. It was amazing.
And it was different. The music was
loud. I mean really loud. I mean uncomfortable loud. One band's
instruments were so loud they wrestled the vocalists into submission.
I couldn't hear, nor understand a word they sang.
But after a while, I stopped being a critical-know-it-all
Pastor type and started observing the youth worship. Yeah, there
were some teenagers talking to one another instead of engaging in the service,
but by in large they were transfixed.
After an hour and a half of worship, the speaker
rose to preach a clear gospel message and the students responded.
More than 800 of the 5000 in attendance made a commitment to go on a mission
trip in the near future. That's what happens when we really worship,
we hear God's call and we answer it.
Yes, I plead guilty. I'm absolutely,
head-over-heels in love with this generation, but I am especially proud
of the 'world changing ' youth that are my co-ministers in this church.
I feel lucky to be their pastor and proud to work beside them.
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that corresponds to this devotional.