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IGNITE

I am excited about this blog.  This comes at a time that I am preparing for a weekend youth retreat called Ignite. 

 Romans 12:11 says  “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”   The underlying Greek word for “fervent” is “zeo”, which means, “to be hot.”   We want ignite a passion among teens for God.

We started this retreat 2 years ago. The youth group did a devotional called “The Hardest 30 Days of Your Life” by Justin Lookadoo. It challenged them to examine their walk with God. In the middle of the 30 days the youth had to do a media fast. They abstained from TV, computers, and radio. The time they would generally devote to media, they would instead take that time to pray, read the bible and focus on God. To end the 30 days we decided to have a weekend retreat to worship, to start a fire within, to be hot for Jesus. This is our third year in hosting Ignite.

Ignite is open to all teens. It is FREE to attend. It is being held at Camp Kidd, outside of Parsons off Rt. 72. Sign in starts at 7pm on Friday and we will be staying the night. Check out will be around 7:30pm on Saturday night. This like a mini-church camp. There will be speakers, a praise band, activities, games, food and prayer.

We want to have an impact on ALL teens in Tucker County, no matter were they go to church. We want to create a burning desire for Christ, to make a change in the community they live in. We weren’t called to blend in with the world, but to make a differnce in it. We ask this question, “what are you on fire for?”

If anyone is interested in attending Ignite, or know someone who might be interested. Go to the ECHOS youth group facebook page.

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A Higher Authority

We live in a time known as the postmodern era.  This has been described by David F. Wells in his book, Above All Earthly Pow’rs, as a time when many (if not most) people are living without a sense of understanding as to why this universe exists or why they are a part of it.  Each one is left to decide on his/her own the answer to these questions of cosmic significance.  When something as essential as the meaning of the universe and of life itself  is left to chance, it only follows that the concept of absolutes crumbles away.  The notion that absolute truth, for example, exists and that we can know it,  becomes seemingly ludicrous.

This mindset leads us to what can be defined as situational truth or dependent truth.  In other words, what may be true for me may not be true for you. I cannot hold you to my understanding of truth, nor can you can hold me to your understanding of truth. In today’s world truth is very fluid; it changes with people and time.

The claim of  the existence of absolute truth will not be tolerated in our world today. This intolerance has tremendous effect on our lives, not just as individuals, but also in society. Our purpose in this blog will be to discuss the effect postmodernism and its view of truth has in the spiritual realm. If there is no absolute truth, then we have no firm foundation upon which to stand.

The Bible makes it clear that there is such a thing as absolute truth, no matter what postmodern men and women might say or think. In fact, God’s Word is that Truth. Jesus said in John 17:17, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.”  If we go back to the Old Testament we read the same thing. Psalm 119:160 says this: “The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your ordinances is everlasting.”

Absolute truth is found in God’s Word, and God’s Word does not change. So in the weeks and months ahead we will be addressing a number of issues, always keeping  in mind that we have a higher authority than people’s opinion or thoughts; God’s Word is our authority in all things because His Word is Truth.

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