The NAYC Friday morning events are all together a force to be reckoned with. There is much to be said for fluidity that only the anointing can bring.
The morning was started with a 9:30AM Jumpstart session filled with the most dedicated of souls. It’s a great way to start the morning, lots of upbeat music and crowd involvement, even a little bit of rap if you’re lucky. After the jolt, the energized young adults were sent off to their individually chosen spilt sessions.
Today there were four sessions to choose from, each of them offering a truth and relevancy to the attendees. Brandon Shanks spoke to the teens with the title “Boots on the Ground.” Nathaniel Rios spoke to the Youth Workers, Seth Simmons addressed the Hyphen Young Adults, and Jerald Staten wrapped things up with the Young Ministers.
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Another day of North American Youth Congress has come and gone, and God is working in so many ways on so many lives. With the expectation going into each event, it would be almost impossible to sit by and not be changed just by being at NAYC13. You see, Youth Congress is more than a social event; it is a revolutionizing agent used by God to change the lives of this generation and those around them.
Tonight, in the North American Talent Search students showcased their abilities through the worship arts. Such activities included worshipful piano pieces, spoken word, and painting, just to name a few. The students offering their gifts back to the service of God is the norm here at Youth Congress, and it doesn’t only happen in the talent search. For instance, there were two confirmed … Read More »
The Bible says that baptism is not like Chipotle. Easy tiger… I’ll explain. One of the great things about Chipotle is that you can get your food any way that you want. When you roll up to get your Tex-Mex on, no two people get the same thing the same way. I get a Carnitas burrito, un poquito rice, no beans, both mild and medium green salsa, sour cream, and cheese. You know why? Because that is the way I like it. At Chipotle you can get your food prepared any way you want.
A Specific Plan
Baptism is not like that; there is a specific way to do it. One of the clearest examples of this is the story of Noah’s burrito, sorry, Noah’s ark (I still have Chipotle on the mind). In Genesis 6, humanity’s wickedness had gotten out of … Read More »
Death…now that’s a great topic for an icebreaker. If you want to make other folks really uncomfortable, just bring up this topic. So why are we talking about death anyway? In a youth-zine, no less? Do you even worry about death? A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota reveals that death is a common concern for young people, with fifteen percent of all youth surveyed confirming they believed they would die young. www.foxnews.com/story/0.2933.529364.00.html This generation is experienced enough to know that death is not kind, and death does not respect whether you’re young or old, rich, or poor. The current youth culture seems to think about the eternal much more than previous generations. This generation is asking questions like; what will matter when we’re all dead and gone? For that reason, death is a timely topic … Read More »
I was eight years old when I transferred to Sweetwater Academy’s third grade class. Eight seems too young to be insecure, but I was already carrying around a collection of nicknames that had bruised my ego. My horizon of future social success brightened when Louie, the cool kid, picked me to be on his kickball team. Unfortunately, the athletic gene had skipped a generation. It wasn’t too many days and my newness had worn off. I knew the honeymoon period had abruptly ended when we were out on the playground and a boy yelled in my direction, “Hey, Pippen,” collapsing in boisterous laughter. No athletic gene was necessary for me to know that Pippen was a popular local athlete who was known amongst us youngsters for having a flat face and prominent ears. Labels from my mounting collection rapidly surfaced: … Read More »