2014 Youth Retreat

On September 11, 2014 by Jeff Heglund

2014 Youth Retreat – Seek First the Kingdom of God

Teenagers who prayupsidedown slackliningWe had a blast at the youth retreat this year!  We spent Thursday through Saturday enjoying the Lord’s presence, the great outdoors, and one another.  The theme for the weekend was “Seek First the Kingdom of God” ~ Matthew 6:33.  We took some time to review the incredible promises of God that if we will seek first the kingdom of God all the things that we will need will be added to us.  If we will just seek the Lord with all of our hearts we will find Him!

Youth-Campout-tent-groupJesuBuilding a dams is coming soon!   When we stand before Him will we wish that we had played more video games, watched more movies, played more sports, etc.?  When we stand before the Lord we will want to hear “well done good and faithful servant!  Enter in to the joy of your Lord!”  You are never too young to be used by the Lord to go into all the world and preach the gospel.  We are going to wish that we had prayed more and known the God that we will spend eternity with.Youth Group Game

Life is short. “So teach us to number our days, that we might apply our hearts to wisdom” -Psalm 90:12.  Ephesians 5:16 says to make the most of every opportunity to honor God.  We are to be looking for every opportunity to “buy up” each chance to live for eternal things.  The same passage goes on to say that we should not be unwise rather we should know Slackline Evanwhat the will of God is for our lives.  God’s will for youth and adults alike is that we should love God with all of our hearts and our neighbor as ourselves.  We looked at ways that we could give our lives to be used to honor God.  There is an entire generation that needs to know the grace and forgiveness of a loving Heavenly Father!  We have the privilege and challenge of reaching our generation.

We also enjoyed some outstanding games.  We played “Escape from Alcatraz” where you had to reach freedom, a glow stick, from Alcatraz, a low point on the property.  The whole game is played in the cover of night.  The kids paired up to crawl through the woods avoiding guards with flashlights.  They even had opportunity to take out a guard by tagging him without being detected.  It is a retreat classic!Slackline-funThe swimming hole Swimming holewas a hit as well.  This year we had a slack line over the deepest section which is about 8 feet deep and kids took turns seeing if they could cross the nearly 90 feet without falling in.   We also had a single elimination tournament to see who the king of the slackline would be.  Two people got on the line over the creek and tried to shake the other one into the water.  The person who never fell in was the winner, sort of lumberjack style!

Campout pizzaThe food was outstanding.   We had smores each evening.  We had several spirited innings of Skyball in honor of missionary in Kenya who couldn’t be with us this year but normally umpires the game for us.

The highlight of the trip for me this year was Friday evening when the Lord reordered service to take some time and wait on Him. We began to believe for needs in one another’s lives.  Some were believing for unsaved relatives, physical needs, and the infilling of the Holy Spirit.  A number of the associate pastors and a couple of the pastors from Gambrills had come up for the day and joined in the time of praying for needs.  It was an outstanding time of visitation by the presence of God.  As a pastor it is a great joy to stand and watch a group of youth crying out in worship to God many with tears in their eyes.  They were not ashamed to be heard praying or lifting their hands in worship.  Most of them were praying for other people.  How cool is that!

What a treasure to be a part of training up another generation to fear God and keep His commandments!  We don’t Slackline danglinghave much time.  Jesus is coming soon!Slackline competition2

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