Thursday, December 3, 2009

Reminder: - Visit website to see videos embeded in email

The email you may receive most of the time do not show the video for some reason. Please visit the website and watch the video from yesterdays post, very moving!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Run For Your Life



Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1John 4:1

Run from those things that cause you turn from God and causes you to sin, your life depends on it!

Monday, November 16, 2009



(This is a kool video!!!! For those of us that struggle daily with our faith in GOD. He is always there for us no matter what situations arise in our Lives!

JESUS LOVES US ALL!!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009


Third Day (LOVE STORY)
(Jesus Paid the Price So We Could Have Everlasting Life)

Leeland(count me in)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Bridge

If you are reading this by email, you may not be able to see the video that is part of this study, goto the RefineMeNow.com website to see the video and the full study.



After watching the video, we will discuss the different feelings we have and why?

Would we have done the same thing? Why or Why not?

Here are some verses I thought went well with this video.

John 3:16 (New International Version)
16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

1 Peter 3:18 (New International Version)
18 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,

Romans 5:8 (New International Version)
8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Luke 23:46 (New International Version)
46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Home Run - Inspirational



When the opportunity arises, how will you respond?

If you are seeing this via email, and the video does not show up, go to The Refinery website www.refinemenow.com

Friday, October 30, 2009

God's Chisel Part II

I think the video did not show up in the email that goes out? For those that did not see it, you can see it by visiting our website at www.refinemenow.com
or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXut0HxncvY

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

God's Chisel



(At Jamal's request, another Video Bible Study... :))

GOD'S CHISEL
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Ephesians 2:10 (New Living Translation)

10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

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Psalm 139:14 (New International Version)

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

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Matthew 6:19-20 (New International Version)

Treasures in Heaven
19"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

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Do we see ourselves as one of God's masterpiece? Why not?

What have we added that was not intended to be part of God's Masterpiece?

Do you look to others for support or to God?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The past week in review:

Hello Everyone just wanted to do a short update on the past week. Tuesday we had only four Jr. High youth with us for Bible Study down from 11 the previous week. I have spoke with several of them and most say they had other things to do that day or were sick. Most them say they will be back this week. We will be continuing our study Getting to Know God the section we are on now is when bad things happen. Hope to see you Tuesday and Pray God Protection of you and your families. Remember God can make something Good from something we think is Bad. Think about Joseph, and all that he went through but God had such great plans for his future. Genesis 37-50.

GOD BLESS,
Ms. Karla

Sunday, October 4, 2009

LUMC/LOFUMC Combined Youth Actiivities




We had an excellent time with Live Oak First United Methodist Church when we hosted them at Lee United Methodist Church in July of 2009.

Youth Involvement at World Communion Sunday

I would like to take this chance to give kudos to all the youth that participated in the World Communion Service at the Van H. Priest Auditorium. They all did excellent and we are very proud of them all.

Keith and Karla

Lee United Methodist Youth

What's up!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hello,

We will be updating the web blog from time to time giving Jason a hand. His business takes up alot of his time. We are looking forward to helping out in Jason's Web ministry. Over the next couple of weeks we will be uploading pictures from the different areas of the youth ministry.

God Bless
KNK

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Welcome to the website Keith and Karla!

I am having a hard time keeping up with everything, so Keith and Karla will be helping out with the website. Look for a post soon from one of them! :)

Monday, May 4, 2009

Parable: The Speck and the Log

Matthew 7:1-5

Chapter 7
Judging Others
1“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.


Luke 6:37-38
Judging Others
37 i j “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; j forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 k give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put l into your lap. For m with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”


Luke 6:41-42
41 i Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but q do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye.


Romans 14:13
Do Not Cause Another to Stumble
13 a Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide b never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.


1 Corinthians 4:5
5 Therefore q do not pronounce judgment before the time, r before the Lord comes, s who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. t Then each one will receive his commendation from God.


James 5:9
9 Do not grumble against one another, brothers, n so that you may not be judged; behold, o the Judge is standing p at the door.



The parable of the speck and the log

Scripture
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."
Matthew 7:1-5 (Also Luke 6:41-42)

Observations
* This parable was told as part of a larger sermon, in which Jesus was teaching His followers how to live their lives.
* The parable starts with a statement about what the parable is about. A lot of Jesus' parables end with the meaning, or sometimes go without Him giving the meaning. Here he gives the command, and embelishes with the parable to explain His point.
* The command "do not judge" is followed by a warning "or you will be judged".
* According to the Strongs interpretation the word for "judge" means to to "...separate, put asunder, to pick out, select, choose..."
* Jesus explains what type of judging he is talking about through the parable "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?" He is talking about the hypocritical type of judging that points out wrong in others lives and ignores the wrongs in own life.
* The parable ends with the person who has removed the "plank" in their own eye able to help their "brother".

Discussion
A lot of people use this passage of scripture to try and argue that it is wrong to make a moral judgement about the way that other people live. This is a wrong view of this parable. Other places in the Bible (and even a few verses later in Matthew 7:15-20) we are taught that we need to be able to evaluate and consider what God approves of. How can people recognise their sin in order to be saved from their sin, if they aren't told that what it is they do that is sinful. Critical and reflective thinking are important in order to help other people. Jesus is talking about a different type of judging in this parable.

This parable speaks against the type of judgemental attitudes that try to make others look like less than we are by pointing out their flaws without acknowledging our own. It tells us not to be hypocrites and to judge ourselves first, lest we deserve the same criticism we have for others. This is a section of God's church which ignores this commandment to not be hypocritical. When we judge ourselves, we recognise we are sinful and our approach to others sin is with love and humility because we identify with them. If we deal the "plank in our eye" (the sin in our lives), we are then able to help others with the "speck in their eyes" (their sin) by pointing them to the solution that is needed by both parties.

It is important to note the "then you will" in verse five. This shows that it is appropriate and permissable to judge with love, but only after we have acknowledged and fixed our own mess.

Application
Basically the parable teaches us not to be a mean prick, or an arrogant bastard in the way we relate to other people about their sin! Lets acknowledge our own imperfections and sin and not be hypocrites. If we acknowledge these things then we will be humbling ourselves before God and able to recieve His love and grace. This will then give us authority to judge but we will do it with humility and love towards that person.

Prayer

God help me to see myself and my condition as you see me. Don't let me take for granted that I have sinned, but help me to see my sin for what it is. It is only by your grace that I am able to stand, without You I am no different to anybody else in the sin department. I relate to sinners because I know what it is like to be one. Now help me to help other people remove the speck from their eye by showing them the way to Jesus with love, passion and humility.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Love Letter From God




My Child,

You may not know me,
but I know everything about you.
Psalm 139:1

I know when you sit down and when you rise up.
Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways.
Psalm 139:3

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered.
Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in my image.
Genesis 1:27

In me you live and move and have your being.
Acts 17:28

For you are my offspring.
Acts 17:28

I knew you even before you were conceived.
Jeremiah 1:4-5

I chose you when I planned creation.
Ephesians 1:11-12

You were not a mistake,
for all your days are written in my book.
Psalm 139:15-16

I determined the exact time of your birth
and where you would live.
Acts 17:26

You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139:14

I knit you together in your mother's womb.
Psalm 139:13

And brought you forth on the day you were born.
Psalm 71:6

I have been misrepresented
by those who don't know me.
John 8:41-44

I am not distant and angry,
but am the complete expression of love.
1 John 4:16

And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.
1 John 3:1

Simply because you are my child
and I am your Father.
1 John 3:1

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could.
Matthew 7:11

For I am the perfect father.
Matthew 5:48

Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand.
James 1:17

For I am your provider and I meet all your needs.
Matthew 6:31-33

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.
Jeremiah 29:11

Because I love you with an everlasting love.
Jeremiah 31:3

My thoughts toward you are countless
as the sand on the seashore.
Psalms 139:17-18

And I rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

I will never stop doing good to you.
Jeremiah 32:40

For you are my treasured possession.
Exodus 19:5

I desire to establish you
with all my heart and all my soul.
Jeremiah 32:41

And I want to show you great and marvelous things.
Jeremiah 33:3

If you seek me with all your heart,
you will find me.
Deuteronomy 4:29

Delight in me and I will give you
the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4

For it is I who gave you those desires.
Philippians 2:13

I am able to do more for you
than you could possibly imagine.
Ephesians 3:20

For I am your greatest encourager.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I am also the Father who comforts you
in all your troubles.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

When you are brokenhearted,
I am close to you.
Psalm 34:18

As a shepherd carries a lamb,
I have carried you close to my heart.
Isaiah 40:11

One day I will wipe away
every tear from your eyes.
Revelation 21:3-4

And I'll take away all the pain
you have suffered on this earth.
Revelation 21:3-4

I am your Father, and I love you
even as I love my son, Jesus.
John 17:23

For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed.
John 17:26

He is the exact representation of my being.
Hebrews 1:3

He came to demonstrate that I am for you,
not against you.
Romans 8:31

And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19

His death was the ultimate expression
of my love for you.
1 John 4:10

I gave up everything I loved
that I might gain your love.
Romans 8:31-32

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus,
you receive me.
1 John 2:23

And nothing will ever separate you
from my love again.
Romans 8:38-39

Come home and I'll throw the biggest party
heaven has ever seen.
Luke 15:7

I have always been Father,
and will always be Father.
Ephesians 3:14-15

My question is…
Will you be my child?
John 1:12-13

I am waiting for you.
Luke 15:11-32

Love, Your Dad
Almighty God

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See video love Letter @ www.RefineMeNow.com

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Parable of the workers in the Vineyard - PART 2

In study last night, we studied this Parable in detail.

Here is a short breakdown of one person's view on what Jesus was saying in this Parable.:

The rewards that we are storing up in heaven are not proportional to the total amount of time we practiced the Christian life. If someone becomes a Christian early in life he may spend decades diligently practicing the Christian life, but in the end receive the same as one who became a Christian later in life and practiced it for a short time before his death.


Here are some online resources to refer to that will help us understand what Jesus was saying when he told this Parable.:

http://www.google.com/search?q=parable+vineyard+workers&sourceid=navclient-ff&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1B2GGGL_enUS209US209

Sorry this was not posted with the original lesson. Hope this helps!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

Matthew 20:1-16 (New International Version)

Matthew 20
The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
1"For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard. 2He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.
3"About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4He told them, 'You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.' 5So they went.

"He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same thing. 6About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, 'Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?'

7" 'Because no one has hired us,' they answered.
"He said to them, 'You also go and work in my vineyard.'

8"When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.'

9"The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius. 10So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12'These men who were hired last worked only one hour,' they said, 'and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.'

13"But he answered one of them, 'Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn't you agree to work for a denarius? 14Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?'

16"So the last will be first, and the first will be last."

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Integrity



1 : firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility 2 : an unimpaired condition : soundness 3 : the quality or state of being complete or undivided : completeness
synonyms see honesty

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Nehemiah 7:2 (New International Version)

2 I put in charge of Jerusalem my brother Hanani, along with [a] Hananiah the commander of the citadel, because he was a man of integrity and feared God more than most men do.

Job 2:3 (New International Version)

3 Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason."

Psalm 7:8 (New International Version)

8 let the LORD judge the peoples.
Judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness,
according to my integrity, O Most High.


Psalm 25:21 (New International Version)

21 May integrity and uprightness protect me,
because my hope is in you.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

We now have a lot of blank entries.....

Sorry, Godtube changed it's name and website in the past ? few days? and thus their website name, so all of the videos we linked to, have moved, so there will be allot of blank posts below, and on this site. I will try to get allot of them back up, but will take some time.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Monday, February 2, 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Psalm 139



Today, we are looking at and studying Psalm 139. We will follow along in our bible, then stop and discuss what we just read.

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God knows everything about us, even the number of hairs on our heads, and still he accepts lovesus.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Catchafire



"Catchafire (Whoopsi-Daisy)" Toby Mac

Slackin' off like a bum, I'm feelin' ho hum
I'm feelin' luke warm like the water in my tub
Started out and we was hot, looked up and now we're not
We had that fire like we was boilin' in a pot

Whoopsi-daisy, whoopsi-daisy, whoopsi-daisy
Come, we gonna catch that

Fire, I'm feenin' for a flicker
Then we'll fan the flame up into something bigger
Started out and we was hot, looked up and now we're not
We gonna catch a fire, catch a fire for God

Whoopsi-daisy, whoopsi-daisy, whoopsi-daisy
Come, we gonna catch that
Whoopsi-daisy, call me crazy, whoopsi-daisy
Come, we gonna catch that

Fire, takin' it from warm to hot
Fire, gotta give it all we got
Fire, whoopsi-daisy, call me crazy, whoopsi-daisy
Come, we gonna catch that

Spark to a flame, I'm flippin' up my game
I caught the fire and I'll never be the same
So unexplainable I can't contain it, son
And my retaining it would only be a shame
So let me hear you say

Heat, like the Kingston concrete
There ain't no stoppin' the fire
We're straight breakin' ground
There ain't no cooling this thing down
We burnin' up and keep'n it krunk as we know how
Hear me now people

Catch a fire let it burn within
Catch a fire let it burn for him


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John Wesley in his sermon titled, "The Use of Money" said this:

"Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn."

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When John Wesley was asked why so many people came out to see him preach. Mr. Wesley replied; "I set myself on fire for the Lord and people come out to watch me burn." Perhaps that's what needs to happen with all Christians in order for a revival to occur: We need to set ourselves on fire for the Lord.

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It is our prayer today that God would set you on fire. That God would set us on fire. And that people would come to watch us burn.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Headed home. Be in lee about twelve

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Musicians of the Bible

This week we are looking at the importance of music, not only now, but in Biblical times also.

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Music In The Bible

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Musicians in the Bible
http://www.paulsonmusic.com/MusicNotebookMusicians.html

Genesis 4:211 Jubal Father of all such as handle the harp and organ.
Genesis 4:21 (New King James Version)
21 His brother’s name was Jubal. He was the father of all those who play the harp and flute.

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Exodus 15:20,21 Miriam Miriam took a timbrel in her hand;
and all the women went out after with timbrels and dances.
Exodus 15:20-21 (New International Version)
20 Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing. 21 Miriam sang to them:
"Sing to the LORD,
for he is highly exalted.
The horse and its rider
he has hurled into the sea."

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I Samuel 16:23; I Chronicles 23:5; II Chronicles 23:18;
II Samuel 22,23 David He was a cunning player on an harp; he was an instrument maker, a song director & song writer

I Samuel 18:6 Singing Women These women came out of all the cites of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul with tabrets, ... and with instruments
of music.

I Kings 4:29,32 King Solomon He wrote 1,005 songs
1 Kings 4:29-32 (New International Version)

Solomon's Wisdom
29 God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. 30 Solomon's wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the men of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. 31 He was wiser than any other man, including Ethan the Ezrahite—wiser than Heman, Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol. And his fame spread to all the surrounding nations. 32 He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five.

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II Kings 3:15, 16 Elisha's Minstrel When this minstrel played, Elisha then prophesied.

I Chronicles 15:16-24 Ethan, Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiar-Obededom, Azariah, Shebaniah, Jehoshaphat, Nethaneel, Amasai and Eliezer and more... These were the ones listed from among those that accompanied the ark back to Jerusalem.

I Chronicles 16:5 Jeiel He played the psaltery and the harp.
1 Chronicles 16:5 (New International Version)
5 Asaph was the chief, Zechariah second, then Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-Edom and Jeiel. They were to play the lyres and harps, Asaph was to sound the cymbals,


I Chronicles 6:39; 15:17, 19; 16:5; II Chronicles 29:30; Asaph He played the cymbals and was appointed by David over the service of song and by Solomon in theTemple services.

I Chronicles 16:6 Benaiah and Jahaziel Played the trumpet.

I Chronicles 16:42 Heman Played or led the players with the trumpet and cymbals.

I Chronicles 16:41 Jeduthun One of David's chief musicians, and also founder of an official musical family.

I Chronicles 25 Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, Asarelah, Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Hashabiah, Mattithiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti,
Romamtiezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, Mahazioth, Isri,
Jesharelah, Shemei, Azareel, Shubael, Bukkiah, Mattatiah, etc. These were among the 288 that David set apart to perform music in the house of the Lord.

II Chronicles 5:11-14 Solomon's musicians These were singers, cymbal players, psaltery players, and harpists along with 120 priests who played trumpets.

Nehemiah 12:35,36 Ezra 3:10, 11 Zechariah, Shemaiah, Azareel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethaneel, Judah, Hanani and the sons of Levi. These were some of the priests who played trumpets and Levites who used cymbals to praise the Lord when the foundation was laid for the rebuilding of the temple.

Revelation 14:2,3 Harpers John heard "the voice of harpers harping with their harps: and they sung as it were a new song before the throne" in heaven.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Who am I?

This week we are studying a song by Casting Crowns, Who am I?



Who am I by Casting Crowns:

Who am I?
That the Lord of all the earth,
Would care to know my name,
Would care to feel my hurt.
Who am I?
That the bright and morning star,
Would choose to light the way,
For my ever wandering heart.

Bridge:
Not because of who I am,
But because of what you've done.
Not because of what I've done,
But because of who you are.

Chorus:
I am a flower quickly fading,
Here today and gone tomorrow,
A wave tossed in the ocean,
A vapor in the wind.
Still you hear me when I'm calling,
Lord, you catch me when I'm falling,
And you've told me who I am.
I am yours.
I am yours.

Who am I?
That the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love
And watch me rise again.
Who am I?
That the voice that calmed the sea,
Would call out through the rain,
And calm the storm in me.

Not because of who I am,
But because of what you've done.
Not because of what I've done,
But because of who you are.


I am a flower quickly fading,
Here today and gone tomorrow,
A wave tossed in the ocean,
A vapor in the wind.
Still you hear me when I'm calling,
Lord, you catch me when I'm falling,
And you've told me who I am.
I am yours.

Not because of who I am,
But because of what you've done.
Not because of what I've done,
But because of who you are.


I am a flower quickly fading,
Here today and gone tomorrow,
A wave tossed in the ocean,
A vapor in the wind.
Still you hear me when I'm calling,
Lord, you catch me when I'm falling,
And you've told me who I am.
I am yours.
I am yours.

I am yours.

Whom shall I fear?
Whom shall I fear?
'Cause I am yours.
I am yours.

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Scripture:

2 Corinthians 5:17 (New International Version)
17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Ephesians 2:8-9 (New International Version)
8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Toby Mac Concert - January 16th, 2009



Oh ya! We're going, are you?

All youth 6th-12th Grades, see Jason Archambault to reserve your spot on the bus!!!!