This is an update of E.P.I.C.* proportions.
I'm actually in the process of making an actual/formal newsletter, whilst I was making this blogpost, but decided to go with this one first as a draft of sorts for the actual newsletter.
Anyways, since my last post here, a lot of things have happened, and I am going to run down through a bunch of the more important stuff that went on in my life (in no particular order).
1. Lifebox Summer Class
I learned so much that day not just about being a campus minister, but more importantly about what being a disciple really means.
2. Catching Fire Youth Camp
So we had the youth camp (after 4 years since the last one we had), last April 25-27 in Antipolo.
2 weeks before the actual camp, it was decided (not by me) that we were to change venues; being we originally set it at a camp site in Pampanga, the leadership decided to change the venue, which would entail changing the ENTIRE program as well. Imagine the shock I got that day.
But God, in all his amazing-ness, came through! We were able to find a new venue, make an entirely different program, contact speakers, find campers, arrange logistics, etc.
It was a crazy two weeks, but I know that even though I can't see yet actual results as to how this camp impacted the campers' lives, I know a definite investment has been made.
3. Great Balls of Fire!
This is actually still part of the camp update, but I figured I'd move this to another number just because God deserves another number of praise!
So, like I said, since we revamped the whole camp program two weeks before the actual camp date, we had to make do with a lot of us doing double/triple roles because of time and budget constraints.
I ended up taking over 2 session (message) slots in the program. One of my topics was this one, Great Balls of Fire, all about Developing Personal Vision and Decision Making.
I love talking about vision and all that entails it, so I was really pumped up and excited to try and share with them ideas that I know definitely changed my perspective in life.
4. The Principle of the Path
I recently tweeted that if ever I get a chance to live in the US, I would definitely choose to pick to live in Atlanta, Georgia. Just because most of my life and faith heroes come from Georgia (Louie Giglio, Tim Elmore, and Andy Stanley).
Anyways, I have been a huge fan of Andy Stanley's for a few years now; He is such a revolutionary communicator and visionary that even if i've heard a sermon of his from a few years back, I still remember a bunch of them.
One of them being the "Destinations" series they had in North Point Community Church, which I believe was the basis for this book's existence. In a nutshell, the Principle of the Path goes: "Your direction, not your intention, determines your destination."
I'm not even halfway through the book since I have a lot of self-assessment stops I need to make along the way as I read this.
I kind of cheated a bit as I peeked at the end of the book, so forgive me. But that's where I found this amazing quotation that I also used in my message at camp:
Knowing doesn’t make the difference. Doing does. The decisions you make will determine the direction and the destination of your life. Choose wisely.Revolutionary I tell you.
5. The Avengers
I have been a fan of the franchise since the first Iron Man movie came out. I also saw all the other movies in an actual cinema and not just in Blue-ray: Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, and Captain America.
I was so excited to for Summer 2012 to kick in after watching the end credits in Captain America last year, and I must say, the movie definitely did not disappoint.
Much buzz was given for this movie not just in the secular field, but even in the Christian blogosphere.
I know I definitely had a lot of a-ha moments reading what other Christians thought about this movie.
I also would want to contribute my two-cents to it.
I'd like to think that youth ministry is much like being a super hero. Don't get me wrong, my theology is still quite intact, and I acknowledge that the power definitely does not come from just us, but definitely comes from the ultimate source Jesus Christ, but hear me out.
I may not know much about the whole comics franchise, but in the movie, I know that the old saying 'United we stand, divided we fall' definitely spoke to me.
The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1-2)