Greg King

Five Stones

The Elephant in the Room

Last night I felt led at the end of our church session to talk about the elephant that is in our student ministry. What led to that talk was how our students have connected with the song by Chris Tomlin called the “God of this City.” It is a song that talks about how God wants to use us to reach our city for His name sake and glory. They came into that meeting wanting to be One and reach our city for Christ.

I said the reality of our camp trip this year is that we are not One. In fact we actually have two churches represented at Carmel’s student camp one church of course being Carmel Baptist and the other Elevation church. Many of our students have chosen to attend Elevation Church on Sunday mornings for worship and then attend Carmel for the things that Elevation does not offer at this time, such as family events, student ministry, mission trips, camp etc. This has caused our student ministry to become fractured and off balanced.

My challenge to the students and to our families is for them to plug into one church and serve her with all their heart. The church is the bride of Christ and I firmly believe that God desires for us to invest in one local church body to make an impact in the lives of others. To me it is like being married but telling your wife that you would rather have dinner next door becasue your neighbors wife is a better cook in regards to a particular dish but that you plan to be back for desert. I’m afraid we are teaching our students to always move to the next best thing instead of making where you are at great. So my personal opinion is if God has led you to Elevation then do all you can to advance the vision and purpose of Elevation church. If God has led you to be at Carmel then serve her with all that you can.

I also told our students that I believe that where they worship should be a family decision and not just an individual decision. Parents I know this is not an easy issue for you to navigate with your teenagers but it is one that needs to be settled for the sake of your family and the church family as a whole. May God continue to bless both of our churches as we run hard after Jesus Christ. As you know I have a particular preference in regards to where our family will worship and serve but I also recognize that Elevation is doing the task that God has laid on their hearts. So my prayer is that God would continue to bless both of our churches as we run hard after Jesus Christ. That His people would not be divided on where they should serve. I would love to hear your comments and what you are experiencing as a family.

July 10, 2008 Posted by | Camp, Church Life, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Last Day of Camp

Today is our last full day of camp. Hard to call it camp when you have a view from your hotel room like this. The students have been challenged at every worship service to live a life that is not normal. Louie has actually taken time during each of the messages to read from the journal of girl who was a non-believer who was led to Christ by her room-mate. Her journal entries have really hit the kids hard. Today they will learn that this young lady was tragically killed. It is a story of what can happen when someone lives and extraordinary life and the impact it can have on a generation. I will hopefully be posting some beach pictures later tonight. I will also let you know what time we are pulling out tom. Please know that the church hot line is out of commission so your student will be calling you tom. in route to let you know our estimated time of arrival. Please keep us in your prayers as this will be a very important day.

July 10, 2008 Posted by | Camp | Leave a comment

The Way

I just wanted to write a quick post to let you know that we had at least two of our students surrender to the Way (Jesus Christ) tonight. They bodly proclaimed Christ in the worship service. We are about to move into our church group time so I am looking forward to what other decisions were made by our students. Louie also very clearly described what it meant for a teen to live out a life that wasn’t normal. Our students are really struggling with the fact that for the most part they live life like everyone else they know. Parents this topic is one worth exploring deeper when your student gets home.

July 10, 2008 Posted by | Camp | Leave a comment

Fun in the Sun

Camera problem solved. The weather held off and it has turned into a beautiful day at Daytona Beach. Here is a picture of some of our rising 8th grade girls enjoying the pool. Today the students were hit hard by Louie Giglio on what it means to carry the light of God in us. In fact at one point he said he does not believe most student groups even understand what it means to make a difference for Christ during their teenage years. He has been reading from a personal journal from a teenage girl and it is really convicting our students. I personally beleive Louie is one of the most annoited men of God that is speaking into the lives of students today. I pray that your student is soaking in the sun as well as what God is saying into their lives. Let me also say how blessed I am to be the leader of such incredible students and leaders. I’ll be taking some pictures at worship tonight and posting them for you to see. Thanks for checking in and for following us on Twitter. I know from some of the messages that you are praying for us in real time and that is making all the difference in the world.

July 9, 2008 Posted by | Camp | Leave a comment

Compassion

Throughout this week students are being challenged to make an impact in the lives of others. One way in which students are being challenged to do this is with the organization Compassion.  Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. For the cost of $32.00 a month students can help eliminate the chains of poverty. Each student was challenged tonight from the pulpit on how they can use their money to make significant change in the lives of others. Rachelle and I have sponsored a little girl for two years now and our family is completely on board with what Compassion does and stands for. If your student comes home wanting to sponsor a child help them find ways to earn money to make this a reality. We have found that the teenage years is when a foundation and a belief about being committed to missions takes place.

July 9, 2008 Posted by | Camp | Leave a comment

Jesus Messiah

Today the students were challenged to not settle for a normal life. Instead they were challenged to live a supernatural life. Chris Tomlin also played his new song Jesus Messiah. This song is off of his new album “New Love” that will be released in early September. The song is so rich with theology. When I heard it for the first time tonight I wanted to hit the floor with my knees in adoration . Here is a phrase that impacted me from this new song:

He became sin
Who knew no sin
That we might become His Righteousness
He humbled himself and carried the cross

Love so amazing
Love so amazing

I apologize that I have not posted camp pictures, I have had some issues with our camera and should have some pictures up by tom. night. I cannot wait for your students to get home so you can discuss some of the incredible teachings that they have sat under.

July 9, 2008 Posted by | Camp | Leave a comment