I made a few changes to how we sell stuff here at Nailscars.com. You should now be able to purchase material directly from Nailscars.com and also create an account so you can come back again and download your purchases.
Come Alive was one of my favorite lessons series of all time. It is just fun to teach with these amazingly fun songs.
Come Alive is a 4 week Bible study that uses the songs from The Greatest Showman as a jumping off point to talk about God’s abundant life. The theme verse is John 10:10 and each week adds to the theme that God calls us to not just live, but to thrive and have an abundant life. Themes include being satisfied with God, being honest with who you are, and God’s grace when we mess up. While this Bible study was designed for teenagers and youth groups it would easily fit in an adult setting as well.
You can pick it on the store page by following the links at the top or by clicking here: Come Alive
I have been struggling for a while with our youth group on Sunday night. We are bringing in a whole new crowd of kid and they are a bit rough around the edges. I have enlisted some adult help* and switched to a more experiential model of teaching and that has helped some, but what probably made the most difference was has been the time I have spent outside of church with students.
I have been making an effort to meet with kids outside of church whenever I could. I had supper with one of my high school kids this week and found out that he had gone through a pretty rough time as a kid. I also found out that another younger kid was going through the same thing.
So tonight I connected those two people. It was amazing to see this guy who many people feel is trouble talk to another kid who constantly gives me grief and see them for at least a moment bounding.
It wasn’t earth shattering. The older guy didn’t know what to say and the younger kid was a little worried about the whole thing, but the concept was dare I say it holy. It was a chance for the older kid to practice being the church and the younger kid to feel that he is heard and loved.
It wasn’t much. There is still a whole lot to do, but for a moment there was a glimmer of hope.
One of the things I like to do as a youth minister is to have one “nostalgia” type series a year. The idea is to go back and find something from when they were kids (which for some of them is just like last year) and bring it out and teach a lesson on it.
Some of these have been more successful than others, but with the success of Come Alive: A Greatest Showman Bible Study I thought I would work up some of those old series into something for Nailscars.com
Anyway, here are the possibilities. There have been a few more, but these are the ones that are closest to being produced. So leave a comment on which you would like to see first.
I have been praying lately for God to give our church our neighborhood as our inheritance.
It is a prayer that is changing things, but it seems like all of the things that have changed have been in my heart.
You see in church work there are people who come to your ministry and they make life easier for their presence. They add their gifts to the gifts of the others at church in a way that seems natural. There are also people who come into your ministry who make life harder. They are still rough around the edges. Some of them have attitudes that rub people the wrong way. Others are just down right rude, mean, or otherwise problems. In short they act like what they are non-Christians.
In my life I hate to admit I have sought after the first group much more than the later. I have given lip service to wanting everyone to come, but I have actively courted the people who were easy.
This prayer I have been praying for our neighborhood has been changing my heart. I have begun to realize that I was not only tolerating the hard ones, but that I wanted them, really wanted them. To come, warts, attitudes, and all. Why? Because I believe two things 1) That God has a heart for those who everyone else seems to want to push away and 2) Because I believe those people know others who are also hurting and if we could reach just a few of them we could reach scores of people who are lost and hurting.
So over the past couple of weeks I have been trying to figure out how to have a ministry that is full of people who seem to be trying the best to disrupt everything that we normally do at church. It hasn’t been easy. I had to humble myself and admit to folks that I didn’t have all of the answers and bring in a bunch of people to help, but last week things were better than the week before.
So in conclusion this has been a month of changes for me and I like what is happening. I am going to write over the next few days over what that means and how our ministry is changing.
But before we go I want to say that as I have prayed and ask God to bring people to our church He keeps bringing in people who are not at all what I would have looked for, but who I can tell are searching for God even if they don’t know they are searching yet.