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Today, read with me in John 4 New International Version (NIV)
   4 Now he (Jesus) had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
   7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?" 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
   9 The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])
   10 Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."
   11 "Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?"
   13 Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
   15 The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water."
   16 He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back."
   17 "I have no husband," she replied.
   Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true."
   19 "Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem."
   21 "Woman," Jesus replied, "believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth."
   25 The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."
   26 Then Jesus declared, "I, the one speaking to you-I am he."
   27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, "What do you want?" or "Why are you talking with her?"
   28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 "Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?" 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
   39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me everything I ever did." 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers.
   42 They said to the woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world." Race wars and battles are nothing new to humanity. They have been going on in one version or another for centuries. Jesus gave us an awesome example in how to conduct ourselves. The new testament makes it clear that there is to be no racial or cultural divide in the kingdom of God. For we are all one part of the Body of Christ. Here are a few things to note in this story.
      •  In meeting a Samaritan woman, he had no fear or reservation about crossing the cultural and racial divide to reach this human.
      •  He looked beyond the cultural divide to see a bigger issue, her need for salvation.
      •  Her race was not the issue for Jesus. Her sin was.
      •  His love for her and his focus on her needs disarmed her concern that they are not in the same social circles.
      •  The Samaritans accepted this massage from a Jewish leader because it spoke to their need for salvation and it wasn't covered in the same old hate that they would have typically heard.
   Throughout your life, the social climate will shift many times. There will always be new and old enemies in the world, new and old causes being fought, and new lines formed in the sand. It is important, that no matter how important the cause, we remain Christlike in our words and in our actions. It is important that we never lose site that all people need salvation. Our message cannot be harmed by the hatred in our hearts. In all things, point people to Jesus, for he is the way, the truth and the light.
   Justin Marcantel
   Minister of Youth
   Pine Forest Baptist Church

Coming Events

- - Youth is Back!

Beginning Wednesday, June 17 from 6-8 pm
On Wednesday, June 17, Pine Forest Baptist Church will be kicking off our Wednesday night Youth program. We are excited to have everyone back and are ready to worship and hang out with everyone again!
Please click here for a few important things you need to know



- - Crystal Beach Mini-Camp  July 24-26
We're very sorry to report that due to covid and weather related concerns, the beach-camp for youth has been cancelled. Justin Marcantel

Regular Schedule
- Sunday Bible Study: at 9:45 am
- Open Loft: Sundays at 5 pm
- Fellowship: Sundays following Evening Worship
- REFUGE Bible Study: Wednesdays at 6 pm
- Breakfast: The third Sunday each month at 8 am in the Gym for all men and youth guys

Summer Camp Video Stories
    See the engaging videos linked below for the trips and experiences at Youth Summer Camps. We want to thank everyone who gives of their time and financial resources that continue to provide for our students to go to camp. Without you, these amazing trips would not be possible.
Thanks! - - Justin 

Youth Camp-2019
FUGE Camp 2019 - Ridgecrest, NC
Youth Camp-2018
FUGE Camp 2018 - Ridgecrest, NC
Youth Camp-2017
FUGE Camp 2017 - Panama City, FL
Youth Camp-2016
FUGE Camp 2016 - Glorieta, NM
Youth Camp-2015
FUGE Camp 2015 - Glorieta, NM
Youth Camp-2014
FUGE Camp 2014 - Ridgecrest, NC
Youth Camp-2013
FUGE Camp 2013 - Ridgecrest, NC
Youth Camp-2012
PowerPlus Camp 2012 - Pineywoods, TX
Youth Camp-2011
PowerPlus Camp 2011 - Pineywoods, TX
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Youth Music

Click here for the Youth Praise Band Rehearsal Music page
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Messages by Justin:
"Living Up to Your Name"
"What You Need to Know About Your Faith to Overcome the World"
"What Will Your Legacy Be?" (Deuteronomy 34:4-12)
"Prequel to Birth of Jesus: Birth of John" (Luke 1)

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Video - The Kristo

Forever Praise

Just a teenager desperate for you, is all that I am,
And I truly worship you because you're the Son of man.
Lord, break our hearts and bring us back to you,
Until worshiping you for all eternity is all that we can do.
You died on the cross to take away my shame,
So for me to live is Christ, and to die is truly gain.
All I have to offer is this life you've given me,
Lord, more like you, is what I long to be.
You took away my sin when you died upon the cross,
And I know that without you I would be completely lost.
Ignite my passion for you deep inside of me,
And help me to overlook the world, until your face is all I see.
On the third day, from the tomb, you were raised,
So for that, I will give you all glory, honor, and praise.
When You died, to the world, Your name was known,
That's why I will forever praise you and live for You alone.

- Heidi McGraw


"Is Allah Identical to the God and Father
of Our Lord Jesus Christ?"

Being an Imitator of God

   As Christians, all of us, no matter what age we are, have to contend with the temptations Satan can throw at us.  In Ephesians 5:1 we find these challenging words:  Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love.  Being an imitator of God can seem impossible, but it isn't with the help of God, Himself.
   In verses 3 and following we find the key to living a life of love:  But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or any kind of impurity, or of greed because these are improper for God's holy people.  All of us Christians are God's holy people.  Even young people have moral responsibilities to fulfill as Christians.  Verse 4 says, Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.  Be careful about the things that come out of your mouth.  Allow God to be Lord of all of your life all day, every day.

Would You Rob Yourself?

   If you had something very valuable and precious to you and someone came in and took it from you, you would be angry and upset. We always cherish and protect our valuables. If it would make you angry for someone to take something of great value from you, then why is it okay for you to rob yourself? You continually rob yourself by not being in Sunday School and worship on Sundays. You rob yourself of Christian fellowship and influence. You rob yourself of the benefits of studying God's Word, the Bible, a book that can transform your life and help you answer questions to every problem of life. You also rob yourself of the opportunity to worship and praise God for all He does for you. Don't rob yourself anymore, be in Sunday School.

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