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Perspective is everything.
   As I studied today for an easy lesson on giving, I ran into an area that really challenged me. After going through this study, it completely wrecked my plans for an easy lesson on giving. I started thinking; while God showed me something profound in the scripture today, I needed something easy to digest for the online youth lesson. Then I thought, no. Not every lesson in God's Word is fluffy and easy to digest. Sometimes, you just have to chew on it a little longer. So here it is...
   I was reading a devotional on Luke 21: 1-4 titled 'The Widow's Mite', or 'The Widow's Offering'. It's a Level one story most of us know by heart.
   The Widow's Offering
   21 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 "Truly I tell you," he said, "this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on."
   I then looked at some commentary and realized I have been looking at that verse all wrong. I didn't want to believe the commentary that this verse isn't about giving at all, so I started reading before and after.
   One thing to keep in mind is that our modern day Bibles have assigned verses and even nifty titles to help us understand blocks of scripture, but they weren't written with them. I have found that understanding what was written before and after an area you are studying will help provide better context to what you are reading. Understanding the context of the scripture is very important. You will find that, often times, a block of scripture has a very different meaning without it's context.
   So...I then read Luke 20:45 thru Luke 21:6 and I couldn't believe that I had missed the point every time I've read it. Luke 20:45
   45 While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples, 46 "Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. 47 They devour widows' houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely." 21:1 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 "Truly I tell you," he said, "this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on." 5 Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, 6 "As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down."
   It's talking about how we as as the body of Christ should not be so consumed by running the church as a business that we rob and overlook the poor. Jesus is saying that God didn't ask the widow to give all that she had to live on, but the church made her feel like she needed to. It's about church corruption. It's saying that we as Christians should realize that the ministry we do is more important than the building we do it in.
   It's been a challenge doing ministry out of our church building that we all love, but this may very well be a message from God to remember that the church is not the buildings but the body of Christ.
   If all we ever do in our faith is play church in a church, then we aren't the church at all. James 2:14-26
   14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without [a]your works, and I will show you my faith by [b]my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe - and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is [c]dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made [d]perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham believed God, and it was [e]accounted to him for righteousness." And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
   I challenge you this week to rethink church. Rethink your place in the Body of Christ. While tithing and worshiping with a body of like minded believers is important and scriptural, taking care of God's people is much more important than a building. This week show someone thru your actions what the church really is.
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   Justin Marcantel
   Minister of Youth
   Pine Forest Baptist Church


Coming Events

 

- - Crystal Beach Mini-Camp  July 24-26
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Crystal Beach Mini-Camp is coming up on July 24-26. We have rented some awesome cabins and are looking forward to a great weekend! The cost is only $65/student for 3 days. The only extra money needed will be $15 for lunch on Sunday in the Galveston Strand and any souvenir money they may want to bring. The $65 is due June first. As of now, registration is closed due to limited space. Let me know if you would like to be placed on a waiting list.
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   Justin Marcantel
   Minister of Youth
   Pine Forest Baptist Church


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

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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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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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