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Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil 2:5)

It absolutely amazes me how quickly time flies. It seems like just a few days ago we spent time talking about all the events of summer time, and here we are with Friday night football starting all over again. Our parents and kids know all too well the significance of this week. I am positive that EACH and EVERY one of our young people were up and ready to start school on Monday.


School brings on a whole new set of responsibilities. I can always remember how nervous I was on the first day. Just the thoughts of walking into a classroom with new people always made me nervous. I have heard a number of teachers who are members of this congregation remark about the excitement of meeting your new students. This year certainly brings on its challenges, but it also brings on a number of opportunities. The interesting thing is, regardless of your age or school status, these opportunities are present for every Christian in any capacity.  These opportunities are especially important for our young people. What do I mean?


Young people consider your influence.  We never know who is watching, that’s for sure, and we never know who we influence. The Bible directly reminds us that “bad company corrupts good morals” (1 Cor 15:33) which helps us to keep in check the fact that those we associate with us have a direct influence on us. Have we ever stopped to think that the opposite is true, too?  We have an influence on those we associate with, for the positive or negative. Think about this: Peter said to have your conduct as “honorable among the gentiles (non-Christians)”. Why? “That when they speak against you as evil doers, they may, by YOUR good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation” (1 Peter 2:12).  For many, you may be the only “Bible” people see. Make sure that your influence will lead others to glorify God.


Young people remember your priorities.  A priority is strictly defined as “something given special attention”. We understand priorities, and we show them in many ways. Where we choose to be and what we choose to do dictate our priorities. There are many good and lively things that are not wrong we can associate with, that can become priorities. But we should all remember that Jesus’ own words were to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matt 6:33).  I can assure you that others watch where the priorities of the Christian are, and Christians are to make their priority God and serving Him.


We sure do have some wonderful young people here, and I know you are looking forward to a great year at school. Remember to keep your priorities in check, and remember your influence! You are all wonderful!


Ande Z

Tuesday – Devot @ Ande Z’s (7-8:30pm)
August 31st – Barons Game
September 11th – Devo @ Ande Z’s (7-8:30pm)
September 16th – Area Wide @ Hoover
September 21st-22nd – Camp Inaghi and Six Flags!!


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