A Thursday Wake Up Call!!!

So Last night was our Christmas Morning party!!! It had its ups and downs but over all it was pretty AWESOME!!! Here are some reflections from my POV..
* 5 students recommitted their lives to Christ!!!! That is AWESOME!!!
* We had many students bring food items to help us pull off our Christmas morning breakfast… Most of the students brought there stuff!!! That was awesome we didn’t have to go buy more stuff
* I have an AMAZING volunteer team!!! The food people were so organized and they had everything “under control” Its such a blessing to watch them serve because of how talented they are!!!
* We have a great team of people in place from leading games to leading worship… its pretty cool to see Jesus reflected in the people who lead our students!
* I had a student come up to me and tell me that last night was our one year anniversary… That last Christmas morning was their first time at Collide and they have been around ever since!!! That was pretty cool to process!
* We see so many new faces each and every week its so awesome to see what God is doing through Collide!!!
* The message i hope spoke to those people who think that all religions are the same and that all roads lead to God…. Because when you really look close THEY DON’T! and it is the birth and death of Jesus Christ God come to earth that divides the teams! And how we have to decided is Jesus just a man or do we really BELIEVE that He was God come to earth to die undeservedly for sinful man so we could know Him!!

Over all tonight was a great night filled with fun games, great food and a great time of singing some Christmas classics and a point of decision for our students!
This was the end of 2009…. I wonder what God has planned for Student Impact in 2010!!! I pray that He expanse our thinking to dream bigger dreams than before realizing that He can and will do more than we can ask or imagine as we Seek and Follow His Will 🙂
-Tom

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Resource List: Hurt People Hurt People…. Get Help Because Healed People Heal People

Hey this a list for anyone struggling with various issues. This is not extensive and i’m sure there are many more out there… but here are a few I think are worth a look:

Self Injury:
WWW.SettingCaptivesFree.com – This is a great site BC it gives you a free 60 course to help you focus on God getting the glory through your healing process

http://www.christiananswers.net/q-dml/dml-y025.html – This a great encouragement for anyone hurting and not feeling like God is close to helping at all

http://www.christiananswers.net/q-dml/dml-y004.html – Is Forgiveness Possible, Check it! Just because forgiveness is possible doesn’t mean you say stuck in your sin.

Porn
www.xxxchurch.com – This is a great site for both accountability software and a good reminder that Jesus Loves YOU!!! I love what these guys are doing and how God is using them!

http://www.x3pure.com/ – This a course to help those who are struggling with sexual issues, but it costs money… not cool 🙂

www.settingcaptivesfree.com – This site is amazing! 60 day free courses for those who are struggling with porn and various other sinful habits

http://www.internetsafety.com/safe-eyes-parental-control-software.php – another software program to help you break the habit, this program costs money, one of the cool things is that it offers a instant alert opportunity that will let your Accountability partner know your doing something you shouldn’t be… they can call you and get you away from the computer.

Books:
Dirt Little Secret, Craig Gross
Everyman, everywoman, every young adults (Battle)
It came from with in, Andy Stanley
Porn again Christian, Mark Driscoll (This is available online for free)

I will add more… But one piece of advice….
These resources are great! But you need to tell someone, an adult who can help… Some students only share their problems with other students and it looks something like two blind guys trying to stay away from the edge of the cliff….. Talk with a pastor or a Christian counselor… Remember this, Your pastor is not a trained counselor.. that doesn’t mean he can’t help or won’t BC we will… But when you have the option share with your pastor but go speak with a professional Christian counselor…. PS> Christians need counseling too… its not a position of weakness… sometimes Christians need MORE counseling than non-Christians B/C they have believed the lie that Christians don’t have problems and things have piled on… Get Help 🙂 God wants you to be free 🙂

Hope these help 🙂
-Tom