We had a great day in the Lord’s house today. We are all ready and set for Youth Conference 2016 to begin tomorrow night. All the finishing touches are being done in the morning and we will be ready for Youth Conference to start tomorrow night at 6:00pm. Please pray for us this week and all the young people that will be here that they will allow God to work in their lives. Pray that souls will be saved, lives will be changed, and young people will surrender to the call of God. The Lord allowed us to have 18 kids on the bus this morning with 6 of them being a first time visitor, which was a tremendous blessing. Pray that we can get more kids coming and that the ones that are coming will remain faithful in coming each week.
This morning for Sunday school we looked at Elisha and how he was a prophet to the children of Israel and he was used mightily by God. He prayed that he would get a double portion of what Elijah had, and God granted him that request. Elijah did 7 miracles whereas Elisha did 14 miracles. Elisha didn’t ask for a double portion to make a name of himself, but to help the children of Israel and get them back to God and serving God. We need some young people that have a prayer life. This week we are going to be in youth conference, but we still need to find time to pray and read our Bibles this week. Prayer is what gives us the help that we need spiritually. Prayer is something we should do when we first wake up because it is what will help us get through the day. But, if we are not careful, we will allow distractions to come into our life and take us away from praying. We get up and get busy and we forget to pray, and we end up praying or trying to pray at the end of the day, but we are too tired to pray and we end up not even praying. We end up going a whole day without praying, and as Christians that is something we cannot live without. We need to spend time in prayer so we can talk to God, and He can in return talk to us. As breathing is important to our physical bodies, prayer is important to our spiritual bodies. Without breathe we will die physically, and if we don’t spend time in prayer we are dead spiritually. How is your prayer life? How much time do you spend alone with God?
This morning Pastor preached out of John 6:1-14 on “There Is A Lad Here.” The lad here in this story made all the difference, and made this story so great. What made all the difference was there was a non-typical lad. We wouldn’t look for a little boy to do anything. He’s not the one you would call out to do something great. The reason Jesus used the lad HERE is because He can’t use the ones that are NOT HERE. We need to work with the lads that are still here in church, not the ones that have gone out and are in the world. God doesn’t pick like we pick because He sees what’s on the inside. God is looking for a lad that is willing to be used by God. He needs someone that will just surrender it all to Him. There was also a non-typical lunch. Barley was used to feed animals, and barley bread is what they made to feed the animals. The lad didn’t have much and his family was poor, he didn’t have much in this world. There were also 2 small fishes in his basket. He was eating those fish that we would have just thrown back because they were not big enough to eat. But, he was proud of those 2 fishes and he was willing to eat those 2 small fish. Size to him didn’t matter because he was happy with what he had, and he ate what he caught. There was also a non-typical question. The question that was asked was “but what are they among so many?” Andrew probably didn’t even want to tell the Master, because of the smallness of the lunch. Andrew knew that in the human eyes that lunch would do nothing to help feed the 5,000 men not including the women and children there that day. God wanted to use that young lad and the lunch that he had. God uses those that no one knows about. We don’t need to forget about the little lad. Lastly there was a non-typical answer. God said let them all sit down on the grass. Jesus distributed the lunch to the disciples who then gave to the multitude. The multitude ate until they were full. Everybody ate fish that day even if they didn’t like fish. God changed their taste buds and everyone ate fish that day. God will use us if we will just let Him. The lad gave all he had, and that is all that God wants from us today. God wants what we have, not what we don’t have. Give everything you’ve got to God. You’ll never regret it.
Tonight Bro. Justin Epley preached out of Proverbs 20:1 on “The Bottle Is Still Laughing.” He asked for no one to take notes while he was preaching. He just wanted us to listen to him as he preached. He preached a tremendous message on alcohol. If you want to listen to a great message on alcohol contact us and ask for a CD of the message.