deep

I cannot believe that our summer has already evaporated. Where did it go? Tonight, we kick off our FUEL school year. I am so excited. This is going to be a great fall!!

Our theme of getting DEEP has its roots in Colossians 2:6-7, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

I am reminded of the willow tree in my grandparents backyard in Greendale or the tree stand my dad and I would hunt out of in Presque Isle. These trees were ginormous. It is said that trees have as many roots underground as there is tree above ground. It takes a lot for big trees to stand upright especially through storms and seasons. I am particularly drawn to lonely trees that tower above empty fields. They have to weather the elements. Their roots must be strong and deep.

As children of God we also must have deep roots. The world is full of doubts and questions about God and Christianity. Is there any truth? Is faith reliable? Can I trust anything? Over the past few months I have seen in many of our young people desire to know the truth and live a substantial faith. We all want answers to deep questions, but more so, we desire answers that affect the way we think and live. I desire answers that keep me rooted when the storms of doubt hit hard like a hurricane.

This fall we will be answering real deep questions about the faith. If you could ask God one question what would it be?

DEEP: getting deep with God & God getting deep in me.

God of this city

Now that we are back in the US of A it is time to do a little of DR08 in L-town. I am challenged to share with our community the good news of Jesus Christ. May God use the E85 FUEL mission team to impact our city.

E85 FUEL, what does it mean? E = evangelism team; 85 = well the only thing I can think of is that we “partying like it were 1985”,  have our sights on the eternal as in “back to the future”, and are cheepy-cheepy like biofuel; FUEL = our student ministries. Quirky, I know.

make me your fuel

We live in a day that has high fuel prices, would it be great if we had this kind of fuel?

“Give me the love that leads the way, the faith that nothing can dismay, the hope no disappointments tire, the passion that will burn like fire, let me not sink to be a clod; make me Your fuel, Flame of God.” Amy Carmichael

TOP 10 LIST: you have been coming to FUEL a long time when…

10. You hear a whiner and your first thought is, “WHAA!”
9. You have a collection of blue pens at home you forget to bring back the next week.
8. You have enough take home papers and blank notes sheets to replentish the Amazon Forest.
7. You bring your own hat on your birthday.
6. You have pit stains on your black FUEL t-shirt.
5. You know what the acrostics FUEL, SNAC, GOSPEL stand for among many others.
4. You can do all the motions to “Every Move I Make” backwards.
3. Your favorite game is HUWA, and you try to teach it to others outside of FUEL and you wonder why they look at you weird.
2. You have been practicing since February for the annual ReFUEL Retreat t Un-Talent Show.
1. You catch yourself saying, “Eh?” every now and then.