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If I Can Help Somebody

Help Somebody

It was a cold winter's day that Sunday. The parking lot to the church was filling up quickly. I noticed as I got out of my car that fellow church members were whispering among themselves as they walked to the church.

As I got closer I saw a man leaned up against the wall outside the church. He was almost laying down as if he was asleep. He had on a long trench coat that was almost in shreds and a hat topped his head, pulled down so you couldn't see his face.

He wore shoes that looked 30 years old, too small for his feet, with holes all over them, his toes stuck out. I assumed this man was homeless, and asleep, so I walked on by through the doors of the Church.

We all enjoy fellowship for a few minutes, and then someone brought up the man who was laying outside. People snickered and gossiped, but no one bothered to ask him to come in, including me. A few moments later church began. We all waited for the Preacher to take his place, and to give us The Word, when the doors to the church opened. In came the homeless man, walking down the aisle with his head down.

People gasped and whispered and made faces. He made his way down the aisle and up onto the pulpit. When he took off his hat and coat my heart sank. There stood our preacher... he was the "homeless man."

No one said a word... the room was silent and still.

Then the preacher took his Bible and laid it on the stand.

"Folks, I don't think I have to tell you what I'm preaching about today." Then he started singing the words to this song...

"If I can help somebody as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody with a word or song,
If I can show somebody that he's traveling wrong,
Then my living shall not be in vain."

From GodVine

Youths Across Vacation

Unique ideas, different thoughts in a friendly group, excited youths as vacation approached and school year passed on; where different stories and prank periods that happens in every minute and time – a bad time for those foolish things but a good timing to spend a lot of time for our Lord Jesus Christ.

            In every corners of the year, there would be months for vacation – April and May. A lot of youths are enthusiast for it is time to forget their homework and spend time doing play works. A lot of them standby in their favorite places and their favorite playgrounds and do nothing all day long. I could remember the song Istambay by Enchi a BisRock song that tells a guy who is bystander person and plays music all day long.

            80% percent of the youths took and waste their time during vacation. Some of the youth standby on internet café and play internet games in the entire day. As one enters in these different internet cafés, they would hear the loudest and noisiest voices from those “ISTAMBAY” or the bystanders. Even though they do not play but still they are very noisy. One of the games those youths addicted in playing of is the game named DotA or Defence of the Ancients that is very popular in the entire Philippines.

            Other youths especially girls, spend their time chitchatting with their friends. Some of them went to the beach and play volleyball, Frisbee, or just having picnic. They spent a lot of time in these different activities. They talk about different topics. They talk about their friend and back-stab them which is a bad attitude.

            Some of the youths especially honor students, study hard for the next school year. They read books and review their past lesson. All the day they don’t do anything but study hard. Some of their friends call their weird because even though school days pass by they study like there would be an exam on the next day. 

            However, for those young Christians who loved and praised Jesus worked hard to help the congregation. Young Christians spent their time for Jesus and not for those different things that was usually done by the bystanders. Maybe they don’t standby at those places nevertheless they standby in the Church with their co-young people. They went to church every vacant time of their lives thanking for the blessings and wisdom that God gave to them. They thank for the talents and unique things that they had.

            During worship days they are all present. In prayer meeting during Wednesdays, they are also there asking favors to God and also acknowledge him not only the good things but also the bad things that they received in their lives. In Saturdays, they were present to organize the incoming Sunday worship for the next day. They lead the worship by using their talents in singing, playing guitar, playing drums, and playing piano. They prepare the church for the Sunday Worship in the next day. They arrange the chairs and the tables. They clean up the house of worship.

            Every day there are lots of things that youth nowadays wanted to do – things that gave them joy and thrill. As youth, I admit that I do things that make me happy. I play tennis every day. Tennis court was my favorite arena. Internet cafe was also my favorite hangout. Facebook is my favorite social networking site to connect with my friends. However, house of worship or church is my favorite site to connect with my fellow Christians. And most of all, I “LIKE” God and I “SHARE” his good news.

            Above all, there are lots of things that youths nowadays make their time busy. Vacation is a good time for playing, shopping and others but going to church and serving God is the best among those others. For those bystanders, why don’t standby inside the church and learn to pray and not always play. For those busy persons, one was busy doing nothing but was tired in serving God. They read nonsense books but they couldn’t just tell a bible verse. We as youths should start now especially these days of vacation – days that are free in serving only his gratefulness and holiness. If you in yourself had the gift, serve him and all will be given to you. Live, Praise, and Serve only in God’s Grace

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A Young Teen's Unforgettable Experience

            Great smiles from their faces, clapping their hands, dancing, shouting only His name – JESUS, in a big ground of love as I touch with them – my brothers and sisters in heaven; Then I finally realized that I’m one of them – a young teen; One of those who worship only one God and who adore one Father.
            Once, I thought that sending me by my father in a camp with youths will provide me nothing but a waste of time. All I wanted is to have fun, always play, and be with my friends always. I admit to myself that I’m a very naughty and stubborn son. My father used to say this to me, “Seek first the kingdom of God”. So, I obeyed him. I went to a youth camp for my own good.
            The camp was named ISBYF or Island Samal Baptist Youth Fellowship. It was held in Botanical Baptist Church, Kaputian, Island Garden City of Samal. The place was quite awesome, peaceful, silent, full of trees – trees that seems talking to me, and most of all there was an old and very long hanging bridge. I found myself there peace and away from any harm.
            On the first day of camp, there are lots of youths.  We used to shake our hands and welcome each other. The faculties or the officers of this camp are very noble and responsible. There are also supportive Pastors who assist us. One of them is Pastor Jessie (my father), Pastor Requijo, and others. I told myself that, “I’m very wrong from the first place.”
            I found a lot of treasures in this camp; not gold or silver but a new family and friends. It couldn’t be compared from those playtimes I spent in playing computers and nonsense games.
            The officers in this fellowship are very responsible. One of them was Ate Dawn, Ate Liza, and Kuya Kelvin. I found a lot of friends also. They are Macario (the joker one), Arjane, Dzaia, Jezreel, and many more.
            As we woke up in the morning, we go to the camp site or the church for early devotions to be led by the host Pastor.  Then after it, there are precise people who wake up early just to prepare our breakfast. They cook very well. One of their specialties is “Bulad”, eggs, vegetables, and also “Adobo”. After we eat our breakfast, we used to go for our next activity. Some of this activity is PICTURE OUT. Someone will tell us a topic and we will picture it out but it tells more on the bible. There lot of activities that we used to play such as “How to improve the decorations in the church”, Amazing Race, and others. We were grouped in four groups and in each group, there are assigned leaders. I’m very lucky to be chosen as a leader for our team.
            When the sun sets and the moon arises, all of us will go to the campsite for an evening worship. The host pastor will give us message about God; about how great is our Father is. After that we will sing worship songs. I feel the aroma of God as we all sing:
            “All for love the Father gave ………… Everything I need is YOU, my beginning, my forever …..”
            The camp lasted for four days. In the third day, the president of the youths awarded the special awards such as camper of the year, the best team, and others. And in the third night, the faculties and pastors will choose the “Mr. and Ms. ISBYF” and I’m very lucky to be the first Mr. ISBYF since.
            The camp lasted for four days. In the third day, the president of the youths awarded the special awards such as camper
            After that night, we gather ourselves in the campsite and enjoyed our stay for it is the last day for being a youth camper. We felt very sad for we will see each other next summer but we also felt happy and blessed for the wisdom that we received and unforgettable moments we experienced. All of us packed our things and prepared to go home. Some of us cried. We hugged each other and say “See you next summer camp.”
            My experience was very unforgettable. The experience was quite cool and awesome – very cool than those things I used to enjoy with. I hope that this coming ISBYF Camp on May 22-26, 2012 in the same place will give us another joy, another experience, have a lot of friends and most of all, the learning from the bible that will help us youths encounter life and to know all about Jesus.

            Above all, it is not bad doing worldly things but it is worst doing nothing for our Lord Jesus Christ who died to save us who are very crowded in sins. Maybe, some youths can’t understand how important our spiritual growth is. By attending and joining Youth Fellowships or Youth Camps will give us importance touch with our Lord Jesus. The fun, the experience, and the treasures are right ahead of us. All we have to do is to feel and look for it. As the scripture says,
 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Mat 6:33

by: Salvar jezz