Mon, February 19, 2018

A Reading for Christmas

This simple reading for 4 parts can easily be adapted to fewer readers. It focuses on how God is pursing you and how Christmas shows to what length He is willing to go to reconcile you to Him. It is to be slowly in reverent almost whispered tones. You may want to consider adding a light finger picked guitar part as you read. We used this as the soundtrack for a movie that consisted of Christmas and cross scenes.

ONE: Before we had anything to offer him, before we lifted our voices in praise or our hands to His work, before we opened a bible or walked into a church building, in fact even before we were ever created God was pursuing us with his love.

TWO: We don’t deserve the Love of God. We are gossips and worriers, we are lazy and irritable, we are controlled by our lusts and our appetites. We search after every thing but God and turn our backs on Him at every turn, and he still comes after us, chasing us, pursuing us with His unending love.

THREE: His love was announced by a baby in a manger. His love was proven by his body on a cross. In this time, in this place, let us dwell on that love. Let us put aside thoughts of trees and presents and malls and meals and focus on God’s pursuing love.

FOUR: He is pursuing you right now. He knows you, knows your thoughts, and your actions. He is close to you, dwelling with you, delighting in you, and He loves you. Tonight is one more place that He is reminding you of that love. Tonight is one more place where God is reaching out to you and asking you to drink deep of Him and His love for you. No matter where you come from, no matter what is going on in your life, or who has let you down or abandoned you. God has sought you out, and brought you here to say, “I love you.”

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About Me

I don't have all of the answers and some weeks it feels like I don't have any of the answers. I forget students names sometimes and say stupid things that hurt their feelings. I often find a good word picture or object lesson and build the lesson off of that instead of the other way around. I have put the finishing touches on a Wednesday night Bible study on Wednesday more times than I can count. I don't always pray as much as I should and I never study as much as I should. I try every new youth ministry model that comes from the "experts" and I have had at least 3 mission statements over the past 5 years.

But I love students ministry. I love watching teenagers as they serve God. I love to see them worship and forget about themselves for a while. I love seeing someone wake up to the love of God if only for a little while. I love to see them out serving their community and sharing the love of Christ with others. I love to be a part of their lives and I love seeing the world through their eyes. Like I said, I'm an average youth pastor.

About Nailscars.com

For over 10 years now I have been trying to add creative ideas for use in the local church. In the early days Nailscars.com was just a place to publish some scripts, but it has become a collection of creative ministry resources for youth ministry and worship.

I began writing a blog more to process my own thoughts more than anything else. As I started writing the comments that I got back from people amazed me. As I was honest with my struggles most of them would write and say “Thank you.” “It is just nice to know someone else struggles with these same things,” was a common response.

So this has become a place where I share the struggles and successes of being in youth ministry. I hope that you find something that God can use in your life and ministry.