Saturday, July 14, 2007

Old School Part 2: Pictures




People tried to get everyone to sign their notebooks so this was one of the many signing groups in the room.

Kailey, Darcy, Joanna, and Amanda hangin out

Tim, Wes, Emily, and Ron gabbin before worship

"The Guys" Jordan, Chris, Chad, Jon and Garrett


Jordan, Ron is on Wes's shoulders

The stage

dodgeball

soccer :)

Our fearless leaders, Mr. Morrison, Mr. Connolly, and Mr. Campbell! Thanks guys! We had a BLAST!!!! Can't wait for the next one!
Well I think I'm going to grab a quick bite to eat and go to bed early...poker playin at midnight is really tiring on a person :) haha!

Old School Part One: The Savage Sewer Rats

Well the first night at the youth retreat...funny we were at a youth retreat entitled old school...OK back to the point...we were divided into teams. I happened to be in the winning team...the Savage Sewer Rats...so I thought I would put our team fight song and our team poem on here while my pictures are downloading.

Team Song (to the music of Rocky Top)
I'm a snarling savage sewer rat
Up in the Carolina Hills
We will take on voles and weasels
and follow Mr. Bill

Sewer pipes will always be
Home sweet home to me
Savage sewer rats
slimy as we can be
savage sewer rats
smellin like Tennessee
(variation is dreamin of Tennessee)


And our poem to Bill Kittrell goes like this

Tonight we humbly acknowledge our sin
How could we have been so wrong?
We know you have said there's no way we can win
But our hope is in the Sovereign One

The sewer rats love your stories about Dog
and beg your forgiveness today.
So we've opened our eyes and pulled out our log
And Meg called to say everything is OKAY!

We had such a blast! I hope it's not too long before the next one!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The Mask Part 3: Final Words


We all wear masks and there is no denying that. We don't want people to see us for the sinners we really are. This song is a remake of the Disney song Reflection. It hit me kinda hard today. It's the truth...freedom calls us out from hiding but we want to stay hidden. We don't need to hide because God sees us for who we are and if he still loves us, then why are we hiding again?

Look at me, You may think you see
Who I really am, But you'll never know me.

Everyday, it's as if I play A part.

Now I see,If I wear a mask,
I can fool the world,
but I cannot fool my heart.

Chorus:

Who is that girl I see?
Staring straight, Back at me.
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?

I am now,In a world
Where I have to hide in my heart,
and what I believe in.

But somehow,
I will show the world what's inside my heart,
And be loved for who I am.

Who is that girl I see,
staring straight back at me?
Why is my reflection someone I don't know?

Must I pretend that I'm
someone else for all time.
When will my reflection show,
who I am inside?

There's a heart that must be free
to fly That burns with a need to know
the reason why

Why must we all conceal
What we think How we feel?

Must there be a secret me
I'm forced to hide
I won't pretend that I'm
someone else for all time.

When will my reflection show
who I am inside?

When will my reflection show
who I am inside?

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Casting Crowns: East to West



Here I am Lord and I’m drowning, in Your sea of forgetfulness
The chains of yesterday surround me, I yearn for peace and rest
I don’t want to end up where You found me
And it echoes in my mind
Keeps me awake tonight
I know you’ve cast my sin as far as the East is from the West
And I stand before You now as though I’ve never sinned
But today I feel like I’m just one mistake away
From You leaving me this way

Chorus:
Jesus can you show me just how far the east is from the west
‘Cause I can’t bear to see the man I’ve been
Rising up in me again
In the arms of Your mercy I find rest
‘Cause You know just how far the east is from the west
From one scarred hand to the other

I start the day, the war begins
Endless reminding of my sin
And time and time again
Your truth is drowned out by the storm I’m in
Today I feel like I’m just one mistake away
from You leaving me this way

I know You’ve washed me white
Turn my darkness into life
I need Your peace to get me through
To get me through this night
I can’t live by what I feel
About the truth Your word reveals
I’m not holding on to You
But You’re holding on to me
You’re holding on to me

Monday, July 2, 2007

The Masks we wear: part 2


Imagine what it would be like if you went to church or school tomorrow and discovered that you didn't recognize a single person. A few of your friends might seem a bit familiar, but they just didn't look the same. You'd feel as if you were dreaming, or were having a nightmare or were the victim of some cruel hoax. But that imaginary scene at your church or school is what life would be like if you and everyone else removed their masks for a day.

Everyone wears a mask-the image they want others to see. What does yours look like? If it looks pretty much like the real you, you're among the minority. Many people wear masks that bear little resemblance to the real person behind it. What makes their lives so sad is that in their efforts to put on a good face for other people, they destroy any possibility of genuine fellowship with the very people they hope to impress.

By pretending to be someone or something you're not, you are undermining the work of God in your life. He made you the way you are. He loves the way you are, but other people can't. How can they, if you never show them the real you? How will you ever know if their love and acceptance is genuine? If all they ever see is this phony image you've been presenting, you will never have the confidence of knowing that they accept you for who you really are.

Presenting a false image is a form of dishonesty, one that deceives other people and destroys your self-esteem. It's also among the greatest hindrances to open fellowship among Christians. Jesus came not only to reconcile humanity to God but also to reconcile person to person. When you place a false image between your true self and your fellow believers, you build a barrier,

So Let people see the real you. Make yourself transparent and vulnerable to other Christians, even though it means that you'll run the risk of getting hurt. Honor the work of God in your life by stripping away the mask-or the many masks-you've been wearing. You'll become more approachable, more accessible, and more likable to others. And you might start to like yourself a little bit more as well.
~Checklist for Life for teens
No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne
The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position.
~Leo Buscaglia


So unveil yourself. No matter how much it hurts. Reveal what God has made...and it is good.