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TRUTH -DEANNA TOCCO

TRUTH

DEANNA TOCCO

Psalm 13:5-6

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.

 You’re at a youth group gathering and everyone around you is getting into the worship. They’re closing their eyes, raising their hands; some are even crying, and then there’s you. You’re just not feeling it tonight and you don’t know why. You want to, but you’re just not there tonight. Because you don’t want to be the odd one out, you decide to fake your worship and just do what everyone else is doing. You’ve just put on a mask. We’ve all done it, but God sees right through it. When you are focusing on those around you, your eyes are not on Jesus.

God has been so good to you; the fact that you are awake today is because of God’s goodness. The fact that you have food and a home is because of God. He doesn’t deserve your fake act; He deserves your all. We need to stop putting on a “Christian show” for everyone around and instead focus on Jesus. If you fix your eyes solely on Him, like the old hymn says, the things of this earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace. You will stop caring about having the right mask on for the right occasion and instead care immensely more about praising Jesus and loving others with all your might.

QUESTION 1. How many masks do you have? Some for youth group? school? home? work?
QUESTION 2. When you talk with God, are you real with him? Or do you try to say all the right Christian things?
CHALLENGE: Don’t be fake with God. He knows. Give Him the praise He deserves and, when you talk with Him, be real. You don’t need a mask to talk with God.
danea zeigle 3

TRUTH -DANAE ZEIGLE

TRUTH

DANAE ZEIGLE

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Have you ever bought into something that you thought would be amazing and looked great, but once you attained it, it just couldn’t live up to the hype? This could come in any form, from wearing the right clothes or having the right car to partying, sex with a boyfriend or girlfriend, drinking, drugs, etc. At the end of the day, did it really fulfill you? Well, if you’re anything like Danae, it only left you empty and disillusioned. So here’s the million-dollar question, if life-changing satisfaction doesn’t come from the things of this world, then where does it come from? If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, then your answer should be in Christ alone. Jesus is the only one who will never abandon you, and the only one that can fill the void that your heart so deeply desires. Jesus wants to give you life, and give it to you in abundance. If you’re not living the amazing life that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ, then ask yourself this question: With what or whom am I trying to fill that void in my life? Am I filling my life with the things of Christ or with the things of this world? God wants you to experience true life, the kind of life that cannot come from any brands of clothing you wear, parties you hit, or even relationships you have. Only God can give you the kind of life that is eternally satisfying!

QUESTION 1. What things have you bought into that just didn’t live up to the hype?
QUESTION 2. Do you feel that there is a void in your life right now? Are you substituting cheep imitations to fill the void in your heart that only Christ was meant to fill?
CHALLENGE: We challenge you to look past the glitz and the glamor that the world proclaims will satisfy you and look towards Jesus to find real fulfillment.
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TRUTH -JAKE VAYDA

TRUTH

JAKE VAYDA

Luke 16:15

He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.”

 We have all experienced the Sunday morning exchange which goes something like this: Person 1 says, “Hey man, good to see you. How are you?” To which person 2 responds, “I’m doing great, busy, but great.” Person 1 then says, “Awesome, brother. I’ll be praying for you!” It is the most superficial of exchanges because person 2 doesn’t want person 1 to know he is struggling at his job, his relationship with his parents is on the rocks, and he hasn’t prayed in weeks. This masking of our true selves may work okay with others, but it doesn’t work with God. He sees right through our façade.

How silly it is to try to hide what we are going through from God who already knows our deepest desires and our darkest secrets. He created us and He knows our hearts even better than we do! So why do you hide? Is it because you are ashamed and you don’t want God to know what is actually going on? Are you afraid He won’t love you anymore?

The worst thing you can do when you are going through something is to try to mask it from God and then think he doesn’t know or understand. As the verse in Luke above says, “God knows your heart.” Let this be a comfort and not something that scares you. Pour your heart out to Him and you will find yourself resting like never before in the arms of the great Comforter.

QUESTION 1. Are you trying to wear a “Christian” mask for God? When you talk with God, do you pour your heart out or do you use all the best Christian phrases?
QUESTION 2. Why aren’t you being real with God? Answer this honestly: Is it because you are ashamed? Are you scared of what God will think about you?
CHALLENGE: Be genuine and real with God. He knows your heart and loves you no matter what. Allow Him to comfort you.
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TRUTH -KAREN MCKINNY

TRUTH

KAREN MCKINNY

1 John 1:8-9 “If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”

What comes to mind when you hear the word Christian or Christianity? Now, place that very question into your Google search engine. What are some of the answers that come up? It’s amazing, isn’t it, so many different and diverse answers to the same question.

People who have called themselves Christians have done some unbelievably beautiful things. For example, Christianity, is the largest single provider of healthcare and education in the world, they pioneered modern Social Work, birthed the first orphanages, began the strong push for prison reform, and the list goes on and on (Check out http://christiangoodinsociety.blogspot.com). However, in the name of Christianity, Christians have also done a great deal of damage in the world. For example, have you ever known a Christian who sinned, maybe just by hurting someone else’s feelings, gossiping, stealing things, committing illegal activities, etc? The list can be long, but the point is clear; just because people call themselves a Christian doesn’t mean that they’ve never sinned. The good news is that the Christian God is a loving God and someone who wants to show you and all whom you come into contact with his love! What we do as Christians is a reflection on the one we worship, and don’t think for a moment that people aren’t watching, because they are. The best way to let people know we are Christians is by our love! (John 13:35)

QUESTION 1. Can there be anything negative to say about you as Christian?
QUESTION 2. What are some things you can do today change peoples negative ideas of Christianity?
CHALLENGE: When you hear negativity or bad press about you or your Christianity, don’t be offended, because often times a lot of what is said has some real truth to it. Instead of being offended, find ways to change people’s perception of Christianity by the way you live and share the gospel message. Show people you are a Christian by your love!
Dugan Sherbondy 3 Truth LG

TRUTH -DUGAN SHERBONDY

TRUTH

DUGAN SHERBONDY

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Have you ever gone though a period of time that you just didn’t feel God’s presence in your life? Maybe you even wondered if God even existed at all. Many of us go through what people have coined the dry or dark periods of our lives. They’re times when we are lonely or just don’t feel God’s presence in our lives. But know this, there will never, ever be a time, situation or moment that you are alone. Why? Because God is with you always, even when life gets difficult, when you’re in pain, and especially when you feel most alone. Just because you don’t feel God, doesn’t mean he isn’t there. In fact, sometimes when we can’t feel God, it might just be because he’s trying to teach us something.

QUESTION 1. Think of a time when you felt God’s presence most active in your life? Think of a time when you felt alone and couldn’t really feel God’s presence?
QUESTION 2. What did you learn from God in each of the experiences referenced in question 1? What lesson can you pull from these experiences?
CHALLENGE: It can be hard to understand how one minute we feel such an overwhelming presence of God in our lives and then the very next week, month or year we are left wondering where God went. But here’s the kicker, God never went anywhere, he was and is always with you, and he promises that he will never leave you nor forsake you. God loves you and never forget it! So as the Bible says, be strong and live courageously!