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Spring Break! Help Students Leave With Christ, Not Regrets

By PTL TEAM on Mar 24, 2017 3:52:09 PM


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Hopefully you avoided the movie "Spring Breakers" that came out in 2013. It was an indecent and offensive movie that highlighted the need for God's spirit to sweep across Florida beaches. But, it drew so much attention because it featured former wholesome Disney stars Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens in shocking lead roles.

The movie also captured the darkness and un-Christ-like environment that young people are exposed to while on break from high school or college. Unfortunately, the darkness masquerading as light is appealing to many students who want to lose themselves for a week. We know it's our sin nature, but our culture makes it acceptable, which makes it even more appealing.

That's why it's so important to reach future leaders and decision-makers with God's Word.

Students are at the crossroads of life - they could make irrational decisions that lead to massive regret or find true fulfillment through Jesus Christ. And, we really want them to find Jesus! According to travel site Orbitz, more than 50 percent of college students planned spring break trips in 2015. That's millions of students thinking about life choices.

When those students planned their trip to Florida, Texas, or California, they were thinking about belonging to something bigger than themselves. It's spring break - a gathering point for so many people. Yet, the end of that road is emptiness and unfulfillment because it's a temporary escape. We know that true "belonging" is being in God's family. That comes from a relationship with our Father and believing that Jesus is our savior, as identified in the Gospel of John.

But, how do you convince spring-breakers to drop what they're doing and follow Jesus when that person is so adamant about living it up? You let the Word of God do the talking!

Think about your position this Spring Break. You probably fall into one of three categories.

(1) You are traveling/know someone who is traveling for Spring Break.

(2) You live in a Spring Break hot spot.

(3) You will encounter a spring-breaker while vacationing with your family.

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The Trek Thru Romans - Day 16

By PTL TEAM on Mar 24, 2017 5:00:00 AM


Prepare your heart for Easter with a Study of Romans

 

Many people breeze through 16, almost skipping over the names. Consider slowing down. When I do, I see a few things...I see Paul as a person...who is concerned for all sorts of people...and finally, standing at the last three verses...

Well read Romans 16 and then have one last look at my notes.

I am praying for God to strengthen you according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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The Trek Thru Romans - Day 15

By PTL TEAM on Mar 23, 2017 5:00:00 AM


Prepare your heart for Easter with a Study of Romans

 

I was reading Romans 15 again and verse 5 hit me... “the God of endurance...” Endurance...hmm, I know I am supposed to persevere, to endure, but I love the fact that the Word describes God in this way...

I encourage you to read Chapter 15 slowly...linger a bit!

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The Trek Thru Romans - Day 14

By PTL TEAM on Mar 22, 2017 5:00:00 AM


Prepare your heart for Easter with a Study of Romans

 

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The Trek Thru Romans - Day 13

By PTL TEAM on Mar 21, 2017 5:00:00 AM



Today’s title, “It Depends” may put you off a little. It may sound like I am being “relativistic”. Trust me, I am not. We do not have a lot of chapters left. Paul gives a small amount of advice about “how to live as a Christian” to people who live in the center of an Empire...they live in Rome!

Yet what we are receiving are timeless principles...like the kind you find in verses 12-14.

Take a read through Chapter 13 and then see what you think about my thoughts..

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The Trek Thru Romans - Day 12

By PTL TEAM on Mar 17, 2017 5:00:00 AM


Prepare your heart for Easter with a Study of Romans

 

Maybe you have come to the point where you are yelling, “uncle, I give in, you win St. Paul. I agree Jesus is the Son of God and I need Him!” Now what? Well first of all catch your breath. Because you are about to be “wowed” by how un-religious this all becomes...it is simply about your life.

Read Romans 12 and then consider my thoughts below.

Your ordinary life is an opportunity to be an extraordinary worshipper.

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The Trek Thru Romans - Day 11

By PTL TEAM on Mar 16, 2017 5:00:00 AM


Prepare your heart for Easter with a Study of Romans

 

One of the real dangers of theology is thinking we “have it all figured out”. We come to a point in Romans where Paul reminds us about God...

Read Romans 11 and then consider my thoughts below.

Be encouraged you are always in the grips of God!

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The Trek Thru Romans - Day 10

By PTL TEAM on Mar 15, 2017 5:00:00 AM


Prepare your heart for Easter with a Study of Romans

 

Jesus often challenged people for being so religious, that they could not see God in their midst.
Paul now picks up on that theme, especially as it relates to why his people can’t accept Jesus...

Read Romans 10 and then consider my thoughts below.

So what is it? Are you a fan, fanatic, or follower of Jesus?

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The Trek Thru Romans - Day 9

By PTL TEAM on Mar 14, 2017 5:00:00 AM



Sometimes when you think you understand something, you begin to then talk yourself out of it.
Last week we read how we are inseparable from God through Jesus! As you “take in” this reality, maybe your mind begins to think about your family and friends. If so you are not alone. You may remember, we wound our way through the first four chapters of Romans.

Read Romans 9 and then consider my thoughts below.

It is so good to be standing on the peaks of grace and faith with you.

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Your brother in God’s Family, 

David J Collum
David J. Collum
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Join the Conversation!

Share your thoughts, insights and questions in the comments section below. Below are some discussion questions to get the conversation started:

  • Have you ever felt anguish over someone who did not know Christ? What were you willing to do and what kinds of sacrifices could you make to reach them with the Gospel?
  • How often do you pray for people in your life who don’t know Christ? Think about three people today who don’t know Jesus. Write their names down and commit to pray for their salvation and for you to have an opportunity to share the love and message of Christ with them.
  • Have you ever had a hard time understanding God’s sovereignty in salvation? Do you ever think it is unfair that He doesn’t save everyone? These are hard concepts to grasp. It is hard to really wrap your mind around how God works and how we are responsible. What should be our response when we don’t understand the depths of God’s character and works?
  • What are some evidences of God’s grace and mercy in your life that you can be thankful for? Take some time praising and thanking God for His grace and mercy in your life.
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The Trek Thru Romans - Day 8

By PTL TEAM on Mar 11, 2017 5:00:00 AM


Prepare your heart for Easter with a Study of Romans

 

I know the last chapter was hard. Sometimes when you are climbing you come out of a deep thicket and get to stand on a ledge or plateau and take in an amazing view. Welcome to chapter 8!

This chapter begins with the word “Therefore”, which is huge, and it ends with the idea that we are “Inseparable from God when we are in Jesus”, which is huger (I know that is not a word!).

Rejoice in the good news that in Christ you are eternally “super-glued” to Jesus.

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