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A Promise

September 25, 2012


“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.  Until I come devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.  Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.”  1 Timothy 4: 12-14

We had an awesome time of fellowship here last night.  We gave my soon to be 13 year old daughter Lydia a gold promise ring as she promised to remain faithful and pure to The Lord during her teens and beyond.  We all took turns sharing our experience, strength and hope concerning being a teen in this day and age; and how Jesus helped us to overcome our struggles when we were teens.  We were reminded, again and again, how Jesus is always there for us even when we stumble and fall short of His best for us.  Progress, not perfection was the message that came through quite clearly.

After we all were done sharing we all gathered around Lydia and prayed for her as we laid hands on my sweet child.  It was very clear that Jesus will be using Lydia to effect the lives of her peers and others due to her compassionate heart.  Even though she is quiet and shy God will be touching others through Lydia’s life and example.  Lydia made her promise to Jesus and we all promised to love, support and encourage her along the way.

We prayed, we ate, we shared and we sang.  We surrendered to The Holy Spirit and He flowed through every member.  As we lifted Him up He drew all of us closer to Himself and He blessed us with a wonderful night of freedom and fellowship.

Lydia does not like being the center of attention, but I told her that this night was special and God wanted us to focus on her.  She humbly received the blessing and thanked us all.  I love Lydia, she is my youngest child and very dear to my heart.  After the gathering Lydia told me we forgot to pray for me and my ongoing struggles with PTSD.  I told her that was alright because I was much better and got just what I needed from Jesus this night.  Totally free & open fellowship is what we all need.  When every member is allowed and encouraged to function and minister great stuff happens.  

Love and…..

Kirk Out !


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  1. nancy permalink

    Just beautiful Chris….and it’s so true that when we are gathered together, Christ supplies to all the Body…because we are standing in the Glory….that wonderful place of fellowship between the Father and the Son….

  2. "BK" permalink

    Beautiful, Chris. Lydia’s gifts are deep, that’s for sure. Give her a hug for me.

    Also I love how your fellowship went in general. You can feel His Life as you tell about it. “BK”

  3. I love hearing the stories from your gathering.

  4. Reformed by the Spirit permalink

    Althought I have led a youth group in the past, I am starting to believe that it is best for the youth to be with the adults….there is so much that can be shared that is now lost in most “churches”. This is an example of what has been lost. What happened at your last fellowship is a great example of what should be.

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