January 2020 NEXT GENERATION NEWSLETTER
- Students Ring in 2020 with Jesus
- Traffic Stop Nets a Warning, Prayer
- Students for Life of America
STUDENTS RING IN 2020 WITH JESUS
It wasn’t your typical college New Year’s party—more than 65,000 young Christians gathering in an Atlanta stadium kicked off a new decade with worship, prayer and Bible teaching. While a Pew Research Center survey shows the “nones” or religiously non-affiliated Americans are increasing, with a decline in Christians over the last decade, the sold-out conference Passion 2020 seemed to outright defy that. With Passion founders Louie and Shelley Giglio as hosts, over three days, thousands of millennials and Gen Zers—along with their church and campus leaders—filled up the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. “Passion is more than a conference. More than an event. More than a feeling,” the website states. “Passion is you and me saying goodbye to lesser things and saying yes to Jesus, the One whose name is above every name.”
SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 29:11; Ephesians 2:10.
PRAY: 2020 brings revival to the youth of America.
ACTION: For a Prayer and Action meeting, invite a youth group to discuss how to reach this generation with the message of the Good News.
TRAFFIC STOP NETS A WARNING, PRAYER
A Texas couple pulled over for a non-speeding violation ended up with a warning—and a prayer—after State Trooper Ross Bates discovered they were headed to Dallas from the Houston area after the unexpected death of a family member. Middle-school teacher Lanell James told KHOU that after learning about the death of her husband’s younger brother, the trooper responded, “Oh, I’m sorry to hear that, do you know where he is?'” Her husband, Lamar, answered, ‘’Yes, at the morgue.” Bates responded, “No, he is now in his heavenly home.'” Lanell James admitted they were moved to tears. After running her ID, Bates returned to the car with a warning and offered to pray with them. “I have never had this happen before, but it was everything that we needed in that moment,” she offered, adding, “There’s just so much in the news with the negativity and the police killings and the racial tension—it’s a lot.”
SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; James 5:16.
PRAY: Christians become more visible with their faith.
ACTION: Write a postcard: “Dear Trooper Bates, I am (age) years old. Thank you for showing the light of Christ by praying with the grieving couple on a recent traffic stop.” Trooper Ross Bates, Texas DPS – Southeast Texas Region, 12230 West Road, Houston, TX 77065.
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Students for Life of America:
Founded in 1977 as a student-run organization, Students for Life now operates with “38 passionate professionals who have dedicated their lives to abolishing abortion.” They do so by transforming culture through recruiting, training and mobilizing pro-lifers to abolish abortion. They launch and support Students for Life groups in colleges, high schools, middle schools, law schools, and med schools throughout the nation who, in turn, educate other young people about the violence of abortion, create new pro-lifers, and transform campuses into places supportive of pregnant and parenting students. Their programs include a National Field initiative engaging full-time field teams across the country and active pro-life groups at more than 1,100 schools.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 127:3; 2 Thessalonians 3:3.
PRAY: Students for Life chapters start on all campuses.
ACTION: Write a postcard: “Dear Kristan Hawkins, I am (age) years old. I truly appreciate the important work being done by Students for Life and am praying for your ministry.” Kristan Hawkins, Students for Life of America, 4755 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.
HINT: THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR WIMPS!
Can you guess what book reveals the Moral Code of Conduct? https://youtu.be/gk8BOy9OX2U
Salt & Light Sunday: March 15, 2020
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