Youth L.I.F.E. Blog

Andrew Starr
Youth Pastor

 

I felt the Lord calling me into full time ministry while still in high school. I surrendered my life to Him, not knowing where He would send me. I attended Maranatha Baptist University and completed a BA and MA in Biblical Studies. My wife, Rachel, and I both have an overwhelming burden for young people, and to see the next generation grow up to serve Christ. 

You may reach me at
astarr@bbchampton.org

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Heart Protection
It was called the “egg drop.” Our mission? To take one raw egg and protect it in such a way that it would survive 25 foot drop to the pavement. Seemed impossible, but we got to work. We found everything we could. Bubble wrap, tape, and a homemade parachute. We were ready. Thursday came and our egg was next to be dropped. With anticipation we watched as our egg “floated” to the ground.
 **wack**
We ran to our egg, and to our surprise…it survived!! We had protected our egg!!
You have something that God has commanded you to protect. No it is not an egg, and no the challenge is not a 25 foot drop…it is much more serious than that. 
 
Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.
 
You are called to protect your heart!! You can’t just wrap this one in bubble wrap…how do you protect it? Look at the following verses:
 
Proverbs 4:24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth.
Proverbs 4:25 Let your eyes look straight ahead.
Proverbs 4:26 Ponder the path of your feet. 
 
To protect your heart you need to protect your 
mouth (what is coming out), protect your eyes (be careful what you see) and protect your path 
(be careful where you are going.)
 
No, your heart is not being dropped 25 feet to the ground…it is much more serious than that.
 
If Satan can get a hold of your heart…he has a hold of you!
~WALKING IN THE DARK ~
Have you ever been afraid before? I remember growing up in my families house in Kansas. My room was down in the basement on the other side of the house in respect to the stairs and the light switch. Many times I would come out of my room and it was pitch black down there, because I couldn’t turn on the lights I would all out sprint for the stairs and about 4-5 feet away I would leap onto the stairs, as if there was something chasing me in the dark. I guess you could say that I was afraid to “walk” through the dark.
Physically and spiritually speaking we all walk through dark times in life, don’t we? Life just seems to be going well and then boom, it seems the lights all go out. Maybe a family member is diagnosed with cancer, someone close to you passes away, your dad comes home to tell the family he lost his job and money will be tight, or maybe Satan just seems to be attacking your family from every side. 
 
You can walk though your dark time and not be afraid! How?!?!
 
Psalm 112:7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting the Lord. 
 
That is it!!
 
Fear the Lord, trust Him! But you must choose to do it now and not wait until the dark times comes. Because of Christ we can walk though dark times and not be afraid! But you must have a proper fear (
reverence with a hatred of evil
) of the Lord. 
 
 
 
Come join us Wednesday nights at 7:00 as we start our new Youth LIFE program: TNT. 
​Delight Leads to Praise

I enjoy many extra curricular activities, but one of the things I like to do most is to play basketball. My wife will be the first to tell you that after a game of basketball I like to talk about and analyse the game that was just played; the bad plays, the good plays, the could have plays and so on. But I take delight in playing the sport. My delight then, is expressed in an outward praise as many times I will finish a game and say, “that was a good game” or “that was a lot of fun.” 
 
What are some of the things you like to do in your free time? You may even find yourself talking about those things that you take delight in. 
 
Taking this thought to a spiritual level, the same statement applies. What you delight in you will talk about. 
 
Psalm 103 is a praise Psalm. in fact, the very first verse tells us to 
Bless (praise) the Lord, O my soul. 
 
If you truly delight in the Lord, the result will be that you will talk about Him. Instead of “wow that was fun,” we will be saying “wow, Lord, you are amazing.” We instantly start praising the God who wants our praise when we delight (take pleasure in) getting to know Him. 
 
If you haven’t found yourself praising the Lord lately, either in your prayers or to other believers/unbelievers, then chances are you aren’t enjoying your God. 
 
Take delight in your God, then let the praise flow out.