Thursday, May 14, 2009

Jasper Speaks:

So last night I did my best to share God's Truth about Homosexuality with the group. It was a very difficult message for me. In the end I offended (or should I say GOD offended) a few students and I had several thank me for helping them with things to engage people in conversation about the topic. Kendra said as I started it was like I didn't even want to say the word then once I put it out there, I gained strength and started really being unapologetic.

I labored, prayed and eve shed a few tears over this one. It breaks my heart that kids have exchanged the Truth of God for a lie. I tried to tell them that the world looks into a mirror and says the reflection is reality. However, in a mirror image what is right is left and what is left is right. It is a distorted view of reality. I think that is very true. It burdens me that our kids have to survive in that climate.

In the end I did my best to sprinkle compassion with Truth. I have a lot of gay friends who God has brought into and out of my life. I love them all. I want them to see the Truth. I know I have kids struggling with this issue as well. I want them to see compassion from me and love and grace from God. I hope last night started to build a bridge to conversation about all of this.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Jasper Speaks:

It is good to know God knows all things because I get confused pretty easy. I need to confront a controversial subject in our group soon. Thought I had a couple of weeks and then looked at teh church calendar and realized it has to be done tomorrow night. I have been preparing but don't feel over confident at this time. Please pray that it will all come out to God's glory! This is VERY important. Sin complicates everything!

Do you ever find yourself saying, "Ministry would be easy if it wasn't for the people?"