Monthly Archives: June 2015

An ACC’er Serving Christ in Colorado!!!

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Hello ACC family!

For those who don’t know me, my name is Jenae Arvidson and I began going to youth group and AWANA at ACC when I was in sixth grade. I started going to church on Sundays when I was in High School and was baptized at ACC when I was a freshman in High School. When I graduated Buffalo Grove High School in 2011, I started attending Hope College in Holland, Michigan. This past May I graduated from college with majors in psychology and religion. Even though I am away from ACC most of the year, I still enjoy coming back every time I am home. I am grateful and excited to share with you all what is next for me!

Starting September 1st, I will begin on staff at an organization in Colorado Springs called the Dale House Project. The Dale House is a partner of Young Life that is a residential living facility for youth referred by the Department of Youth Corrections and Department of Human Services. While the residents are living there, they can go to school and work. During my time there, I will assist the youth in finding and flourishing in their jobs, finishing school, and helping them learn life skills to live independently. They also get to have experiences they probably wouldn’t have if it weren’t for this organization. When I visited the Dale House in April, I saw the ways the staff live out their faith in loving and praying for the youth and I’m so excited to be a part of that.

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While I am on staff at Dale House, I will be required to raise my own support of $1,000 for every month I am there, so $12,000 total. Would you please consider supporting me financially in this experience? While I am nervous about raising these funds, I am trusting and praying that God will provide. The support will go to room and board, health benefits, and courses at Fuller Theological Seminary. This also goes to a stipend which I will use for some personal expenses and for savings.

Some other ways you can support me and other staff and residents in this experience is through prayer and encouragement. Please pray for the youth to grow personally, independently, and spiritually; for their minds to be opened to the ways they can grow. Since being on Dale House staff poses many challenges, as well as rewards, I and the rest of the staff would love prayer as we show Christ’s love to the youth as much as we can.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration of support.

Jenae Arvidson

If you would like to learn more about the Dale House Project, you can visit their website at dalehouseproject.org Should you desire to participate in helping me financially, please consider the following:

 

  1. Support can be given as a monthly donation or a one-time donation.
  2. You can donate online at: https://dalehouse.missionsconnex.com/donate  Make sure you select my name under “who you are supporting”.
  3. You can donate by check: Mail any checks (made out to Dale House Project) to:

Dale House Project

7 West Dale Street

Colorado Springs, CO  80903

Please put my name in the memo.

  1. After you have contributed, you will receive a receipt. The Dale House Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and your donation is tax deductible.

 

MS Summer Camp 2015

I’m writing this post from Nashville, TN as we finish up the remaining few days of our HS Mission Trip. It’s been an awesome trip! I’ve seen God do some amazing things in our students. If you haven’t seen our Facebook and Twitter posts, take a minute and check them out.

This Sunday, 6/21, we leave for camp with our middle school students. We’re headed to Williams Bay, Wisconsin to spend the week on beautiful Geneva Lake. Each day will be filled with wild and crazy games, time at the beach, dynamic times of worship, powerful teaching, and small group discussion. Camp is a ton of fun, but is often a major catalyst for spiritual growth. Perhaps many of you can remember a camp experience and how it impacted your spiritual life.

I’d like to invite you to be praying for our trip to camp next week. Please pray for a fun and safe week. More importantly, please pray for hearts to be impacted for the Gospel…that students would engage with God in worship throughout the day and that HE would change them from the inside out. Our hope is that this week is a catalyst for long-term spiritual growth for our students.

I’ll be posting on our Facebook and Twitter pages for  this trip as well. I hope you’ll follow along.

Grace,

Chris

Making Ourselves “Freak Out” Proof

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I think Asaph was equal parts disillusioned/confused/angry/depressed.

In the first half of Psalm 73 he honestly admits that he is struggling with all that he sees around him. The wicked seem to prosper, while he struggles. It appears that evil is running rampant – seemingly going unchecked by God. He begins to wonder if his attempt to live a godly life is pointless. He is disillusioned/confused/angry/depressed.

 

The turning point in his attitude is found in verse 17:

“Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked.”

 

He determined that instead of focusing on his circumstances and those around him, he would instead focus on God. He went into the sanctuary and worshiped. And then everything changed. Well, not everything – the circumstances didn’t change. What changed was his mindset. His attitude. His perspective.

 

He finally realized that the wicked are not to be envied because ultimately their life will end in disgrace and judgment. Though they seem stable and happy – ultimately they will be anything but. He then goes on to praise God for his strength and provision in his life. He acknowledges that only God gives real meaning and purpose; that eternal reward is found in him. He closes the Psalm by committing himself to seek God for strength and to tell others about him.

 

We live in a crazy world. At times it seems like it’s getting crazier by the day! Let us all learn a lesson from Asaph. Don’t focus on the people around us. Instead, focus on God. In so doing we will have a totally different perspective. This will keep us from growing pessimistic and discouraged. It is indeed worth the struggle to live for God in this fallen world. He is the Sovereign Lord and he will uphold us.

 

As Asaph wrote in verse 26:

“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.”

Peace,

Dave

HS Mission Trip 2015

Our high school mission trip begins tomorrow morning (6/13). We’ll be traveling to Nashville, TN where we’ll be partnering with several local ministries that are caring for the poor in and around Nashville. We’ll spend 2 mornings helping a church put on a day camp in the park for a community of refugee children, 2 afternoons working at a community garden and feeding program for the homeless, and 2 full days helping with a remodeling project of a local evangelism ministry. I’m excited about the variety of work that we’ll be doing. We’ll have a mix of working with children, adults, and some manual labor. It’s my prayer that the work we do will continue to benefit the people we serve long after we leave. I’d like to invite you to join me in praying for our ministry efforts this week AND for the spiritual growth of our students…trips like this have the potential to be life-changing for the participants.

I’ll be posting on our ACC Facebook and Twitter accounts throughout the week. This is a great way to see some pictures and keep up with the trip.

Grace,

Chris

2 Framing Questions

This past Tuesday, was our annual Senior Night at Oasis (High School Ministry). It’s become a tradition that we look forward to every year. We have a semi-formal meal, a chance to share stories, and a message to the graduating class from me. Here’s a picture from the night.

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In my message to the seniors I asked them to consider 2 questions as they take this next step of their journey.

1 – What kind of person do you want to be?

2 – What story will shape your life?

While these questions were posed to the seniors, I think they’re great framing questions for each of us to consider. It’s easy to be in the passenger seat when it comes to life…just taking it as it comes and going with the flow. I’m reminded of the worlds of Romans 12:1-2. The message translation says that the world wants to squeeze us into it’s mold…to shape us in its image. We are called to resist that and instead to be transformed by God. If we’re not intentional about what kind of person we want to be (what we value) and what story will shape us (the Gospel hopefully!), we’ll quickly become passengers and allow the world to steer us. God calls us to more than that. I believe each of us have a responsibility to be the best “us” we can be. God has created us with careful attention to detail (Psalm 139:13) and has gifted us according to his purposes (I Corinthians 12). This tells me that each of us has an important part to play in God’s work in this world. I believe these questions serve as a good gut check to see if we’re on the journey of discovering that or if we’ve gotten off track. I hope you’ll consider how you would answer these questions. The world needs you to be you!

Grace,

Chris

Three Ways to Keep Growing This Summer

Summertime is upon us!  ‘Tis the season for swimming, sun, grilling and vacations.  It’s also the time of year that most of our growth ministries at ACC take a break for a few months before starting back up in September.  But that doesn’t mean our spiritual growth should stall out for three months.  Here’s three ideas for how you can keep growing deeper in your walk with Christ this summer:

  1. Read a book.  Maybe it’s a theology book, or a book on a specific area of the Christian life.  Spend some time on your patio or in your recliner with a [coffee, iced tea, beverage of choice] in your hand and dig through a chapter at a time.  Or if you’re not the reading type, download an audiobook and listen to it in the car or on your phone.  I’ve been reading a book by Tim Keller called Prayer: Experiencing Awe & Intimacy With God because I really want to grow in my prayer life!
  2. Start a Bible reading plan on YouVersion.  You are on YouVersion, right?  It’s a free Bible app for your phone or tablet.  It has literally hundreds of different plans to follow, whether you want to read thru the Bible in a year or just do a practical study on a specific topic.  I just started a 21 day study called Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model.  I’ve found that if I’m not tracking with a reading plan, I’m much less likely to be in God’s Word consistently.
  3. Listen to music.  It’s amazing how much great music is out there today that will help draw your focus to God and stir your heart to worship.  Grab some new music for that road trip you’re planning or to keep you motivated while you’re out for a jog.  Here’s a few new albums I’ve been listening to recently:

I hope you can implement at least one of these ideas to keep growing in your walk with Christ this summer.  Feel free to leave a comment below if you have other ideas to share!

Peace,

~Scott