Monday, December 27, 2010

Battle of Trenton

The day I heard of this story it inspired me. 

I mean, no one in the country really take time to speak and ponder on what this guys did. People are too busy celebrating 'christmas'. 

Well, if you read the story you'll notice that the English were defeated by George Washington and his soldiers on christmas. 

Isn't is interesting? The English was celebrating the holidays, thinking that the Americans would do the same, while Washington was devising an attack. 

And he succeeded. 

Anyway, I will let you read the story yourself. Hopefully you will be inspired to fight, even when the circumstances seem to be tough and against you. 

Remember to seize every opportunity, despite the 'weather conditions'. 

Read the story here:

Pr Luke Castro
YPG National Coordinator

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Who's Controlling You?

Every young person likes to believe that he or she is independent, free spirited, and thinks for themselves.  

“My life is my life. Respect my choices. I do what I do because I want to”, they say.

This is the general philosophy of so many youths that are lost and confused and can’t see that something else is manipulating every feeling they have.  

Free and independent? Not a chance, not with a puppet master pulling the strings of their lives like a simple wooden puppet.

Friends, addiction, music, relationships, past hurts, etc; these are the strings. 

Pulling each of those strings, unseen and unhindered, is the puppeteer (devil).

You'll always be controlled one way or another.

 It's your decision to either have your strings attached to God or to something or someone else.

Cut your strings loose before it's too late.

It's your decision, if you don't control your life someone will. 

Pr Luke Castro
YPG National Coordinator 

Monday, December 13, 2010

Ah, If You Only Knew...

Some of you, by now, must be going through a 'desert'. Desert here means being persecuted by your family, friends, co-workers, people in school, all because of your new-found faith.

The flesh is shouting for girls, boys, for a relationship. By the way, normally, they are the ones who you used to have a crush on in the past or the ones that, physically, one cannot say 'no'! Still wondering why?

You've sacrificed to God. You've laid your life on God's altar and decided to serve Him.

I tell you, the devil knows you're on the way to something great.

Do you think he will watch you succeed, specially now that you've decided to serve God?

Compare your situation to when the Israelites were about to leave Egypt and go their way to Sinai, to sacrifice to their God and serve Him as a free nation. 

Pharaoh played mind games. Deep inside he knew they had become stronger as a nation and had already out numbered the egyptians. His only hope was to convince them they were weak and just a bunch of slaves. (Exodus 1:9)

Still, he didn't give up easily, even after the death of the first-born. He climbed up his chariot, his soldiers mounted their horses and they came after the children of Israel. They tried to hold them back, to stop them somehow.

The Israelites thought that after the last plague Pharaoh would surrender.

The egyptians only surrended when they got to the Red Sea, when they all drowned.

Israel had to keep focused. God was by their side. He had their back, if you know what I mean.

The devil knows how strong you are, strong like a wild horse. The strength you have inside you makes him afraid, makes him pee on his 'pants'. 

A horse is 100 times stronger than a human being and yet it allows us to mount it. If the horse only knew his strengh...

You are the horse. The devil is afraid of you. He knows that once you exert this strengh and make use of your faith in God, you become unstoppable!

Go in this faith. Don't look back. The devil is afraid of you. 

Remember, all you're going through now is temporary. Keep your eyes on the promise.

Pr Luke Castro
YPG National Coordinator

Monday, December 6, 2010

One Way or Another, You Pay

It's not a question of IF you will sacrifice, it's a question of WHAT FOR.

Youths right now are sacrificing their health by taking any type of drugs and by drinking.

They are sacrificing their bodies and love life by sleeping around.

They are sacrificing their brains by studying real hard.

They are sacrificing their time when going to night clubs, pubs and when spending time in prison.

They are sacrificing their energy by playing sports.

They are sacrificing their hearts by hoarding feelings like grudges, hatred and anger.

On the other hand, there are others who choose to give their 100% on the altar and sacrifice all that they are and have to God. They know that now is the time. No time to waste. Their youth is precious to God.

As you can see, we are always sacrificing.

Now, do I need to explain the consequence of both ways of sacrificing?

Pr Luke Castro
YPG National Coordinator

Friday, November 26, 2010

Waterman - A New Kind Of Stupid Hero

If you pour the same quantity of water in vase of different shapes and forms, the water will take different shapes. 

Many youths are like water. They take the form and shape of the places they go to and the people they hang out with. 

Recently, a member of our YPG in Houston told me that a young lady who she knew for a long time before coming to church, died in a car crash on a Sunday morning, around 3am. She was only 17. She was coming from a night club when the driver lost control of the car (a 20 years old young man who was apparently drunk and had no license to drive) and the car flipped over couple of times before going ablaze. 

The interesting thing is that the YPG member was coming to church Sunday morning when she drove by the accident without realizing until later on Sunday that it was one of her friends who was in that car.

A moment of sadness hit her and, at the same time, relief. "Relief?", you might be asking. Yes, relief for not being in that car. She told me she was glad that she choose to be in a different environment. She had decided not to go to these places anymore and stick to her faith. The church and the YPG molded her in to a different young woman.  

She could have been one of those youths in that car accident, which did not only kill her friend but another two passengers, all under 21. Only the driver survived and ESCAPED the scene. What a friend!

Friends, where have you been going? What places? And what kind of people you have around you? 

Careful, they will shape you.

Pr Luke Castro
YPG National Coordinator.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


The message below was sent by a youth from our youth group in the UK. I've known him for about 3 years know. I haven't added nor taken anything away from it's original context.

"Hi Pr. Luke, i hope all is well and the YPG is breaking through. 

A couple of months ago i was feeling as if i was trapped in a box, i never knew what i wanted to do and spiritually stuck, neither moving forward or backwards. 

So after the service i came home to seek, because i knew God had a will for my life but i didn't know what it was. these were the words that i said "Lord.... right now i feel like i am stuck in a cardboard box.... I want to do sooo much more but Lord i just want to know what your will is for my life...." there was more but that is obviously personal. 

So some days after that, i started doing more such as fasting just for more of the Holy spirit and for guidance and direction, also praying early in the morning etc.. SO! a couple of weeks ago the answer came of want Gods will was for my life, and i am happy to say its to serve on the Altar :-). 

The reason why the subject of this message is 'Amazing!' is because, i never thought in a million years i would ever say this,because i said dancing is my thing so that's what I'm going to do. I thought about the sacrifice and everything that i would be leaving behind, but it didn't really have as much of an affect as i thought because i thought to myself all these material things will pass but leaving this earth knowing you gave everything to serve God and winning souls, i knew this would the best decision i had ever made. :D"

Malcom Koroma, YPG UK

How I wish more youths had the boldness and audacity to make such prayer. Many are scared of the answer. Malcom wasn't. He meant business.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Are We Immortals?

At their prime, football players are in the spotlight. All the big teams want them in their squad, all the sponsors want to be endorsed by them while all the children want to walk around with their name on the back of their jerseys… But what happens when they are past their sell by date?

They are either forgotten all together or you hear very little about them. Why? Because a new ‘star’ has taken their place. Though at their prime they may have appeared as though they would be on top of the world forever…their time came and went.

Many people fight to become immortal, whether it is through making a name for themselves in their career or literally doing whatever they can to live longer but they don’t realise that they already are.

We are made up of body, soul and spirit. When we die, our bodies go back to the ground. The spirit, which God breathed into us that we may become living beings, returns to Him. The soul, the part of you that makes you who you are, on the other end is eternal, it doesn’t die - where it goes depends on you.

You are immortal!

"Where do you plan to spend the rest of eternity
when everything passes away?"

You may have put your strength, effort and energy into enjoying yourself as is the desire of many youths. Some even know the things they are doing is wrong yet they still do it forgetting that all these things pass away; it’s just a matter of time! They spend their time and energy on what is mortal but forget about what is immortal...where do you plan to spend the rest of eternity when everything passes away? Think about it because life is short.

"For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?" (Mark 8:36)

When we reading this verse some people often concentrate their mind on the cost of winning other people over to God but losing their own salvation. Nevertheless, it speaks about gaining money, pleasure, fame, etc. only to lose your soul!

Many youths don’t want to face the reality of what they must do. What they’d rather do is choose to gain the world. They sell something priceless (which is their soul) for the cheap passing pleasures of this world.

Our soul is priceless because it is immortal. Understand this once and for all. If you don’t, the devil will cheat you into losing your most precious asset and suffer for the rest of eternity.

"…what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matthew 16:26)

Pr Luke Castro
YPG National Coordinator

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My 40 Days So Far

I'm sure you'll agree that for most young people, one of the hardest things to deal with, especially during this 40 Day Challenge, is family issues. But while most youths will back-chat and throw temper tantrums, Rosalyn decided to stick to her vow and deal with things God’s way. What was the result?..

"Most of the time I would come to church, leave and just go off to do my own thing. That was one of the reasons me and my mum would argue. She didn’t want me coming to church because she saw I was not serious. There were a lot of things going on in my life and with my family; that’s why I am taking part in the 40 Day Challenge. I want everything to change. When we started I got a diary and wrote down everything I wanted to achieve and let go of during the Challenge.

"Rosalyn decided to stick to her vow and deal with
things God’s way. What was the result?.."

"I numbered the days in my diary and have been crossing out what I achieve as the days pass. One of the things on my list was for my mum to be healed-she had sickle cell, an inherited blood disorder. The older you get, (like in your 30’s) the worse the condition gets, because your body can’t handle it. That’s what was happening with my mum, she was getting sick all the time and feeling weak and I started getting scared seeing her like that.

"When the 40 Days started this was on my list and it was something I prayed for everyday. Last week Friday she came home from the doctors and looked so shocked. When she told me the doctors said she hasn’t got sickle cell anymore, I couldn’t believe it. I started laughing and she started crying. This showed me that if I took God seriously from the beginning, my mum could have been healed a long time ago. Back then, I was just doing what was comfy but this time, because I decided to challenge myself and gave my all to God in this Challenge, He saw my sacrifice and answered. It’s been hard but I’m determined to make it to the last day of the 40 days."

Rosalyn, YPG UK

Food for thought: You can do something about your family problems, even if only to control the way you feel and handle yourself.

Pr Luke Castro
YPG National Coordinator

Sunday, October 17, 2010

     40 days - Challenge

at least three things from the list below 
that you don’t already do.

a partner to join you in agreement 
(you could both choose the same or different things).

you’re going to take the Challenge for 40 days till the end.

you and your partner attend all the YPG meetings 
every Sunday till November 25th.

  •        Come to church at least twice a week (e.g. Wednesdays and Sundays)
  •        Read one chapter of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) everyday
  •        Help out in the church (e.g. cleaning, evangelizing)
  •        Help out at home doing house chores
  •        Wake up early 6 days a week and pray first thing in the morning (e.g. 7am)
  •        Read one good book or more, specially the ones from the church’s bookstore
  •        Substitute listening to music, watching TV, surfing the Internet, playing video games for something productive, e.g. learning something new, doing a home based course
  •        Pray everyday
  •        Be obedient to parents, do not talk back
  •        Bring a new youth, like a friend, to the YPG meetings during the 40 days
  •        Cut off a bad friend from your life
  •        Don’t go to parties, clubs, etc.
  •        Give up an addiction

Don’t break the vow!

Begins October 17th

“If you do not think about your future, you cannot have one.”

 John Galsworthy

Pr Luke Castro
YPG National Coordinator

Thursday, October 14, 2010

RUSX - The Movie

Nov 7 @ 2pm

(Tickets available at your nearest branch)


7075 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Stop Doubting. Believe and Go for It!

Many times you seek the presence of God during the service but immediately after the prayer you start to doubt and ask questions about whether or not you’ve received the Holy Spirit.

If you indeed left everything behind for a new life, so life is new! Stop diminishing yourself and looking at yourself as just one more. BELIEVE! That’s what makes the difference.

When a person believes they have the Holy Spirit and truly decides to leave the old life behind, they are already telling themselves that they are no longer the same; that they are new and strong to overcome.

The Holy Spirit then enables them. He makes us strong regardless of colour, race, culture, skills etc...And once He comes upon a person that is it. No one can stop that person.

“In short, you push yourself to do what is good and run away
from what is bad. By doing so you are moving forward,
you are growing and becoming stronger.”

Could the devil or the enemies stop those who were filled with the Holy Spirit? No – Moses, Abraham, David, Daniel…they were all able to stand firm, why? Because the Spirit of God made them strong.

When you receive something precious you don’t just keep it anywhere do you? For example, when a person receives their salary they don’t take it all and keep it in their wallet, purse and bag or under the mattress do they? They store it in the bank where they know it can be safe.

The same applies to the Holy Spirit – you have to keep it safe. How do you do that? By continually seeking the presence of God, by taking the things of God seriously. For example, you make it a priority to attend the service Sunday morning, Wednesdays and Fridays because you understand their importance in helping develop your spiritual life.

In short, you push yourself to do what is good and run away from what is bad. By doing so you are moving forward, you are growing and becoming stronger.

Think of it as a muscle. When you stop exercising your muscles get stiff and weak but when you exercise them they are strong and consequently you are fitter! The same applies to faith!

The more you exercise it the stronger it gets!

Pr Luke Castro
YPG National Coordinator

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Do You Feel Rejected?

I believe that each one of us has felt rejected at some point or another and many times, we feel unable to achieve anything.

There are many situations that can make a person feel inferior, e.g. a financial situation, age, physical appearance, lack of abilities or capacity and many other reasons. In our society there are many groups of people that form “gangs” and so on and so forth just so they can feel a part of something.

The Lord Jesus went through many different things such as pain, happiness and suffering when he was here as a human being. He was rejected (by his own people and family), humiliated and betrayed. He experienced every trial and temptation that any other human being goes through.

Though He suffered a great deal, He forgave all those who crucified and killed Him, He forgave those who offended Him and rejected Him, in short, He forgave all of us. His life was cut from the earth: He was excluded. He was a King and yet was rejected by His own people.

And so what about you? You should not feel rejected, inferior or excluded, because God sent Jesus for you! He overcame the world! In Him, we’ll overcome as well.

Jesus does not reject or exclude anyone. The problem is that many times a person makes himself rejected because of lack of faith.

Pastor Luke Castro
YPG National Coordinator

Monday, September 20, 2010

Do as the Ants

Go to an ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, which, having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest. How long will you slumber, o sluggard? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep - So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, and your need like an armed man.” (Proverbs 6:6-11)

We often assume that animals are irrational and that we can’t learn anything from them right?

Well, after reading the verse above you might change your views. God is telling us through His servant that we should follow the example of an ant. Yes, you better believe it! We must follow the example of the ant!

Have you ever stopped to watch the work of a group of ants? They work hard! They do not rest. They work together in the summer to gather food so when winter comes they may have enough food. They do not have supervisors to oversee their work and yet they still do their work and do it very well. Why? Because of their sense of responsibility.

“The devil has no mercy. Like an armed man he will
come when they least expect it and take over.”

You’re probably thinking, where is the link between the work of an ant and my spiritual life? Well, consider this: How many young people are sleeping in their faith? They don’t take advantage of the time they spend in the church, hearing the word of God, receiving prayers and help that they need to overcome. In other words, unlike the ant, they do not ‘gather in the summer’!

When winter (trials and tribulation) comes they are weak and because of this they become vulnerable and end up going back to the world. The devil has no mercy. Like an armed man he will come when they least expect it and take over.

Learn a lesson from the ants: work hard at your salvation everyday. Take advantage of the time you are in the church to grow and strengthen yourself for the hardship.

Pr Luke Castro
YPG National Coordinator

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Equip your house with what’s NECESSARY.

Would you build a house from the inside first, and raise the walls later? Would you arrange the furniture first before laying the foundation and building the structure? No. You would be a fool to do that.

The furniture is the last thing you add to the house, even though you might have an idea of how you’d like it to look.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what some young people do. Instead of spending their teenage years working the ground and digging deep, as we learned these last two Sundays, they want the furniture first.

The furniture here represents your love life. Your love life can’t be just any “cheap” asset. It must be the perfect match for the rest of the house. It has to fit.

Many youths don’t want to respect this law of life. They are in too big of a hurry. They need a girlfriend or boyfriend; they need to feel the adrenaline rush of being “in love.” They forget about a career, an education or faith, just dive into an experience that you’ll pay for dearly in the end. We’ve seen so many young girls abandoning their studies and their dreams because they got pregnant. Others, both guys and girls, ended up contracting a disease.   

Worrying about having a relationship now is equivalent to arranging the furniture before building the house. It makes no sense.

Just think. If you get into a relationship right now, will you marry that person in one year? Probably not. You still have other things to accomplish that are more important, such as your relationship with God (Foundation) and your career (Structure). That unhealthy relationship will just drag on and on, attracting more disappointments while everyone else passes you by. 

Pr Luke Castro
YPG National Coordinator

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Build it strong, weather resistant.

There is a fable about a young man who came to Socrates, the great wise man, and said:

“I want to know everything you know.”
“If this is your desire,” said Socrates, “then follow me to the river.”
Full of curiosity, the young man followed Socrates to the nearby river. 
As they sat on the bank, Socrates said, “Take a close look at the river and tell me what you see.”
“I don’t see anything,” said young man. “Look closer,” replied Socrates.
As the man peered over the bank and leaned closer to the water,
Socrates grabbed the man’s head and shoved it under the water. 
The man’s arms flailed wildly as he attempted to escape, but Socrates strong grip kept him submerged. 
About the time the man was about to drown, Socrates pulled him from the river and laid him on the bank.
Coughing, the man gasped, “Are you crazy, old man? What are you trying to do, kill me?”
“When I was holding you under the river, what did you want more than anything else?” asked Socrates.
“I wanted to breathe. I wanted air!” he replied.
“Don’t ever make the mistake of thinking that wisdom comes easily, my young friend,” said Socrates.
“ When you want to learn as badly as you wanted air just now, then come to me again.”

The point is clear. Nothing in life comes easily. You have to pay the price! Everyone has to pay. Write that down. Memorize it. Underline it. There are no free lunches! What a naïve young man to think he could gain a lifetime of learning without paying the price.

But are we any less naïve when we think that we can have a good job and a promising future if we haven’t paid the price to develop a strong mind?

As a matter of fact, getting a good education may just be the most important price you can pay, because more than anything else you do, how you use that mass of gray matter between your ears will determine your future. Unless you want to be flipping burgers and living with your parents when you’re thirty, you’d better start paying the price now.

So start investing in your education. An education is not just going to school everyday and making sure you hand in all your homework. It’s more than that. It’s developing skills, gaining more knowledge, and knowing how to deal with anything that comes your way.

Learning a different language, an instrument, reading, listening to the news, having stimulating intelligent conversations with friends and adults, are a few things you can add to your blueprint in order to build a more stable and resistant structure.

Have you ever wondered how GOD intended things to be? We’re born, then we learn how to walk, how to talk, and etc. That’s childhood. After that, comes our teens. That’s when we’re supposed to advance in learning and acquiring skills so that we can live a decent adult life. Makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it?  

It sure does! But many young people don’t realize that. They get easily distracted. They want to have relationships and fun, and just think of the here and now. They put the cart before the horse.

Be smart. Don’t get misled. Just think, what will happen to your building when a storm comes?

Pr Luke Castro
YPG National Coordinator