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