This was my first time directing our VBS. We’ve been at FBC Lake Worth for 10 Summers now, and this was my first foray into it!
It really was an Amazing Adventure!
So, what did I learn?
- Never underestimate God.
- Prayer Works.
- Give people the freedom to make decisions.
- Be Grateful for the hard work of previous Directors.
- Oh, and start earlier next year!
I know that I learned more than that, but those come to my mind at the moment.
Never underestimate God.
Everything about this VBS exceeded our expectations. I completely underestimated God in this. He sent us almost double the normal amount of kids!
Yet, I shouldn’t be that surprised, right?! We have been praying for salvation(s) since this past December. My lack of faith is proportional to the amount of giddy shock at how well things went.
Give people the freedom to make decisions.
As a brand new Director and full time Pastor, I had to trust people. I didn’t have the time of past Directors to put into it. This resulted in the people being unleashed in ministry!
Was everything like I would have done it?
Of course not. But, it was waaaay better!
Be Grateful for the hard work of previous Directors.
Most of the attenders of our VBS are returnees. Some of them have been with us anywhere from 3-4 years. Many of these kids were the ones that made decisions to follow the Lord.
Their continued attendance over the years is a testament of how good the past Directors did their jobs!
Believe me when I say, it was the work of the Holy Spirit over multiple years, along with the dedication of past Directors and other Volunteers, that brought to fruition such a plentiful harvest.
Thank the Lord for previous Directors!
Oh, and start earlier next year!
I think I picked up the Director’s book about 4 weeks before VBS. This was two weeks before Children’s Camp.
You can imagine how much time I put into it!
Looking into the book, they have calendars and timelines that go back 9 months (or more)! Now I can see why. I can only imagine what it would have been like if I would have started praying and preparing for the VBS 9 months ago.
I’m excited about what is coming. There were 13 kids, and 1 adult that made professions of faith throughout our VBS week. For our small church, THIS IS HUGE!!!
Some of them will come back to our church in the proceeding Sundays.
Pray for us, that we will do a God honoring job of discipleship with these new believers.
After all, those are the marching orders…right?
We’re not called to just make converts. We are called to make “disciples.” People who authentically follow Jesus.
My prayer is that your VBS goes super well! I pray that God will double, triple, even quadruple the harvest for your church!
I’ve gone ahead and purchased the album (via iTunes).
It is something that I really enjoy. I didn’t realize this, but it seems to be a christian album to some extent. I never read anything say it was. I never saw a blurb about the album that said it was a christian themed album, so I didn’t expect it.
I’ve heard some of her more current stuff, and it sounded like the normal pop/positive stuff that Christian people, working as secular artists seems to put out.
All that I’m saying is that I’m pleasantly surprised. I don’t buy only christian music. I don’t listen to only christian music. I listen, and purchase, what I enjoy. I enjoy the album, immensely. It is also nice to see that I don’t have to worry about my 3yr old son picking up some of the lyrics.
I mean, it will happen some time. He’s done it before… He’ll just bust out in the middle of Walmart, screaming at the top of his lungs, the verse to some random song he’s heard.
Seriously, he did it after hearing our choir practice one time. You know, the hymn: “Angels We Have Heard on High,” with the “Gloria in excelsis Deo” riff that goes on FOREVER!
Well, I don’t have to worry about what he’s singing, which is a nice thing.
What are you listening to?
p.s. I’m not getting any compensation for saying this. But, it makes me think that it might be a good idea to become a part of some affiliate program somewhere!
I’m haunted by this song.
“Albertine,” Brooke Fraser
I don’t remember where I heard it, but I had to share it with the world back in 2008.
I am also haunted by this Scripture:
“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2.17
Seeing and Responsibility.
Knowing. Hearing. Experiencing.
Faith without deeds is dead.
An unliving Faith. An undead faith.
We have mental ascent. There is cognitive agreement.
There is a life of one who claims the title Christian.
You see Faith, as defined by Belief, without any kind of action to match.
I am responsible.
What about you?
I found this over at Dad-O-Matic. To say the least, it is a tear jerker. I’ve been listening to it all night long. I’ve hugged my kids multiple times, telling them how blessed I am that they are mine.
It drives home the point that I won’t have them for long. They will grow up too soon. They will cease to be my 3yr old and my 1yr old. These days that we have together will be lost in the winds of time.
This moment is so horribly finite, and this day will never be repeated.
For some of us in “church work,” we are very concerned. We find attendance waning, the finances dwindling, it is a scary ride down. We are so concerned that we find ourselves thinking about it at home as well as in the office. We find ourselves going to sleep with it on our minds and waking up having dreamed about it.
One thought for two things. First off, regardless of our job and circumstance, it won’t be this way for long. It is all transient.
Also, our kids are the same way. The age we have them at now is fleeting. It won’t be like this for long.
Perhaps we should make the most of it.
I continue to enjoy Brad’s music. I consistently hear God speak to me using Brad’s voice.
We all have an offering we can render unto our Lord. We all have something we can give, not that he needs it, but we need to offer it. There is something about giving which is ultimately fulfilling.
I think God smiles when this guy plays.
This is worth it.
“Albertine” by Brooke Fraser.
Once you know…
Faith without deeds is…
“Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” James 4:17