The annual youth rally here at Gospel Light was a big success with nearly 300 people in attendance. There were many creative people working day and night to make it happen. Let me fill you in on some of the fun!
Upon arrival, you would have found our museum and it’s many artifacts. You may have even been greeted by Mr. Peculiar, our museum curator.
The artifacts on exhibit are too many to mention, but some of them (all very peculiar) are pictured here. We had Boaz’s other shoe, Adam and Eve’s original ‘fig’ure flattering fig leaf garments, Moses’ broken tablets, Paul and Silas’ prison clothes and a snapshot of the Italian Band. Our museum is still available for viewing through mid May so come on in and check it out!
After visiting the museum, you would have ventured in to our sanctuary and found peculiar platform decor as well as some rather peculiar clothing on our staff members. You just never know what this bunch is going to come up with.
One of the first activities of the night was to give away a pizza party to a youth group. Now, we couldn’t just hand it over…these things must be earned! In order to do that, one of our best cooks, Chef Wannabe, had some tasty treats for six youth leaders to try out. If you have never tasted chocolate covered crickets or the tongue of a yak, you wouldn’t know what you are missing! The highlight though, would have to be the McDonald’s happy meal (blended up in the blender, coke, fries and all….) Sadly, most of our contestants were not too keen on drinking it down, but the winner of the pizza party was a real sport. Pastor Dave Karpenko downed that drink as though it might have even tasted good! EWWW! What a good sport though!
On to better things. We had a very thought provoking skit, “Who’s your Daddy?” that was funny, but would leave the viewer pondering his or her own salvation and walk with the Lord. Part two of the skit “The Christian Journey” was later in the evening. It is our prayer and hope that those in attendance will not soon forget what they saw and heard.
After some really good special music, our preachers took their turns.
Brother Jeff Harris preached a message titled ‘What is your Battle?’ He reminded us of David and the giant that he faced. Stressing that we all have a giant in our life. That sin will lead to destruction if we allow it to. He went on to Solomon and his giant being lust and desire, causing him to follow after false Gods, and watering down his desire to serve God. Lastly he spoke of Rehoboam who was not willing to listen to the wisdom of his elders but chose to follow the advice of his peers. This was his downfall. I highly recommend listening to the messages that were preached here.
Our keynote preacher was Evangelist Greg Pritchard. He very aptly reminded us that if God is not before us, in our thoughts, in our mind, the Word of God read daily, our actions being that of people who want to please Him, we will not be able to make right choices. Our life will be lived in vain. God must be in front! We must be willing to be peculiar for His glory. NOT weird. Peculiar. A few definitions of the word are: set apart, different from the usual, distinct from all others, distinctive in nature or character from others. A great reminder of who we should be in Christ.
After giving away a final prize, (Kindle) we wound up the night with box lunches containing some of the best brownies you could ever want to bite into and a final skit from Mrs. Shirley Jenkins! That woman can sure clean things up!
As we make plans for next year, we look forward to seeing the Lord show up and move in the hearts of young and old alike. Make plans to attend!
April 18, 2014.
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