Bold Faith

 “So let us come BOLDLY to the throne of our gracious God.

There we will recieve His mercy, and we will find grace

to help us when we need it most.”

Hebrews 4:16 NLT

  Grab a pen and notepad or pull one up on your phone. I want you to list the top 10 people who inspire you.

I’ll share mine with you:

1) Catherine of Aragon

2) Ruth the Moabite

3) Esther/Hadassah, the Jew

4) Catherine Middleton

5) Mary, mother of Jesus

6) Mother Theresa

7) Joanna Gaines

8) Cassie  De Pecol

9) Kelly Minter

10) My Grandma, Bernice Johnson

  This list is constantly changing for me throughout my life, but one thing I’ve noticed hasn’t changed. All of the people on my list, from where I’m sitting, went boldly after their life’s work. They knew who they were, they knew their talents, and they followed after a dream. For some, that dream was a calling, sent by God. That is our calling as Christians.

  It’s tough being a Christian today. Why do I get up every Sunday morning to sit in a pew for 1+ hour every week? Why do I not watch certain tv shows or movies? Why do I not follow what the other people my age do on weekend nights?

  Because I daily choose to be a Christian, I am choosing to be kept accountable to living a higher standard than the rest of the world. Is it tough? Of course! Are there times it’s so difficult that I’m tempted to give in? Sure. But I do my best not to because I know that BOLDLY living a Christian life will be worth more in the end, when I die.

  In 2018, my challenge for each of us is that we will BOLDLY come before our King, DAILY. That we will accept that we are each sinners; but more importantly, that we accept the amazing grace Jesus gives us. My challenge to each of us is to choose 1 area of our life that isn’t lining up with biblical teaching and boldly work on it. Enlist family members or friends who are following the Christian lifestyle themselves to help you & keep you accountable. By the end of 2018, we each can stand boldly as a Daughter/Son of God, ready and willing to His work better than we were in 2017.

  Is this challenge a little scary? I hope so. Because the definition of Bold is: showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous. It’s going to take some mental & physical work to complete this challenge, but I KNOW that with God’s help, each of us CAN.

  I have faith in us. Let’s go!


Here We Go!!!!

Some of you may be excited for new things; some of you may be tired of it. You’ll have new leaders, you have a new school year starting and we will have a new group here soon (Shout out to our incoming freshman, woot!); there seems to be a lot of newness happening at this time. All of these are exciting things!

Thankfully, we will be starting new normal now. Back in school and youth times have been set and family schedules are back on track so you can start planning things around that.

Well, guys, I’m here to tell ya, I have some pretty awesome things up my sleeve for us this year and I’m so excited to share them with you, when the time is right. So stick with me, there will be some surprises and I’ve worked in some favorite activities that you’ve shared with me. But most importantly, the Bible is bursting with answers to our questions and I’m SUPER excited for us to dig into that!

So I know it may seem like I’ll be asking a lot from you, but remember what we heard repeated many times at Convention, when GOD SHOWS UP, amazing things happen.

So the only thing I’m asking of you for now, is to SHOW UP! In order for let God work in us, we need to spend time learning his word and what he wants, so coming to youth and digging into this year’s theme ‘Firmly Founded’ is a great place to start!

Let’s see where God takes us!

 Blessings to ya!

Thanks from NEW Pastor Ashley


I want to thank you. Thank you for inviting me to be apart of your lives. I know this past year and a half may have been kind of tiring from all your traveling and all the changes that have been made within the youth group. Thank you for sticking it out! Mike & CJ really did a great job keeping activities available for you, even with their already busy schedule and it just goes to show how important you are to this congregation. Anyone I’ve talked to within the congregation always has so many good things to say about you guys and I just feel so lucky to get to be a part of this with you.

While I am super excited for our trip to Convention, I’m even more excited for when we get back. We will be able to relax a little more and just focus on what I view as the point of this group: digging in deep to the Word of God and trying to figure out how our lives fit into God’s plan, not the other way around. Starting in August, we will start a study that I’m creating specifically for each of you and our group as a whole. The specifics of it are still getting worked out, but our picture is going to be of a tree. Of course, you have the fruit & leaves, the branches, the trunk, BUT a section that is sometimes overlooked are the roots. They are so deeply rooted where no one can see them and strongly placed where the tree needs them to be. Our Study will have 4 sections: Roots, Trunk, Branches, Fruit & Leaves and will prepare us for our mission trip we will take next summer.

This topic has been on my heart a lot since I left you all last August for that silly state of Ohio. As I get settled here in Arthur, I’m putting down new roots. I have not been able to grow really deep roots ever since I left my hometown for college. I’m excited to be able to start growing these here in Arthur, but I’m more excited that you all are a part of that experience for me. Since my family is 2 hours northwest of here, I consider you all part of my family. That’s why I thought this vision of a tree would be good for us. I’m asking you all to join me on this journey that will probably make us grow more than we wanted to in the first place, but it’s going to be so worth it in the end. While we get to re-know each other and learn new things, there are bound to be some surprises along the way!


I want you to start thinking about this: What do the roots, trunk, branches, fruits, and leaves do for a tree? What are their main jobs? What are some ways that a tree reflects our lives as Christians?