FYLA Games 2017

FYLA Games is a statewide youth event where our group will compete with other church groups from across the state in a weekend of games and sports. The games take place November 10-11 2017 in Wimauma, FL

To get registered, email RGZAttendance@gmail.com or sign up with Pastor Tony or your small group leader.

Download the info here >>> FYLA GAMES 2017 Packet

 

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State Teen Talent

Teen Talent is an awesome opportunity to be a part of a fun, healthy atmosphere of Christian competition among young people from around the state and various parts of the world. We’ll be taking part in this even and we want our amazing REVOLUTION students to show the world how awesome they are! State Competition will take place on February 25, 2017at the Abundant Life Church of God in Lakeland, FL.

CLICK HERE TO GET SIGNED UP

Registration deadline is February 14th

Teen Talent Pro-Tips:

  • The rules are a MUST to help you prepare, so make sure you’ve read the guidelines for your area of competition. There’s nothing worse than getting DQ’ed because you missed something you could have avoided. DOWNLOAD THE RULES HERE.

  • Teen Talent competition is held among five different divisions: Art, Bible, Drama, Music and Writing. For our group, each of those areas will have one of our leaders as a “coach” to help you best prepare for the competition, so make sure you get connected.They’re good people to have in your corner!

  • Ultimately this is an event designed to honor God, so make sure that whatever you’re presenting has a ministry element! If it’s a song, a painting, a poem or a dance, let’s do everything for the glory of God!

For additional information, please visit the Florida Church of God Teen Talent page.

Truth, Justice and the American Way

So in case you couldn’t already tell from my post on Sanctuary’s blog, Reach, I really like Superman. There’s something I admire about his demeanor… And no it’s not that infamous curl. I’m talking about the way he carries himself. He is a natural leader, but he’s also humble. Yet, he stands firm for truth, justice and the “American Way.” The entire world looks to him as a symbol of hope; when they see him (up in the sky), they know justice will be done.

But how is justice “done” by those of us who don’t receive super powers by the rays of the yellow sun? I’m not talking about the kind of justice done by the government. Superman is not and does not try to be a judge or a lawyer. Contrary to the common thought, there are many ways to define the action of justice than that which is carried out through a court of law. The trusty ‘ole Dictionary.com gives five different definitions for “justice.” The first of which is this: “the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness or moral rightness.” So another way to do justice is to be righteous and fair. But I think it goes beyond moral conduct.

The Pharisees, the ultimate symbols of religion in Jesus’ day, were excellent at being morally right but they failed do rightly, to do justice. Jesus called them out in Matthew 23:23, when he said, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy, and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.” Luke 11:42 translates it this way, “you neglect justice and the love of God.”

The Hebrew word for “being just” is usually translated as “being righteous” when it actually refers to cultivating a life of right relationships–treating everyone with fairness, equity, and generosity. Therefore, righteousness and justice are intimately inter-woven. Kind of gives a different perspective on Matthew 5:10, doesn’t it? “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness (doing justice) for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” We are called to not just live rightly in our own personal, moral way but to also do justice by living rightly with those around us. In doing this, we are speaking to the heart of our Lord—a just God who blesses those who feed the hungry, care for the sick and comfort the widows.

So, if you’re like me and want to be more like Jesus (and Superman) and less like the hypocritical Pharisees, then let’s step out of our introspective, morally righteous bubbles and actively seek ways to do justice in our society. We won’t have to look long for opportunities to show people love, respect and care. We just have to look.

Revolution Heroes… The Beginning

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YOUR SUPER HERO TRAINING BEGINS HERE.

This blog is a place for you to come hone your skills as a spiritual champion of justice, hero of the oppressed, defender of the meek… Here you’ll find all you need for daily training, led by some of the ministry veterans and volunteers of the Revolution Student Impact.

As you read every day and pray, we trust that the next 31 days will be transformational, and that you’ll be challenged and inspired to take what you see here and to turn your world upside down.

Welcome, True Believer. It’s time to Hero Up.