In Deuteronomy 6, Yahweh’s people are about to make their long-awaited entrance into the promised land when Moses reminds them of who their God is, what he has said, and what he has done. The words and works of God are to be ever before them–on their minds and before their eyes–as they build homes in this new place. Like the Lord’s Old Testament people, those of us who have trusted in Jesus as our Savior and King also need to remember his words and works. More than anything, we need to remember the Gospel story as we live in our respective homes. Our God wants to live in households that are permeated and shaped by the Gospel.

We saw on Sunday that a Gospel household is…

1. a place where humble gratitude happens. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

2. a place where confessing happens. (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:14)

3. a place where repenting happens. (Proverbs 28:14; Romans 2:4)

4. a place where sacrificial serving happens. (Philippians 2:3-8)

5. a place where forgiving and reconciling happen. (Colossians 3:12-13)

6. a place where hopeful encouraging happens. (1 Peter 1:13; Ephesians 4:29)

7. a place where the true God is worshipped. (Deuteronomy 6:14)

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And when I look closely,
I suddenly see
That I am Barabbas,
Once guilty, now free.

These were the closing lines of today’s Agape Youth Worship Service message. Our preacher, Brian Hoza, helped us all behold the scandalous grace of God in Jesus Christ, who died for “Barabbases” like us — notorious sinners deserving death but receiving love and mercy. 

What a great day we had worshiping Jesus with 100 or so young people. Following the worship gathering, they were led through a series of seriously fun games, and we had a chance to reconnect with many of them. It’s so good to see the fruit of the Spirit’s work in their lives, maturing and transforming many them. We also got to meet lots of new young friends, many of whom will be at this coming weekend’s Agape Youth Bible Camp.

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All 17 members of the Agape Youth Worship Team, along with the N19 Team

Later we enjoyed dinner at Pastor Kim’s house. He and his family have been serving in Namibia for 7 years. One goal of this annual trip is to minister to the Kims, Parks, Hongs, and Jen Chon — faithful servants who are pouring out their lives for these young people. Please pray that our team would be an encouragement to them, even as we partner with them, pray with them, and seek to support their efforts here on the ground.

We’re winding down this Sunday evening at Steve and Seoyeon Hong’s apartment and Jen Chon’s apartment in preparation for a full day tomorrow. In the morning, God willing, we’ll get together with many of the Agape Youth for one-on-one discipleship meetings, small group sessions, and other activities.

Alyssa Leone, our 11th team member, is scheduled to arrive tomorrow evening, and Becca McAteer (member 12) is scheduled to arrive just before the weekend.

Prayer Requests

  • Would you please ask our Father for continued team unity rooted in humility and love for Christ and one another?
  • Would you ask the Lord to give Alyssa and Becca safe trips to Namibia?
  • Can you ask our Father to guide our steps and establish our plans for this week? We have such high hopes for the Lord to work in the lives of the Agape Youth, but he is able to do exceedingly more than we could ever ask or imagine.
  • Lastly, we would ask you to pray for one particular family: A 17-year-old boy who was hoping to attend the camp this year was fatally stabbed early this morning. Two of his cousins are faithful members of the Agape Youth Worship Team. They, along with the rest of his family, are grieving this tragic loss. Would you please pray for this family? 

New Hope, tomorrow is not promised us. Thank you for pleading with the Lord to rescue, heal, and transform many, many more of these precious young men and women.