Mission Statement Making a difference in our community through Christian outreach in a fun and safe environment.

Purpose Statement Our primary purpose is to expand the knowledge of Christ among youth by setting a positive example and providing a safe place for recreation.

Vision Statement To be Washington's premier skatepark and recreational facility by providing each guest with a variety of activities in a friendly, affordable, Christian environment.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Bible Session 10-15-12

Bible Drill: 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.

  • What was the topic of our first part of this three part series? Faith
  • What was the topic from last week?  Hope
  • Who can guess what our topic is tonight based on 1 Corinthians 13:13? Love
Love Defined by the Dictionary:  
  • A profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person
  • A feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child or friend
Love Exemplified:
  • God set the example of true love.
  • Bible Drill: John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
  • Bible Drill: John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
Love Commanded:
  • Bible Drill: Leviticus 19:18 Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself.  I am the Lord.
  • Bible Drill: Deuteronomy 6:5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
  • In Mark 12:28-31, a teacher of the law questions Jesus.  He asks “Which commandment is the greatest?  Which is the most important?”  Jesus answers “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and strength.”  And second to that is “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
  • Why would these 2 commands be most important?
  • Think about it.  If you follow these 2 commands, everything else should fall into place.  If you love God, you are going to whatever you can to make him happy.  You’re going to try to please Him.  You aren’t going steal, lie, worship other gods, etc.  Likewise, if you love your neighbor, you’re not going to try to take his stuff, steal his wife, or kill him.   So I contend that these 2 commands are greater than all other commands on how to live like Christ, because by following these 2 rules, you will follow the other rules more consistently.
Love Taught:
John the disciple teaches why we should love and how we should love in I John 4:7-21.  (We read this passage to the group.)
Love Defined by God: I Corinthians 12:31b-13:13(We read this passage to the group.)
This is how we should live by faith, with hope and in love.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ceiling Replacement - Help Needed!

Help is needed to replace the ceiling in the gym at Bethany Bible Church in Kenmore during the week of October 29th. This is the gym we rent each Monday for Skate & Rec Night. Please email me at brett@madskates.com if you even think you might possibly be able to help at all, and I'll put you in contact with the man in charge. THANK YOU!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Dinner Needs - Updated

October and December are filled, but we still need some help in November.

November 12 - Filled! PTL!
November 19 - Filled!  PTL!

NOTE: December 17th is our Christmas Party.  December 24th and 31st we will be closed.


Thanks to everyone who prayed for my back.  It is getting much better, and I am almost back to where I was before this most recent injury. 

I also wanted to say, God is so good.  Through this suffering, God has brought a new light into our midst as we are adding a new volunteer starting October 22nd.  Thanks be to God for bringing Isaac to us.

Praise the LORD!

Bible Session - 10-8-12

Bible Drill: 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.

Message: The first part of our I Corinthians 13:13 study began last week with faith.  This week we are looking at Hope.
So what is hope?  As usual, I‘m going to Dictionary.com for my textbook answer.

1.       Noun - Hope is the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best

2.       Verb – Hope is to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence

What is something you are looking forward to?  What is something you have hoped for?
I’m focusing on these two definitions of hope (feeling like events will turn out for the best, looking forward to something believing it will happen) because it is so easy to look at the circumstances currently surrounding us in our lives and give up hope.  To quit trying.  To walk away from something important to us, because maybe right now it just seems too hard. To give up hope.

What is something you have “given up hope” on?

The Bible says, that we have been justified through faith and now have peace with God through Jesus Christ.  We not only rejoice in this, but we also rejoice in suffering, because suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. 

Bible Drill: Romans 5:5  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. 

None of us likes to suffer, to be injured, hurt, sad, and so on, but in our times of suffering, we can become stronger, and we can grow in our faith and in our hope.  Then right there in the middle of the pain, God meets us in that place of hope and fills our hearts with his love.

Bible Drill: Isaiah 49:23c  Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.

What is the key here?  Hope in the Lord!  If you are hoping that someone you know breaks their leg, so you can get their spot on the soccer team, that is not “Hoping in the Lord.”  That is obviously not something God would approve of, so you may likely be disappointed.  But if your hope is that a friend will be healed, or that he or she will decide to accept Jesus as his or her savior, then that is something God would approve of and you can hope in him!  Especially if he has told you it is going to happen!   It makes the waiting seem less long, when you know that God is not going to disappoint.

Bible Drill: Psalm 62:5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.

If you are feeling stressed out about something, you can find rest in God.  Your HOPE comes from him.  Trust in his faithfulness and his timing.  Put your faith in Jesus Christ and put your hope in him as well. 

Psalm 62:5 – Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
my hope comes from him.

Bonus Verse
I Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.

Closure - October 29th

It is official.  We will be closed on October 29th.  The ceiling will be getting replaced that week, and all gym activities have been cancelled.  We will still be meeting on October 15th and finishing up our 3 part series "Faith, Hope, Love."  Please come on the 22nd to close October with pizza and a video.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bible Session 10-1-12

6-18 Year Old Lesson 10-01-2012

Introduction:  Over the next three weeks, we will be meeting together as one larger group.  We will be studying Faith, Hope and Love, three key elements found in I Corinthians 13:13.
Bible Drill: 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.

Message: This weekend I went to a funeral for a very old friend of mine.  During the funeral the Pastor spoke about faith.  He said our friend Betty did not get to go to heaven when she died because she was a good person.  She did not get to go to heaven because she read her Bible every morning or because she went to church every Sunday. Although those are all wonderful things, she went to heaven when she died, because she believed – because she had FAITH.  She had faith the Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that he paid the ultimate price for her sins, so she could be with God forever.

So what is faith?  Dictionary.com gives us several answers, and we’re going to look at three of those answers.

1.       Faith is confidence or trust in a person or thing.

a.        Everyone grab a partner and go stand on these ramps.

b.       Blindfold one of partner so they cannot see.

c.        Now keep the blindfold on, and the other person is going to lead you safely around this space.

d.       Did that require Faith?

2.       Faith is belief that is not based on proof.

a.        I believe – or have FAITH – that I will wake up and get out of bed in the morning.  I have no proof that will happen until I actually wake up in the morning.  I have faith without proof.

3.       Faith is belief in God.

a.        Believing that God is who he says he is and that Jesus Christ died to save you forever.

There are many Bible verses that talk about faith.  So many that we could never get through them in an entire Skate & Rec Night.  These verses tell us that

1.       Faith can move mountains.  Matt 17:20 and 21:21

a.        I have never moved a mountain, but when I was on Mt. St. Helens my faith in God caused me to pray and ask that He make the wind stop.  It was a glorious day, but the wind had picked up. It was getting pretty nasty, and I prayed for the wind to stop.  Almost instantly God stopped the wind.  It isn’t that you are going to be moving mountains, but that your faith in God and in his power will be moving mountains.

2.       Faith can heal. Mark 5:34

a.        There are several stories in the Bible of someone’s faith allowing them to be healed.

b.       Not everyone who has faith will be healed.  Sometimes that just isn’t God’s plan.  Paul lived with a “thorn in the flesh” which was never taken away.

3.       Faith can save. Luke 7:50

a.        Faith in God, in Jesus Christ, will save you from hell and give you a life with God forever.

4.       Faith can justify (to make right). Romans 3:28 and 5:1

a.        We are justified or made right with God through our faith in Jesus Christ.
Those of you who grew up in the church have probably seen this before, but stay with me on this.  There are two sides, in our case, two ramps.  One is where mankind is standing.  The other is where God is standing.  Between the two is a gap too large to jump across.  The great gap between you and God is because you cannot do everything right in God’s eyes.  You will never be able to keep all the commandments and laws that God wrote.  BUT, God created a way to bridge that gap.  He sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross.   Jesus took our sins – the bad things we do – and he paid the penalty for those sins.  When you get in trouble at home, what happens?  There is a punishment right?  The punishment for not following God’s rules and doing what he says is right – the punishment is death and separation from God forever.  BUT Jesus Christ took your punishment!  If you have FAITH that Christ died for you and you accept him as your savior, then you can walk across this bridge and be with God.  Just like my friend who died and went to heaven, when you die you too will go to heaven because you have FAITH.  And while you are alive here on earth, you will get to live with that bridge in place between you and God, you get to live with God in your life.  He forgives you for the wrong things you have done and makes them right.

If you have already made a decision to accept Jesus as your Savior, please walk across the bridge of faith in Christ. (Pray a prayer of praise.)

(We never got to the point of addressing if they had not made this decision, because everyone there claimed salvation.)