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Arrive at the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre for dodgeball on half a turf field. Then transportation is provided to NorthLife Church for pizza and pop. This event is free.
Afterwards students are invited to attend a concert by Canadian GMA award-winning band, The Color. This event is open to the community and people of all ages. Concert tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Follow the link below to like and share the Facebook page which includes event information and instructions for purchasing tickets:
You may also purchase tickets in person at NorthLife Church (141 Alberta Drive).
FREE TICKETS are available for students who want to bring a friend!
Contact Pastor Asa: 780-804-0341 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Retreat 2018 – Registration
Registration for the 2018 youth retreat is now open! All students who are finishing grades 7-12 are welcome on this weekend trip to Christina Lake Lodge in Conklin. For regularly updated information on this event, continue to visit our events page.
THEME AND PACKING LIST COMING IN MID-APRIL.
To register, complete and submit the applicable form/s below. You can also pick up a packet with all three forms at the church, either at youth group on Friday evenings, or during the week.
- Event Permission Form – Youth Retreat 2018
- *Authorization and Consent Form*
- *Contact and Medical Information Form*
**These forms are required at the beginning of each academic year for general involvement in NorthLife Youth programming. If you have already submitted them for your student/s, then you only need to submit the Event Permission Form.*
Friday Night Recap
Session Eight: James 4:1-12
Big Idea: Humble yourself and God will give you his grace and blessing.
Key Verse: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:7-8
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? This is the first question James asks his readers after pointing out the differences between worldly wisdom and wisdom from God in chapter three — the wisdom of the world is marked by jealousy, selfish ambition, and division between people, but the wisdom from God is marked by peace leading to righteousness. James tells his readers what causes fights among them: they have raging desires that are at war within themselves. When a person wants something but doesn’t have it, they murder (or at least burn with anger towards others). When they are jealous of someone else, they fight. They don’t even ask God for what they want, and when they do they have wrong motives: they just want to fulfill their sinful desires.
Friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God.
James continues with a very bold and direct statement: friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God (Js. 4:4). You cannot live your life in complete allegiance to both the world and God, it’s one or the other. This may sound harsh and unfair to some, but the reality is that friendship with God is way better than friendship with the world. In fact, God longs for relationship with you and me in a way that the world never will. He can satisfy us fully because he created us, but the world will only bring pain into our lives, and ultimately death.
God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
So what do you do when you find yourself doing it all wrong? You’ve lived for yourself, and anything and everything but God…how can you make things right? Well James gives us the good news: God gives more grace (Js. 4:6a). More grace then what? Well we can conclude from the context of these verses and the teachings of other parts of the bible that God’s wrath is in store for those who live in enmity with him. But for those who turn from their sin and ask God for forgiveness, he will certainly forgive them. Basically, God has more grace than wrath…he will punish those who disobey him, but he gives life to those who love him. What wonderful news, all we must do is give up our old ways and embrace God and all that he desires for us!
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
The key to peace with God is to humble ourselves and let him cleanse us. As Christians we the Holy Spirit of God lives in us, and he gives us the power to resist Satan and his temptations to sin. He gives us the power and desire to draw closer and closer to God each day as we pray, read the bible, serve others, and constantly thank Jesus for taking the punishment of our sin so we could enjoy fellowship with God the Father.
If you’ve come to the realization that your sin is leading you towards eternal death, and you believe and confess that Jesus Christ is God and died and rose again so that you never have to face the ultimate punishment, then today you can humble yourself and be forgiven and cleansed. You can start fresh and begin living a life that pleases God, and he will be with you every step of the way. He will always oppose pride, but loves to give grace to humble people.
Live It Out
- Humble Prayer: In biblical times they wore a rough sackcloth and sprinkled ashes on themselves to come humbly before God. What could you do to show God (and remind yourself of ) your humility? Kneel? Wear a dirty shirt? Put soil on your face? The specifics don’t matter as much as your attitude. Take a good long time to listen to God. Ask about the things He cares about. Ask what He wants for you. Confess your sins and receive His forgiveness. Ask again for wisdom (James 1:5).
- Memorization: Learn James 4:7-8.
- Peacemaking: Are there “fights and quarrels” in your life? If you’re not seeing eye to eye with someone, do what you can to set that relationship right.
- Service: Find a humble way to serve your church or community. Clean up, fix up, help those who routinely get neglected. This is not about you getting props for a good deed, but about showing the love of God to others.