Don’t Go Without!

What does a rabbit’s foot and guardian angels have to do with this article? Keep reading and find out…

“And he went out to meet Asa, and said to him: “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you. For a long time Israel has been without the true God, without a teaching priest, and without law. ” (2 Chronicles 15:2–3, NKJV)

There’s so much in just these two verses.

“The Lord is with you while you are with Him.” We often pray the prayer, “Lord, just be with us….” It’s a nice prayer to pray, but God tells us how to have the Lord with you: Be with Him. Instead of asking the Lord to tag along with you, like some sort of guardian angel, or lucky rabbit’s foot, we need to be much with Him.

This next part leapt off the pages to me: “For a long time Maui has been without the true God, without a teaching priest, and without law.”

1. WITHOUT RELATIONSHIP Think of that, “without the true God”. It’s like living your whole life thinking and doing one thing, but the true reality is simply a figment of your imagination. In the context, Israel was getting involved in idol worship. They thought Ashram (v. 16) represented a powerful god, but it was merely statue. It would be like if my son talked to my guitar saying, “Daddy, I ask you to help me now.” I would have to grab him and say, “Hey, over here! I’m not that piece of wood!” I think of so many here in the Hawaii – living without God. Everyday, driving to work, not knowing the sweet presence of the Lord. ‘O how it must change!

2. WITHOUT REVELATION “without a teaching priest”. I like how Ezekiel puts it… “And they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the unholy, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.” (Ezekiel 44:23, NKJV) ‘O to receive and walk-in revelation knowledge!

3. WITHOUT RULES “without the law”. Now, I would be the first one to tell you, that Christianity isn’t a bunch of rules and regulations, but I’ve found that we can be so “free” that no longer have standards of righteousness. I see believers posting pictures on the internet of them drinking alcohol, smoking, and swearing . How can we really know the way if we’ve lost our compass, our sense of direction, and personal holiness? How can we show others the way if we, ourselves don’t know where we’re going ourselves? We’re going “without”.

…Without the presence of God
…Without the Bible
…Without daily devotions
…Without convictions and standards
…Without a prayer-life
… Without power
…Without direction

The Lord never meant for any one of us to go without. He fills the hunger soul with good things. Are you hungry enough to go to Him today? Don’t be one of those who goes without. Allow the Lord to do a work in your life today.

Prayer:
“Lord, I don’t want to “go without”. I need a stronger relationship with You today. Help me to draw near to You today, I pray. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

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6 Youth Healed in Maui

I’ve been praying for God to do the miraculous, and have been interceding for the wonderful people on Hawaii. Just last week some incredible miracles had taken place, and I wanted give all the glory, honor, and credit to Jesus Christ for these documented & dated Healings that have taken place.

1.6.9.10 // I.G. Youth Service// Jr. High Girl – Eye Healed (Who’s eye was in pain during the Service), when hands were laid on her, she said that she had no pain.

2.6.9.10 // I.G. Youth Service// Keeley – Back Healed (He’s going to be a Senior in Sep.) He said that when he was a Freshman, he was on the football team and he got tackled real hard, and since then his back has always been in pain. When hands were laid on him he said he experienced a sensation of heat in his back, and the pain had completely left! [*I spoke with him on 6.15.10, and he told me his back is still feeling great!]

3.6.9.10 // I.G. Youth Service// Jerick – Pain like needles in Heart Healed (Jordan’s brother). He testified that 2 years ago he started experiencing, what he called, “needles in his heart”. His parents took him to the doctor. When they X-rayed him they didn’t find anything. So, for the last 2 years, he said that he’s just learned to live with the pain. But when hands were laid on him the pain of needles in his heart – of 2 years – had completely disappeared!

4.6.9.10 // I.G. Youth Service// Karl – Ankle Healed (This Skater had crashed on his skateboard). His ankle was in pain. He’s not sure if it was sprained, but he said that when we prayed & hands were laid on him that the pain was completely gone.

5.6.9.10 // I.G. Youth Service// Jordan – Back pain Healed (He had severe back pain because of falling in a Breakdancing move.) After hands were laid on him he was overcome by the power of God & felt a burning in his back. I asked him to do something that he was unable to do before. He put his hands on his hips, rocked back & forth fasten than I’ve seen anyone ever do this type of body movement. Then he reached down & touched his toes, just as fast. He looked up & his eyes were big as saucers, and the youth went crazy cheering for God moving in our midst. (*I just talked to him on 6.16.10, and he said his back is STILL HEALED!)

6.6.13.10 // King’s Cathedral Maui 6pm Service w/ Don Piper// Filapina woman from Lahaina – Nearsighted Vision Healed (As Dr. Marocco called for the Pastors & Ministers to come forth to pray for those who need healing), as she came up I asked her, “How can I pray for you.” She said, “My eyes, my eyes!” With all the people being prayed for, I couldn’t hear her. She repeated it, and I nodded, and she pointed at the powerpoint screen and said, “I can’t see the words up there.” I said, “Ok, let’s pray. I’m going to touch your eyes”, and I proceeded to pray. Normally I would just say, “In Jesus name, Amen, God bless you.” But since I had recently seen the Holy Spirit move so powerfully just a few days prior, my faith was stirred, and so as she opened her eyes, I said, “How are your eyes now?” As she looked up at the screen her eyes opened as wide as they could go, and she said, in almost disbelief & unexpected joy, “I can see! I can see!” And then big tear rolled down her left eye, and she said, “Oh, thank you, thank you!” And we praised God together.

“Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever.” [Hebrews 13:8]

God is Moving in the Youth!

GodismovingOn Wed. Nite at United Youth we had a powerful move of God. My message was called, “The Right Kind of Heartburn”, as I preached on, “The Fire of God”. And I shared how John the Baptist said,

“I baptize you with water, but He… will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” [Luke 3:16].

After the Word I opened the Altar to those who wanted that Fire, and… [as the old-timers would say…] “The Fire fell!” Every person I prayed for ⎯ I could literally feel God’s Love for. Tears were streaming down my eyes, and you could see the effects of the Holy Spirit on them as well. There was no manipulation. The Holy Spirit was moving. Many were crying, bowing-down, collapsing under the power of God, and 11 received the gift of the Holy Spirit and spoke in Tongues for the very first time. There was no striving. It was as if God stepped into the room.

Even parents of the youth came in and wanted to receive prayer. One 19 yr old in particular just sat in his chair. I walked up to him and said, “I want to pray for you.” As I did I could smell the Marijuana all over him. I just hugged him ⎯ like a father of a wayward son, and just broke-down crying. After about 5 seconds this young man’s tears were all over me. His Mother then came in. He did something that I’ve never seen before. He grabbed his Mom’s hand and bowed his head in reverend submission to her. It was beautiful as they were re-united. That Mom came up to me today at Church and said, “Thank you, Pastor Robb. My son hasn’t smoked weed ever since that nite”. Tears were streaming down her face.

I’m telling you – seeing young people change so suddenly because of the reality of the Holy Spirit’s Love and Fire will do something to you!

Whatcha Doin’ with Your BFF?

Most people don’t really know the language of young people, but… a Best Friend is worth their weight in Gold. The link below will take you to a quick 15 minute MP3 on iTunes. If you have a BFF then take a quick listen and see if your relationship will improve as you head into 2009.
Whatcha Doin with your BFF?

Brand-Spankin’ New on iTunes!

I have to tell ya – I am totally stoked about our new Podcast! I just received an e-mail yesterday from iTunes that we are officially in the iTunes store!! >>> UNITED YOUTH CHURCH PODCAST
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It’s very exciting! Please check us out, and let us know what you think. AND… if you leave a comment that would be totally awesome!

‘Love you guys!!

Pastor Robb

Kingdom Strategies for Carnival Kids

joker-energyCotton candy and corny clowns are not what will draw this generation into the arms of the nail-pierced Saviour.

This morning this title phrase came to my mind – almost out of nowhere… Kingdom Strategies for Carnival Kids. As Youth Pastors, how in the world do you get to the heart of these kids that are so wrapped-up in video games and the like? For many Youth Pastors, we think that if we put a bunch of video games in the youth center, and then make our youth services “fun, fun, fun!” that we’ll reach the masses. Could it be that we’re perpetuating the problem? I’m not against video games as a pre-service draw, but are we failing to receive the kingdom strategy for these “carnival kids”? How are we so sure that we’re right?

Prov. 16:1, “The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.”

When I got saved as a teen-ager I saw our Church’s youth center with all it’s video games and “fun” and thought, “these kids should be getting into the Word!” Now, they actually were getting into the Word, and had Worship, etc., but my initial thought was, “Huh?” Being newly born again, what I saw, wasn’t attractive to my New Man.

I believe for every city and demographic there is a unique Kingdom Strategy that the Holy Spirit wants to give to every Youth Pastor. We just need to get on our knees, open our ears, write down with our hands, and then proclaim with our mouths what He has spoken to us. Our kids will be changed!

Successful Daniel Fast

21 days of “non-pleasant food”, and seeking God were what the Doctor ordered for me, my leaders, and the UNITED YOUTH in Chicago. So proud of them all.

UNITED YOUTH CHICAGO