n May 9th, the Pastor spoke about depression and how to get out of the “depression ditch”. He states that even though the man of God falls into certain ditches that produce desperation, agony, and burdens and we stay in the ditches for a while. And of course God is not going to just let us stay in those ditches; he gets in there with us. He helps us get out, he makes us get out. So the Pastor gave us five for sure ways to get out of depression. First, give up the complaints man! All they do is get you down even more. We complain to get attention and pity from others. It’s human! Everyone likes being the center of attention. Don’t front! It’s not easy to stop the complaints, but doable; all you do is remember the benefits of God you know everything he’s done for you. Philippians 2:14 Do everything without complaining or arguing, Psalm 103:1-2 Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefitsThe second one is to connect your self to God. You know when you have that show you love? You know the one about out! The one you TIVO and watch like 200 million times! That’s how you have to connect to Christ. Take a look at Psalm 9:9 “The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble” When you’re depressed is when you most need God, therefore… CONNECT TO HIM Now the third way lets get physical. The Pastor states to “Shake your skeleton”. In other words get a work out man! See when you work out, your body releases a hormone called endorphins. Endorphins make you happy and give you energy. 1 Timothy 4:8 states “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” Although only a little comes from exercise, depression wise, it truly helps.
Ok! The fourth way! So you know the best friend, co-worker, family member that is ALWAYS negative. The one that always belittles you and have no clue of the potential you have, CUT THEM OFF! Separate yourself from negative people in your life. Just like your complaints, all they do is bring you down. Proverbs 13:20 says “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.”. Okay… You remember how the Pastor is always saying “read between the lines”? Well this is one of those occasions. If you hang out with positive people, you will be positive too. But once you spend time with those that are negative, your attitude turns sour as well. The last way to get out of your depression is to bless others. That says it all. Matthew 9:36 says “36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” And Jesus blessed them by praying for “shepherds” for the multitudes. It’s kind of like when you do something good for someone, or bless someone, you feel so good about yourself, because of the good deed you just committed. Recap time! Just follow these five steps and you will definitely get out of that ditch. 1. Stop complaining 2. Connect yourself to God 3. Shake your skeleton 4. Get away from the negative people, and lastly 5. Bless others Now its time for some “fun facts from the pulpit” ➢ ➢
By age 18, you’ve heard the word “no” 148 million times 77% of what we say is negative.
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“I would love to tell you guys that even though I don’t even know where to begin; I don’t I was not really looking forward going to Battle think I have the exact words to describe how Cry, I did come back with new things in mind. battle cry was for me! Battle cry was an I can’t say that I’m a new person and that God experience that I would never forget. I felt so took my heart and worked in it, because for him free to worship God; even with thousands of to work in it I have to give it to him. I don’t know people there it felt as if it was just God and what’s taking me so long to give it up and just let I. It left me hungry, and wanted to seek God him do his job. But I do know that even though more. It left me with a burning desire to get my life feels like a crime scene that will never be close to God. One of the speakers said that solved (in other words a mess) he has a plan for people felt the presence of God so strong on him that they fixed themselves around him, me. So for those of you that feel the same way and I think that is what I want. I want to walk just keep praying and believing because with God in a room and people just know that there is everything is possible. something different about me; I want them to God Bless,” know just by looking at me that Jesus lives in Raiza Lopez my heart. Battle cry had such an amazing im-
There have been many amazing things that have been taking place since the Battle Cry experience. God has been moving so powerfully and quickly since I’ve been applying what I learned from the “Python Lesson”
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pact on my life. I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to go to Battle cry, and I
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would like to start off by thanking the Lord for opening up the door that allowed me to work with the youth of Emanuel. Having been brought up in the church I can identify with the many challenges, difficulties, disappointments as well as triumphs and excitement one experiences during this stage in life. The fun part of working with this particular youth group is the discovery faze. These awesome individual have great potential and discovering the gifts God has bestowed upon each of them is amazing! In the past I have worked with various different groups but the Emanuel group demonstrates a teachable spirit that encourages me to enter into a deeper relationship with God. As I get feed more and more, I am able to share what I have received with them. My goal through God’s guidance is to provide the tools they need to uphold Godly principals not only as young Christians in the chaotic world we live in, but also as they move unto adulthood. If they can walk away from my youth class understanding and believing that God is faithful and his word endures forever
regardless of circumstances, then I have succeeded in the task God has placed in my hands. The following is a reflection of God’s goodness so enjoy! Our circumstances are not an accurate reflection of God’s goodness. Whether life is good or bad, God’s goodness, rooted in His character, is the same. ~Helen Grace Lescheid~ Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good: for His loving kindness is everlasting Psalms 107:1
here have been many amazing things that have been taking place since the Battle Cry experience. God has been moving so powerfully and quickly since I’ve been applying what I learned from the “Python Lesson” Since then Jesus has grasped the python that has been trying to choke out the presence of God in my life and He’s been giving me the strength to overcome it. I’ve been seeing promises of God manifest in my life like never before. Since Battle Cry I have been preaching at conferences and services and 12 teens have made Jesus Christ the Lord and savior of their lives in less than 2 weeks. God has been beautiful and faithful to answer prayer. This is the generation that God will be stomping out the serpent’s head and taking back what is his. Battle Cry has really opened my heart’s eyes to the will of Jesus and did some reconstruction in my life. God has a heart for the youth and never let anyone tell you otherwise. I got the chance to meet some really awesome youth that had me cracking up all the time and made me feel like I grew up with them since we were kids. The adults were just as cool and had me feeling like family. God Bless you guys and thanks for this life altering experience I’m hoping to fellowship with y’all very soon. Love, peace, and chicken grease I’m out! Your brother in Love, Rey B. Diaz Jr.
n April 8th we had the opportunity to reenact the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus, It was a tough play to act in especially the characters that Julio, Arnaldo (Bebo), and I played. Playing a Roman Guard has a great impact on your life, I mean don’t take it the wrong way I am not saying that it was a good thing to do, but what I am saying is that you learn a lot from playing that role. At first it felt like it would be easy, but as soon as Showtime came we had to get in character. As I stood there pushing people away from trying to reach Jesus, it was hard to stay in character with all the crying and sympathy that was going on, as I heard his “getting whipped” I almost balled up in tears; but I had to keep going with the character. When it came to the part that Jesus was on the cross I had to make fun of him and laugh at him, at that point I was so in character that it felt so weird because it was so real. Here is the point I am trying to get to, as Christians we sometimes act like we are too perfect or that we don’t have problems or that we don’t push Jesus away, but one thing I want you to take from this message is that in reality we sometimes act like these Roman Guards, see because instead of bring people closer to him we like to make them feel bad about what they have done or our actions don’t show that we have Jesus. Not only that but how many times have we all made fun of Jesus or laughed at him in our lives, don’t we all have the feeling of “I can make it on my own” sometimes; that’s like laughing and making fun of Jesus because you’re saying that you don’t need him. Most of all we always like to put a title on others like “He’s a bad person”, or “That person needs Je-
sus”, but how do we know that if we aren’t Jesus? What if what that person needs is to have someone show them the way! Maybe its hard for them to show they have Jesus because they have fear. We need to be like Jesus, see Jesus saw these Guards with Love and Mercy even though they had beat him, crucified him, and spit at him; he still cared about them, and when he resurrected after 3 days in the tomb the same Guards who crucified and put him in the tomb had to kneel to him. The question is why can’t we be more like Jesus? To finish up here all I have to say is treat Jesus how ever you want and he will still care about you, but time will come where you need to make a change like one of the Roman Guards did, because he felt Jesus’ Love while he was on that cross and that Guard repented. So make the right choice and choose Christ as your savior before it too late and you’re going to have to bow down to him anyways. May God Bless You!!! -Andy Collazo
ell me what your passionate about and I will tell you where your heart it is. What is the definition of passion in the dictionary? Passion (emotion), a strong feeling about a subject or person, usually of intense desire and attraction. We also have a Christian definition of Passion (Christianity), the suffering of Jesus, leading up to the Crucifixion. Passion is exactly what Jesus did for us. Jesus was beaten and whipped, then given a cross to carry and led to Calvary. There, he was nailed to the cross, through his wrists and feet. The cross was raised and Jesus was left to die, while many people gathered to watch. Some mocked Jesus as he was dying, while he said this to his father: “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”
Let us discuss about the passion of the disciples. Judas, one of his 12 disciples, betrayed him with a kiss. Sold out the Son of God for 30 pieces of silver! Judas saw the blind see again and the paralyze walk. Judas walked side by side with the son of God. Jesus even took the time to warn him that he would betray him in Matthew 26:25 “Judas, the one who would betray him, also asked, “Rabbi, am I the one?” In
addition, Jesus told him, “You have said it”. He wasn’t the only one who was warned. In addition, we have Peter, yes another close disciple of Jesus who saw many miracles first hand. Peter was one of three that went up to the mountain with Jesus. On the mountain he saw with his own eyes Jesus transfigured before them. In Matthew 26:33-35 we see Jesus once again giving “the heads-up” to one of his disciples 33Peter declared, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you.” 34: Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” 35: “No!” Peter insisted. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the other disciples vowed the same. The Bibles tells us that Peter denies Jesus three times before the rooster crowed and he had the chance three times to testify of Jesus. Nothing much has change today in 2009 we still have Jesus believers denying the Lord and savior in our schools, jobs, with friends and even with our own family. Every chance we get to testify about Jesus we quickly turn it around and make it a chance to deny him. The Bible tells us about a man in Matthew 37:32 “Along the way, they came across a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, and the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus cross.” The bible does not say too much about Simon except that he was force to carry the cross for Jesus. He did not see
any of the miracles that God did he may have not even heard of Jesus, but he was chosen to carry the cross because none of his followers was there to help him. Wow that’s what happens, when we least expect it, we are taken out of are comfort zone to carry Jesus’ cross, but are we willing to carry that cross?
They will practice day and night. Parents will spend so much money on trainers and equipments; they will even pay someone to help them get good grades. It becomes a family passion not only an individual’s passion, which everybody has a part of- a family affair. I love the dedication, everything is less important even God.
The amazing part about being passionate about something is that you will follow it to the end and that is what we see at the Calvary Jesus’ passion for us. The Bible says in John 19:25-26 that he saw “Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. 26: When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved. (Many think this was John the disciple he loved). This is the passion of a mother for her son. She knew there was nothing she could do to take the pain away. In her heart she knew her son did nothing wrong, but to be passionate about the poor, the sick, the criminals and the lonely. She was a true disciple, a true friend that showed passion about Jesus and everything he had done in his life. The Bible says John was a fisherman, but God made him a fisherman of lost lives of people with no hope.
They will put God second and sacrifice his time because there is a game, but where is the blessing in that game? What happens when they do not make it into the big leagues, what happens to that passion? What happens to that family unity that family passion they had together? It all goes away because the passion is not there anymore. It shows where their heart was. So are you passionate like Judas? Passionate like Peter? Passionate like John? Or are you passionate like Simon who carried the cross for Jesus? I pray that you have Jesus. Evaluate what you are passionate about because that is where your heart is!
The question I want to leave you with is what are you passionate about today? You may be so passionate about your girlfriend or boyfriend, your husband or your wife, your job, your school, your friends, about what people think. Wow! There is nothing more passionate than an athlete is; they will do anything to make it to the big leagues.
- Jerry Martinez Youth Pastor firstname.lastname@example.org
une 5th- Our Youth Pastor, Jerry Martinez is preaching at Corner Stone church. Topic “Undercover Christian” 192 Meadow St Milford, CT 06461 6th- Iglesia Bautista Emanuel will be evangelizing in the streets of our community. Free food and activities, come be a part of the movement. 13th- Our Church is having our Annual Health Fair. Join us as we educate our community on the resources available, and of course you can’t miss out on all the fun. 26th- Our Pastor and missionary team is going to Cuba and Dominican Republic. Lets keep them in prayer.
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n April 9, 2009, my mother, grandmother, little brother, cousin, and I all went to go see the most heartfelt musical play I have ever seen. The musical by Brent Grosvenor is one of the most amazing productions he has ever created. He has written many others like The Lost Son. His most recent play, The Passion of the King was played at Crossroads Community Cathedral in East Hartford. As soon as I walked into that church I was taken away. The first thing you saw was what looked like a reception desk giving you that welcomed feeling. When you turned to your left they had the most amazing café that was selling Seattle’s Best Coffee, which was awesome because mommy and I got our white mochas. The church just had this warm feeling to it. The next thing that had me at awe was what they called their Sanctuary, it was what looked like a theatre. In there was where the play took place. The “sanctuary” gave that theatre feel but you could still feel God’s spirit during the play, reminding you where you were. The play was of our one and only king, Jesus. It was like watching little vignettes from the bible. It started all the way from the Old Testament with Isaiah and David all the way to King Herod and the Crucifixion in the New Testament. The play was put together so well to make you feel like you
were actually there when it all happened. From the lights to the costumes to the song selections made everything worth wild. The part of the play that really had me blown away was the crucifixion. Jonathan Jacques a member of the church played Jesus and he did a wonderful performance. His love for the children looked so real. He played with them and sang a song with them and even did a silly dance with them. It showed how Jesus really loves us but when it was time for him to be crucified I cried because they showed Mary’s pain which seemed so real. Then when watching my savior get killed on that cross seemed so realistic and my love for him showed so much that night, because knowing that someone loved me so much he died for me, helped me reveal to myself, that my love for Jesus is like the same love I have for him and my family. Now I want you to think on WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THAT? Article By: Rebecca Robles
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Romans 7:19 I do not do the good things I want to do But I do the bad things I do not want to do And so I find myself in a situation You see physically and mentally I grow But spiritually I’m just a pile of dry bones It’s the bad things that I do not want to do That has me in this state And although I know each and everyone of my flaws I continue to live against Gods 10 laws Then I question myself And I wonder what I’m going to do with myself Then suddenly I realize I forgot to ask my father for help And so I look to the sky Why I cry Depressed and in a ditch Asking myself why I do not do the good things I want to do But I do the bad things I do not want to do
So I’m stuck in this ditch Agony and burdens my only companions A ditch that I got into by Doing the bad things I wish not to do These bad things make the ditch deeper And I keep getting caught in sin even more To the point that I’m desperate to get out And I cant, so far in my inner core My heart breaks Because I was so stupid So incredibly ignorant Thinking I can play a game that God does not play And since I’m stuck in this well I finally cry out for his help I’m the one to blame And he makes me realize that when everything is ok And everything is going my way I begin to stray Away From HIM But when I get myself in a ditch so deep That not one person can hear my weeps That is when I crawl back For HE Will always get me out Not only will he let out his hand He will get in the ditch with me And get me out.
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