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14
Oct

Harvest America: Dallas SWAT Trip 2014

Harvest America 2014

Everything truly is bigger in Texas. The buildings, churches, food, and bug bites are all big. But the harvest is also bigger in Texas! We saw the Lord do amazing things at Harvest America, as 20,000 people attended the live event in Dallas, and 1,102 people made professions of faith. With the event broadcasted around the country, over 100,000 people joined in live attendance at host venues, with about 3,500 professions of faith. That is amazing!

As always, the SWAT Team joined the Harvest Crusade with an army of students to pass out invitations and to share the gospel through street evangelism. And we did just that in Dallas! We passed out thousands of invitations, and personally prayed with 53 people to receive Christ as Lord and Savior. Students took steps of faith, raised a ton of money to travel to Dallas, engaged in many spiritual conversations, and the Lord was glorified! Some planted seeds, others watered seeds, and God gave the increase. It surely was an abundant harvest, both at Harvest America and with the SWAT Team!

And, we had a ton of fun as we ate amazing Texas BBQ and adventured around at the Texas State Fair. It was awesome, y’all!

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Testimonies

Read all about our trip from these news articles with student testimonies! Big thanks to the Christian Post and the Christian Examiner for writing about our SWAT Trip!

Here it from the students themselves. Here are two testimonies about our trip:

“Sharing the gospel in Dallas is similar to sharing the gospel in southern California, but with some new challenges presented. The location obviously is different, and the people have an array of different personalities. Even so, the saving power of the gospel always reaches across barriers that are set up, and God was able to reveal himself to several people that we shared our faith with. One conversation in particular that I had with a kid from west Dallas really helped me understand the spiritual state of much of the youth of Dallas. He explained that one of the things that turns him off from Christianity is that so many people profess to follow Christ, yet deny him with their actions. I realized that God had used us as representatives for him by our actions more than our words.”  Josh, 17
“Coming to Dallas was one of the greatest experiences for me! One of my absolute favorite things to do is encourage young girls in their faith and answer questions that they might have about God. This trip I had the privilege to encourage this sweet young girl in her faith and really just remind her that God loves her no matter what and that He will never leave or forsake her, even when it feels like He isn’t there. I got to pray with her and just love on her the way Jesus would; it was such a sweet moment for both of us. Encouraging people and reminding them of God’s wonderful promises definitely helps me grow in my knowledge and love for the Lord. There’s nothing I’d rather do than share my faith and let people know about God’s wonderful love. It’s such a blessing to me and the person I’m sharing with.” Maria, 16

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9
Sep

Moving Forward Together: Summer Camp Recap

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Many young people are without direction, lacking the necessary motivation to move forward in life. But, that wasn’t the case at MOMENTUM Summer Camp, where God called His people out of apathy and into action. As Job 17:9 says, we learned that we’re able to press on and advance, despite our circumstances and the world around us:34961_Momentum_graphic_new

“The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger.”

At Summer Camp, we grew stronger together! Hundreds of students gained momentum to move forward in their faith as they heard awesome Bible studies from God’s Word and spent time together in discussion groups and free time. We heard about the temptations that will hinder our momentum, how we are to gain momentum together as the church, and how we gain the most momentum when God is our BAE (before anyone else). As always, free time was a blast, and the Olympics were competitive and fun! The guys stole the show in amateur hour, again. And, we heard a lot of great music from Stellar Kart, and had awesome times of worship with the Activate band. We are already looking forward to Winter Camp!

Let’s keep the momentum going on Wednesday nights at Activate, where we worship together and fellowship in community groups! If you’re not in a community group, you can sign up for one! See you there!

 

25
Aug

Camp Letter and Map

Camp is almost here! Check out the CAMP LETTER AND MAP for all of the details!

ATTENTION: Stop everything you’re doing and get ready because Summer Camp is almost here!

You are reading this letter because you have decided to make a spiritual investment in your life by going to Activate High School Summer Camp! The theme of this camp is Momentum: The Righteous Move Forward.

Many young people are without direction, lacking the necessary motivation to move forward in life. But God is calling his people out of apathy and into action. As Job 17:9 says, we’re able to press on and advance, despite our circumstances and the world around us: “The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger.”

There will be encouraging and challenging teaching from God’s Word and music from special guest artist, Stellar Kart, as well as the Activate Worship Band. In addition to powerful worship services, this weekend in the mountains will be a great opportunity to meet new friends and have fun on the lake. It’s going to be an awesome weekend spending time with the Lord and other people your age! Here are some details that you need to know:

• Balances are due on Wednesday, August 27. If you haven’t turned them in, please do so A.S.A.P. and also turn in your release form because you can’t go to camp without it.

• You must provide your own transportation to and from camp. See the map on the back of this page for directions.

– Check-in: Friday, August 29th from 4pm – 5:30pm. Dinner will start at 6:00pm, but you may check in later if necessary.

– Check-out: Monday, September 1st from 12pm – 1pm.

• A few things you will need for the weekend: a Bible, sleeping bag or bedding, towels for bathing, toiletries, sweatshirt or jacket, shoes, flashlight, swimsuit, and cash for the snack bar.

• When choosing your clothes, keep in mind the dress code, and dress modestly. Girls, no spaghetti strap shirts, short skirts, daisy dukes, or 2-piece bathing suits without a shirt; Guys, no Speedos (for all our sake)!

• Contact phone number FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY: 951.840.0848

Our prayer and desire is to serve you at this camp, and we promise that you are going to have a blast! You are going to meet new people, build stronger friendships, and make lasting memories. But most importantly, you are going to move forward in your relationship with the Lord!

 

God bless you,

Pastor Jason Powell and the High School Staff

 

15
Jul

Summer Camp 2014

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Many young people are without direction, lacking the necessary motivation to move forward in life. But God is calling his people out of apathy and into action. The theme of this year’s summer camp is Momentum: The Righteous Move Forward. As Job 17:9 says, we’re able to press on and advance, despite our circumstances and the world around us: “The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger.”

There will be encouraging and challenging teaching from God’s Word and music from special guest artists Stellar Kart, as well as the Activate Worship Band. In addition to powerful worship services, this weekend in the mountains will be a great opportunity to meet new friends and have fun on the lake. You can sign up online, on the patio Sunday morning, or at any of our Activate services. Don’t miss out!

Click here for: CAMP LETTER AND MAP

When: August 29 – September 1, 2014

Where: Calvary Chapel Christian Camp (32355 Green Valley Lake Rd. Green Valley Lake, CA 92341)

Cost: $165

Registration: You can register at any of our services, on the Patio on Sunday mornings and nights, or online.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

Fundraising Opportunities: We have several ways that you can raise money for camp. You can do drink sales on Sunday morning and sell car wash tickets. Please see us at the info booth after one of our services.

Not sure what camp is like? Check out pictures from last summer camp by clicking here!

20
May

Staches and Lashes: The Valiant Man and the Virtuous Woman

If you haven’t noticed, guys and girls are different. But, there has never been a time in history when the culture was more confused about those differences. Although the world has redefined what it means to be a man or a woman, God has clearly revealed His perfect design for us. Starting May 28th, Activate High School ministry will be launching a series called “Staches and Lashes,” to define manhood and womanhood as God designed them to be. Also, our community groups will be reading through books this summer that cover similar topics. Join us on Wednesday nights at 7 P.M. in the Loft and visit activatehighschool.com for more information!

 

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13
May

Community Groups Summer Reading

Young people desire community. They join sports teams, clubs, and social networks and form friendships based on common interests. At Activate, we want students to be in community with one another based on the greatest of interests: knowing God and making Him known. Every Wednesday before Bible study, students meet in Community Groups from 6:15P.M. to 6:45 P.M. for the purpose of discipleship, fellowship, and accountability. Each group is gender-specific and is led by a college-aged counselor. These groups provide a great environment to develop and deepen godly friendships.

In order to take advantage of the free time that the summer season offers, the High School Community Groups will read through a book as a ministry! This summer, we are going to focus on the topic of biblical manhood and biblical womanhood—what does it mean to be a man or woman of God? We’re really excited about the reading and the topics, and they will produce a lot of helpful discussion. If you would like to join a community group, please contact us at 951.687.6902 or email us at activatehighschool@harvest.org

Here are the books we are going to read:

  • Guys: The Dude’s Guide to Manhood: Finding true manliness in a World of Counterfeits by Darrin Patrick.
  • Girls:  A Young Woman After God’s Own Heart: A Teen’s Guide to Friends, Faith, Family, and the Future by Elizabeth George.

Pick up your book at Activate for a discounted price of $10.

Girls Reading Schedule:

  • May 21 – 28: Ch. 1 – A Heart Devoted to God
  • May 29 – June 4: Ch. 2 – A Heart That Loves God’s Word
  • June 5 – 11: Chs. 3, 4 – A Heart Committed to Prayer, Part 1&2
  • June 12 – 18: Ch. 5 – A Heart That Obeys
  • June 19 – 25: Chs. 6, 7 – A Heart That Submits, Part 1&2
  • June 26 – July 2: Ch. 8 – A Heart That Loves
  • July 3 – 9: Ch. 9 – A Heart That Cares
  • July 10 – 16: Ch. 10 – A Heart That Chooses Wisely
  • July 17 – 23: Ch. 11 – A Heart That Is Loyal
  • July 24 – 30: Ch. 12 – A Heart That Grows
  • July 31 – August 6: Ch. 13 – A Heart That Serves
  • August 7 – 13: Ch. 14 – A Heart Marked by Purity
  • August 14 – 20: Ch. 15 – A Heart That Belongs to God

 

Guys Reading Schedule:

  • May 21 – 28: Ch. 1 – Get It Done: Become a Determined Man
  • May 29 – June 4: Ch. 2 – Pay Attention and Learn Something: Become a Coachable Man
  • June 5 – 11: Ch. 3 – Train, Just Don’t Try: Become a Disciplined Man
  • June 12 – 18: Ch. 4 – Love Your Work: Become a Working Man
  • June 19 – 25: Ch. 5 – Get Satisfaction: Become a Content Man
  • June 26 – July 2: Ch. 6 – Love a Woman: Become a Devoted Man
  • July 3 – 9: Ch. 7 – Love Kids: Become a Family Man
  • July 10 – 16: Ch. 8 – Say, “I Love You, Man”: The Connected Man
  • July 17 – 23: Ch. 9 – Feel Something Without Crying at Everything: The Emotional Man
  • July 24 – 30: Ch. 10 – Find the Right Arena: The Fighting Man
  • July 31 – August 6: Ch. 11 – Get What You Want: The Heroic Man
  • August 7 – 13: Ch. 12 – Living as the Forgiven Man
16
Apr

What if Jesus Never Rose from the Dead? What if He Really Did?

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Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:17-18, ”And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.” Why does he say that? What significance does the resurrection of Jesus have?

What if Jesus never really came back from the dead? Would it matter?

20 Devastating Things That Would be a Result of Jesus not Resurrecting From the Grave

1. Jesus is not the Messiah promised in the Old Testament

2. Jesus is a liar and a lunatic

3. We should seriously question all of Jesus’ other teachings

4. The disciples of Jesus were deceived and are proven to be liars

5. Paul the Apostle never saw Jesus on the Road to Damascus and everything he wrote was wrong

6. Everything that the Church has taught for 2000 years has been a lie

7. The only truth that we have about God is found in the Old Testament

8. Gods faithfulness only extends to those under Abraham— Jews

9. The nations outside of Israel are in spiritual darkness without hope

10.You are a sinner with no sacrifice for your sins

11. You are a hopeless slave to the power of sin

12. All of the wrongs committed on the earth will never be set right

13. The result of sin/decay upon on the earth will never be reversed

14. The Holy Spirit would have never come

15. The church/family of God would have never existed

16. Every Christian in time past not only wasted their lives but died with a false hope

17. You will never see any of your loved ones ever again

18. This life will be the best you will ever experience

19. There is no meaning or purpose to your pain

20. Death is the end

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