Frank Peretti is best known as a novelist. His works include The Oath, The Visitation, and This Present Darkness. He was awarded the 1996 ECPA Gold Medallion Award for best fiction. Based on his own true story of pain, Frank Peretti wants to shed light on a common problem facing young people today which is loneliness and persecution. It is a wake up call for youth workers and adults to reach beyond the surface needs of a young person to the heart of his most private hurts.
As Peretti takes us on a journey through his developmental years, we can see all too clearly that we have been in the locker room and felt the shame of laughter at our expense. As adults we tend to forget the rough teenage years of our past. This book brings back a flood of memories. It also heightens our awareness to what our young people are facing today. We as Youth Ministers need to be sensitive to issue that our kids face. We may think they seem small but in their world it seems like a never ending torment. Our youth face similar problems on a daily basis and are vulnerable. We need to be willing listen to them and to take action if we need to. Gone are the days of “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. Words do hurt, and we can replay them over and over in our minds.
Wounded Spirit had opened my eyes to the way I approach Youth Ministry. Now when a young person has
a nasty attitude, I ask myself “What has this young person been through today? Is there something behind this attitude? ” I listen more attentively when they share their problems. This book has opened my eyes to world that I had forgotten. I pray that God will not let me forget my past bouts with humiliation and pain as a teenage so that I might be able to better minister to those who are hurting.
When we go through the valleys of life, it seems as if God is far away. I believe that is really just the
opposite. It is in the valley that we truly see how much God cares for us. In Psalm 23, we see that God is with us even in the valley of the shadow of death. In Hebrews 13:6, we see that God is our helper, and we should not fear. In our times of trouble, we look franticly for Him in the circumstances, but he is right behind us; pushing us on. That is why I am glad that the Bible states in Hebrews 13:5 that He will never leave or forsake us.
Below is a link to a song from the 1990s by Audio Adrenaline. It sums up what Christ does for us in our time of suffering and need. Take some time to listen to words and let the presence of God wash over you. Every time you are down the Lord lifts you up!!!
Audio Adrenaline: Get Down
Category: Message in the Music
Over 10 years ago, God burdened my heart to help students and youth pastors develop a Missional Focus as they reach students in their community. So I began to ponder these two questions, “What does it mean to be fully alive?} What does God want to communicate from the Cross?” Crash: Living Life at the Point of Impact is an eye-opening journey that stresses the importance of living life right in the middle of where God is working. The point of impact of any crash is where the most force and change occur. It is the same way with our relationship with Christ. Christ’s death on the cross was the point of impact that changed the world. The core message is to equip students with the tools to live a life that functions at “the point of impact” with a personal Savior who wants to give us an abundant life which in turn impacts the people and community in which we live. The people Jesus impacted were changed by an inevitable crash course that would change the way man would connect with God forever. If you are tired of just existing and want to be “fully alive”, come along with me on this journey of discovery as we seek to live life at the “point of impact”. In order to make a radical impact, we must: • Understand the “impact” of true intimacy with Christ. • Discover that our identity is determined by the “point of impact” with Christ. • Discover our God Given Mission to Fulfill • Realize that our Perspective will directly affect our Impact. • Grasp that our Attitude can greatly affect the intensity and effectiveness of our Impact. • Discover that an “impact” with Christ will determine the trajectory of our life • Develop a desire to leave traces of this “impact” for other to follow. Randy’s heartbeat is to relay Biblical Truth to a generation seeking relevant Christianity in today’s world. With a culturally relevant style, Randy shows the importance of understanding God’s Word so that we may show God’s love to an unbelieving world. When the Bible seems complex to understand, Randy shares real-life examples to teach teenagers, parents, and youth leaders how to focus on Jesus, and show Christ-like love to everyone around them in to live “Life at the Point of Impact”!