Shared this scripture tonight with YoungLife and it's a great reminder on how awesome and amazing! The resurrection of Jesus Christ is and what he has done for our future if we choose him.
Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint. Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.” The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message. And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.” As the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and told the leading priests what had happened. A meeting with the elders was called, and they decided to give the soldiers a large bribe. They told the soldiers, “You must say, ‘Jesus’ disciples came during the night while we were sleeping, and they stole his body.’ If the governor hears about it, we’ll stand up for you so you won’t get in trouble.” So the guards accepted the bribe and said what they were told to say. Their story spread widely among the Jews, and they still tell it today. Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted! Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:1-20 NLT)
I grew up in a Christian home, both my parents are pastors and I came to love Jesus at an early age. Like many youth, however in college I started to explore life outside of my parents influence. This led me to a place of insecurity, pain, loneliness and confusion.
As a college athlete I faced obstacles I wasn't prepared for, which caused me to struggle with following my own convictions. I needed help. It wasn't until the church I found great Christian friends who cared about my spiritual health, and I truly discovered my burden for wanting to help young people in any way I could.
Since then I've moved with my wife to be apart of the church plant at The City church Ventura. I've been led to Young Life where I am a volunteer leader. My vision is to love young people to Christ and be a bridge from Young life to the local Church. I genuinely have a love and burden for people. I want to be a beacon of light in dark places.
My hope and desire is to see Ventura's heartbeat start to come together matching Gods heartbeat of love for one another. I want to see a revival take place in Ventura. The Lord has been leading me to pursue this type of ministry full-time, and after countless hours of prayer and wise counsel, I knew that this was exactly where The Lord was calling me to be.
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