You are invited and ENCOURAGED to join us for Resonate the
next few Wednesday night’s!
6pm – 7:30pm Youth Worship Room
Over the next 5 weeks we are going to walk through some
pretty sensitive and difficult topics; the least of these this Wednesday
night. Here are our topics for the rest
of the series:
April 17 – Culture
April 24 – Vices (alcohol, marijuana, drugs)
May 1 – Sex, Lust, Dating
May 8 – Homosexuality
May 15 – Pornography (Guest Speaker from Hope Unlimited)
I wanted to let you know this in advance because I wanted to
give you the option for your teen to “opt
out” or “opt in” to these
discussions. I hope you will “opt in.” There is no one who is immune
from these issues and no one that hasn’t been impacted by them in some
To say these topics are difficult is an understatement. To
say they are important is also an understatement. Our teens are being bombarded daily by
culture on what to believe, how to feel, and what’s acceptable as it relates to
these topics. And parents it’s your job,
not cultures, to help shape and direct your teenagers beliefs on these and many
other important topics. Sound like a tough job? It is. But we want to help.
Your involvement over the next few weeks will help
communicate to your students that you care what they think about these
important topics. Encouraging your teens to come, or even forcing them, will also
help communicate that you care what the Bible has to say about these topics. And
that matters, because believe it or not, you are still the greatest influence
in your teenager’s life when it comes to their beliefs on sexuality.
Let me say that again, what you believe and encourage is the #1 influencer in your teenager’s life about what they believe and actually do.
Navigating these issues is a tough job. We want to give you a place to start a conversation. Each week I will also provide some follow-up discussion questions so you will know what was said and a few questions to ask. You can get those from this website.
We hope you will take this opportunity to continue or start
these important conversations with your students.
This Wednesday night (April 3) the High School Youth (Resonate) are headed to Cinemark Theaters to watch the new movie “Unplanned.”
Resonate High School Students Meet at Los Amigos by the mall @ 5:00pm for dinner Carpool to the movies after dinner Movie starts @ 6:55pm
is the story of Abby Johnson. She was one of the youngest Planned Parenthood
directors in the US. After she is asked to assist in an abortion at thirteen
weeks gestation she instead resigns, becoming a pro-life activist.
the trailer below.
the creators of Unplanned, who also created other Christian hits such as
God’s Not Dead” and “I Can Only Imagine” didn’t expect was that the movie would
receive a rated “R” rating. The Motion Picture Association of America
(MPAA) informed the
filmmakers last month that they would give the
movie an “R” for “some disturbing/bloody images,” unless it removed its scenes
depicting abortion. The creators say they
will not alter the film’s pro-life message to get a PG-13 rating.
This week, Abby Johnson released an open letter addressed to parents making clear the film
contained no profanity, nudity, or sex, assuring them that the film’s tone runs
the full range between laughter and tears, and detailing the specific scenes so
they can decide for themselves whether to let their children see them.
of the letter can be found at the bottom of this post.
Johnson believes the rating isn’t going to slow the
“We are pushing the boundaries of what has never been before on
such a wide scale by showing America exactly what abortion is — and abortion is
disturbing. It’s violent,” Johnson said.
“In my opinion, one of the most impactful films of our time is ‘The
Passion of the Christ.’ It was rated R. So I feel like ‘Unplanned’ is in good
company. An R rating from the MPAA isn’t going to slow this movie down. I
believe people are ready for the truth.”
As we have said numerous times before, the abortion
issue is too important to remain silent about and growing too rapidly to not
support pro-life movements like this movie. This is why the High School youth
will be watching and supporting the movie “Unplanned.”
Yes it is rated “R,” which should give pause when deciding whether or not to watch this movie. (Below is a link to trusted movie review) But as a parent and youth pastor, I feel that the message and story that this movie tells is too important to let a hypocritical movie rating determine if you will let your kids watch it.
The sad irony in all of this is that in at least 13 U.S. states, a teen under 17 can
get an abortion without their parents’ permission. They can’t watch this
movie without their parents’ permission but they can get an abortion.
When faced with such an absurd contradiction in culture there is only one answer – Jesus!
Abby Johnson’s full letter to parents
I wanted to take a few minutes before my movie, Unplanned, comes out in
theaters to talk to you. Mom-to-mom. Parent-to-parent. As you know, the movie
received an R rating from the MPAA, and I imagine that may make you nervous
about allowing your children to see it. Setting aside that, it feels a little
weird to have a movie made about my life, and even weirder to be told that my
life is “rated R.” I want to tell you, as a mother, what you can expect from
the film: The movie does not have profanity. The Lord’s Name is not taken in
vain or disrespected. There is no nudity, no immodesty, and certainly no sex or
“suggestive” moments. None.
So why the R rating? For two scenes. Two scenes that the movie team was
determined to re-create accurately, at my insistence, because they are
important for people to see. The first is a CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery)
recreation of what I saw on the ultrasound screen when I assisted in the
abortion procedure that convinced me of the humanity of the unborn. You will
see what I saw: a baby on an ultrasound screen in black and white 2D. You will
see the abortion instrument, which looks like a big straw in real life and like
a dark line on the ultrasound, introduced onto the screen. You will see the
baby struggle against it. You will see the baby first slowly, then quickly
disappear into the instrument as it does what it is designed to do. It is
important for you to know that this was a CGI recreation and NOT footage from a
real abortion. But it sure looks like what I saw. I think this scene is so
important for teenagers and older children to see because it tells the truth
about what our culture keeps trying to insist is a “right” and a “freedom.” No
one will be able to see this scene and then say they “don’t know” the truth
The second scene that was cited as a reason for the R rating is a scene that
re-creates my awful experience with the abortion pill. Ashley, the actress who
plays me, did a fantastic job capturing both my physical pain and my fear. I
won’t lie to you; that scene shows some blood. In real life I hemorrhaged so
badly I thought I was going to die. The movie captures that without being
gratuitous or gory. I think the producers walked that line well.
The rest of the film is not as intense as those two scenes. It will make you
laugh, make you cringe, gasp, cry, and cheer- all the things a good movie
should. The difference with Unplanned is that it has the
potential to change and save lives in the process.
So, should you take your kids to see this movie? I can’t decide for you, but I
will tell you that my twelve-year-old daughter will see it. I can tell you my
friends who have pre-screened the film plan on bringing their 10, 11, and
12-year olds along with their teenagers to see it, and I hope you will do the
same. Our children are of the generation who is being lost to abortion. This is
personal for them, too. They are likely to hear and see more graphic content in
most school health classes! I guess what I’m trying to say is, this movie is
authentic. Yes, it’s a movie about abortion, but even more so, it’s a movie
about the truth of forgiveness, repentance, and redemption, because that is
what the story of my life is really about.
Occasionally on Wednesday night’s we tackle difficult issues that you need to know about in advance. Tomorrow night is one of those nights.
As you may know, today is National Sanctity of Human Life Day.
On January 13, 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating January 22 as the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. (January 22, 1973, was the day the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion-on-demand in all 50 states.)
Tomorrow night we will use this day to celebrate God’s gift of life, commemorate the many lives lost to abortion, and challenge students to commit themselves to protecting human life at every stage.
The main points of our discussion will be:
Main Point 1: Human life is sacred because we are made in God’s image.
Main Point 2: The soul’s presence is there in the womb.
Main Point 3: Life begins at conception.
Along with talking through and teaching these points we will show a video that communicates and illustrates the truth about abortion.
I will not lie. The video is disturbing. It is a brutal snapshot of the horrors of abortion. I feel that it is important that our students understand that when we talk about abortion we are talking about an actual human person, who is loved by God and created in His image, not just a statistic.
We want to begin now teaching our students to care about the things that God cares about. Throughout scripture, God commands His followers to care for the “least of these;” those who have been marginalized, those who are defenseless, and those who are without hope and a future. There is no one more defenseless than the unborn child.
Please join me in praying about this issue. I encourage you to pray for these three things:
The Unborn – Pray that God would protect them and keep them.
Changes in Legislation – That the legalization of abortion would be overturned.
Students – That they would learn the truth about abortion and strive to protect the unborn for the glory of God.
For a copy of my notes and a link to the video, feel free to email me @ email@example.com. If your students do not regularly attend our services on Wednesday, I want to encourage you to make a special effort to be there tomorrow night.
“Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”
– Isaiah 42:9
Who: High School students
When: June 24 – 28, 2019
Where: Wheaton, IL (West Suburbs Chicagoland)
($65 Deposit due February 1. Final Balance Due May 27)
Parent Meeting: Sunday, January 27 @ 5pm in the Youth Worship Room. Please make every effort to attend the parent meeting for all students who are interested in attending camp. You can drop off your deposits and pick up any necessary forms.
God is the great redefiner. At the heart of what it means to know and experience God is the process of redefinition. God defines what it means to be new. God spoke a new creation into existence out of nothing, redefining our existence. Through the person and work of Christ, God made complete renewal possible for all who would come to faith in Him, redefining our reality. In the salvation offered by God, we discover a new identity, redefining who we are. And in discovering who God meant for us to always be, our purpose is redefined.
Eat, Sleep & Meet – @ Wheaton College
Wheaton College is an explicitly Christian, academically rigorous, fully residential liberal arts college and graduate school located in Wheaton, Illinois. Established in 1860, Wheaton is guided by its original mission to provide excellence in Christian higher education and offers more than 40 undergraduate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences and 14 graduate degrees. Wheaton boasts in having wonderful meeting spaces, meal options and lodging arrangements that your group is sure to love! You are sure to love the rich heritage that Wheaton College holds. Be sure to check out the Billy Graham Center Museum and the Wade Center which hosts a collection of belongings from Owen Barfield, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams.
Sleeping and Eating: Most housing is dorm-style with two or four people per room, and either a suite-style bath, private bath or community-style bath. (Remember we assign housing based on the date deposits are received.) Wheaton’s award-winning Cafe Bon Appétit food service, which is consistently ranked as among the best in the nation, offers delicious food. The spacious cafeteria has the ability to serve many people without long lines. Food quality is excellent; with plenty of options.
Jason Cook is deeply committed to faithful biblical preaching and that becomes obvious from anyone who sits under his leadership. He is a dynamic communicator obviously gifted by God to be able to minister to a wide range of people. Jason gives leadership to a church called Fellowship Memphis and travels the country sharing the incredible message of reconciliation that Jesus offers those who repent and believe.
He was born and raised in Birmingham, AL in a home that feared God. At the age of 8, he walked down an aisle, as he wanted to avoid hell. After a successful high school football career, he graduated from high school in Northeast Atlanta and accepted a football scholarship to Ole Miss. It was at Ole Miss that he came into a true knowledge of Jesus and began the wonderfully arduous adventure of following Him. He was a standout at The University of Mississippi and was a member of the Baltimore Ravens Football Club during the pre-season of 2009. He ultimately walked away from the game of football to pursue the call to evangelism. He and his wife Courtney live in Memphis, TN with their growing family.
Worship Band – ISSAC
Although Isaac Pittman has a voice that makes music sound easy on the ears, his life hasn’t always been a lullaby. At the tender age of six years old, he lost his biggest fan when his mother passed away. Shortly after, the music he loved as a child suddenly came to an end. It was then he realized music was God’s calling for his life and he believed in sharing the legacy of his family with this newly ignited passion he held inside. From that point on he dedicated his life to sharing his voice with the world.
ISAAC has had the privilege of sharing the stage with other artists like Brandon Heath, Jars of Clay, Bethany Dillon and Shane and Shane. Currently, ISAAC travels the nation leading worship at a variety of gatherings.
How much does it cost?
$65 Deposite due February 1st.
Includes a t-shirt, material, lodging, transportation, and all meals while at camp.
When is it?
June 24 – 28, 2019 (Mon-Fri)
Is there competition?
Yes! Ever since the inception of GENERATE, two sides have been locked in epic battle: The Pack vs. The Pride. This video outlines how you can lead your tribe to victory (and be the ones holding Festus in triumph).
Is there a theme?
Yes! The theme is REDEFINED.
Day 1 – Redefining Our Existence (God as Creator and Life-Giver)
Day 2 – Redefining Our Reality (The Cross and Salvation)
Day 3 – Redefining Our Identity (Adoption into God’s Family)
Day 4 – Redefining Our Purpose (Knowing the Gospel and Making It Known)
FIRST DAY (6/24/2019)
1:00 – 3:00 PM Registration & Check-In
4:45 – 6:00 PM Dinner
6:00 PM Village Meeting
6:30 PM Youth Minister’s Meeting
7:30 PM Pre-Worship Gathering (auditorium)
7:45 PM Worship (auditorium)
9:30 PM Church Group Time
11:30 PM Lights Out
(11:30 PM – 8:00 AM Quiet Hours)
OTHER DAYS (6/25-27)
(Day 3 Only: 6:45 AM First Light – at announced location – OPTIONAL)
(Day 4 Only: 6:30 – 7:15 AM GENERATE 5K – at announced location – OPTIONAL)
6:45 – 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:15 – 8:45 AM Encounters in Church Group (assigned location)
8:15 AM Village Leadership Meeting (all Bible Study Leaders)
9:00 – 10:00 AM Kickstart
10:00 AM-3:00 PM Serve with Church Planting partner
3:00 PM Open/Free Time (Options announced at Kick Start)
4:45 – 6:00 PM Dinner
6:00 PM Youth Minister’s Meeting
6:00-6:45 PM Prayer Gathering
6:45 PM Pre-Worship Gathering (auditorium)
7:00 PM Worship (Night 4 Only – Final Worship Celebration – 7:00PM-9:30PM)
9:00 PM Church Group Time
10:30 PM One More Thing (Nights 2 & 3 Only)
11:30 PM Lights out
(11:30 PM – 8:00 AM Quiet Hours)
CLOSING DAY (6/28)
6:45 – 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Check-out
8:15 AM Encounters in Church Group Location
9:00 AM Dismiss
Where will we serve?
Students will serve with our North American Mission Board church planting partners in neighborhoods within driving distance from Wheaton. Students will serve in a variety of ways; from backyard bible clubs, to light construction, to neighborhood mapping. Everything they do will serve to see the Gospel proclaimed and the mission of the church strengthened. Lunch will be served on site.
Is there a dress code?
Of course. We ask for there to only be one piece bathing suits at camp, or a dark colored t-shirt over a two piece. Avoid short shorts (including guys showing off the bro thighs), spaghetti strap shirts, or really anything that will be a distraction to those around you. We honor God with how we dress. Be cool, but don’t be a fool! If needed, help a brother or sister out.
Dnow is the event that you look forward to every year. Don’t miss the biggest and best Dnow in the history of Lone Oak FBC.
Our camp pastor for the week will be the one and only TOM RICHTER! You may remember him from every other Dnow we have ever had! He’s awesome and you won’t want to miss his hilarious stories and challenging messages about Jesus. Tom is the pastor of a church located in North Alabama, called Cullman First Baptist Church. Before moving to Cullman, AL Tom served for 14 years as a pastor in New York City at a church called New Hope Christian Church. Tom is a Murray State University graduate, and has his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Music will be led by Issac Pittman. Issac is a talented musician and an awesome man of God. Throughout his musical career, he has shared the stage with several international artists including Brandon Heath, Jars of Clay, Bethany Dillon, Shane & Shane, Rachel Lampa, Taylor Sorensen, and Meredith Andrews. Today Isaac Pittman leads worship for numerous conferences, youth events and camps locally and across the United States. Issac will also be leading worship for those of us who attend summer camp in Chicago this year.
NEW THIS YEAR: CAMP WIDE GAME!
Everybody playing the same game at the same time! Yes it will be awesome! In addition to open rec, we’ll also play a camp-wide game that will keep you fired up all day long. Want to know what it is? Too bad! You’ll have to show up to find out!
It’s back! In addition to a camp wide game you will have open recreation all afternoon. That means from 1pm – 5pm, you can climb on the Aerial Adventure Park, zip down the Zip-Lines, of shoot your friends while playing Bazooka Ball or Laser Tag. All the other open recreation options will be available as well, basketball, gaga-ball, volleyball, and Frisbee golf. Recreation just got a whole lot more fun and exciting!
Most importantly, we will spend time together each day in worship and studying God’s Word. Tom will lead us through 4 sessions based on the theme – OUTCAST – based on the passage “The Woman at the Well” found in John 4.
Jesus is all about the outcast: the lost, the broken, and those on the fringe. Jesus, the Messiah, took time for kids and people with incredibly contagious and deadly diseases. His close disciples included ordinary fishermen with dirt under their nails and even the dreaded tax collector. Jesus saw beyond our groups of “accepted” and “outcasts”—beyond race, gender, or social standing—and into the hearts of people he loved.
That’s what this series is all about: seeing others through the eyes of Jesus and inviting the outcasts in.
Session 1: On The Outside
Session 2: Invite Them In
Session 3: In Our Shoes
Session 4: The Great Invitation
Sleeping bag/sheets/pillow (No linens provided)
Towels and washcloths
Flip-flops for the shower
Clothes for outdoor activities
Closed toe shoes and socks (hiking boots or tennis shoes)
Jacket or long sleeves
Clothes for the remainder of weekend
Rain jacket – Weather will NOT dictate what we do.
Medication – controlled substance medication only must be turned in to a leader prior to leaving with instructions on distribution of medication
I hope you are looking forward to this weekend. It’s going to be a great time. You are going to learn a lot and have a blast. Below are a few last minute reminders and some veteran tips for those new to the Fall Retreat!
A few last minute reminders:
Check-in/Departure is at 4:30pm. We’re leaving a little earlier so we can eat dinner at camp.
Linen’s are NOT provided. Don’t forget your sleeping bag and pillow!
Be sure to look over the packing list. You need everything on there except maybe the sunscreen.
Here are a few veteran tips for the Thirst Fall Retreat
Bring a flashlight (preferably a headlamp) – Our cabins do NOT have electricity so you’re going to want a good light. The best type of light is a headlamp, that frees up both of your hands while you’re getting yourself settled.
Bring a water bottle – Fill up the water bottle with water or Gatorade during breakfast and lunch. Then you have something to drink anytime you want.
Bring gloves, sock hat, warm stuff – It’s going to be cold at night. You’ll like having your warm stuff on when you leave the fire and go back to your cold bed.
Bring an extra pair of shoes – It’s probably going to be a little muddy and you might like a fresh pair of kicks to wear back at the cabin.
These retreats have the potential to literally change your life. Maximize what God can do by coming with a great attitude, ready to learn, and excited about meeting with God.
THIRST is the Resonate Fall Retreat for students who have a THIRST for God’s Word. This event is for anyone who wants to grow in their walk with the Lord and deepen their understanding of their identity in Christ. This years emphasis will be on “Who You Are In Christ” and why that is so important to understand.
WHO: High school students with a THIRST for God’s Word
WHAT: Thirst Fall Retreat
WHERE: Camp Ondessonk, Ozark, IL
WHEN: Friday, November 2—Sunday, November 4
COST: $75 (covers meals, transportation, housing, and teaching material)
DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 24: Event fee must be paid by deadline. Payment accepted online or place payment in drop box outside Patrick’s office.