Mission Monday | Why I Love JAM!

Posted: May 22, 2012 by Rich Landosky in Mission Monday

Each year we take a team of middle schoolers to JAM up @ PBU.  This is our Middle School Mission Trip each year.  And once again, the trip and our students didn’t fail to amaze us . . . well, really, God didn’t fail to amaze and use these students and this event.

Our team led 10 children to the Lord!!!! Overall, the 300+ middle school students @ JAM this past weekend led 135 children to Christ!!!!!!  Enough said, isn’t it?!  I let some pictures tell the rest of the story.

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JAM Update

Posted: May 19, 2012 by Rich Landosky in Uncategorized

Our students led 10 children to the Lord this afternoon! Let the angels party!!!!
More JAM stuff on Monday.

Wednesday Weekend Watch | 05.16.12

Posted: May 16, 2012 by Rich Landosky in Wednesday Weekend Watch

Wednesday
MS BLOC – 7:00-8:15
HS Merge – 7:00-8:15

Friday-Sunday
MS JAM ’12 @ PBU

Sunday
MS Digging In – 9:45-10:45
HS Underground – 9:45-10:45
HS Servant Teams – 4:00-6:15
HS LIFT – 8:00-9:00

Tuesday Tunes | 05.15.12

Posted: May 16, 2012 by Rich Landosky in Tuesday Tunes
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This week’s tunes are in honor of my good friend, and our former Middle School Director, Bill Pederson. Here are some tunes from his two favorite artists (mine too, btw).

Larry Norman

(I was there for this concert at Creation ’99.)

Phil Keaggy

I believe Bill and I were at this concert together here in Philly.

My dear friend’s anticipation is over as he has now seen and forever more will see his Jesus face to face.  I am jealous and can’t wait for that day.

I woke up this morning to an incoming text message. As I fumbled for my phone I shook my head hoping I had just awakened from a bad dream.  As I looked at the text message, I realized that it hadn’t been a dream.

At 4:00 this morning I got a phone call to tell me that my good friend, Prayer Partner, former Middle School Director, fishing buddy, and the guy who always had my back, Bill Pederson, had passed away and was home with the Lord.  My heart was sad. Two grown children have lost their father at an early age.  I remember what that was like. My dad passed away when I was 33. He met my daughter and knew her for about 8 months. He never met my son. Bill’s wife, Claire, has lost the husband of her youth. My heart was sad because I lost a great friend and a co-laborer.  Bill was my Middle School Director for a lot of years and helped me build our Middle School Ministry to where it is today. After stepping down as my MS Director, he continued to teach occasionally in our student ministry and offered help wherever and whenever we needed it.  He raised funds for our student ministry when we needed them.  He was an Elder at our church and a Trustee. He raised up a team of prayer partners who would regularly pray for me, my family, our ministry here. In his words, he was “just a pipe-fitter,” but he was a leader and a good friend.

So, my heart is sad today. But, as the Apostle Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 4, I don’t grieve as those who have no hope, nor does his family. I know where Bill is.  He is more alive today than he ever has been. The health issues he has battled over recent years, many stemming from his time in Vietnam, are gone. He is alive and well and in the presence of his God and Creator. He is alive and worshiping his Father – the One whom he has served so faithfully for so many years, the One whom he has told countless others about. He is with the God he loves and will enjoy Him forever.  And so while I will miss Bill and our times of prayer, our times eating together (always an order of cheese fries and a cheesesteak stromboli with bacon and sauce @ Cocco’s), our times of solving the problems of the church together, and our times fishing, I am glad for him, and quite frankly, a little bit jealous that he gets to be with Jesus before me.

Bill left his mark in the lives of a lot of students and others. May we now pick up that torch and continue to make a difference for Christ. Please pray for the family in the days and weeks to come as they adjust and miss Bill.

A picture of one of the bass Bill caught last time he and I went fishing at our favorite fishing hole in Lancaster.

Wednesday Weekend Watch | 05.09.12

Posted: May 9, 2012 by Rich Landosky in Wednesday Weekend Watch

Wednesday Night
Middle School BLOC – 7:00-8:15 – “End Times” study continuing
High School Merge – 7:00-8:15 – “2nd Timothy” study continuing

Saturday
Church Work Day – 9:00-12:00

Sunday
Middle School Digging In – 9:45-10:45
High School Underground – 9:45-10:45
High School Lift – 8:00-9:00

Don’t forget to bring those gently used stuffed animals in this Sunday for JAM!

I admit that I am not really a rap fan but Lecrae is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. His Song “Don’t Waste Your Life” is right on.  The theology in this song is great!  I found this video that features Lecrae’s song as well as a short sermon excerpt by John Piper.  Don’t waste your life.

Hook:

(Cam)
Don’t waste your life man

Verse 1:
(LeCrae)
I know a lot of people out there scared they gone die/ couple of em thinking they’ll be livin’ in the sky/ but while I’m here livin’ man I gotta ask why, what am here fo I gotta figure out/ waste my life/ no I gotta make it count /if Christ is real then what am I gone do about/ everything in Luke 12:15 down to 21/ you really oughta go and check it out/Paul said if Christ ain’t resurrect then we wasted our lives/ well that implies that our life’s built around Jesus being alive/ everyday I’m living tryin’ show the world why/ Christ is more than everything you’ll ever try/ better than pretty women and sinning and living to get a minute of any women and men that you admire/ ain’t no lie/
We created for Him/ outta the dust he made us for Him/ Elects us and he saves us for Him/ Jesus comes and raises for Him/ Magnify the Father why bother with something lesser/ he made us so we could bless Him and to the world we confess him/ resurrects him/ so I know I got life/ matter fact better man I know I got Christ/ if you don’t’ see His ways in my days and nights/ you can hit my brakes you can stop my lights/ man I lost my rights/ I lost my life/ forget the money cars and toss that ice/ the cost is Christ/ and they could never offer me anything on the planet that’ll cost that price.

Verse 2:
(Dwayne Tryumph)
Armed and dangerous
So the devil jus can’t hang with us
Christian youth them a stand wid us
Livin’ n driven/ given a vision/ fullfillin the commission he handed us
London to Los Angeles
Da rap evangelist
Ma daddy wouldn’t abandon us
“I gotta back pack fulla tracts plus I keep a Johnny Mac”
So are you ready to jam with us
So lets go, gimme the word an lets go
Persecution lets go
Tribulation lets go
Across the nation lets go
Procrastination lets go
Hung on the cross in the cold
Died for da young and the old
Can’t say you never know
Heaven knows
How many souls are going to hell or to heaven so we gotta go in and get em
Whaaaaat!

Verse 3:
(LeCrae)
Suffer/ Yeah do it for Christ if you trying to figure what to do with your life/ if you making a lot money hope you doing it right because the money is God’s you better steward it right/ stay focused if you ain’t got no ride/ your life ain’t wrapped up in what you drive/ the clothes you wear the job you work/ the color your skin naw you Christian first/ people living life for a job/ make a lil money start living for a car/ get em a wife a house and a dog/ when they retire they living high on the hog/ but guess what they didn’t ever really live at all/ to live is Christ yeah that’s Paul I recall/ to die is gain so for Christ we give it all/ he’s the treasure you’ll never find in the mall/ Your money your singleness marriage talent and time/ they were loaned to you to show the world that Christ is Divine/ that’s why it’s Christ in my rhymes/ That’s why it’s Christ all the time/see my whole world is built around him He’s the life in my lines/ I refused to waste my life/ he’s too true ta chase that ice/ here’s my gifts and time cause I’m constantly trying to be used to praise the Christ/ If he’s truly raised to life/ then this news should change your life/ and by his grace you can put your faith in place that rules your days and nights.