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Monday, July 21, 2008

Supernatural Grace

BJ Wilmouth, Stephen Benda & CM_Young at The Rock Church - CM Young Blog
Someone said "You will be the same person you are 5 years from now except for: 1. The books you read , 2. The places you go, 3. The people you meet". My life was greatly impacted last night when B.J. Wilmoth introduced me to Stephen Benda. Pastor Benda is from Monrovia, Liberia. What an incredible man of God. I was greatly moved as I listened to how God has been with him and the Church in Liberia but my mind was blown as I sat around the table and heard him tell story after story of his struggle during the war. This man has become a tremendous leader working with Elder Albert Stewart and the Church in Liberia. In the early 90's Liberia was thrown into a terrible time of war that lasted for 15 years. Stephen Benda continued to preach the gospel during this difficult time. He faced execution, his brother, sister and other family members were murdered by the rebels, he faced death everyday. I asked him "How do you sustain your faith when you face such issues for so long"? He looked at me and said "Oh my brother, God gives you supernatural grace. On my own, I would not have been able but God took away my fear". Supernatural Grace! What a thought! Thank you Stephen Benda for reminding me that my God can supply all of my needs. He will even supply my need for faith in my time of adversity. When my faith is not enough to sustain me, He provides "supernatural grace" that strengthens me. Let me encourage you today, if you are at the end of your rope...God has supernatural grace that will keep you from falling.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008


PEAK Conference Tulsa, OK - C Myles Young BlogDon't forget that P.E.A.K. is right around the corner, Aug 13-15. Tulsa, Ok at the Green Country Events Center. Speakers are Cody Marks & Jason Calhoun. It is going to be awesome! If you weren't planning on going....change your mind...get a ticket....bum a ride...share a room. It is going to be off-the-hook!
(I dedicate this picture to Gary Harding)

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Oh Canada!

Joey Tomato - C Myles Young Blog
Hey everybody, give a big shout out to all of my friends in Canada. We just hit 1001 visitors from Canada. I will be there this week for the wedding of 2 of my favorite people....MARK & STAR. We are going to have a blast. So all of you on the other side of our northern border, I am on my way. Tell Joey Tomato to save me a seat.

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Decision to Come Back

Brett Favre - C Myles Young BlogBrett Favre wants to return to the NFL. This has made national headlines in the last week. I don't normally make comments on my blog about things that really have so little meaning in the scope of real life, but this situation brought to mind some other people I have dealt with in my years of ministry. Favre evidently regrets the decisions that he made that took him off of the playing field and now he wants to come back. He wants to come back on his terms. Who knows what the Packer organization will decide. It looks like they will not release him to do it his way but crazier things have happened in the hedonistic sports world. My point with all of this "meaninglessness' is, I know many people that have made decisions to walk away from the church. They stated all kinds of reasons that were very important to them (at least that is what the pontificated) but the road didn't turn out so great. I have talked with so many that would love to get back in the flow of things in Christ's kingdom, but they are not willing to come on God's terms. There is no area of compromise with God...you're either for him or against him. Sure, He will take you like you are but He won't leave you like you came. If you are reading this and have contemplated coming back to Jesus, don't fight the process. Just yield to the word of God and surrender to His beckoning. His grace is enough for you to make it back. It won't be too hard. It just seems that way on the outside. I promise it's better back in the fold, so come back home. We love you and we've still got a spot in the starting lineup.

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Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Birthday America!

Statue of Liberty - C Myles Young BlogIs anybody thankful to live in the greatest nation on planet earth? I know that we have so many things that need to be adjusted and fixed, but in spite of all her warts the USA is still a wonderful place to call home. I listened tonight as my father in law read the Declaration of Independence to the grandchildren and was proud to be an American. If it has been a while since you have read the "Declaration of Independence", then do yourself a favor and revisit it. It's message is still relevant today. QUIZ: To whom is the document addressed? (you have to read it to find out....latter portion reveals answer).

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Tent Revivial - C C Myles Young BlogI feel like I have been run over by a truck. 16 services in 9 days has left me exhausted. The tent revival went incredible in Fayetteville. Can you say 95 degrees and 80% humidity? In spite of the heat the tent was full every night. We had a blast with the Mitchell's and prayed several through to the Holy Ghost. Thank you to all of you wonderful people from "First Church" you truly know how to take care of people.
I flew straight from Fayetteville to San Jose for "Freedom Week". It was incredible. Donald Lance did a tremendous job of ministering to the young people. It has been a busy 2 weeks but God is great and there is more ahead. (Jr. Camp next week). Well, it's like that old saying "No rest for the wicked, and the righteous don't need any".

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