Archive for November, 2009

Worship at the Element

Posted in Music on November 30, 2009 by Brian Jarvis

This is a video of one of our worship services at The Element (high school and middle school environment). I have an amazing privilege to lead worship with some incredible musicians and I feel truly blessed to have them by my side, dedicated their time and talents to bring God glory and lead these students into His presence.

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Word of the Week – “Swashbuckling”

Posted in Creative on November 24, 2009 by Brian Jarvis

This is a skit featuring one of our small group leaders, Matt Gilbert. He is by far, one of the smartest people you will ever meet. It may not sound like it, but this dude knows his theology! ha ha. I’m sure this video is a lot more hilarious to those who know him, but I hope you enjoy!

All it takes is a thanks….

Posted in Worship Thoughts on November 2, 2009 by Brian Jarvis

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Sometimes in ministry, it can get very emotionally, spiritually, and physically draining.. Especially in Student Ministry! You have those days where your just are ready to give up and question why you even try? I don’t think there is any underlining spiritual “heart” issue here.. it’s just part of being human! We all face “burnout” moments.

But the amazing thing about God, is that in those moments of complete exhaustion and self-doubt, He provides little ways to remind you that your doing a great job and He’s proud of you. at least for me, that’s what I hear Him say…

For me.. it’s a kid in the youth group that I don’t even know, coming up to me and telling me that “he’s glad I’m here and that he’s thankful for all that I do for him and the other kids at NSM.”

Holy cow! is that a punch to the gut or what!? “Pardon me, but I just have something in my eye!”

I mean, I know I’m not the only one who has those moments of being completely bewildered and blown away at the fact that God chooses to use me the way He does!!?

All I’m saying is that I’m thankful that God uses little things to make big impressions on my life..

Erwin McManus said it best in his book, “Soul Cravings”..

He writes, “There is nothing more rewarding than the overwhelming feeling of gratitude when someone you don’t know takes the time to tell you that even in the smallest ways you made a difference in their life”

Hope this is just a reminder in some way, that God is always speaking to you, if your listening…

I’m so thankful that God uses me.. THE END

Take Care!

-Brian