Portland News

September 28, 2018

Friday Evening Youth Focus

The monthly youth focus held September 28 began with a dinner of teriyaki chicken and rice, and freshly fried churros for dessert. One of the youth ministers ate an impressive eight churros! There was no contest to eat the most churros, but if there had been, he certainly would have been the clear winner. Following the meal, the group played a version of musical chairs that involved racing across the room to get a seat, and the people who had piled on the churros seemed disadvantaged in that contest. Whether it was from the churros or the game, everyone had a lot of fun.

There was a time for singing praise and worship songs after the game, and then Clark Wolfe led a study session on the topic of temptation. He began by reading 1 Peter 4:12-13, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” Brother Clark said that trials and temptations will come to everyone and spoke about things that can help in those times, such as praying, reading Scripture, knowing and avoiding your own weaknesses, and fleeing temptation. He encouraged the young people to use peer pressure in a positive way by building healthy friendships that will support each other in making good decisions.

The session was open for questions and there were quite a few—enough that youth focus lasted longer than anticipated. They talked about being wise regarding activities which popular society portrays as good though they are actually harmful, and Brother Clark reminded the group of Jesus’ encouraging words from Matthew 28:20, “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” The evening closed with a time of prayer.