Portland News

March 22, 2019

Friday Evening Youth Focus

The March youth focus session started with dinner—chicken salad with French bread and brownies and ice cream for dessert. Following the meal, everyone stayed seated at their tables for a game of “Name that Sunday School Tune.” Julianne Luka was at the piano to play the first few notes of ten well-known Sunday school songs, such as “I Am a C” and “I’m All Wrapped Up.” Each table conversed amongst themselves and wrote what they believed to be the correct titles for the songs, and at the end the answers were read to everyone. The result was a three-way tie, forcing an exciting sudden-death round. Eventually one team emerged victorious, and its members happily went home with a token for a free ice cream cone at Cloud City.

Everyone relocated to the general seating area for a time of sharing prayer requests and then a lesson on the topic of temptation. Ryan Erdmann led the session, and he began by reading the account of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness from Luke 4:1-13. He said that a time of temptation is not what one hope for, but sometimes it is reality and it is important to know how to handle it.

Brother Ryan shared helpful verses such as 1 Corinthians 12:13 and 1 John 2:15, encouraging the young people that God will keep them if they want to be kept. He reminded them that when Satan tempts someone to sin, he tries to make sin seem fun and exciting and hides the negative consequences—the temptation to sin is always full of empty promises and lies. Brother Ryan emphasized the importance of reading God’s Word daily and obeying the leading of the Holy Spirit, even if your peers do not have the same convictions. In closing, he said it is important to serve God with all your heart, because there is no such thing as a lukewarm Christian; turning away from God means turning toward the devil. However, when Christians determine to follow God wholeheartedly, their lives will shine brightly in a world that is very dark with sin. The evening closed with a time of prayer.