We were blessed today to have the youth pastor, Danny Sanchez, from Calvary Chapel in San Jose. Pastor Danny began his talk by telling the club that he is currently helping out with the mayor of San Jose’s gang task force. Pastor Danny was and is disturbed by all the gang violence in San Jose, so he decided to do something about it.Two years ago, he launched a graffitti clean-up program and called it, “Beautiful Day.” He uses the verse Matthew 28:18 to encourage himself to help in the battle against gang violence: “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me in heaven and
in earth.” To him, this means he has the authority to go to all nations to tell them about God’s saving grace, and that God is with him and us as we do so. In fact, on April 12, 2012, he went to Washington DC to receive an award for his efforts against gang violence. Pastor Danny shared how when he was growing up, his life was surrounded by gang violence. He had been stabbed 11 times. He had dropped out of high school. (He got his GED later on.) By age 29, he had been in juvenal hall, jails, been on drugs, in many fights, etc. He wishes someone would have told him about God when he was in high school. He told the club that if God gives you a dream, He will be able to help you accomplish that dream! There are no visions too big for God. Take steps of faith to do God’s will. God can do anything! He shared portions of Ephesians chapter 2: “1And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the bodya and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4Butb God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6and raised us up
with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so
that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in
kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” He said many people join gangs for a sense of belonging, as in a family. The internal pain that many have cause them to react in negative ways. People need healing. We are “the church.” Jesus sent His 12 disciples out and, being filled with the Holy Spirit, the world was changed! What can we do today? What can this club do? Think big! What we put into ourselves, comes out. If we put Godly things in, such as the Bible, Godly things will come out. There are students and teachers here at Wilcox who are hurting. Jesus had compassion on the multitudes, we also need to have compassion on the multitudes here at Wilcox. Let God “Stir up” the spiritual gifts in us that He has given us.
Other verses passed out today:
119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (NIV)
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching,
rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may
be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (NIV)
*Coming up: “Sport and Play Event” today after school at Community Church. Pumpkin patch at Neighborhood Church through 10/31. “Tabernacle Experience” at Calvary Church through 10/31. Food Faire on Friday.
*Pete fund: 0
*There were 19 in attendance today.