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January 12th, 2009

Jesus Youth (JY)

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What is Jesus Youth

An international Catholic youth movement with a charismatic spirituality.
Not a community or an organization.
Wide network of small but strong fellowship groups of youth from different Catholic rites.

The six pillars of Jesus Youth lifestyle

Quiet time for Prayer
Regular reading and meditating on the Word of God
Sacramental life in the Church
Regular fellowship with like minded people
Renewed zeal for Evangelisation
Service – Option for the poor

Charisms

Power of youth reaching out to youth
Faith formation of youth and children
Use of gifts of the Holy Spirit
Missionary commitment
Close interaction and collaboration among individuals, ministries and fellowship groups
Witnessing in the fast changing modern milieu

Ministries

“Sharing Jesus in a specific context using some special talent or charism”

Ministry categories in Jesus Youth:-

Formation
Life-Situations
Talent
Reach-out
Backbone Ministries

Formation

Jesus Youth Full Time Volunteers – One year long formation programme for graduates.
History Makers – Four day Jesus Youth life style orientation for teenagers.
Discipleship Training Programme – Seven day training programme for youngsters.
Master Builders – Fifteen day life oriented leadership programme for students.
Junior Evangelizers Trainers Team – Year long leadership formation with 4 to 5 training sessions without taking full time commitment.
Parish/Prayer Group Leaders Training – Training for effective youth leadership in the context of a parish.
Life in the Spirit Seminar – Ten weeks long initial training using common retreat topics
Yuvajyothi – An in-depth version of the Life in the Spirit Seminar
Master life Discipleship Training – Three months discipleship training programme for leaders.

Life Situations

Parish Ministry – To impart strong impetus to be leaven in the parish life.
Campus Ministry – Ministry among university and college teachers and students.
Teens Ministry – Forms prayer groups in High schools and plus two colleges and arranges leadership conferences and training programmes.
Professionals Ministry – Ministry among working professionals like lawyers, doctors, engineers etc. and students of professional colleges
Nurses Ministry – Active network of nursing schools and hospital involving both students and staff.

Talent

Rex Band – Music outreach group of the Jesus Youth
Music Ministry -Trains young men and women with musical abilities to use their talents for the glory of God and his Kingdom.
Audio Visual Ministry – Theatrical arts used for youth formation and evangelisation
Exhibition – An attempt to communicate the message of love through posters, paintings, collage, sculpture etc.

Reach Out

Among Children- Christeen, Anglels Army — The older brothers and sisters provide positive role
models and friendly Christian guidance to the younger ones.
Jesus Youth Outreach Ministry — Reaches out in slums, prison, orphanages and among street children with a goal of giving formation.
Youth for life (Jesus Youth Pro-lifers) — Trains many life volunteers to take a stand against the culture of death.
Bible Ministry — Brings out Bible Calendars with daily Bible verses prescribing three virtues that can be practiced. UAE JY are working to make the Malayalam Bible available on the web.
Cultural Exchange programme — One month exposure in Kerala for youth from various mission dioceses especially the tribal belt to familiarize them with our JY lifestyle and Catholic tradition.

Backbone Ministries

Intercession Ministry – Active through fasting, prayers, chain prayers, night vigils and intercession retreats.
Finance Ministry – Raises funds with the aid of commitment cards, tithes and voluntary donations.

Official  JY Website

www.jesusyouth.org — Website containing information about Jesus Youth in different countries.

Joynet — An e-mail fellowship with over 1000 active members from different parts of the globe.

Parablenet — An e-mail group to receive stories and reflections on the Word of God.

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January 9th, 2009

Why I Don’t Like Most Christians

10 Reasons Christians

1. They consistently seem angry and bitter and worried. I thought Christians were supposed to reflect joy and kindness and peace.

2. They don’t dream big dreams. That seems odd given the fact that we’re supposedly worshiping a God who is “able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare ask or hope.”

3. They seem to worship their theology more than Jesus. For whatever reason, this appears to be especially true for folks that come from a reformed theology.

4. They don’t like it when other people or ministries experience success. Think about it. There are Christians who would be overwhelmed with joy if NewSpring experienced fewer salvations, fewer baptisms and our attendance dropped.

5. They use prayer as an excuse for inaction. They’re waiting for God to do his thing, but they aren’t willing to step out in faith and obedience.

6. They’re more concerned with the BMW next door than the lost person who drives it. Christians hate people with money. They’re willing to sacrifice time and money for those without it, but they’re satisfied to let “rich” people go to Hell.

7. They would rather people live life without Jesus than give up their personal preferences. What happens when your preferred teacher doesn’t teach? What happens when your preferred worship leader doesn’t lead? What happens when you don’t like the music?

8. They are fake. They dress up a certain way on Sunday and they live as completely different people the rest of the week.

9. They think they’re better than other people. That’s why they create rules to follow. It helps differentiate why they are holy while others are not.

10. They’re comfortable with mediocrity. Doesn’t matter where. Think Christian music and movies. Think how we invest our time and money. You don’t seriously think God deserves our best do you?

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The reality is that I’ve sinned in just about every one of these areas. It pains me to say that, but it’s true. If people hear the Gospel and reject Jesus, that’s one thing. If I’m the barrier to people accepting Christ because of me and my sin, that’s a completely different deal.

Fortunately, God is much bigger than my stupidity.

When does your humanness get in the way of people knowing the hope, forgiveness and love of Jesus? Does your life make people curious about the claims of Jesus or does it make them flee?

Written By Tony Morgan

January 8th, 2009

Breathe song – Michael W. Smith

Breathe

Play the song “Breathe” by Michael W. Smith

Lyrics:-

This is the air I breathe
This is the air I breathe
Your holy presence living in me

This is my daily bread
This is my daily bread
Your very word spoken to me

And I I’m desperate for you
And I I’m I’m lost without you

This is the air I breathe
This is the air I breathe
Your holy presence living in me

This is my daily bread
this is my daily bread
your very word spoken to me

And I’m, I’m desperate for you
And I’m, I’m lost without you

And I’m desperate for you
And I’m, I’m lost without you.

I’m lost without you.
I’m lost without you.
I’m desperate for you.

(Cry out to live)
I’m desperate for you… (2)

I’m lost without you now
I’m desperate for you
I’m desperate for you

I’m lost, I’m lost, I’m lost without you…
I’m lost without you
I’m lost without you
I’m lost without you
I’m desperate for you

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