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Tuesday, November 9, 2004
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Something You Can Use: What Garbage Are We Allowing to Creep into Our Lives? - A Discussion Agenda-
You guys know we like to provide you with curriculum
that you can use for your weekly youth group. Here's a great agenda with a discussion about the
"Trash" that we allow in our lives. (As always, we'll put sample times and items for a complete
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
Main Point: Don't surround yourself with garbage when you want something better.
Kids Arrive about 6:30-6:45
- Anything you need for your challenge or game.
- Any worship CD conducive to prayer during the wrap-up.
Make them feel welcome
Learn names and interests
Give newcomers a New Person Form
Bring it together: about 7:15pm. "Hey, glad to see you all here. Welcome to ???"
Introduce Newcomers: Give them a Blow-pop, Skittles, or Snickers bar, etc.
Youth Challenge or Game: Choose an anywhere game or crowd breaker from our Games pages.
Announcements: upcoming activities, events.
Discussion Starter: Read the following story from FoxNews.com 7-6-04:
Woman Taken Out With Trash
A Mississippi woman is lucky to be alive after being picked up and nearly crushed by a
garbage truck. The unnamed woman was looking for her keys Wednesday morning in a dumpster
behind her Ridgeland, Miss., apartment complex, reports the Clarion-Ledger of Jackson. As
tends to happen, the dumpster was picked up by a garbage truck, turned over and emptied
into the truck's waste compactor. The truck put the dumpster down and kept going on its
rounds. A couple of miles later, someone heard screams and told the driver, who was about
to start crushing the load of garbage. The woman, who complained of joint pain after
climbing out of the back of the truck, was treated at a local hospital and released,
according to Waste Management District Manager David Myhan. Myhan advised people who think
they've lost something in the trash to call his company instead of diving into dumpsters.
"We take this real seriously," he said. "We do not want people getting in our containers."
Opening Remarks: Now that story is silly. But isn't it funny how we sometimes look in
the wrong place for something. And I'm not talking about keys. I'm talking about when we're
looking for significance, value, purpose, or even pleasure ... and we look for it in the wrong
place. Maybe even a place that we swore we'd never venture.
Break up into small groups.
Small Group Discussion:
Wrap-up: (Come back together in your large group.)
- What is some of the garbage that kids today surround themselves with?
- When they surround themselves with this ... do they realize it's garbage?
- Why would we do this? Why would we let "pleasure win over truth" or "the temporary
thrill win over what we know is best for us in the long run?"
- What is some of the garbage you sometimes allow to creep into your life?
- Are you satisfied the next day? The next week? The next year?
Let's read Col. 3:2-5 & 17:
Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth.  So
put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with
sexual sin, impurity, lust, and shameful desires. Don't be greedy for the good things of
this life, for that is idolatry.  And whatever you do or say, let it be as a
representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the
- What does the verse say we should fill our thoughts with?
- How can we fill our thoughts with "things above?"
- The verse also says "have nothing to do with" certain "garbage" that's out there in this world. What does "have nothing to do with" mean?
- What actions could you take this week to not only avoid, but "have nothing to do with" some of the garbage that you've allowed to creep into your life?
- Who is someone that you can talk to tonight who can keep you accountable to doing this?
Don't surround yourself with garbage when you want something better.
Tonight we took a peek at how sometimes we give garbage a chance to creep into our life even
though we know better. We also learned what the Bible has to say about that. We should have
nothing to do with this stuff. And many of us now have a game plan of how to get rid of this
garbage, and who can help us.
Let's agree to be accountable to the person we said we'd be accountable to in our small group,
and to pray for each other tonight about this.
Optional Questions and Points:
- Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and
cost you more than you're willing to pay." (Steve Farrar, Finishing Strong)
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Jonathan Trains Student and Adult Leaders in Milwaukee This Weekend!
On November 13th, Jonathan is doing a Saturday workshop (9AM to 3PM) for student leaders and
youth workers in the greater Milwaukee and Chicago area. If you're a youth worker
(volunteer or paid) or if you have staff or student leaders that want to reach out to the
"unchurched," this is the place for you!
Here's the details:
Saturday November 13th, 9AM to 3PM
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Jonathan Teaches at the Atlanta YS Convention: Take Note of His New Time Slot
November 19-23 is the third of the three Youth Specialties National Youth
Workers Conventions-this one in Atlanta, GA. This Fall THE SOURCE has been at this event in the
two other U.S. cities, and we'll also be at the upcoming Atlanta convention.
Some things you'll want to know about THE SOURCE at this convention:
- Jonathan will be teaching his "Reaching Out to Unchurched Teenagers" seminar
at a new time. His Atlanta seminar is now on Sunday, November 21, from 8:00 a.m. to
- In Addition, we at THE SOURCE will have our booth there- make sure you stop by if you're
attending. Jonathan will be there along with his dad Tom McKee who many of you know from
- Jonathan's new book, "Do They Run When They See You Coming? Reaching Out to
Unchurched Teenagers" published by YS will also be highlighted at THE SOURCE's booth at
this convention. Anyone who pre-purchases this book at this convention will receive the new
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