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Praying over our Schools

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Haley Wherry, FP Director of Blue Ridge

Whether school for you starts on August 10 or September 10, the school year is quickly approaching. One thing that we can all do to kick the year off to a good start for our schools is to pray. In Tennessee, the state government made a law that the weekend before school starts is to be the ‘Weekend of Prayer Over Students’. We use that law (that doesn’t do much) as an excuse to rally parents, teachers, and area churches to set a day/time that weekend to pray together. We want to encourage you as well to find ways to be praying for your schools, students, teachers and administration. Click the image to listen to Haley Wherry, FP Director of Blue Ridge talk about the 2019 Tennessee weekend of prayer.

God calls us to pray. Romans 12:12 says, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”  We want to constantly be in prayer for these students who are the leaders of our future. It is our job to support and encourage them to be who God has called them to be.

FP Podcast Episode 9: Greg Stier

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Greg Stier, Founder and CEO, Dare 2 Share Ministries

Greg Stier is the founder and president of Dare 2 Share ministries. Greg has a reputation for knowing and relating to today’s teens in unique and effective ways. Because of his 25+ years in youth ministry, Greg is widely viewed as an authority on teen issues and adolescent spirituality. Over the course of the last 20 years, Greg has spoken to over 1,000,000 teens in major venues across the nation and heard countless stories of their struggles and triumphs.

Greg’s commitment to mobilizing teenagers to reach their generation for Christ is rooted in the transforming power of the gospel. Raised in a violent, inner-city family of body-builders, he never had a dad and never felt like he measured up because his biceps weren’t big enough! But one by one, he saw his tough, urban family of “thugs” come to know Christ. And that ignited a passion in Greg to see all lost people come to know Jesus.

Living just minutes away from the scene of the 1999 Columbine High School shootings in the Denver area, the tragedy triggered a pivotal turning point in Greg’s career. Following those events, he resigned a pastorate at a church in Arvada, Colorado, to pursue Dare 2 Share (D2S) full-time. Since then, Greg and the ministry of D2S have impacted the lives of hundreds of thousand teenagers across the country, motivating and equipping them to relationally reach out to those who don’t know Jesus with the gospel message of hope.

– Music by Ron Sorbo, Antioch, TN

Take 5 and Pray for 5 Tool

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With the school year quickly approaching, we want you to take a peak into one of the tools you can use to train students to share Jesus. This tool is included this year in month 7 ‘The Conversation with Enemies’ of the new Hope Weekly Guides. You can (soon – we are updating) access all of these tools online for free at firstpriority.club/Hope or via the First Priority of America app. Here is the sneak peek.

Who would you say your enemies are? This can bring up different kinds of feelings, from betrayal to gossip. As you think of who these people are, start praying that God will give you a heart to love them. Let’s read what Jesus says we should do with our enemies in Matthew chapter 5 verses 43 & 44. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ BUT I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”. Why should we pray for our enemies? Because Jesus did. He prayed for those who opposed Him, for those who betrayed Him, and as He was hung on the cross, He asked God to forgive them. Jesus modeled how we should pray for our enemies and commanded us to do the same. Our hearts should desire for our enemies to have a relationship with Jesus and their presence in Heaven. So we pray like the apostle Paul did in Romans chapter 10 verse 1, “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.” This can be something as simple as a card to remind us to Take 5 and Pray for 5.

Think of 5 people you would consider your enemy and commit to take 5 minutes a day and pray for their salvation and for God to give you an opportunity to share Jesus with them.

 

 

 

This tool is here to remind us to take the time to pray for those who may be really hard to pray for. But if you take this simple step, it can truly change your life and the lives of those you are praying for.

FP Podcast Episode 8: Brad Lomenick

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Brad Lomenick Founder, BLINC

Brad Lomenick is a producer, entrepreneur, speaker, sought-after leadership advisor, author and longtime president of Catalyst, largely credited with growing the organization into one of the largest and most recognized leadership brands and gatherings in the world.

For over 10 years, Brad led the Catalyst Conference movement and garnered the reputation as a convener of America’s most respected leaders. Lomenick has more than two decades of experience convening and inspiring leaders in conference experiences, as well as working alongside and interviewing some of the most influential leaders in the world, including notable voices such as Jim Collins, Seth Godin, Simon Sinek, John Maxwell, Malcolm Gladwell, Mark Burnett and Tony Dungy, among others.

In 2013, he published his first book, The Catalyst Leader, and in 2015 his second book, H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle. He is currently working on a third book entitled Start With Who: The Power of the Connected Leader. He has been featured in TIME, Washington Post, Fast Company, Business Insider, CNN.com, INC, Fox News, Relevant, Religion News Service, and others. For more information, visit bradlomenick.com
– Music by Ron Sorbo, Antioch, TN

Happy Independence Day!

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As we prepare to celebrate America’s independence, it is a wonderful time to reflect on our freedoms – particularly the right to speak freely. It is the bedrock of our country’s history and the first of ten amendments that protect our rights.

The First Amendment reads: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

These few sentences encompass our right to gather, to worship, and to share Jesus with others. These rights protect students as well. What a beautiful reminder.

May we always give thanks for these freedoms and never take them for granted. It is for God’s glory and honor that we are able to worship HIM freely.

“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…” Isaiah 61:1 (NIV)

FP Podcast Episode 7: Chris LoCurto

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Chris LoCurto, The Poimen Group

Chris LoCurto is a business owner, coach, and leader of leaders. Today, he owns The Poimen Group, a Life, Business, and Leadership coaching business serving people in the U.S. and internationally.

Chris pours decades of experience into daily work with business leaders, entrepreneurs, and individuals. His coaching vehicles include strategic business planning, leadership coaching, mastermind groups, life coaching, live events, and more.

For fun, he races Formula Race Cars, he skis, and can be found wherever there’s top-notch food.

A native of Lake Tahoe, California, Chris now makes his home in Franklin, Tennessee.

– Music by Ron Sorbo, Antioch, TN

Do Something!

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Has God called you to do something that you have not done because of fear?

Paul said to King Agrippa in Acts 26:19, “So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. 20 First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds.”

Paul was in prison for years because he was obedient to the vision from heaven. Wow, look where obedience gets us; locked up!

No wonder we get scared to really jump out there and do something that God has told us to do, like start a campus ministry, go to the mission field, etc. We are scared of the unknown, the uncertainty of money and stability and the fear of failure. All of these things and many more keep most Christians on the sidelines of life, watching everyone else play. We wait for the players in the game to write a book or a song on how exciting it was for them to play in the game. Then we run to the next conference to hear them speak and leave like we did at summer camp, ready to charge hell with a water pistol. Once we get back home, we get caught up in business as usual and we sit and watch.

Life, real life, abundant life, is a life of obedience. If God told you to do something, then do it. Paul, like Nehemiah, was right where God put him. He was speaking to a king and proclaiming the good news. We believe God put you right where you are to unite your city to reach thousands of students. Do something. Get in the game.

Mark Roberts

FP Podcast Episode 6: Brent Crowe

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Brent Crowe, VP Student Leadership University

Brent Crowe is a thought-provoking visionary and communicator who has a passion to present the life changing message of the gospel. Brent uses humor and real-life situations to relate to people at the heart of their struggles.

He is currently serving as Vice President with Student Leadership University in Orlando, Florida. Brent is married to Christina, and has three children, Gabe, Charis and Mercy. He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy and two masters degrees, a Masters of Divinity in Evangelism and a Masters of Arts in Ethics, from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. The roles of husband, father, minister, evangelist, author and leader have allowed Brent to influence people from all walks of life throughout his twenty years in ministry.

He is also the author of seven books, including his latest work, Moments ‘til Midnight.

– Music by Ron Sorbo, Antioch, TN

FP Podcast!

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Do you know First Priority has a Podcast? We launched the FP Podcast in May and are excited to be able to share a lot of great information and hear from special guests who are living the ministry life.

There are 5 podcasts uploaded for you to listen to. Episode 1 is a welcome and introduction to the FP Podcast with our hosts Steve Cherrico and Brad Schelling. You can listen to these podcasts on our website here. We also encourage you to subscribe to our podcast so you are updated each week with new episodes.

You can subscribe through Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Spotify. New episodes are uploaded every week. Start listening today and tune in to who will be on our podcast next week!

FP Podcast Episode 5: Amber Johansen

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Amber Johansen Executive Director, First Priority Tampa Bay

Amber Johansen is the Executive Director of First Priority Tampa Bay. Amber has had the opportunity to experience each side of the ministry in her time serving FP Students as first a parent volunteer, then a campus coach and now currently as the Director of First Priority Tampa Bay. Amber is married to her husband Seth, and they have 3 children. Each of their children have been highly involved in FP at their school. Amber brings a very strong voice to her community on what it means to serve local schools and do it to the benefit of the school and according to the law.

You can connect with Amber for further discussion at amber@firstprioritytampa.org and by searching the social media platforms.

 

– Music by Ron Sorbo, Antioch, TN