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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

S2 - Week 5: July 22nd & 23rd

This week, the BUCKS got out of the city for their community service and volunteered at a horse rescue in Burleson, TX. This horse rescue is operated by a family who took their love for horses to the next level by establishing a home for horses that have been abandoned, neglected, and/or abused.


The BUCKS helped feed, groom and tidy up the pastures where these animals are being cared for and in some cases...nursed back to health. Most of these horses may be adopted by responsible horse lovers for a relatively small adoption fee. For more information on these particular horses and this rescue, you may search "Project Horse of Texas" on Facebook. You can also contact your local humane society for other opportunities to get involved and help. 
"The righteous care for the needs of their animals.." Proverbs 12:10
For Fun and Fellowship, the BUCKS were taken to the Dallas Zoo and then treated to brunch at a nearby Waffle House. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

S2 - Week 4: July 15th

At Mark 16:15, we read Jesus telling His followers to "...Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation." This service and obedience to the LORD, the Young BUCKS shared the good news (Gospel) message of salvation in their local community. They went to a nearby shopping center as well as an apartment complex and handed out Million Dollar Bill gospel tracts.

If you would like to order the Million Dollar Bill tract or find out more information on other similar tools for evangelism, go to: 

For detailed description of message on back, click on links above.

In the classroom, the BUCKS viewed portions of the documentary HELLBOUND? and then spent time talking about the 3 most common views on hell (i.e. everlasting torment/torture, annihilationism & universalism) as discussed in the documentary.

Everlasting torment is the view that all human souls are created innately immortal and thereby not subject to death. According to this belief...once God creates a person in His image, He cannot utterly do away with this person. Therefore, it is reasoned that a human soul or spirit HAS to spend eternity either in Heaven or in Hell. It is believed that once judged and condemned, the souls of evildoers will spend all eternity suffering in an ever-burning, but non-consuming Hell fire. These souls [according to this belief] will never have an opportunity for redemption or salvation due to sins committed and/or their rejection of Jesus Christ. It is said that "Sins against an infinite Being deserve an infinite punishment." When subscribers to this view read verses about "everlasting punishment" (Matthew 25:46), they conclude that it is God's punishing of the wicked (i.e. torture) that lasts forever as opposed to the result of the punishment (i.e. death by a consuming fire) lasting forever.

Annihilationism is the belief that once judged and condemned, the souls of evildoers will be completely destroyed by a Hell fire that utterly consumes them. The evildoer will not suffer forever because he or she will cease to exist (Obadiah 1:16). The foundation of this view is the principle of "conditional immortality" which states that a person is not born immortal, but rather inherits immortality through a covenantal relationship with Christ. This stems from verses like Romans 2:7 where the Apostle Paul mentions immortality being something believers "seek," rather than something they already possess. Elsewhere, Paul teaches that only God/Christ inherently has immortality (e.g. 1 Timothy 6:16 ) and that all sons of the first Adam are merely made of dust (1 Corinthians 15:42-49). Therefore, it is concluded that at the resurrection...the unrighteous will be raised from death as mortals (as were the men who came out of their graves at Jesus' death, Lazarus whom Jesus raised, Dorcas, etc.). Only the righteous will be raised as immortals. They will be raised by God's Holy Spirit (Romans 8:11) and given the same nature as Christ (1 John 3:2). And just as God flooded and purged the Earth by water in the days of Noah, God will purge the Earth from all wickedness in the form of His consuming fire nature (Hebrews 12:29; 2 Peter 3:5-13) when He makes His dwelling among the righteous at the end of the ages.

"The sinners in Zion are terrified, trembling grips the godless: 'Who of us can dwell with the Consuming Fire? Who of us can dwell with everlasting burning?'"
- Isaiah 33:14

Universalism is the general belief that God's love will ultimately win in the end and that not one part of His creation will ever be too far gone for Him to redeem. Universalists typically believe that all evildoers will eventually be won over to Christ [at some point or another]; even if this happens to be from the fires of Hell itself.

For more information on this film and to vote on your view of Hell, click HERE

For Fun & Fellowship, the BUCKS were treated to Papa John's pizza for lunch. Due to rainy weather, they were taken to see another movie of their choice (After Earth). Last week, they elected to see the movie Despicable Me 2. - LORD allowing and weather permitting, next week's Fun & Fellowship will be a trip to Dallas Zoo.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

S2 - Week 3: July 8th & 9th

During His earthly ministry...Jesus blessed the poor (Luke 6:20), specifically preached the Gospel to the poor (Matthew 11:5; Luke 4:18), instructed people to provide and give to the poor (Mark 10:21; Luke 14:13, etc.), and taught His disciples that taking care of the poor/needy was the same as taking care of Him (Matthew 25:31-40).

Bearing in mind the heart that Jesus clearly has towards the poor, the YBC volunteered time this week at Dallas Life...the largest homeless shelter in North Texas. The mission of Dallas Life (located in downtown Dallas) is to "reach out to homeless men, women, and children with food, clothing, shelter, education and long-term rehabilitation programs founded on spiritual principles and the teachings of Jesus Christ." The Young BUCKS had the privilege this week of helping to prepare food, serving meals to residents, and then doing a bit of clean-up after lunch was served.

To learn more or find out how to volunteer or donate to this shelter and mission, go to:

"When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on His left.
Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the Kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you came to visit Me.'
"Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of my brethren, you did it for me.'" - Matthew 25:31-40

Monday, July 1, 2013

S2 - Week 2: July 1st

In service to the community this week, the BUCKS went out to distribute Bibles at a local apartment complex. Interacting with the residents proved to be both challenging and rewarding for the young evangelists in training. As a part of motivating and inspiring them, the Young BUCKS were reminded that in the Scriptures, Isaiah 52:7 reads..."How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!""

CJ was our #1 Bible distributor for the day!

For Fun and Fellowship, the BUCKS were treated to Taco Bell for lunch and then the movie Monsters University at the Six Flags Mall theater.