Lighthouse Baptist Church
Teen Rally, September 26, 2008
If you said the phrase “Decision ‘08”, the first thing that would pop into peoples’ minds would probably be “the decision of voting for this year’s president”. However Lighthouse Baptist Church would think of “the youth rally Decision ‘08”, which was awesome!!
“Decision ‘08” was the theme of our youth rally this year. There were so many surprises; a “presidential debate” with the two candidates Senator Ron Benedict and Chico, and a surprise appearance of the very popular and famous “Melon Man”. I personally have not come to a conclusion about who I am going to vote for. Chico, however, seemed very hopeful. Most of his promises were based on putting “a chicken in every pot”. Wow, now that’s the kind of guy this country needs to put their trust in. I’m sure he meant that he was going to end world hunger…..who knows? The night was also filled with crazy games, like seeing how many signatures a person could get on their foot with a permanent marker in about 3-5 minutes (all of the contenders were boys…. which meant their feet stank…….like really, really stank). And what kind of youth rally would it be without a food eating contest? We had about seven teens blind folded, eating......let me rephrase that……scarfing, down none other than the pride of America, apple pie. It was quite a scene!
The best part of the rally was of course the preaching of God’s Word. Our guest speaker, Pastor Kurt Skelly (of Harvest Baptist Church in New Kensington Pennsylvania) delivered a truly remarkable message about hell. He gave a clear message that if a person has not accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior they will die and go to hell. He was very serious through the whole message and really depicted the reality of hell. He used a personal example of a situation he’s been in, where individuals were dying in a car that was on fire because the car was in an accident. I know the message sent chills down my spine, as it did to many others that were there. Praise the Lord, after the invitation was given, so many teens came forward to the altar to make the ultimate decision, to get saved. I think the goal of our theme “Decision ‘08” was fulfilled, because so many teens went home that night knowing that they were on their way to heaven, and by God’s grace were saved from the perils and horrors of hell.