We had a great service yesterday at Cornerstone. We are blessed to have a great group of teenagers who really love God and love each other. I started in youth ministry 13 years ago, and I have seen many students grow and mature in their faith. Out of all the students I have seen come through our youth group, I think this has been the most accepting and friendly group. They have gone out of their way to make others feel welcome and to show love to everyone.
Galax is located between two counties, so we actually have students from three different school systems. We also have several home-school students as well. It is amazing to see how these students, who are normally rivals in sports and school activities, have all come together to build strong friendships. They attended each others graduation ceremonies, they have hung out together, and they are excited about their future together. I challenged them yesterday with a verse from Matthew 10:16. As a church, we are sending them out into a world that can be very cruel. But we want our students to show that same love and compassion to a lost and hurting world. Here is a short video that we showed on Sunday morning. We surprised Richie, who is one of the graduating seniors, by using a recording of him singing and playing this song. (we created the video using the online service animoto.com)