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A thought for any YOUTH WHO 'GOT IT RIGHT' on a summer mission trip or youth retreat:

THE EASE OF DRIFTING

Nothing is more soothing to the soul than the peace of knowing you have repented of your sins and have made things right with God. Those nights of wondering if you will go to Hell are gone. You can now lie down and pray to your God with assurance that He is listening to you. You have come to the realization that you are a sinner without Him, yet a saint with Him. The choice has been made, the wrongs have been righted, and all is good.

One week later, oh the struggle. You have changed, but your friends haven't .....even the ones who said they had. They say words they shouldn't, and listen to music that is far from Christ-honoring.....the kind you have to turn off when your pastor or parent is around. You feel like somewhat of an alien, wondering why the peace you felt a week ago is turning to sorrow. Sorrow that your friends didn't really get it, sorrow that they will distance themselves from you if you call them out, sorrow that you have this huge choice to make. You chose Christ, and now you have to choose to continue to choose Him.....daily.

"Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard lest we drift away". This warning, found in Hebrews 2:1, assures us that we will drift away from the Gospel if we don't stay focused on it. We will drift away from God if we don't keep Him in the number one place in our life.

Friendships, especially for young Christians, are a huge cause of drifting. It's so important to be in the in crowd, and being unaccepted is unacceptable, so compromise becomes a must. Compromise is the hand that slowly looses the rope that keeps us secured to the Father. As the rope is loosed, the drifting has begun. The more you compromise, the farther you drift, and then you realize one day that the Father is out of sight....you have drifted beyond that peace you once felt. You are surrounded by friends, and acceptance, but the rope is gone....and your attachment to the Father is gone. You have traded the Gospel for a ride with Compromise.

My advice to new believers, young believers, and those who have made things right with God is don't compromise what your heart condemns. One compromise leads to two, and two leads to many. If you find yourself mulling over in your mind whether something is right or wrong, there's a very good chance it's wrong.

If you want to keep that peace in your soul, stay devoted to what you heard from Gods word that made you realize you needed Him.

I encourage you each to read Romans 1:18-32. When you continually walk away from what you know is right, God can and will turn you over to yourself and let you drown in your sin. Don't give Him a reason to! Stay true to the One who pierced your heart that day when you decided you needed Him. Make your commitment real, not just a temporary emotional v***r that fades away. Don't drift away from the Truth in a vessel called Compromise.
Thank you to our youth for all of the help with Backyard Bible Club. Youth gathering tonight, July 7,2017 at the REFUGE from 7-11. Food will be provided. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

We exist to transform every student and their family into the likeness of Christ by sharing the truth of God’s Word and engaging them with the love of Christ.

Operating as usual

06/03/2021

Here’s a little reminder for your day.

Here’s a little reminder for your day.

06/02/2021

Junk Bar ready for y’all tonight!! #refugesummernights

Junk Bar ready for y’all tonight!! #refugesummernights

06/02/2021

Summer is here! What are you most excited about?

Summer is here! What are you most excited about?

06/02/2021

Wednesday Nights this Summer are looking a little different in The Refuge! The Refuge Summer Nights!

This weeks theme: SPORTS! Shirts, jerseys, hats, socks...yes, socks! Rep your favorite team and wear your gear to The Refuge! Tomorrow night at 6pm!

Wednesday Nights this Summer are looking a little different in The Refuge! The Refuge Summer Nights!

This weeks theme: SPORTS! Shirts, jerseys, hats, socks...yes, socks! Rep your favorite team and wear your gear to The Refuge! Tomorrow night at 6pm!

05/27/2021

How is your story giving God glory today?

How is your story giving God glory today?

05/25/2021

Comment an emoji below that expresses how you currently feel.

Comment an emoji below that expresses how you currently feel.

05/24/2021

Ages 16 and up can donate blood! $20.00 visa gift card for each donor.

Time to donate blood!! Please come to give blood so others can live. Share with your friends. $20.00 Visa gift card for all donors.

05/24/2021

What does it mean to be united with Jesus?

What does it mean to be united with Jesus?

05/22/2021

If fishing for fish requires lures and bait, what lures and draws in people for God?

If fishing for fish requires lures and bait, what lures and draws in people for God?

05/21/2021

Read it again, must you? Then like the post, you must!

Read it again, must you? Then like the post, you must!

05/20/2021

It’s either Disney’s masterpiece, or monster. Which do you think it is? That’s peanut butter they are dipping it in by the way!

It’s either Disney’s masterpiece, or monster. Which do you think it is? That’s peanut butter they are dipping it in by the way!

05/19/2021

Join us this Saturday!

Share with your friends.

05/19/2021

Do you think that people who walk in darkness know that they are in the darkness?

Do you think that people who walk in darkness know that they are in the darkness?

05/18/2021

Tag someone right now to show some love!

Tag someone right now to show some love!

05/14/2021

Can’t wait for a summer of FUN, growing closer to God, and growing closer to each other! #refugesummer2021 #chestnutridgestudents #alittlemorelikejesusalittlelesslikeme

Can’t wait for a summer of FUN, growing closer to God, and growing closer to each other! #refugesummer2021 #chestnutridgestudents #alittlemorelikejesusalittlelesslikeme

05/14/2021

Summer is coming! Who’s ready?

Summer is coming! Who’s ready?

05/13/2021

Use your story for God’s glory! Here’s tonight’s BIG IDEA!

Use your story for God’s glory! Here’s tonight’s BIG IDEA!

05/09/2021

Happy Mother’s Day moms!!

“Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”” Proverbs‬ ‭31:28-29‬ ‭

Happy Mother’s Day moms!!

“Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”” Proverbs‬ ‭31:28-29‬ ‭

05/04/2021

Over the last 3 weeks we have looked at the Parables of Jesus and learned how to GROW in our faith by being the salt and light! We will wrap up this series this week!

Then, next week we begin “Your Story” series where we will talk about how we get the chance to GO and tell our story with each day of our life.

Sure, we share highlights of our stories on Instagram, but it goes so much deeper than that.

Over the last 3 weeks we have looked at the Parables of Jesus and learned how to GROW in our faith by being the salt and light! We will wrap up this series this week!

Then, next week we begin “Your Story” series where we will talk about how we get the chance to GO and tell our story with each day of our life.

Sure, we share highlights of our stories on Instagram, but it goes so much deeper than that.

04/28/2021

Jesus is more valuable than anything we desire in this world! Find out more tonight!

Join us for worship tonight at The Refuge at 6pm!

Jesus is more valuable than anything we desire in this world! Find out more tonight!

Join us for worship tonight at The Refuge at 6pm!

Photos from Chestnut Ridge Students's post 04/24/2021

Photos from Chestnut Ridge Students's post

04/21/2021

See y’all at 6pm!

04/14/2021

We are back in the Refuge tonight for worship!!!! See you at 6pm!!
#alittlemorelikejesusalittlelesslikeme

We are back in the Refuge tonight for worship!!!! See you at 6pm!!
#alittlemorelikejesusalittlelesslikeme

04/08/2021

Who has missed the Refuge? A week from today we regather for a NEW SERIES!

Share and Tag a friend you want to see there!

04/02/2021

The resurrection isn’t just the story of Jesus. It’s your story too. Paul teaches that you are a part of this promise. There was hope beyond the tomb of Jesus, and there is hope beyond your grave as well. With Jesus, death is just a doorway into the eternal presence of God!

“And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:14‬

The resurrection isn’t just the story of Jesus. It’s your story too. Paul teaches that you are a part of this promise. There was hope beyond the tomb of Jesus, and there is hope beyond your grave as well. With Jesus, death is just a doorway into the eternal presence of God!

“And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:14‬

04/01/2021

Students! Are you and your family making plans to join us this Easter Sunday?! Grab a friend and join us!

8am | 9:15am | 10:30am
Breakfast 8:30am-10:30am

Students! Are you and your family making plans to join us this Easter Sunday?! Grab a friend and join us!

8am | 9:15am | 10:30am
Breakfast 8:30am-10:30am

Photos from Chestnut Ridge Students's post 03/28/2021

Grateful for what Jesus did this weekend! More like Jesus, less like me!

Photos from Chestnut Ridge Students's post 03/27/2021

Worship and Main Session

Photos from Chestnut Ridge Students's post 03/27/2021

Archery Tag (disclaimer: everyone is okay despite how dangerous the game sounds and yes, the object of the game is to shoot each other with bows and arrows) and Hummer Rides

Photos from Chestnut Ridge Students's post 03/22/2021

Recap and encouragement for the coming week! Praying for y’all!

03/15/2021

Yesterday we heard from Pastor Alex on our need, as believers in Jesus, to ask God to search us and reveal to us the things in our lives that are not pleasing to Him! HE > i

#ConnectGrowServeGo #EngageExciteExpress

Yesterday we heard from Pastor Alex on our need, as believers in Jesus, to ask God to search us and reveal to us the things in our lives that are not pleasing to Him! HE > i

#ConnectGrowServeGo #EngageExciteExpress

03/13/2021

Who loves this day of the year?!

Who loves this day of the year?!

03/11/2021

Big Idea from last night! Jesus is bigger than our doubts!

Remember as we ENGAGE and CONNECT with God and others, we begin to GROW in our relationship with Jesus!

Part of that growth is dealing with the tough stuff [doubt, worry, insecurities, questions, etc.] Don’t do it alone!

Big Idea from last night! Jesus is bigger than our doubts!

Remember as we ENGAGE and CONNECT with God and others, we begin to GROW in our relationship with Jesus!

Part of that growth is dealing with the tough stuff [doubt, worry, insecurities, questions, etc.] Don’t do it alone!

03/09/2021

Sometimes God changes things up! I believe God is leading us in a different direction! So, we are going to shift gears from our Relationship Series!

This Wednesday we are going to be looking at DOUBT! Doubt is natural. Doubt is normal. Doubt is inevitable. So what do we do when we face uncertainty, questions, and doubt?

Sometimes God changes things up! I believe God is leading us in a different direction! So, we are going to shift gears from our Relationship Series!

This Wednesday we are going to be looking at DOUBT! Doubt is natural. Doubt is normal. Doubt is inevitable. So what do we do when we face uncertainty, questions, and doubt?

03/05/2021

No better place than THE REFUGE to make this quote a reality!

That’s why Sunday night we will gather for worship and small groups!

6PM | The Refuge

No better place than THE REFUGE to make this quote a reality!

That’s why Sunday night we will gather for worship and small groups!

6PM | The Refuge

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499 Chestnut Ridge Rd
Laurens, SC
29360

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