Letter to parents from Pastor Derrick and Lindsey

Dear Parents,

It is with a heavy heart that I write you today to inform you that Lindsey and I have resigned from Lone Star Cowboy Church.  For the last 10 years we have been involved in full time student ministry and for the last 5 ½ years that has been at Lone Star.

God has recently been working on and moving in our hearts about what’s next for our family and ministry.  We have stayed faithful and committed to Lone Star, and have loved our time here.  We wholeheartedly believe that our next step is to be senior leaders in a church.

As of right now, we don’t know what is next for us.  All we know is that God is asking us to trust Him.  For years I have preached about living in faith, now God is calling us to put that to the test. We are trusting Him to guide us into our next season.

It has been an incredible, God-given honor to have led students to Christ and then into a deeper relationship with Him.  We have so enjoyed serving as youth pastors at Lone Star and have been blessed tremendously by our students.

Chance and Kelcie Cearley will be staying on to lead the students in an interim basis.  Chance has been involved with Lone Star for many years, has been an integral part of the Lone Star Student ministry team, and even attended here years ago as a student.  We are excited for the leadership roles that Chance and Kelcie will be stepping into.   

Our administrative assistant, Savannah Jordan, will also be staying on to support the student ministry.  You may contact her at savannahj@lonestar.tv or 936-597-5742 with any questions you have.

We are praying for you, your student, and for the church.  We truly believe the best days are ahead for Lone Star Students, and I pray that your family continue to be a part of this ministry.

 

Sincerely,
Pastor Derrick and Lindsey Drake

Rise 2016

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It’s hard to believe, but fall is here. Hoodies, bonfires, and cooler weather are right around the corner. That means one thing for us here at Lone Star Students, our fall retreat RISE. Every fall we load up a bus and take an incredible group of students to Huntsville TX for a life changing weekend. A weekend full of crazy games, new friends, and a renewed relationship with Jesus. We have been announcing this in our weekly services for a couple of weeks now, but we know how students can be.. “mom the money is due tomorrow”. Here are a few details you need to know.

 

  • Registration deadline is Wednesday October 19th
  • The cost is $150 (includes all meals, lodging, and event shirt)
  • $75 of that is non-refundable
  • The packet must be notarized
  • You can download the packet HERE

 

Please let us know if you have any questions. We would love for your student to be a part of this weekend.

– Lone Star Students staff

Small Groups Fall 2016

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Parents,

This weekend our Small Groups kick back off for Lone Star Students. Our vision at Lone Star is so simple and so clear, to Reach, Teach, and Disciple. Why do we do small groups? Because we desire to see your student going deeper in their relationship with God than ever before. Our prayer is that when they graduate from high school and our ministry, they will be fully devoted followers of Christ. This fall we will be studying the book of Ephesians together. We can’t wait to see what God does in our groups this year. If you or your student are new to this, below you will find all the info you need.

When: Sunday Nights at 6 pm. (fall2016schedule)

Where: Two Locations (Click here)

What To Bring: Bible and a notepad

How to prepare for week 1: Read Ephesians 1:1-14.

Please let us know if you have any question,

Pastor Derrick and Team.

“Why don’t you go read your Bible?”

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That was a suggestion often made to me as a teenager.  Usually by my mom.  And usually when times were tumultuous or I felt directionless.  It was a perfectly reasonable suggestion.

If only I had known how to read my Bible.  Sure, I followed along with the scriptures read during sermons on Sunday.  And there were times I’d go to my room, sit down and open my Bible . . . but I didn’t know where to begin.  Or what to look for.  Or what any of what I did read even meant.

I needed to be shown.

Our children learn things from us- how to cook, how to clean, how to work hard, how to respond to situations, how to love others.  They learn by observing.  But they learn even better when we involve them and engage them hands-on.  I didn’t learn how to wash a load of clothes by watching from across the room- I wouldn’t know how much detergent to use or what setting to put the washing machine on.  I didn’t learn how to make a pecan pie by just observing- how would I know how to follow a recipe?  I am so thankful that I had parents that took the time to talk with me and teach me.  

But- I wish we had studied the Bible together when I was a teenager.  I know that my parents read their Bibles during the week, it’s just not something we ever sat down and did as a family.  And attending church every Sunday wasn’t enough to teach me how to open my Bible, read with intent, or retain the promises in God’s Word.   It wasn’t until much later- and after life had knocked me down several times- that I sought out how to study God’s Word.  I learned to dive deep into scripture through studies, small groups, and having a mentor.  I had to be shown.

Now, as a parent, I have realized how intentional I need to be with my children.  It’s my duty- my calling- to set aside purposeful time with them and lead them through a devotional, help them understand scripture, show them how to find power and peace through God’s Word!  Scripture instructs us on our duty . . . Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV) says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when  you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”  It’s clear that we need to immerse ourselves in loving the Lord and following His rules- those are His commandments, not suggestions.  And we must make it our primary focus for our families.  What a powerful responsibility.  What a privilege!  

So here we are- new school year, a fresh beginning.  Maybe you’ve said to yourself, “we are going to do  _________ differently this year” or “we are going to get in the habit of _____________”.  As parents we usually consider things like homework routines, healthier school lunches, cell phone policies, after-school activities, etc.  But this year, the most important change that my family will be making is to prioritize a devotional and teach our children to read their Bibles daily.  Like my parents, my husband and I read our Bibles each day, but we haven’t been in the daily routine of studying scripture as a family.  We know that we must model for our children the things we want them to learn.  And we know that we cannot afford to be passive in our faith.  A verse that I recently came across is Psalms 25:10, “All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of his covenant.”  Reading that verse really struck in me the realization of how active we must be in our relationship with God and the pursuit of a righteous life.  Yes, the Lord loves us and his gift of salvation is free, but we then have a responsibility to uphold the requirements that God set forth for our relationship with him.  

Another great verse to cling to (and I imagine many of you have already heard) is “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6 NIV)  If we establish in our children the desire to spend time in God’s presence- through prayer, studying the Bible, attending church- the more likely they will be to continue those habits after they’ve left home.  The world outside can be ugly- let’s teach our children to turn to Jesus in times of trouble.  

Maybe you’re thinking, “I, myself, don’t know how to read the Bible.”  That’s okay.  Today is fresh and new and full of opportunity.  There are many resources for both parents and students and you can contact the Lone Star Student ministry anytime for suggestions.  Here are some good places to start . . .

  • A great devotional for individuals and families is “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young.  The devotionals are easy to understand but still have great impact.  

 

  • For students, we recommend the NIV Teen Study Bible.  The ESV, or English Standard Version, is also a great translation of scripture that we highly recommend.

 

  • If you’re new to Bible-reading or would like a version that is easy to read and understand, the God’s Word translation is a great version to try.

(**the above listed resources, and others, can be found on Amazon or Christian Book Distributors**)

Parenting is hard, no doubt about that.  And it seems to get more challenging all the time to raise children and teens in the world we live in.  Just know that you are surrounded by other parents that are on the same journey.  And know that the Lone Star Student ministry is here and praying for you.  Above all, know that God loves you, is for you, and will equip you as you parent!

Dear Lord, we are in awe of your love for us and for our children.  We thank you for the incredible privilege to be parents!  We ask for your wisdom as we raise young disciples in a world that seems crazy.  Teach us to keep your commandments and guide us with your loving hand.  Surround us with people who will keep us accountable and will point us back to you.  Thank you for giving us your word as our life manual and help us to keep our daily lives structured around scripture.  We love you and praise you.  Amen

No Strings Attached

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Students live in a world that tells them that there are no strings attached when it comes to dating, sex, and relationships. In a world where sex has become more and more accepted (even with Church kids) we want to see what the Word of God has to say about these issues.

Over the next 3 weeks we will be covering the topics of pornography, sex, and cutting soul ties. The Bible talks often about sexual purity and what God’s design for that is. Our goal is not to bring condemnation to students, but to let them know their is hope in Jesus.

We always want parents to know when we talk about subjects like this. We know they can be controversial, but we also want to be open with students and what the word of God says. This can also be a great way to open up doors for you and your students to have real conversations about this subject as well.

If you have any questions about what we will be discussing, please don’t hesitate to click on the contact page and ask away.

New Series – Family Tree

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Parents,

This Wednesday night we will kick off a new two week series. When we think of Jesus, we see royalty, and we see the son of God. In Jesus’ family tree there are some people that would make us question if they even belonged.

In the midst of the scandalous stories in the family tree, there is a beautiful story of God’s redemption and how we are all able to be a part of His family. below are the two names we will be covering in this series.

October 21-

Rahab: Even down to the meaning of her name, Rahab was set up for failure. Known as a lying prostitute, this woman is found in the story of Jesus.

 

October 28-

David: A failure by most standards, committing the sin of adultery with lies and cover ups following. David is also intertwined into this family tree.

 

As always, we are honored that you would allow us to Pastor your student. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

Pastor Derrick

 

New Series – My So Called Friends

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Parents,

This Wednesday night we will kick off a new series. One of the greatest challenges students face in their adolescence are friendships. We have seen friendships torn apart because of one disagreement, and we have seen students derail their lives by choosing the wrong friend.

During this series we will be talking about what it means to have Godly friends. What does that look like for a teenager? Does that mean we shouldn’t only associate with Christians? We are looking forward to digging into this series.

September 16-

 

Good Company

1 Corinthians 15:33

September 23-

 

The Selfless Friend

Romans 12:10

October 7-

Fruit producing

Proverbs 27:17

 

As always, we are honored that you would allow us to Pastor your student. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

 

Pastor Derrick

 

New Series – This Means War

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Parents,

This Wednesday night we will kick off a new series. As your student prepares for this coming school year, we have a desire to equip them spiritually for what they will face. Many students do not realize the battle that we are facing on a daily basis against the enemy.

During this series we will be covering the Armor of God, and what it means for each of their lives. With us being in a daily battle, god has given us the tools to fight and win the war. Below is a breif glimpse of what we will be covering in this series.

 

August 12-

Belt of Truth

Breastplate of Righteousness

August 19-

Shoes of the Gospel of Peace

Shield of Faith

August 26-

Helmet of Salvation

Sword of the Spirit

 

As always, please let us know if you have any questions about what is being discussed in our services. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your student’s life.

 

Pastor Derrick

New Series- What’s the Difference?

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Parents,

This Wednesday night we will kick off a new series. I can’t begin to describe how important this series is to your student. We will be talking about the differences between Christianity and other religions. As you parents know, the older we get the more we will have interaction with people of other faiths.

In todays Christianity, I would say that most are under qualified to defend their faith in a loving way. Many more people in America are believing that all religions lead to the same God. In this series we will discuss why there is a difference and what we believe as Christ followers.

Here are the religions we will cover:

April 1- Mormonism

April 8- Catholicism

April 15- Jehovah Witness

April 22- Islam

Our goal is not to bring hate or shame to other religions. We desire to see our student know the truth and be able to have healthy conversations when talking about Christianity and other religions. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Pastor Derrick

Sisterhood 2015

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Parents,

We are so excited to announce Sisterhood 2015! Sisterhood is an event designed specifically for young ladies in grades 7-12. This weekend girls will be treated “like a queen.” This event will show these young ladies what it means to be a woman of God. Our desire is not to focus on actions or behavior modification, it’s to focus on the heart!

Starting Friday night and ending Saturday afternoon the ladies will have an opportunity to worship together, study the Bible together, and grow closer together. We hope and pray that your student will be able to attend. We truly believe this will be a life changing event for our young ladies.

To register, call us at 936-597-5742 or email Savannah at savannahj@lonestar.tv