Post No. 99

A Contest and a Weekend with Teenagers

The past month has been crazy to say the least. It’s led to sporadic daily schedules, even more sparse blogging, not to mention 10 extra pounds of Joe to love. So this week begins the long crawl back to some semblance of order.

I’m rather excited to be back at it, if for no other reason than I’ve had the idea that I’d like to give something away for my 100th post. I’ve had the idea in my head for a while now, and this is what I’ve come up with.

The 100th Post Comment Contest

Not only do I want to give something away to celebrate 100 blog entries, but I also want to encourage people to participate in the conversation here at noggingrande. The 100th post will go up at 8 a.m. EST on Wednesday, November 9th. Comments will be eligible for the contest until 8 p.m. EST on Friday, November 11th. Here’s how it will work:

  1. In order for a post to be eligible it must pertain to the content of the blog entry (“Firsts”, comments about the fact that you are commenting, and offers for mail-order brides and prescription drugs will be disqualified).
  2. Every unique comment will qualify as an entry. Replies to other people’s comments will be considered a valid entry as well.
  3. After the contest is closed I will use to generate a random number based on the total number of valid comments made. The number picked will be the winner!
  4. The winner will be announced Monday, November 14th in that day’s post at 8 a.m.

And what will you win?

The winner of the 100th post comment will win a 5×8 illustration or cartoon of the subject matter of your choice done by me, all I ask is that you keep it PG. I will email the winner to coordinate the details of the piece, and I will post a digital version of the artwork here once its finished. Done on bristol or canvas board in either color or black and white, the piece will be finished in time for Christmas and shipped on my dime.

Think about it, you could score someone a Christmas gift for nothing more than a comment or land some art suitable for framing in your own bathroom or closet. So comment early and often and tell your friends!

The Indiana State Youth Convention

I don’t want to just post today about the contest and leave it at that, however. I’d like to reflect a bit about this past weekend. Every year for seven years, I have been able to attend the Indiana State Youth Convention of the Church of God (Anderson, IN) in Indianapolis with our youth group. I don’t know what it is about this event, but it never fails to be a time where God works in the life of our group.

Every year we look back at this weekend and realize that it had a some sort of profound impact on the life of the group. That makes me really excited to see what will happen in the coming months.

Someone has found life.

Someone has found hope.

Someone has found Christ this weekend.

Maybe we know it, maybe we don’t, but I can’t wait to see how it plays itself out. If nothing else they heard an amazing speaker in Dr. Rhonda Gibbs challenge them to live into the gospel of Jesus by the power of the Spirit and they heard this:

You are loved by God.

You are called by God to carry on Jesus’ Kingdom mission in this world.

You are empowered by the Holy Spirit to fulfill that mission. You can live a new life, you can wake from your slumber and be fully immersed in the very Spirit of God to become fully alive.

In Christ you have the hope that you can live as a new creation, fully alive!

To hear that message, might well have been enough, can you imagine what will happen when God sets that message on fire in the life of a teenager in today’s world? I’ve seen it happen before.

It’s nothing short of a miracle.


3 Replies to “Post No. 99”

  1. Well, when I win the comment contest, I think I’ll request a drawing of woodland critters suitable for framing for my son’s room. 😉

    Hard to believe this is your seventh State Youth Convention with the group. Time certainly does fly. I’m glad they still put together a great event each year and that it’s still a valuable event for our group to attend. I can’t wait to see the results of the seeds that might have been planted this past weekend.

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