A New Year, A New Goal

As the only writer who wrote another article besides the introduction (we were busy with other stuff), I’m am going to say sorry for not posting anything new. It’s a new year and before Apostolic Youth Press are set some new goals. One of the first goals that were set up was to get more writers for Apostolic Youth Press and to keep good quality content flowing every week. I’m promising good quality articles, poems, posts, and anything else that our writers create.

The first writer that has come on board is J.W. Grisham who had a website, or newsletter, going called “BEACON In The Night”. I enjoyed reading some of his articles and decided to see if he’d be interested in joining me in getting Apostolic Youth Press back up and going. He said he would so I decided to “merge” together. If you’d like to read some of his previous articles feel free to go to this old site and read some.

If you are interested in becoming either a writer or an editor for Apostolic Youth Press, then please let me know. We’ll try and work something out.

I’m off now, going to finish writing my first article of 2011 for Apostolic Youth Press! Looking forward to bringing our readers new and fresh content! Stay tuned.

God Bless,
Bradley Hilton
bradley@apostolicyouthpress.com

What Will It Take?

Before I start getting into writing this article, let me explain something. On Sunday nights we have youth services when the adults are in the sanctuary praying, which starts at 5:30p.m. Well, before we actually start the worship service, we spend some time and pray. After we’ve prayed for a little bit, we sing some songs and have a regular church service. Once it’s over, we go into the sanctuary and have regular church with the adults.

A couple weeks ago (12/13/09), I was lying on a pew face down praying and stopped praying for a minute. All was quiet, but wait! That’s not how it’s supposed to be! I laid there for another minute not praying and heard some adult voices praying, yet I was in a youth service and youth pre-service prayer. A couple of seconds went by and I heard something that wasn’t what I wanted to hear! The noise I heard was ever so loud that I’m surprised I didn’t hear it before, but yet that’s not what I had been listening for. After a little bit I finally recognized what I was hearing, this noise that I heard was people’s feet scraping the floor. You could have mistaken them for robots since they weren’t making any noise out of their mouth.

I thought to myself, “This can’t really be happening. I’m hearing this incorrectly.” And I didn’t want to look up because I feared that it was true. I finally did after a second or two, and my mind and heart was deeply saddened. I thought “My Lord, what is it going to take for all of us youth to bind together and have awesome pre-service prayer?!” I went back to praying and starting asking God what it would take for us to all to be in one mind with one accord, in unity and be on fire for him. While praying, I wondered if it would take us having a visiting young person in a regular church service for us to get on fire. It so happened that we had a visitor that was a young person (with her family), and I’m sad to say that we didn’t get on fire, nor did any of the girls pray with her.

I wrote down the thought “What Will It Take” and let it pass over me. Well, then December 18th, 19th, and 20th, I was talking with someone from Louisiana; somehow,  it was brought up about the youth in that person’s church. This person told me about their church youth group and how they are all bound together and close. I found out that they weren’t like that a while back, but something happened and now they are close. When I heard the story, it worried me because I don’t want this to happen to my church’s youth group, but if it’s God’s will then it’s His will.

This person’s church youth group used to have a good amount of young people, but not all of them were into church. Yeah, they might have been going to church, but if a young person is going to last, they need to be into church. I was told by this young person that they had about half of their church leave this past year (2009) and because of that the young people are all close. This person said to me, “ever since half of our youth group split up, the remainder of us are sticking together like glue and we keep each other up”. When I read that, I was amazed and thought to myself, “Wow!!.. I wonder what it will take for my church’s youth group to become close like that…”

So, I now present you the reader with some questions that I wish you would answer in your mind and then if you want to, email me the answers that you have come up with. What will it take for the youth to be on fire for God? Why did I hear feet scraping the floor, instead of voices lifted up in prayer? What activities can be done to get young people involved in church and love church? Why do young people wait on pastor’s to ask them to do something instead of asking their pastor what they can do?

This article has been heavy on my heart for a while now, and I pray that I was able to express in words what I really wanted to say. It’s been burning in me so much, that I doubt I did a good job of expressing it.

God Bless,
Bradley Hilton

Created But Not Made

I was at lunch last Monday (November 2nd) listening to some people sitting beside me. I got disturbed because they were talking about this certain person that we all know who is not only a pot head BUT also big into going to church. He is not apostolic.

They were talking about how this certain person smokes pot, does acid, and other things like that. Then someone spoke up and asked, “Isn’t he big into going to church?”

The original person talking answered, “Yes, he does, but he says ‘God created it, so why not use it and do it?’.”

Another person spoke up, who also does drugs, and said, “Exactly!”

My mind immediately started going 100mph thinking! Here is what I was thinking, and what I have to say to that.

The first thing that came to my mind was Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. In Genesis 2:9, the Bible says,

“And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.”

God created the ground to make plants and trees which then produced fruit and food. Then in verses 16 and 17 of chapter 2 it says,

“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest there of thou shalt surely die.”

You see, from the beginning of the human race, we’ve always had rules to obey and follow.

God created everything that was in the garden of Eden, but did he make everything for Adam and Eve to eat? Obviously from scripture the answer is no. God created the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but it wasn’t made to be eaten by the human race. Then what was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil created for? That’s a question I’ll leave open for pondering since I don’t know the answer (even though after talking with some people, I have something in my head of what I think it might have been made for, but it’s probably not the true answer since we’ll never know until heaven!).

Now back to my original thoughts. Since weed, pot, and drugs were created, does that give mankind the right to smoke, chew, or do anything of that sort with it? I feel the answer is no for three reasons.

One reason is because of the garden of Eden example. The second reason is because our body is God’s temple. Second Corinthians 6:19-20 says,

19What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

If our bodies are the temple for the Lord God to dwell in, then why would we want to destroy or alter our minds or modify our body to our liking by doing drugs? The third reason is because everything was created for a purpose.

So, here are some questions that I present to you. If God created it, then was it made to be used by mankind? Or did He create it for a different purpose? Did God put something in us so that we know what we can and cannot do of the things that are on this Earth?

God Bless,
Bradley Hilton

The Paradox of Fire

Have you ever thought about how much fire is involved with our daily life? Have you ever thought about how bad fire can be yet how good fire can be? Have you ever thought about the spiritual meaning that fire has? Fire can be harmful when used in a harmful way, yet fire can be the total opposite when used correctly. You know how in the spring, summer, and fall (maybe even in the winter), California always has wild fires and the news and media is portraying it as bad? Well, the fires have good and bad effects. Then there’s the fires in the fields of Kansas that some people have never heard of. In this article, I will start off with the bad of the wild fires of California, then move to the good of those fires, next to the field fires of Kansas, and lastly to the spiritual meaning of (wild) fires.

The forest fires cause the lose of many homes and many people’s property’s are destroyed because of the fires. People have to evacuate their homes to another place because the area they live in is where the fire is headed towards. Then, there’s the wildlife that get kicked out of the environment in which they have been living for their entire life. There are many more negative things about the wildfires in this world but nature needs them to survive and reproduce. Yeah, I know that I may sound like I contradicted myself (which is what a paradox is), but I am not.

Did you know that the trees out in California need a layer of ash on the ground to successfully reproduce? It’s true. Also, another thing about the wildfires is that when a tree catches on fire and then falls down, the seeds which were at the top of the tree finally fall to the ground which has a layer of ash. This means that after a few years young new bucks (or I mean trees) will then spark up and a new generation of forest will sprout up and be strong. The wildlife will then be able to come back to a healthier home and survive until the next cycle of forest fire happens.

When I mention Kansas, what comes to your head? A flat state or a state with rolling hills? Well no matter what you think, Kansas is home to rolling hills and when you get on top of one you can see for miles! It’s a beautiful country! Yet Kansas isn’t all just the stuff I mentioned, we have fields in which farmers grow crops and earn their living.

Well, once in a while the fields in which they grow corn, wheat, soy beans, sunflowers, and other crops are taken over by weeds. The farmers then have a couple of options from which they can choose. One of their options is to till the ground. Some of the city slickers might not know what tilling the ground is. Tilling the ground is when a farmer takes a machine, which has multiple blades on it, and rides over the ground. This turns the weeds inside out with the dirt, but the weed is still there and will more than likely sprout back up.

Another option that the farmer has is to set that field on fire. Now you maybe thinking to yourself, “Why would they set the field on fire? Cause what if a strong wind picked up and caused it to go wild? Or is that what the farmers intend to happen?” The reason the farmers set fires to their fields is because of the weeds that sprout up and sink their roots deep into the earth. Well, the deeper the roots the better that crop is and with other plants (or weeds) already in the ground, the crops aren’t going to be any good. Also, the ash left from the fire is a good fertilizer which helps the crops they plant grow stronger and better than normal.

I was reading an article the other day and it said, “Immense fires periodically swept this region [Flinthills region], preventing the invasion of woody plants such as trees.” After reading on in that article I found out that the fires not only help the farmers but they also help the wildlife. You’re probably asking how it helps the wildlife, and that’s because the animals and plants that are native to the Kansas prairies aren’t scared away by the fires. Also, fires help keep out some of the non-native animals and grasses/plants that would destroy the lands. Once the native plants and grasses are gone that means that soil erison is likely to happen which could lead to another Dust Bowl. Overall, the fires in Kansas are controlled fires, which help with the fires not going wild. In fact, just the other day (February 23rd) I was driving and noticed some smoke ahead. I was very curious and missed my turn on purpose just to see what was happening. To my delight there was someone burning their field! Here are some pictures after that person burned it (I didn’t have my camera when they were actually burning it. I really wish I would have).

Isa 6:3-Isa 6:8 says, “And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. 4And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. 5Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. 6Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 7And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. 8Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” The Bible uses fire as an example to purify people and to cleanse things. For example, Isa 6:3-Isa 6:8 tells about Isaiah being purified and cleansed by the live coal, which was taken off the alter with a pair of tongs. The only way it can be live coal is right out of the fire, and then being purged by it so that Isaiah could be sent out to declare the word of the Lord. Mt 7:19 says, “Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” This is an example, from the Bible, that tells us that every tree that doesn’t produce any fruit should be cut down and then burned. This is like the wildfires in California in which trees that aren’t really producing anything are then burned down and they fall down. It’s good yet at the same time not good.

Mt 13:41-Mt 13:42 says, “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” The scriptures before these tell about how the world is a field and the children of God are the good seeds. Also, they tell us that the tares are the children of the wicked one (the devil) and at the harvest (end of the world) the tares will be cast into the furnace of fire (Hell). In that furnace of fire there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. This is just another example of fire being used as a purifying and purging process. It even goes in depth about what people will be doing and what it’ll sound like.

Acts 2:1-2:4 says, “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Now, I am almost 100% sure that almost everyone who is reading this article has read these scriptures before. We have all heard high winds and have seen some of the destruction that tornadoes can cause. Winds aren’t the best to describe this wonderful event, yet we’ve seen some of the destruction that fires cause, right? But from this article they seem to be pretty goof don’t they? Fire is the best destruction to purify a heart and soul! That’s why God used a visual “cloven tongues like as of fire” to represent the Holy Ghost that burns up all of your sins!

God Bless,
Bradley Hilton

Greetings – from Jared Hilton

Hello everyone, my name is Jared Hilton. I’m a fifteen year old boy in love with God. Within my short life, I’ve learned several very valuable lessons! God has been so good to me! Hopefully you will find my writings encouraging and informative.

How did AYP come about? Really, it was mostly Bradley’s idea. He had sent me a text and told me he would like to make a multi-authored blog. What he did not know was that I and a friend from church, Josh, had wanted to make a youth newsletter. When Bradley asked me about about the blog, it hit me that this may be the answer to what Josh and I had wanted. We formed the blog, tittling it Apostolic Youth Press, with the intentions that it will be a regular “hot spot” for intrigued viewers.

I am extremely blessed by being born and raised in the Truth. I’ve never been outside of the church, and I don’t plan to be. God has placed a call to preach on my life, and I am so appreciative of the trust He has put in me, to carry his Gospel. I thank God for my parents, who’ve stood strong in the Faith. To me, my pastor is one of the wisest men in the world. He has an extreme anointing from God! I wish to learn as much as I can from him and my parents. I’m involved in a Bible school called LTC (Leadership Training Center).

I’m no scholar, by any means, but I do love the Word of God. And, maybe the things I dig up out of the Bible you’ve already seen, but there’s no harm in hearing it twice. I hope you all will find my articles interesting, and if you have anything you’d like for me to look into, e-mail me at muzikid@live.com.

I appreciate you taking the time to read this.

God bless,
Jared Hilton

Intro and Reason

I have been thinking about some things from the last time that I (Bradley Hilton) ever made a blog post. One thing that I have to say is that I am completely sorry for writing the post entitled “My Generation”, will everyone please forgive me and not hold anything agaisnt me? If so thanks and I hope that everyone enjoys this site. There are more writers than myself, thus all the articles will be awesome!

Apostolic Youth Press was created and made up for a couple of reasons. One reason is because I (Bradley Hilton) have got a couple of writings that I wanted to post somewhere, and then I got the idea to come up with a website where young Apostolic people can write articles and those articles can be read by pepole. Second reason is a couple of my friends have wanted to have blogs, but never really wrote about anything. This will hopefully give them an opportunity to write articles for poeple to see.

All of the articles are going to be read over by all of the authors before they are going to be posted. The reason we are going this is so that every article is Godly and Apostolic. NONE of the articles are going to be rebellious like the blog post I wrote entitled “My Generation”.

Thanks for understanding and I hope that everyone enjoys this site! If you want to be an author for this website, please shot an email to me at: admin@graywolf336.com – Please include your name, reason why you want to be an author, and have at least one article already written up and either attached to or in the email. The current authors on this website will then review it and we will let you know later on about how to join and be an author.

God Bless,
Bradley Hilton