Equip + Encourage || For Your Weekend

Alex Holroyde October 25, 2019

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Happy Friday! This week we’re starting a brand new series on the blog
called “Equip + Encourage.” It’s an opportunity for Young Life
leaders and staff from around the mission to have a chance to share articles,
podcasts, videos, books and songs that have helped equip and encourage them-
and will hopefully do the same for you! To kick off the series we’re hearing
from Alex Holroyde in Columbia, SC. 

INTRO

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I have felt the
brokenness of the world and myself over the past few weeks.
 I have watched friends grieve
the loss of a loved one, listen to a church leader belittle a sister in Christ,
and sat with a high school friend who just had his heart trampled on.
 One of my high school friends asked me two
weeks ago, “Why did God make me broken.” I wasn’t ready for that
question. It’s one I find myself often asking. A good friend reminded me of
this song below by Andrew Peterson that beautifully holds the truth of
brokenness and the grace of God. Yes, the world is broken, and yet, God has a
plan to fix it!
 – Alex

ARTICLE

How
Do Christians Fit Into the Two-Party System? They Don’t.
” || Even
though many of your WyldLife and Young Life kids are not yet of voting age,
they are quite aware of the political division in our country. In this New York
Times article, Tim Keller writes about how to wisely think about Christianity
and politics. It will be a great help to you as you engage kids around this
sensitive topic.

BOOK

Valley
Of Vision
”  A Collection of Puritan
Prayers and Devotions. || 
IMHO, this book of prayers is a must for
every Christian, especially those who feel like they’re stuck in a valley. It’s
a helpful guide, similar to the Psalms, to help us when we can’t find the words
to pray.

PODCAST

Why’d They Do it- Women” || An excellent sermon about women throughout the Bible and their faithfulness given by Tom Job, a pastor in Oakridge, Tennessee. He does a fantastic job of making scripture come alive and is the best storyteller I know, it’s a must-listen. 

SONG

“Is
He Worthy” 
by Andrew Peterson
. || A communal cry
for the church regarding our own brokenness and the hope we have in Christ.

Spotify ||  Apple
Music
 || YouTube 

VIDEO

2011
Chattanooga YL Banquet Video

This classic from 8 years ago will get you pumped up to go into the stands tonight! #FridayNightLights

Written by Alex Holroyde. 

Alex has served as a Young Life leader and on staff since
2006. His wife, Ali, is the coordinator for YoungLives in the Carolinas Region
and they live in Columbia, SC with their 3 daughters.

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