Youth Online

Palm Sunday Devotion

This past Friday night’s Youth Online & Zoom Group event was a ton of fun. If you missed it or want to watch it again, CLICK HERE.

This week’s message and Scripture readings focus on The Gospel of the Kingdom (from BibleProject.com) and would be a great activity to do as a family!

Sunday, April 5, is Palm Sunday, when we commemorate Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem that kick-starts the series of events leading to his death on the cross and then his resurrection. The sham trial of Jesus and his unjust execution seemed like a tragedy to his friends and family. Yet for Jesus, his death was an expression of the love of God as he entered into our suffering so that he could overcome it. In the story of Jesus, we are invited to see that even the most unwelcome and tragic events cannot thwart God’s plan to restore our world.


Scripture Reading One:

The people expected Jesus to bring peace and rule as king in a way that they could understand. Jesus grieved over this because he knew they would suffer, and because he longed for them to see him as the true King through the suffering. Like Jesus, it’s okay to grieve over shattered expectations and suffering.

  • Open your Bible and read Luke 19:28-48 or CLICK HERE
  • Key verse: Luke 19:41-42
  • Take a moment and express any grief you’re feeling over suffering or shattered expectations.

Scripture Reading Two:

This next passage proclaims that God himself is coming to rescue his people—and this is good news—but it will happen in a surprising way: God’s appointed one, the Messiah, will enter into the suffering and death of our world. There’s a lot of suffering and pain going on in our world right now. God enters into our suffering. He experiences it personally and is present with us and all those who suffer.

  • Open your Bible to Isaiah 52:7-:53:12 or CLICK HERE
  • Share as a family where you see suffering and pain in the world and your community right now and then share a prayer for those in suffering.

This Isaiah passage was written 700 years before Jesus walked the earth. God declared what he was going to do and then did it at the right time. For Jesus, his suffering was the way God’s power and love should be shown to the world. The cross shows us that God’s ultimate response to human death and suffering was love: to die alongside us and for us, and to overcome death with his resurrection life. This is Jesus’ upside-down Kingdom.

  • Jesus calls his followers to do what he does. In what ways specifically can you suffer alongside others, or serve and love others?

Microwave Mentality

April 1, 2020

“The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.” Psalm 145:8

Microwaves have been in American households since the late 1990’s. Most of us do not know life without one. Microwaves have more power than just to zap our food in seconds, they also have demonstrated the power to make us impatient in how fast we expect our needs to be met.

We live in a world where I usually can get what I want, when I want it… and we want it now.  If I can’t get it when I want it, I’ll go somewhere else.

Wow… strong words… but honest.

We live in a world where “normally” anything and everything is instantly accessible. Fast food, “friends” online, and endless and instant entertainment options on our televisions, computers, and phones. Lagging internet or a dead cell phone battery frustrates our plans and our patience. When it does frustrate us, we have options to go somewhere else and we usually do.

The good news is that God is extremely patient with us, rational, slow to anger and rich in love.

Pastor Chris Tansey

Youth Livestream and Zoom! (April 3)

Our last two Friday night events using the live chatroom feature on lacasalive.com was a ton of fun! You can watch our April 3 event or checkout some of the highlight videos below if you missed them or want to watch them again. We also added Zoom Groups which was a great way of connecting!

Friday, April 3 Schedule:

  • 5:50pm ~Youth Online chatroom and video countdown begins on lacasalive.com.
  • 6:00-6:30pm ~ Youth games, youth band worship and messages from your leaders.
  • 6:30-7:00pm ~ Zoom Groups!

We will have 4  Zoom groups that are password protected:

  1. Junior High Girls hosted by Pam Turman and other female leaders.
  2. Junior High Guys hosted by Eddie Medina and other guy leaders.
  3. High School Girls hosted by Emily McLaughlin and other female leaders.
  4. High School Guys hosted by Doug Kilburn and other guy leaders.

The Goal of Zoom Groups:

  • Kids have shared that they miss their church friends and this is an opportunity for them to connect!
  • Zoom Meetings are only 40 minutes long and they will fly by fast they are so fun!
  • Get excited to hang with your church friends, share in a mini Bible study and prayer.

Meeting ID#’s and Passwords:

  • We will text blast our Junior High parents the Zoom Meeting ID# and password for those online meeting rooms.
  • The High School leaders will personally text high school youth in their small group the Zoom Meeting ID and password.
  • We utilize the waiting room feature so please use your first/last name (no nicknames) to be admitted into the meeting by the group host.


How to Join a Zoom Meeting

1) Create Account – Complete on https://zoom.us/signup ASAP and practice with it if you are not familiar.

  • A verification email will be sent to you.

2) Accept Invite to Join Meeting – Your meeting leader will text you a Meeting ID# and password to join their Zoom meeting.

  • Use a desktop or laptop computer with a webcam/microphone (Phones work too, just harder to view everyone).
  • Select “Join a Meeting” and type in the Meeting ID# and password provided to you by Chris, Suzan, or HS Leader.
  • You will want to click yes to sharing your computer’s video and audio.

In-Meeting Etiquette

  • Please keep your microphone muted except when talking (see image below) as background noises can be distracting (chompin on chips, dogs barking, your Billie Eilish music, etc.)

SEVEN24 – March 29

We hope you enjoyed connecting with us on Friday during our Youth Livestream Event. If you missed it, you can check it out HERE. The live chatroom was a ton of fun and the youth band worship was awesome! We sure do miss you, so it was good to have that connection. Stay tuned for when the next one will be!

Chris and Suzan have some special messages and questions for you today:

Pastor Chris’ Message:

This video will make you think and smile.

Routines & Kites from La Casa de Cristo Youth on Vimeo.

Questions to ponder and discuss with family:

  1. What are some good and not-so-good routines you have developed during quarantine?
  2. What changes can help you make the MOST of your time?

Suzan’s Message:

What can we do now? from La Casa de Cristo Youth on Vimeo.

Questions to ponder and discuss with family:

  1. Lookup Romans 12:12 and read as a family.
  2. What are some positive changes in your family because of the quarantine?
  3. What are some things you want to keep doing after the quarantine?

Benefits of Quarantine

March 28, 2020

“Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” Psalm 103:2

Inspired by one woman’s experience in Wuhan, China reflecting on the positive benefits of a 48-day quarantine (CLICK HERE), here are some beneficial activities your family can experience at home together:

  • Time to pray together. Set an example for your family that when we experience anxiety over something that’s completely out of our control, we’re free to bring those anxieties to God’s throne, giving Jesus complete ownership of our fears, stress, and health.
  • Make laughable memories. Make a TikTok video as a family. Have a jam session blasting your favorite songs on YouTube/Spotify allowing each family member to pick a song where everyone must dance and jam out together. Enjoy watching family videos or browse photo albums. Your kids might cringe a little, but they secretly love it!
  • Have a device-free night: reading, cooking, board games, creating art, or camp out in the backyard.
  • Do some spring cleaning. Watch Marie Kondo videos and discover how cleaning can “spark joy.”
  • Exercise. Being stuck inside doesn’t mean we have to be couch potatoes. Get sweaty!
  • Plan a family vacation. As we won’t be stuck in the house forever, it develops hope to dream and imagine a beautiful future together.
  • Serve your community. Give online to organizations doing good. Check in with your at-risk neighbors and loved ones. Offer to run their errands or bring them a few supplies and simply leave them on their doorstep.
  • Enjoy the great outdoors. We can all use a little Vitamin D to shake off the cabin fever. As environmentalist John Muir wrote, “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” Although many outdoor options are becoming crowded, accept it as a challenge to find a more solitary place to enjoy a hike, a picnic, or bike ride!
  • Gather as the church at home. Whether you livestream our church services, discuss our blog posts, or have your own family devotions for prayer and bible study, we believe investing in our relationship with God is the most beneficial activity families can do together.
  • Create better routines. As we are forced to create new routines for our families, may we discover practices that draw us closer to God and each other. Covid-19 allows us to either become bitter or better. Let’s choose the more beneficial option of becoming better.

Pastor Chris Tansey