Life

What We’re Listening To

September 25, 2017

 

Looking for some more diverse Christian music to add to your playlist?

Embrk’s resident worship leader, music major, and songwriter Robert Witherby compiled a list of new and little-known songs in a variety of genres for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!

1. Indie Worship

Sisterbrother portrays their interesting and unique take on worship music with this song: “We Are Redeemed.” It’s a really cool combination of genres that I’ve never heard before.

2. Heavy (Metal-ish) Worship

Speaking of mixing genres, My Epic is another great example. In this song, “Hail,” My Epic displays honesty in a really simple and poetic way, while maintaining the band’s heavy sound and adding a worshipful touch.

3. New Worship Music

Anthony LaBruno is a local music teacher and the worship pastor at ALWC Springfield. This homegrown artist just released a new single, which is a great reminder that God is “Still God” no matter what’s happening in our lives.

4. Acoustic

This song is about the process of handing control over to God, and making him the “Captain” of our lives. The Northern uses really meaningful melodies to convey this relatable message.

5. Alternative

Growing up with Relient K, they’ve always been at the forefront of the Christian music scene. But this album reveals a new style and showcases a different perspective than we’ve heard from them before.

 

Messages

September 15, 2017

Catchy phrase…even catchier song…

Unfortunately, blame is often a catchy theme in our lives, especially as young adults.

With the many things going on in a young adult’s life—achieving various levels of education, finding the right job and career, discovering God’s call on your life, and of course, finding Mr. or Mrs. Right—there are numerous decisions that have to be made in this season of life. With these many decisions, there are also many opportunities for mistakes, and with that also comes the opportunity for passing blame.

Check out what Paul says in Galatians 6:4-5:

“But each one must carefully scrutinize his own work [examining his actions, attitudes, and behavior], and then he can have the personal satisfaction and inner joy of doing something commendable without comparing himself to another. For every person will have to bear [with patience] his own burden [of faults and shortcomings for which he alone is responsible].” (AMP)

 Paul is clearly admonishing Christians to accept responsibility, act maturely in response to our shortcomings by “bearing our own burdens” or, in other words, take the blame.

Life is FULL of shortcomings, which is a nice way of saying “we’re going to flat out blow it” numerous times. As I look back and reflect on some of those shortcomings in my own life, I can’t help but see the irony in some of those situations. The motive (at least when I think of my own life) in shifting the blame off one’s self is to prohibit a delay or penalty of some sort. But by doing this, blaming someone else or something else, you’re actually causing the exact delay you wished to avoid.

Did a grandparent or parent ever tell you when you were young, “two wrongs don’t make a right”? So true. Making an error and dropping the ball isn’t so bad, that is, when you pick it back up right away and don’t make the same error twice. But passing the blame elsewhere after that error is making a second wrong.

It just doesn’t make a right; it just makes it worse.

When you respond to mistakes, failures, sin, or any problem by passing the blame or refusing to take the responsibility, you put a stop sign on God’s divine process and progress.

I truly believe God wants us blessed, prosperous and thriving in life. That being said, He is also a God of process, and a God who requires us to accept the blame when need be.

If you need some more Scriptural example, check out Romans 2:1, Genesis 3:11-13 and Proverbs 28:13.

The adage, “honesty is the best policy” may be old, but it’s so true. I believe that God smiles when we take a good, hard, honest look at some of the decisions we’ve made and wish we could take back, because through those experiences—and more importantly, how we deal with them—is how we grow.

This is really the whole point of what salvation is. Over the last decade, church and Christianity have changed A LOT. Doctrines, theologies and messages have been changed, for better or worse depending on who you ask, but the foundation of the Christian faith is salvation, and the main message of salvation can’t change:

  1. Salvation is a gift from a God who loves us and sacrificed His Son.
  2. Salvation is available for any man or woman.
  3. Salvation is received through these pre-requisites: confess our sin, believe on Him, and accept the gift of salvation.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9 ESV)

So be encouraged today! The gifts of salvation, forgiveness, and second chances are ALL free! And who knows, maybe taking that responsibility, and even taking the blame at times, could just be the thing that brings you to the next level of growth in your life.

-Joe Arminio, Jr.

Life

Ocean City 2017

June 19, 2017

GET READY FOR O.C. 2017!!

Ocean City, NJ is the place that everyone wants to go to! This year’s trip starts Sunday morning, August 13th at the church, and ends on Tuesday, August 15th with the option to stay an extra day until Wednesday, August 16th. We’ve got a lot of awesome things planned from volleyball to surfing with a lot of spiritual nourishment to go with it.

What’s Included

-4 meals (all made with love by our dedicated team of foodies)
-A place to sleep that is within walking distance of the beach for those two nights (Butler not included)
-Memories that last forever! (And photos to share with your grandchildren!)

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Take a couple of days to be a part of something awesome. It’s one of those things that you’ll miss when it’s gone!

Things To Bring

Bed Sheets
Pillow
Toiletries
Beach Towel
Bible
Notebook
Cash for lunch and boardwalk

Prices

$90 before June 26th
$110 after June 25th
Stay an optional extra day
Extra $45

 

Refuel Conferences

Look Again

May 1, 2017

May 19th at 7 pm Embrk, Refuel, & Young Adults United collide for a life changing event! “Look Again”

Join Young Adults from all over the Northeast as we have a powerful night of worship and a powerful life changing message. Food and refreshments will be served after.

For more information check out our video below or call us at 973-463-9455

Life

Spring Small Groups

April 20, 2017

Relationship Talk

Last Friday of every month @ 6:30 pm

Couples are welcome to join us as we dive into what a Christian dating/marriage relationship looks like.

Represent Evangelism

1st & 3rd Saturday of each month @ 4:00 pm

A night where we go to various locations to offer to pray for people and to tell and show them how much God loves them

Scaling New Heights (Hiking)

1st & 3rd Saturday of each month @12:00 pm

SCALE- Ascend. Escalate. Take off.

NEW- Radical. Unique. Untrodden.

HEIGHTS- Elevation. Triumph. Prize.

Not for the faint of heart, the comfortable, the quitters, but for those obsessed with moving, winning, rising. This group is about utilizing the power of association, accountability, mutual commitment to SCALE NEW HEIGHTS.

Body Builders (Fitness)

Fridays @ 6:00 am

 

Join us as we strive to get physically & spiritually fit

Refuel Conferences

Refresh

February 14, 2017

March 17th at 7pm Embrk + Refuel will host its first conference of 2017, with the theme being REFRESH!

Join Young Adults & Youth from all over the Northeast as we have a powerful night of worship with Dove Award Nominee, Jonathan Lee from Nashville TN. Food and refreshments will be served after.

For more information check out our trailer below or call us at 973-463-9455

Life

21 Day Fast

December 19, 2016

Hey Embrk! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We wanted to let you know and ask for your participation in a 21 day corporate fast for young adults from January 2 – 22. Fasting = breakthrough. Period! The bible gives many examples of prayer and fasting, but one that comes to mind for me is Jesus himself. He was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit on a 40 day fast. The Word says that he faced all different kinds of challenges, tests and temptations. Not only did Jesus overcome the tests, he came out of the fast stronger and full of more power! Join myself, the leaders and young adults from Abundant Life Whippany as we fast and pray with EXPECTATION of breakthrough for our church, our country, and our individual lives. We will have a brief meeting after New Year’s service outlining options for the fast and to share with you specific vital needs to keep in prayer during your fast. See below for some general info on fasting and some great scripture references. – Joe Arminio Jr.

 

There are several types of fasting. The one you choose is between you and God. He will honor your best sacrifice.

Full Fast
Drink only liquids.

The Daniel Fast
Eat no meat, no sweets, and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables.

Learn More

Partial Fast
A typical partial fast is from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from sunup to sundown. You can select from three types of fasting —a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.

Scripture References for Fasting:
Matthew 6:16-18Matthew 9:14-15Luke 18:9-14

Relation to Prayer and Reading of the Word:
1 Samuel 1:6-817-18Nehemiah 1:4Daniel 9:3, 20Joel 2:12Luke 2:37Acts 10:30,Acts 13:2

Corporate Fasting:
1 Samuel 7:5-6Ezra 8:21-23Nehemiah 9:1-3Joel 2:15-16Jonah 3:5-10Acts 27:33-37

Remember that it is the attitude of a heart sincerely seeking Him to which God responds with a blessing (Isaiah 58Jeremiah 14:121 Corinthians 8:8).

Messages

Small Groups

September 15, 2016

Bible Study

Monday’s @ 7:00 pm

Join us as we hang out and discuss current events and other topics relevant to young adults

Evangelism

Friday’s @ 6:00 pm

A night where we go to various locations to offer to pray for people and to tell and show them how much God loves them

Worship at the Warehouse

1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month @7:00 pm

The Word in Action

Pokemon Go and Make Disciples

July 14, 2016

As Christians we have so much to do in this world as God speaks to us on a daily basis. Despite what God has called each of us to do individually there is one thing that He has called us ALL to do.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,” Matthew 28:19 NASB

Did you read that? Jesus tells us to go and make disciples. Again it says to GO! Go, it’s a verb- an action. In all that we do in our life God requires us to go. How well are we fulfilling that one commandment? Are we going? Are we making disciples? I can honestly, for myself, say no. I have failed that one thing that God has commanded me to do. From my perspective, it seems like many Christians also fail that command. Now I know what you are thinking, how could I make such a blanket statement, but take a moment to hear what I saw the other day.

I received a call from my sister asking if I wanted to meet up with some people in Morristown. I accepted the invite and we went out to meet everyone. We stopped and got some coffee and ice cream then went to the green at Morristown. As we started to cross the street we noticed how packed the green was. Not only was it packed but everyone was doing the same thing. Everyone was staring at their phones all playing Pokémon Go.

It was absolutely crazy to see how so many people were playing one game and not to mention were acting like zombies. Hundreds of people were walking in circles playing a game.

In less than one week since being released in the app store the game had more active users in the US than Twitter. That’s over 65 million users in less than a week.

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Now the meme is a bit of an exaggeration but do you get the point? A silly little game has caused such a movement/cult following in only a week and yet in that same week what have we done for Christ in regards to fulfilling the Great Commission? If every Christian were to set out and give that command the same passion and zeal that people have for this silly game then how wide spread could the gospel become? How many people would we be able to pray for? How many people would come to commit their lives to Christ all because we have the same type of passion as the people who are playing this game have? I encourage you to reach out to someone today and share with them that Jesus loves them. Offer to pray for them and let the Holy Spirit work through you. Hey, If God was able to use a donkey then he can surely use us!