Interview

Christian Rainville: Being Rebels in the Face of Evil

July 5, 2016

“So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it.” Colossians 3:1 MSG

 

Christian Rainville, guest speaker for Embrk’s upcoming Refuel: Rebel Conference, quoted this verse as a preview of his message for the event this Friday, July 8. “I just think that we’re in a time right now where we can’t hold back,” he said, explaining that the “Rebel” theme is one that resonates strongly with him. “We can’t be wimpy about Christianity. I love that theme, and I can’t wait to share what I’m about to share.”

Born and raised in the church, Christian Rainville experienced what he called a “typical Christian childhood.” At 10 years old, he started playing the drums, and he shaped his life around the talent and passion for music which developed from that. He played for his church worship team throughout high school, but his ultimate plan included moving to Nashville and studying music performance and music business at Belmont University.

But God had a different plan. It all started when revival hit his church at The Tabernacle in Orchard Park, NY.

“I played drums, and I felt God’s sovereign hand on those meetings,” he explained. “There was something stirring in me, I didn’t know quite what it was.”

During a Sunday evening meeting, Christian was playing the drums, and Pastor Dennis Shearer asked him to lead a song. Christian explained that, though he had always loved singing, he had never done it in a leadership role. “It was that moment,” he said, explaining that he sang “We Will Ride” from the Brownsville Revival. “[The song] ended up being the theme of the entire revival.”

“Man, we rode that song until we had sore sandals, let me tell you,” Christian chuckled as he conveyed the memory. “It was an uncomfortable thing for me, and I’m sure you know that anytime God calls you out of a comfort zone, it’s for a purpose. It’s not meant to be comfortable for you. It’s meant to only serve Him. It’s only meant to glorify Him.”

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“I just think that we’re in a time right now where we can’t hold back,”

 

Christian, now the worship director at The Tabernacle under Bishop Robert Sterns, has been a part of two albums— a live album “Release the Sound” and his solo album “Splendor” — and is currently working on an EP. He has two little boys with his wife of 6 years, Mandey, and he works as a high school anatomy and biology teacher.

“When people ask me what I do now, I say I’m a minister who happens to be a high school teacher,” he said, explaining that he often pushes the limits of the public school system by ministering to his students. “I’m able to be bold with these kids and kind of get in their face, because they don’t get that,” he explained. “I’m there in the trenches in high school, and it is a battlefield.”

That is the very theme which Christian hopes to share through his message at Abundant Life Worship Center in Whippany, NJ, on Friday. He explained that he plans to play an original song called “Battlecry,” which is his favorite from his first solo album. “It’s a warfare song,” he explained. “It’s definitely [about] rising up and being rebels in the face of evil.”

“It’s gonna be a challenging message,” he said, expressing his excitement for what he’s planning to share. “I really hope that it ignites some hearts.”

Join Embrk and young adults from all over the northeast THIS FRIDAY, July 8 at 7 pm at Abundant Life Worship Center in Whippany, NJ, for our Refuel: Rebel conference with Christian Rainville and David Corn.
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You can check out Christian’s latest album, “It’s Time” available on Itunes & Spotify today!

Refuel Conferences

Rebel

May 24, 2016

July 8th at 7pm Refuel will be holding its second conference of the year with a powerful message titled REBEL!

Join Young Adults & Youth Groups from all over the Northeast as they hear a powerful message from Christian Rainville & David Corn

For more information or to get involved call us at 973-463-9455

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REFUEL: REFRESH, RECONNECT, REENGAGE

March 23, 2016

Embrk young adults group kicked off our first Refuel Event March 18 at Abundant Life in Whippany, NJ.  Through The Word and an awesome time of worship, many young people from all over northern NJ were able to experience God’s awesome love and restoration power.

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The Word in Action

Words

November 18, 2015

How many words do you use in a day? Have you ever counted? We use so many words day in and day out that we can easily lose sight of their great power. the words we use can actually determine the outcome of our day. It’s those little things we call words that act like a rudder for our entire lives.

Let me give you an example. Let’s say that you go out to lunch with a good friend and it’s a great time and you both had a lot of fun, but at the end of it your friend turns to you and says “I really, really hate you.

How does that paint your experience? It would give me a pretty painful outlook for at least the rest of the day. Those five words would steer me into an entirely different direction than if those words had not been said. Words have the ability to determine the course of our entire lives.

The Good News About Words:
They Work Better in the Positive Direction

It’s an interesting statement, but it’s true nonetheless. You can actually do more good with your spoken words than you could ever do harm (and that’s saying a lot because you can mess literally everything up with your words). Negative words can only ever result in a natural, earthly result. They can cause pain, loss or even death – all these are just natural repercussions, things to be expected as part of this earthly life we live. But there is something far greater than what could ever be expected from this natural life we live on earth.

A Well of Supernatural Consequences


When we speak the same Word as God we tap into a well of supernatural consequences that far exceed anything we could ever expect from this natural earthly life. When we speak the same Word as God with the same faith as God we can see the supernatural become reality before our eyes. When Jesus spoke to the sick they were healed. When Jesus said to the leper “You are cleansed” they were made whole. When Jesus called the dead out of the tombs they resurrected and walked out of the deadness they were in.

It is this same power that we have the privilege and responsibility to walk in as those who carry the presence of God. It is the same Word that we can speak to see the same results in our lives today. And I’m not oblivious to the fact that we don’t see those kinds of miracles on a daily basis here in America. I’m not suggesting you go to your nearest cemetery and start calling people out of the catacombs (you could try if you wanted to though).

Calling People Back Into Emotional and Mental Life


There are so many people living in emotional deadness because of words that were spoken over them. They have been told that they’re worthless, useless, unloved, unwanted, unknown, uncared for. It takes a pure miracle from God to heal those deep emotional wounds that many of us carry around, and that’s where your words come in. You have the ability to speak into that deadness. You have the ability to bring life into your own or someone elses’ hurting heart by speaking the same Word as God into that situation. Replace those dead words with God’s Words. Tell them that God unconditionally loves them, that He cares for them, that He sees them and then follow that up by showing the same love you spoke about. This is the evangelism that our generation needs. This is the love that we need to show for a great revival in our lives, our churches and our communities. Jesus gave us the power, now we just need to use it.

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
– Jesus

Life Truths

Is Going To Church Important?

July 27, 2015

I’ve seen a trend in the church over the past few years. Not just my local church, but the church at large. It’s no secret, that less people are going to church, youth groups, and young adult gatherings these days. What’s the cause? Is it the massive amounts of preaching and teaching available on Christian TV and social media? Are more and more people falling away from their faith and becoming lax in their walk with God? Do people not want to waste a Sunday? Whatever the case, the statistics don’t lie. Around 40% of Americans say that they belong to a church, but actually only about 20% attend weekly. In other words, 80% of Americans feel that there are other things more fulfilling than going to church on the weekend. Additionally, to reinforce the point, there are between 5,000 and 9,000 churches that close each year.

Every weekend, Christians across the globe have to make a small decision. A decision that perhaps a lot of thought doesn’t go into. “Am I going to go to church?” (Or “Am I bringing my family to church?”) I’m not talking about missing church for vacation, a family crisis, or a blemish on your perfect church attendance award, but rather the mindset that, well, church really isn’t that important.

Consider these three quick points on church

1. The Bible tells us that Church is important

Hebrews 10:25 NCV reads, “You should not stay away from the church meetings, as some are doing, but you should meet together and encourage each other. Do this even more as you see the day coming.” Not going to church is nothing new. The author of Hebrews (possibly Paul) noticed that some Christians didn’t belong to a church or make church attendance a priority, but he warns against it. He urges followers to “meet together and encourage each other”. He adds that as time goes on, and as we get closer to Christ’s return, we should actually make going to church and spiritual gatherings more often than ever, contrary to what we’re seeing happen in America today. I believe this is especially true for young adults. In the 17-25 age range, you face some of the most important decisions of your life, decisions that impact your future: Where to go to school, what job to take, who to marry, just to name a few. By going to church, hearing a Word in season (maybe tailor made for you), fellowshipping and encouraging other Christians that share your faith, it keeps life’s priorities straight. It’s so easy to get consumed in the craziness of life, but carving out that time with God and other believers at church is essential to Spiritual growth, a way to hear what God is saying to you, and even practically, a way to get great spiritual advice from other believers on some of these important decisions in life.

2. Jesus went to church

Luke 4:16 NIV says “He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom, and stood up to read.” We think of Jesus as the radical teacher that traveled from town to town doing miracles, but clearly we see here that He was also concerned about local “church” gatherings. It says He went to his own town, where he grew up, and went to the synagogue as was his custom. Other translations may read, “as He usually did”. Another interesting thing I see here is that he “stood up to read.” He read passages from the scriptures amongst many other things I’m sure. Not only did Jesus attend church, but he got involved! As Christians (Christ followers), Shouldn’t we strive to model the same example that He did?

3. It boosts our faith

Romans 10:17 NIV says, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” Our faith is the whole premise of our Christianity. without faith in God, what do we have? And here we see that Faith is boosted by hearing, hearing the message and the good news. Now I know what you may be thinking – “You can hear a great message without going to church.” True, you can. But by skipping out on church and opting for a TV or radio message, you lose all the great benefits of the church! The friendships you develop, the worship or hymns, and the opportunity to get involved like Jesus did! It’s kind of like eating a salad with just the lettuce. There’s a lot of add-on’s that can enhance a great salad experience, rather than just eating dry kale and spinach leaves. To put it another way, as a big baseball fan, I asked myself, would I rather watch the Yankee game on TV, or go the stadium and get the whole experience live? That’s a no brainer! How about your favorite band? Sure it’s fun to listen to their songs on your radio or MP3 device, but can it compare to going to the concert and seeing them live? No way! The live experiences get you more excited and bring you a little closer to the things you love in life. And the church experience should do the same, it gets Christians more excited about their faith, and more importantly it boosts our faith, which can be the key to facing some of life’s most important decisions and checkpoints.

The Word in Action

Fear

July 9, 2015

Be aware of those fears that stalk in the dead of night. Be on guard against those thoughts that cause anxiety and demand action at the same time. Fear is the exact opposite of love and it is what the enemy uses to get God’s people off track. It is at that time that we must seek the Lord and inquire Him about what to do so that we can operate as He would like us to. Seeking the heart of God is key because even if those things which we fear come upon us, He is able to lead us in a victorious procession over those fears. Seeing our greatest fears fulfilled is not the end of our journey. Just read the story of Job. He experienced the greatest fears of his life becoming reality and he saw with his eyes those things that he feared in his heart (Job 3:25).

But the story doesn’t end there. All of heaven was watching to see how Job would respond to this realization of fear. God, the devil, and the angels were all waiting to see how the servant of God would respond. If you don’t know the end of the story, I’ll give it to you. Job gets everything restored to him, and he sees the faithfulness of God. Job saw God’s faithfulness completed toward him while he still lived so that he could be showcased throughout all generations.

Most people are well aware of all the dangers of life in this fast paced, high stress world we live in. From threats of violence to impending financial troubles, the fears are everywhere. But if I could just submit one thought into the consciousness of the reader it would be this: if all of those fears are realized, how would you respond?

We have the ability to stare fear in the face and speak the powerful name of Jesus to overcome every obstacle that would try to keep us from discovering God’s will. God has a plan, especially in the midst of crisis, and if we’re willing, we can know that will and do His will in the midst of great trouble. At the end of this Christian journey, I think everyone of us will be able to see the faithfulness of God just like Job did, and we’ll all have everything God has ever desired for us when we finally dwell in His presence forever.

The Word in Action

“Only God Can Judge Me”

April 10, 2015

I’m probably stepping into some hot water with this one right out the gate, but that’s okay :). I want to break down some misconceptions about this saying. We all might be surprised to find what the roots have to say about its meaning.

The First Letter To The Corinthians

1 Corinthians was a book written with a very stern tone to a church that could safely be categorized as a little bit on the reckless side. From corrections about how to take communion properly to the extreme of condemning the sin of one man who slept with his stepmother, this letter goes in with guns blazing. In light of the strong level of correction within this book, it’s no surprise that Paul felt the need to help the church understand why it was okay for him to speak into those situations that needed discipline. In chapter 5 we begin to see how the Biblical framework of correction is being shown to the church of the Corinthians.

Chapter 5 Verses 9-13

This section of Scripture is what can be referred to as the “meat” of the Word. It’s a section that is not as easy to swallow as a bottle of milk, but it will help you to mature into a strong believer who is able to do the will of God. Paul wrote:

I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.
What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.

Let’s break it down piece by piece.

It’s abundantly clear that this is not Paul’s first interaction with this church. He states that he has told them in the past not to associate with those who sin. However, he makes very clear in this section that he was not referring to those who do not know Christ. He was specifically referring to those who claim to be a Christian but still practice a life of sin. He cautions against even eating with such a person! Does this seem a bit extreme? Absolutely, but to understand the full context of this correction you’ve gotta read on into 2 Corinthians to find out why it was such a strong stance (we don’t have time for that in this post so I encourage you to read it in your spare time). But look very closely at those last four sentences in verses 12 and 13. Examine them and really mull them over in your mind. These are very thought provoking statements that we all need to understand.

So Are You A Part Of The Church Or Not?

This whole conversation boils down to this one question. Paul makes very clear that those who are outside the family of God are to be left unjudged by believers as far as sin is concerned. “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside.” And what an unfortunate judgement that will be. When we say “only God can judge me” we are proclaiming our own refusal to submit to the church’s authority which God has ordained on the earth (Read Ephesians 5). We’re saying that we would rather have God deal with us directly. That’s all well and good, but if you want God to judge you it’s not going to be a very pretty sight. We know this because there was one man who bore that judgement over 2,000 years ago. That same man was marred beyond recognition by the Roman scourging and crucifixion. God’s judgement required death, and only those who by faith receive that gift of forgiveness purchased by Jesus’ sacrifice can claim that God is no longer their Judge, but their loving Father.

In A Nutshell

Let’s not look at the wisdom of Pastors, Elders, and mentors as something to be avoided, but rather as something to be embraced as a safeguard against our own immaturity and inconsistencies. We all have blind spots in our lives, but with the help of the Lord and the guidance of those He has ordained for our lives, we can see farther, work harder, and accomplish more than we could ever do without the full counsel and judgment of the body of Christ.

Life Truths

Who Cares How God feels?

March 27, 2015

Does God really have feelings? Does He feel like we feel?

Have you ever asked yourself in the midst of our “ME” culture…how does God feel about this? Does this hurt his heart? Does this make Him happy and full of joy?

Despite what the mainstream media has tried to portray, God exists and He has feelings. He actually does care about what is going on in your life and sphere of influence and the world as a whole. Remember, “God so LOVED the world that He gave his only Son…” (John 3:16) If you have ever felt rejection or had your feelings hurt, you know the pain of it, which many times has long lasting effects. God feels this daily.

I have often gotten wrapped up in how I feel…

I’ve said to myself, “but that’s not fair”, “that hurts my feelings”, or “I feel uncomfortable in this situation so let me change it to make ME feel better”. However, today is a good day to remind myself and anyone who takes a second to read this, that this life is really not about ME. He is our creator, the one who put, HIS BREATH in OUR LUNGS. If it wasn’t for Him, we wouldn’t be alive. And we were created not to just fulfill our desires, but to bring Him joy. We often forget this as we get entangled in our own thoughts, beliefs and wants. Yes, we all miss the mark, and we are thankful for His grace! But let us remember His feelings today, not just our own!

Our God is a Loving Father

As a perfect Father, He looks down at the state of our country and grieves some at the things we allow in our culture. Genesis 6:6 states, “And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.” Therefore God has feelings and can be grieved or hurt. But God also can rejoice over us when we obey and honor Him, “…so your God will rejoice over you..” (Isaiah 62:5) So how does He FEEL about our small daily choices, the larger choices we make that affect the course of our lives and also world issues such as abortion, racial injustice, homosexuality, abuse of all types and the list goes on. How many tears does God cry when humans kill a little life (that has no choice) that He is forming, but continue with it selfishly to make OUR own lives less complicated in caring for that child. It is time we remember God’s feelings and take a stand for them as Christians. If we are His children through salvation, we must make His feelings our priority. In a world that dismisses and rejects Him, we can love, honor Him and bring Him joy!

Again in asking the question, “WHO cares how God feels?” I DO!

Life Truths

The Truth About Sex

March 19, 2015

Well, now that I’ve got your attention via the title, let’s talk about a misconception and myth about sex. It’s 2015 – as a young adult today, it’s harder than ever before in the history of mankind to CHOOSE to and STAY sexually pure. The innuendos, temptations and pressures rage out of control every day like a bonfire full of dried out wood. between what we wear, the conversations we choose to participate in, and the media outlets we choose to watch, it’s flat out tough to live pure.

…it’s harder than ever before in the history of mankind to CHOOSE to and STAY sexually pure.

A big misconception of young Christians is the idea that it’s supposed to be easy to say “no” to sex. They believe that the church really believes and expects the youth to make this incredibly simple decision to abstain from immorality and sex before marriage. Let me tell you, on the other side of being a teenager and young adult, now as a married adult with two beautiful daughters (they are not adopted), my observation is that it’s anything but easy. It’s a constant discipline, and a struggle at times; but hey, being a Christian in itself is often a struggle. Just ask Paul, or Peter, or any Christian living in the Middle east right now. So that’s MYTH #1. That you should be a young pure christian and it should come as easy as breathing and sleeping. FALSE! Like I said, it’s all about discipline. A growth process that will probably never become “easy” but will become easier as your draw closer to God.

1 Corinthians 10:13 NCV says:

“The only temptation that has come to you is that which everyone has. But you can trust God, who WILL NOT PERMIT you to be tempted more than you can stand, but when you are tempted, HE WILL PROVIDE a way to escape so that you will be able to withstand it.

There’s an old film from the 60’s called “The Great Escape”. It’s Steve Mcqueen at his finest (If your saying “who’s Steve Mcqueen”? He was like an old school Liam Neeson, Stallone, Robert Downey Jr. and Johnny Depp all rolled into one – but better). It’s a story about a large concentration camp full of british and american POW’s in WW2 that build an underground tunnel in their attempt to escape. There were only a few “tunnel kings”, the guys who actually built the tunnel, but the intent was to use the tunnel and take out 250+ soldiers to escape. The tunnel kings, all they could do was provide the route; It was up to the individual soldiers to work up the courage and ultimately make the decision to crawl out to freedom. God is well aware of the internet, Instagram, and and those channels that you should probably have on blackout (“oh, i’ll just skip over those” – that never works). He is well aware that being a young Christian in 2015 can be a struggle with acceptance, choices, and with sex – and that’s the truth, but bring it back around to 1 Cor. 10, He WILL provide a way out, but you actually have to execute the escape. It’s a fact and ultimately up to you to make make the wise CHOICES.