Yearly Archives: 2012

Chris Varalla: Peer Pressure, The Silent Killer

Posted by in Temptation | August 9, 2012

I was once asked, “What’s one piece of advice you wish you could’ve given yourself when you were a freshman in high school?”

Going into high school, all I heard about was how I would be peer pressured to do this and peer pressured to do that. I thought that kids would tell me if I didn’t do something, then I wouldn’t be considered, “cool.” Looking back on high school, I realize that peer pressure was completely different from what I had envisioned, and it took advantage of me when I wasn’t looking.

Peer pressure comes in many different forms. You certainly face the peer pressure of a kid saying you won’t be cool if you do something, but the most dangerous peer pressure I faced was what I call the, “silent peer pressure.” This type of peer pressure can be a killer if you don’t know how to recognize it. In high school, I was rarely openly pressured to do something illegal because my peers knew that I would say no; however, I was silently peer pressured because I hung out with the wrong crowd. I surrounded myself with a worldly crowd and slowly let my barriers slip down to their level without someone ever actually pressuring me. In no time, I found myself drinking and smoking just like my peers because being around it had numbed my mind and compromised my judgement. I thought that it was all okay and it would all work out.

If I could give any freshman a piece of advice, it would be to pick the right crowd and a group of friends that love the Lord and support each other. Keep a close bond with each other and hold each other accountable. Don’t be afraid to tell your friend when he/she screws up because if it goes unacknowledged, it will just become a slippery slope into worse decisions and more difficult situations.

Chris Varalla

Squad Retreat @ the Lake

Posted by in Brotherhood | May 7, 2012

One of the “Squads” of IRON and FIRE got together for a “Squad Retreat” at the lake!

This retreat was a time of fun, brotherhood, prayer, and fellowship. Each guy had the opportunity to enjoy a little break from homework while bonding with the Squad.

The weekend was packed with laughter and guy stuff! There was a huge bonfire, fireworks, steaks, loud music…

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Football, Food, & Fire!

Posted by in Brotherhood | May 5, 2012

The brotherhood of IRON and FIRE joined together to kickoff the New Year with 3 of the best things God ever made! Football, food, & fire! Jeff used the opportunity to remind these young men that they are not alone and that they have a brotherhood that fights for them. Then Jeff turned up the intensity and challenged them to continue to seek transformation relentlessly.


To Catch A Vision

Posted by in Brotherhood | May 5, 2012

50 people packed in to our first dessert gathering to hear the vision of IRON and FIRE and meet some of the brothers. It was an inspirational night of vision casting, God stories, and encouragement. Thanks to all who came out!