Director of Youth Ministries - Hector Meza
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Hector Meza
Director of Youth Ministries

Hector Meza joined the St Paul's staff on of June 1, 2013 as the new Youth Director. Hector was born in Honduras and came to the United States at a very young age. He grew up and attended school in East Stroudsburg, Pa. After graduation from High School he attended East Stroudsburg University and stayed in the area where he became a Health and Physical Education Teacher at East Stroudsburg High School.

While teaching Hector became heavily involved with in his church's youth ministry and after much prayer enrolled in seminary. There he met his beautiful wife Lydia. Hector and Lydia have spent the last two years in Queens, NY, where Hector was the Youth Director. Lydia also taught a Sunday school class and holds a Masters in Divinity.

 
Youth - June 2017
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Youth
June 2017
by Hector Meza

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

 

There's a Rita Springer song that I grew up with that I absolutely love for it's honesty and humility. The words go, 

 

"I don't understand your ways 

Oh but I will give you my song

give you all of my praise 

you hold on to all my pain 
with it you are pulling me closer 
and pulling me into your ways 

 

Now around every corner 
and up every mountain 
I'm not looking for crowns 
or water from fountains 
I'm desperate in seeking, frantic believing 
that the sight of your face 
is all that I'm needing 
I will say to you 
Its gonna be worth it, 
Its gonna be worth it all"

 

 

 

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Youth - April 2017
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Youth
April 2017
by Hector Meza

His understanding has no limit" Psalm 147:5

Omniscience means that God knows everything. He didn't achieve His knowledge gradually, through a long process of information gathering that took Him to the summit of Omniscience. God has always known everything. He has never learned anything new. He is infinitely wise.  

He has absolute knowledge. He lives in eternity and has perfect knowledge of time, past, present and future. That's hard for us to understand. We are creatures and only grow by gradual development. That means constant change. But God is immutable; He never changes. If God was to learn something new, that would mean He doesn't have perfect knowledge, therefore He couldn't be the Infinite God. 

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Youth - February 2017
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Youth
February 2017
by Hector Meza

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before Me." Exodus 20:2-3

The theme for our youth lock-in this year was, "Kicking it Old School." We decided to focus our lesson that night on the 10 Commandments, an "old school" topic that we wanted to prove was still relevant today. In today's high tech world, old school is at most a novelty so making the 10 Commandments cool was not an easy proposition.

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Youth - September 2016
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Youth
September 2016

Jonah 2:1-4 Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, 2 saying, “I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice.
3 For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the flood surrounded me; all your waves and your billows passed over me.
4 Then I said, ‘I am driven away from your sight; yet I shall again look upon your holy temple.’

Have you ever made a mistake? As our students prep for another year of school, no doubt they have some expectations. What friends will they have or make in their classes? Will they like their teachers? Will they make the team or get that part or earn that role? Yet as they let the excitement of all those possibilities flood their minds perhaps they haven't considered all the ways they might fail this year. Even though we can expect to fail as we learn and grow, the truth is that we don't really prepare for what we're going to do when we do fail.

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Youth - June 2016
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Youth
June 2016

"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."James 1:5

What's the most useful piece He had to tell me, many times unfortunately, to think first before acting. This simple bit of wisdom has served me well throughout my life and I hope that I've been able to pass it along to others who will be well served by it. I'm sure that if you think hard enough you might be able to put your finger on a wise word you've been able to give someone as well. Wise words are like a guaranteed investment, sure to benefit the ones who take the words to heart.

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Youth - May 2017
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Youth
May 2017
by Hector Meza

Isaiah 41:10 "So do not be afraid. I am with you.
Do not be terrified. I am your God.
I will make you strong and help you.
I will hold you safe in my hands.
I always do what is right."

Recently I went for a check-up and to get some blood work. I was only really nervous about the blood work because the last time that I had blood taken from me I thought I was going to faint. So when the moment came for me to get my blood drawn again I tried to calm myself and not "punk out." Lydia was there too and so I really didn't want to look weak. Yet, sure enough, as soon as the nurse had begun taking my blood, I felt the all too familiar feeling. I began getting lightheaded and feeling nauseous. I thought that my words had started to slur and that I would faint again. So the nurse told me to not move and slow my breathing, shortly thereafter I began to feel normal again. Both he and Lydia reminded me that this was merely a psychological reaction to the process and that I was in no harm at all.

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Youth - March 2017
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Youth
March 2017
by Hector Meza

1 Corinthians 15:57

"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ"

I think that I'm still in shock over the Super Bowl. I still can't believe the outcome because my wife and I, like many others, turned the game off in the 4th quarter with the Falcons up by 16 points. There was little time remaining in the fourth quarter and nothing had gone right for the Patriots up to that point anyhow so what was the point. Tom Brady threw an interception that was returned by the Falcons for a score. Julio Jones made some unbelievable catches, while the Patriots seemed to find a new way to cheat by putting butter on their hands. Not really but, they're still cheaters! Game over right?

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Youth - January 2017
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Youth
January 2017
by Hector Meza

"But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high." Psalm 3:3

It was a bitter Monday afternoon in early December. Recently, Lydia has been my own personal fitness trainer, challenging me to run the entire 5 mile circuit of the Manasquan reservoir. I've always been one to like a fitness challenge but it seemed, at that time, that I was in a sort of physical slump. Those sorts of slumps in my life usually coincide with an emotional slump, which inadvertently always lead to spiritual slumps as well. And that's where my heart was as I reluctantly joined Lydia on her run that day.

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Youth - July/August 2016
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Youth
July/August 2016

"What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?" Psalm 8:4

Recently we had the opportunity to travel up to Plymouth Plantation with a group of our 7th and 8th grade students. It was a unique and special voyage that we will never forget. The pilgrims took a special voyage themselves and like most voyages encountered trials of an unforeseen nature. Difficulties never seem to come in the form or time that we expect. Life is rife with storms that can easily overwhelm us. What a sight it must have been for those brave pilgrims to finally see land.

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Youth - May 2016
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Youth
May 2016
by Hector Meza

We have small troubles for a while now, but these troubles are helping us gain an eternal glory. That eternal glory is much greater than our troubles." 2 Cor 4:17

"Christ carried our sins in his body on the cross. He did this so that we would stop living for sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you were healed." 1 Peter 2:24

I marvel at all the pharmaceutical ads out there. We live in a world of remedies. There seem to be pills, creams and procedures for just about any ailment out there. And with each one there appears to be an even larger list of side effects. Nausea, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision and irregular digestive patterns are just a few to mention. How badly do you have to want a cure that you would risk more discomfort and possibly even death?

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