Archives for February 2017

11th Grade Retreat- North Georgia Mountains

We had a great time in Georgia last weekend with a group of our 11th Graders! We had a sweet time of slowing down from our normal fast pace lives through fellowship, hiking, devotionals, and a cell phone free zone!

Adam’s Devotional- February 23- March 1, 2017

From Adam … 

We’re going through the HABITS acronym these next few weeks.  Hang time with God, Accountability, Bible memorization, Involvement in the church, Tithing, and Sabbath.  Let’s talk about Accountability.   I sat down with a high school student the other day, and he shared a desire to grow deeper in his faith with others. “I want people to join me, people to keep me accountable.”  He basically said he had been doing this faith thing solo and he wanted someone to believe with.  Chew on this for a second.  Our faith is personal, but it’s not individual.  One more time, Our faith is personal, but it’s not individual.  I heard Todd Jones say this the other day, and it has just stuck with me. It’s personal in the fact that God calls us by name, we have a personal connection and friendship with God, and God has a unique and particular call on our lives.  But it’s not individual.  It is communal.  We are meant to be a community of faith.  We are called personally together.  We can’t do this faith thing alone. Accountability is one of the ways we practice believing together.  This particular high school student’s longing for people to do this faith thing with is important.  Even Jesus had three friends that he shared life and faith with in a deep and intimate way.  If Jesus needed others, then it would make sense that we do to.  Who are the people in your life that you believe with?  Who are the people in your life who challenge you to grow deeper in your knowledge of who God is and of who God has called you to be?  If you don’t have anyone, who could you ask?
God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional – February 16-22, 2017

From Adam … 

HANG TIME WITH GOD
You never get better at something unless you practice it. But often we expect to be good at faith without practicing.  The HABITS are a way we practice faith. “H” stands for hang time with God.  “A” stands for accountability. “B” stands for Bible memorization. “I” stands for Involvement in the church.  “T” stands for Tithing.  “S” stands for Sabbath. Let’s talk about “H”.  Jesus had regular hang out time with God.  He spent time alone with God before he called the disciples, after he heard John the Baptist was killed, and before he was arrested and eventually taken to the cross.  In times of preparation, in times of great sadness, and in times requiring great courage, Jesus hung out with God.  When was the last time you simply hung out with God?  When was the last time you spent free agenda-less time . . . hanging out for the sake of hanging out with God?   Throughout scripture God is revealed as the God who is WITH us.  That means it is faithful for us to hang WITH God.  God is with us, and we’re called to be with God. This week I challenge you to spend 5 minutes, just 5 minutes, sitting in God’s presence with your cell phone off.  Not a deep-spiritual-I-gotta-have-real-serious-God-time 5 minutes.  Just a simple, non-anxious, hanging with God.  Close your eyes or don’t, do it outside or inside, go on a walk or sit still, do it in your car with the radio turned off or the windows rolled down, whatever you need to do to spend time with God. Do it.  God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional – February 9-15, 2017

From Adam … 

What makes you a basketball player? Is it your knowledge of the rules?  Is it because you know everything about the history of the game? Maybe it is because the accuracy of your March Madness bracket is a force to be reckoned with every year? Is it that you have a basketball goal at your house? Maybe you wear one of those shirts that reads, “basketball is life”?  The truth is that none of those things make you a basketball player.  What makes you a basketball player is that you play the game.  You practice basketball.  How often do we think what makes us a Christian is our knowledge, the clothes we wear, and the big cross we have?  How often do we forget that what makes us a follower of the way of Christ is that we actually follow?  Do we forget that to practice Christianity we actually have to practice it?  It’s not hard for us to understand that you don’t get better at your layups unless you practice them.  Why is it so hard for us to think that we don’t get good at receiving and offering the love of God unless we practice it? For the next six weeks, we’ll be going over a Christian Practice acronym that may help us in receiving and offering God’s love.  It’s called the HABITS of Godliness.  Until next week, think about what you have been practicing.  What are the motions your soul goes through on a regular basis?  Are they movements of self-compassion and Christ-like love, or have you choreographed something else for your soul?
God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

9th Grade Ski Trip 2017

We had such a fun group of 9th Graders join us at Paoli Peaks in IN this past weekend! We skied, had great time of fellowship, time hearing God’s Word, and got to share our stories!

7th & 8th Grade Perfect North Ski Trip 2017

We had so much fun skiing with our 7th and 8th Grade students last weekend in Perfect North, IN!! Although, there wasn’t much snow- that did not stop us from having the time of our lives!

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