Archives for June 2017

Adam’s Devotional – June 29-July 5, 2017

From Adam…

Is it a whale or is it a big fish? People love to debate that question when it comes to the story of Jonah.  God comes to Jonah and tells him to go to Nineveh and bring God’s message to them.  Jonah has zero desire to go to Nineveh.  He actually “flees from the presence of the Lord.”  That’s how badly he doesn’t want to go.  How many of us are just like Jonah?  How many of us want the perks of God’s presence with us but not God’s call to action?  Where could God be sending you?  Your family?  Your school? Your workplace?  Are you running from God’s call or are you claiming your identity as one who is sent by and with God?  God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.  

Adam’s Devotional- June 22-28, 2017

From Adam…

I handed them sheets of paper and asked them to write down a question that they wanted to ask God.  They all thought for a moment and then silently wrote their question at the top of their paper.  I told them to take the paper home, look at it every day, and pray the question to God every day.  . . . A week later we gathered back together and they all brought their questions with them.  We spent a few moments in prayer and then I asked them to write down what they thought God was saying. One student who was intimately acquainted with death in his life asked this question: What happens when you die? This was the response he got from God: I meet you in the darkness and walk you into the light.  I’m not making this stuff up people.  God’s up to something . . . Be a part of it

Adam’s Devotional – June 15-21, 2017

From Adam

You should do as I have done.  That’s what Jesus tells his disciples after he washes their feet in the 13th chapter of John’s gospel.  Christ calls us to love one another the way Christ has loved us.  We just got back from the West Virginia mission trip, and as happens every time, we all feel like there is something special about West Virginia because of the closeness we feel with God and one another.  But West Virginia isn’t special.  Jesus is.  He tells his disciples later in chapter 13, “If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.”  If we love one another the way Christ loves us- if we actually do it- then we are blessed with a closeness to God and a closeness to each other.  That’s what happens in West Virginia, and it can happen here, too.  How are you loving others like Christ loves you? What are you doing to learn more about the way Christ loves?  What can you do to love with the love of Christ? Is there a place that you are already doing it? God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional- June 8-14, 2017

From Adam

We long to belong.  Arguably behind almost everything we do there is a core desire to be known, accepted, and belong. We want to belong to a community that knows and wants us for who we really are.  It’s why peer pressure is so strong.  We give in because we are afraid we won’t belong if we don’t do, say, or profess x,y, or z.  Sometimes we want to belong so badly that we change who we are so that we will be included. The funny thing is, as we go to ridiculous and sometimes painful lengths to belong to friend groups, teams, or cliques, we don’t realize that we actually already belong. God has already made up God’s mind about us. The birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ reveals that God loves us. The Holy Spirit invites us to be in loving intimae friendship with God.  Jesus teaches that God loves us like a parent loves a child. Good parents have already decided how they feel about their kiddos.  They love them.  When was the last time you truly accepted God’s love for you? How often do you give in to the social pressures around you so that you will belong? What would be different about your life if your identity was anchored in the reality that you already belong you are already accepted by God? God’s up to something . . . Be a part of it

 

Adam’s Devotional- June 1-6, 2017

From Adam

Frist Allen preached at Youth Sunday three weeks ago.  He read Isaiah 60, and he challenged the congregation to wake up to God’s calling.  Read what Frist said to us. “Your calling as a follower of Christ is action. Your calling is here.”  According to Frist, the church is meant to function as a kind of spiritual alarm clock.  Through Worship, Mission, and Bible Study, First Pres has been Frist’s spiritual alarm clock.  Is your soul sleeping? Have you woken up to God’s calling rising upon your life like the morning sun?  When was the last time you felt awake to God’s call in your life?  When was the last time you heard the spiritual alarm clock going off, and you decided to get up? When was the last time you hit the snooze button?  Frist reminded us that our faith is not passive. It is active.  God doesn’t merely offer us grace and love and belonging.  God invites us to join in.  May the Holy Spirit use Frist’s words to wake up your soul. “I’ve seen God show up in the most unexpected places.  What does God’s calling look like in your life? Isaiah would say it has already risen upon you. Your alarm is ringing. You’ve just gotta get up.”  God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

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