Archives for October 2017

Adam’s Devotional – October 26-November 1, 2017

From Adam

In partnership with families . . .” that sounds nice, but families are messy.  Our youth ministry seeks to partner with families, but that means that we partner with your mess. It’s easy to think that you come to church to show everyone that you have your life together– that no one every freaks out at your house–that your parents never fight– that you kids are perfect, respectful, obedient angels, and that we are as shiny and beautiful on the inside as we are on the outside. But that’s a lie.  We come to church to admit that we don’t have it figured out, that we are a mess, that we are just making it up as we go, and we need help.  We need God’s help. We need one another’s help. The church is called to be a place where your mess is welcome. We are all called to welcome one another with vulnerability and grace regardless of the state of own individual messes. Do you believe that you are not alone in your mess?  Do you believe that God is with you and welcomes you in the midst of your mess? Where do you go to vulnerably offer your genuine self to God and others? What would happen if you didn’t just believe that God loves you (mess and all), but you lived that way too?  God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional – October 19-25, 2017

“Led by the holy spirit . . .” what in the world does that mean?  Our youth ministry mission statement begins with those five words.  The Holy Spirit is the wild and mysterious member of the Trinity (traditionally: the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit).  Theologians try to nail the Holy Spirit down but the Holy Spirit is as wild as the wind. If you take a walk with the wild side of God there is no telling where you will end up. That’s what it means to be led by the Holy Spirit, to enter into the wild uncharted possibly uncomfortable territories of your soul and life.  Where are the wild places that God could be leading you?   Are there spaces, relationships, or communities where you hear the call of God’s wild voice? What would it look like if you followed that call?  God’s up to something . . . Be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional – October 12-18, 2017

From Adam

It’s Homecoming season.  That means people are asking and getting asked to Homecoming Dances.  The process of getting a date can be nerve wracking.  Inevitably, every Homecoming season some people will have to say “No, I’m already going with someone else.” Some people will be rejected.  It’s risky to get a date.  The fear and reality of rejection or of being overlooked can be overwhelming.  Jesus teaches his disciples, knock and the door will be opened, seek and you will find. You never have to be fear that God will reject or overlook you. You already have a date when it comes to God, because God has already risked and lost everything to dance with you.  When was the last time you knocked?  When was the last time you sought?  How often have you rejected God’s invitation to dance? What do you think of the idea that God has risked all of God’s Self to dance with you? God’s up to something . . . be a part of it?

Adam’s Devotional- October 4-11, 2017

From Adam

Youth have been reading scripture every Sunday morning at the 8:30 and 11:00 services. Braden Ziegler read Habakkuk 3:17-19 this past Sunday.  Considering current events, it is an incredibly appropriate reading for today.
“Though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit is on the vines;though the produce of the olive fails, and the fields yield no food; though the flock is cut off from the fold,and there is no herd in the stalls, (Though 1000’s suffer from the mass shooting in Vegas), yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; God makes my feet like the feet of a deer and makes me tread upon the heights.”  
How do we praise God? How do we choose gratitude in times of such pain, confusion, and despair?  What would it even look like in your life if you did that?  Is it even possible? How can the light shine in the darkness?
God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

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