Archives for July 2018

Adam’s Devotional – July 26 – August 1, 2018

From Adam…

Some people say that fear is the opposite of faith.  Here’s what Maggie McConnell said about that in her Youth Sunday sermon this past May:
“One constant we cling to is the feeling of uncertainty that [fear] foster[s] in all of us. Sometimes it really just feels easier to want to stay at the top of the [rappelling] wall and to not even consider turning around and taking the plunge. Sometimes, it feels easier to cling to our ever-present fear than to trust that God will fight every battle for us. But, we must understand that God isn’t necessarily going to fight our battles the way we would. In fact, most times, the fight is going to look totally different than what we expect. And truthfully, all sorts of walls loom over our hearts and minds every day with the fear based [uncertainty], but the best news of all​ is that the Lord is going to be there every time, saying “fall on” truly and endlessly, and we must only promise to trust and keep still.” God’s up to something.  Be a part of it!

Adam’s Devotional – July 19-25, 2018

From Adam…

“Knock and the door will be opened. Seek and you will find.”  What in the world does that mean?  Here’s a knocking and seeking story from Mary Caroline Funk’s sermon from this past Youth Sunday–
“Over and over in my quiet times I told God I believed and I have seen Him working in different ways, but I wanted a sign. Although I had no clue what this sign would actually looked like, I just wanted a clear sign that I knew was from Him. During my 24 hour solo time in the woods alone with my Bible, and in constant conversation with the Lord, I read the verse in Psalms 42:1 saying, “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.” I read this verse over and over and journaled about it for a long time because I related to it so much. I related to this Psalm. It spoke to me. It put words to how I was feeling, and it put into words the way I had been feeling as I longed for a relationship with God. A few hours later, I had my head down praying. When looked up, I saw a deer is staring straight into my eyes. After a few long seconds, the deer continued to walk to the rushing stream behind me. I immediately remembered the verse, which said, “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.”  I burst into tears because the Lord had given me a sign of His existence.” God’s up to something.  Be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional – July 12-18, 2018

From Adam…

Remember when the responsible adult in your life first taught you the difference between wanting and needing? “Do you need it, or do you just really want it?” To which we all replied, YES! Number 10 of 10 is Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s wife . . . No this is not one of those commandments that only applies to those neighbors who are married.  “Wife” can be replaced with any possession. (#women’ssuffrage) What in the world does “covet” mean?  Basically, coveting is everything that modern day marketing is trying to get you to do.  When you see an advertisement, you see someone else with a certain product. You covet that product, see that it’s only $9.99, and you go out and buy it if you can. If you can’t, you go into debt to get it. If credit card debt has any connecting with coveting, then it is safe to say that the developed world may have a coveting problem. What do your friends, family, and neighbors have that you want?  When’s the last time you heard yourself say,  “I wish I had their phone, car, house, life, job, or significant other?”  Yes, the song, “Jesse’s Girl” is a song about coveting.  Coveting takes the place of gratitude. Coveting replaces a thankful spirit with entitlement and ingratitude.  Coveting atrophies our grateful hearts and convinces us that something will satisfy us. The good news is that someone will satisfy us, and we have been given that someone in Jesus Christ. God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional – July 5-11, 2018

From Adam…

The truth revealed in Christ, risen and crucified, is that we now know that God is way too busy loving us to be disappointed (see Father Gregory Boyle). How often do we believe that truth and how often do we believe the terrible lie that God doesn’t love us or that we have to earn God’s favor?  Number 9 of 10 is thou shall not bear false witness. Again, it is another one that is straight forward.  Tell the truth. Don’t lie. But even though it sounds simple, it’s so hard to do.  What lies do we tell about ourselves?  What lies do we tell about one another?  Why do we lie?  Is it because we don’t want to wait to discern the truth?  Do we lie because the truth about who God is and who God says we are is so unbelievable?  Or maybe we lie because it’s just easier, and we don’t have to deal with the anxiety of feeling ourselves in suspense and incomplete (see Pierre Tielhard de Chardin).  Whatever the reason, God calls us to the truth, even if it’s uncomfortable, inconvenient, and unbelievably hope-filled.
God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

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