Archives for August 2018

Devotional – August 30-September 5, 2018

From Adam
Senior, Nephtalie Mapangala said it beautifully at Fall Kick Off this past Sunday:

There are so many ways we can join in what God is doing!  Here are five ideas I have for you:
#1. BE KIND to others and make those around you feel wanted and appreciated.
#2. Donate items that you don’t use to your local Goodwill or to anyone that might be in need.
#3. At school, sit and talk to that kid that’s isolated.
#4. When someone is spreading gossip about another student, instead of joining in, come to their defense.
#5. Follow Ephesians 4:32:  “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you.”

God is up to something. Be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional – August 23-29, 2018

From Adam…

Hope wins. Love has the last word. Actually, Love has the first word too. You could sum up the story of the Bible in this way.  God said “yes” to us in creation. We said “no” to God in sin. Then God says “yes” to us in Jesus.  The first and the last word God speaks to us is “yes”. In many ways the question Jesus poses to us is, “Will you say ‘yes’ to God’s ‘yes’ to you?”  What are you saying to God? In a way, every time we breathe in, we say “yes” to God’s gift of life. If you think about it, we actually can’t live without saying “yes” to God. What about our actions, our reactions, our words and our silences–what do those communicate to God?  Are we saying “yes”?  Are we saying “no”?  What would it look like if we said “yes” to God at school, on our phone, at work, on our sports team, or in our relationships with family members? Jesus tells his followers, “Love one another the way I have loved you; by this, all will know that you are my disciples.”  Does anyone know you follow Jesus?  How are you loving?  Are you saying “yes” to God’s “yes” to you?   God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional – August 16-22, 2018

From Adam…

Spoiler alert: high school is not the best time in your life. That might sound strange coming at the beginning of the school year, but it’s not. So whether you are loving it right now or hating it, life gets so much better, fuller, and richer. Scripture tells us that “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” So whether you’re dreading school or psyched out of your mind about it, the expectation faith invites us into is hope. We hope that one day we will experience acceptance and belonging.  We hope that one day what we have to offer will be celebrated and valued. And we hope that one day we’ll discover who in the world we really are. The good news is that God responds to each of those hopes right now. When it comes to God, one day is always today. God already accepts us, God already values and celebrates our gifts, and God is always reminding us who we already are: God’s beloved children. So as this school year begins, may we all experience the hopeful expectation of faith that God is up to something, and we are invited to be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional – August 2-8, 2018

From Adam…

Remember how Alexander Roberts challenged our church to be a church of action when he preached at Youth Sunday this past year.  Here’s what he said:

“I challenge everyone to ask themselves these questions. How can we find time in our busy lives to take 5 minutes and pray each day? How can we better improve our relationships with those close to us? Has God been calling you to do something that your emotions have kept you from saying yes to? The good news is that we all have the ability to make a difference in the world, whether it be big or small, and Jesus will still love each and everyone of us the same no matter what we decide to do. After all, we have God’s everlasting love. Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger. We can all go out and have an impact on the community by being doers and not thinkers. We have to listen. We have to see. God is putting opportunities in front of me. God is putting opportunities in front of you.”

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