Archives for October 2018

Adam’s Devotional – October 25-31, 2018

From Adam…

You ever notice how the Predators jump on the ice when they are subbing in during live play? They sprint off of the bench and onto the ice. You think they ever say to the coach, “Actually, I’d like to just sit here and watch”?  NO. They jump on the ice (faster than you can say God’s up to something . . . be a part of it), because they are passionate about touching their name on the Stanley cup. How often does God call us to do something, and we say, “No, I think I’ll just watch”?  How often do we feel a tug to forgive, but instead we nurse resentment? How often do we feel a pull to offer help, but we walk on by? Or what about moments when we feel like we need to be honest with ourselves, our family, and our friends, but it’s too scary to be vulnerable, so we keep it all inside? Our youth ministry mission statement says that we exist to send youth out.  In the same way the Preds’ coach sends the sub players on the ice, God is calling, sending us to do something here and now.  God is calling us to join in Christ’s continuing ministry in the world, to get on the ice now. Where are you being sent? Your school, your home, your family, your team, etc.  You getting on the ice? God is up to something . . . be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional – October 18-24, 2018

From Adam… 

It boggles the mind to think about how much has been written about the idea of living in Christ. Some theologians have written hundreds of pages just on the word “in”. Why is it such a big deal?  Here’s why. All of humanity is looking to answer some version of these three questions: Who am I? Where do I belong? And what is my purpose? The two words in Christ respond to all three questions. In Christ, we are God’s beloved children. That means we are siblings with God’s incarnate son Jesus Christ. That’s who we are. We are God’s beloved. In Christ, we belong in the heavenly family, God’s family; that’s where we will always fit in. There is always a seat saved for us at God’s table. And in Christ, we are called to join in God’s continuing work in the world. That’s what we’re supposed to do. That’s our purpose. It’s what we get to do. It’s what we get to be a part of . . . God’s work, God’s mission, God’s love.  That’s why our youth ministry mission statement reminds us that we are called to live in Christ. The longer we live in Christ, the more we come to realize what those two words mean. We realize more and more the truth of what the Apostle Paul says in Acts, that in Christ “we live and move and have our being.” How are you answering those three questions in your life right now? What would change about the way you think, act, and relate to others if you did so in Christ?  God is up to something.  Be a part of it!

Adam’s Devotional – October 11-17, 2018

From Adam…

When I was in high school, I ran cross country.  I was not a very coordinated kid, but I could run fast in a single direction for an extended period of time. Coach Muckle was the basketball coach, but he also coached cross country in the off season (which is why all basketball players who weren’t playing football had to run cross country). I loved the way he coached.  In my opinion cross country is in the top 4 sports requiring a ridiculous amount of endurance (my top 4: swimming, wrestling, water polo, and cross country). Coach Muckle did all of our workouts with us. That’s right, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM.  Sprints, middle distance, long distance, this 40+ year old man ran with us. And as he ran with us, he’d encourage us. No matter our speed, talent, success, or failure . . . that man encouraged us. For the four years I ran for Coach Muckle, we got either 1st or 2nd at the State Championship.  We were not better runners, but we had a better coach–a coach who knew what it was like to run that course because he’d run it next to us in practice. That’s what Jesus does, and that’s what we hope to do at First Pres.  Our youth mission statement calls adults to teach and train alongside youth in our church. We’re not supposed to run this race of life, this journey of our faith, this becoming more and more who God calls us to be, alone.  We are called to it together. Who has God called you to run with?  Who has God called you to coach? Who is coaching you? God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.  
God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional – October 4-11, 2018

From Adam…

You didn’t choose God. God chose you.  You didn’t pick God. God picked you. We are defined first and foremost by God’s choice for us. God comes to us again and again, surrounds us with creation, runs out to meet us in Jesus Christ, and says, “I loved you first, and I will love you last.” That’s why the youth ministry mission statement reads engage 100% of the youth–because that’s what God does.  God engages all of us. God seeks all of us out.  God seeks us in the Garden, God encounters us in Abraham, God frees us from Egypt, God puts on the garment of human flesh in Jesus Christ, Christ descends into Hell to be with us, and God seeks us out through the Holy Spirit every new day. God is not concerned with proving God’s existence. God is concerned with tearing down any dividing wall we put up, coming to us, and being with us.  Over and over, again and again, God comes to us, creates relationship with us, and loves us. You didn’t choose God; God chose you. What would it look like if you chose God back? What would it look like if you said yes to God’s yes to you today? What would it look like if you said yes to God’s yes to others today? God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

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