Archives for May 2019

Adam’s Devotional – May 30-June 5, 2019

From Adam…

Do you know what the name Israel means? It means to fight or wrestle with God.  That’s the name God gives Jacob after they literally wrestle. Scripture isn’t clear about whether or not it’s an angel, a heavenly being, or God, but after their wrestling match, Jacob becomes Israel.  Have you ever thought about wrestling with God as a sign that you are doing something right in your faith? It’s easy to think that in order to do this faith thing “right” we should be at peace with God. We shouldn’t contend with or fight God.  But that’s exactly what the name Israel means. Perhaps God wants to be wrestled with. What are you wrestling with in your faith right now? What are the questions or ideas that are blocking you from experiencing relationship with God? Instead of allowing those things to block you, what would it look like if you put those questions in a headlock?  When Jacob is wrestling God, Jacob gets God in a hold and won’t let go. Eventually Jacob says, I will not let go until you bless me. What if we said that to our doubts? What if we said that to our questions? What if we said that to God? Maybe the life of faith we are called to live is not just one of constant clarity, peace, and blessed assurance.  Maybe God is calling us to wrestle, and not let go. God’s up to something . . . don’t let go.

Adam’s Devotional – May 23 – May 29, 2019

From Adam…

Youth Sunday was three weeks ago. In case you missed it, here’s what Andrew Sutphin said:
“Colossians 3:12 tells us to ‘clothe ourselves with compassion kindness humility gentleness and patience.’ [Growing up], I felt like I was being “dressed” by other people in my faith. After sitting down with this verse for a while, I began to see that this feeling was not one I should be ashamed of, but one I should learn from. I began to see that learning in my faith was just something that had to happen as I grew up.  We are not bad Christians for needing help in our faiths, be it in our early years or as we mature. Sometimes, I can’t do it by myself, and I need help from the Christian figures in my life, my family, coaches, and church leaders, to make it through the day. As I’m sent to Auburn University next year, away from these familiar figures, I hope to find new people that will help me put on these Godly garments. Not only that, but I hope to do the same for those around me. We all must do the same because church with no community is no church. Who can we help put on the clothes of God? How can we do this? What gives us the urge to do this? What can we do to put on the clothes of God every single day?”

Adam’s Devotional – May 16-23, 2019

From Adam…

Two weeks ago, we had Youth Sunday. In case you missed it, here’s what Anne Earthman said: When you hear the phrase, “perfect harmony,” what do you think of? Where are you? Who is with you?  These people and memories elicit the same joy in our hearts that exists when we ‘clothe ourselves with love.’ My sense of perfect harmony is on the lake dock at my camp in Brevard, NC, with a few of my best friends, sitting with our feet in the slightly grimey lake water. We are laughing about our days and talking about ‘God moments’, and for me, it is in this place that I am at peace knowing I am loved and known in this world. Imagine a loving world like that. As God’s ‘chosen ones,’ we are called to love in this way–love our God, love ourselves, love our neighbors. We are called to live through acts of love that declare we are chosen. Love is hard sometimes. Christine Caine states that since God was brave enough to put His reputation in our hands, it is our job as chosen ones to love as His message proclaims. I wonder what it would look for our actions alone to proclaim our faith. I wonder what it would look like to love as God loves us, the ones whom He chose.

Adam’s Devotional – May 9-14, 2019

From Adam…

What if loneliness is a sign you’re doing something right? You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world.  That’s what Jesus said. Salt seasons. If you put all the salt in the same spot it’s not going to taste very good. If you put all the candles in your house in the same place, only one room will be lit up. Salt and light only work well when they are spread out. In other words, salt and light need to be alone to function properly.  Have you ever felt lonely because of your faith? Have you ever felt different because of the way you practice compassion? Have you ever felt like you didn’t fit in because of the way you receive and offer God’s grace? Could it be that loneliness in those circumstances is a sign that we are actually practicing our faith? Perhaps loneliness in those moments means we are loving others the way Christ loves us. It takes courage to be salt.  It takes courage to be light. It takes courage to risk loneliness for the sake loving like Christ. Where are the relationships and spaces that you need to courageously risk loneliness and season this world with salt, light, and Christ like love? God’s up to something . . . be salt.

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