Archives for February 2018

Adam’s Devotional – February 22-28, 2018

From Adam

Why does everything have to happen for a reason?  Why can some things just happen? It’s easy to think that if there’s a reason behind pain, then it makes that pain okay or even makes it worth it. Maybe it’s the other way around.  If there is no reason, if the cause of pain is senseless . . . then it hurts all the more. And what about God?  Where is God in the pain of unexplainable death? These questions might not have answers on this side of heaven. But what we see on the cross is a God Who is also suffering, Who doesn’t try to explain grief away, and Who hangs as the victim of unspeakable and unexplainable death. So whenever we are in a place of deep hurt, grief, and mourning, it is not God who joins us there but actually God who is already there waiting for us. Good grief is hard to come by.  But when we enter into it, we are met there by a God who is already grieving- a God who has been grieving with and for us since we separated from God in the garden. The good news is that God is with us in our grief and our mourning, and that death does not have the last word.  God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional – February 15-21, 2018

From Adam

Proximity plus play prevents prejudice . . . probably. Think about it, walls between people come down when we play together. When you are holding hands playing red rover, you’re not thinking about what is better or worse about you compared to someone else; you’re just bracing for impact . . . hoping that your arm doesn’t come out of socket as this high school linebacker runs full speed right into your team’s line. Our youth ministry value statement reads: We are committed to be a Christ centered community marked by compassion, brokenness, grace, worship, mission, and play. Play is the practice of agendaless and imaginative communion with one another. In real play we enter in a grace filled, judgment free atmosphere where laughter and joy replace fear and judgment.  When is the last time you just played with your family?  When is the last time you felt vulnerable and free enough to just be silly?  What do you think of the idea that God is willing to be silly with us? The most vulnerable and hope filled question that children often say is “Do you want to play with me?” Who is asking you to play? God’s up to something . . . play. 

Adam’s Devotional- February 8-14, 2018

From Adam

Did you hear about that kid that made the varsity team as a freshman? The kid went to practice every week, was put on the starting lineup, but never showed up for a single game. That is what happens when we profess our Christian faith and go to church on a regular basis–but never participate in mission.  Our youth ministry value statement reads, “We are committed to being a Christ-centered community marked by brokenness, compassion, grace, worship, and mission”.  Mission means that we don’t just join the team; we actually play on the field. How have you gotten on the mission field lately? When’s the last time you felt the Holy Spirit nudging you to do something or say something, and you did it? When’s the last time you went out of you way to be with and for someone else? In the same way that God sent the Son into the world to reveal God’s love to us, God has sent you to reveal God’s love in your homes, schools, church, workplaces, and world. What could joining in Christ’s mission to reveal God’s love look like in your life. God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional- February 1-7, 2018

From Adam

Interesting statistic:  There are more church’s per capita in Tennessee than anywhere else in the world.  Whether or not you know what a capita is, that’s a whole lot of churches.  “Church shopping” is a common practice in Nashville. We hear these spiritual shoppers say, “I just don’t get anything out of their service.” It makes sense to find a faith community that is right for you. However, when we shop for a faith community,  it changes from being a community to being a commodity. We move from being a congregant into a consumer, and worship becomes a product.  Worship is not a product. It is not something we are supposed to consume and get something out of. Instead, it’s an offering of ourselves to God.  We practice offering ourselves to God because God offers all of God’s Self to us. In what ways have you looked at worship in general, or at your faith in particular, as something to be consumed? How are you offering yourself to God instead of just expecting God to offer a Divine Product to you?  How could a new understanding of worship change the way you participate in the worshipping community?
God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

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