Archives for May 2018

Adam’s Devotional – May 31-June 6, 2018

From Adam…

Is it weird that “keep the Sabbath” is on the same list as “do not murder”?  Is it weirder that receiving Sabbath is in the top 5 while not killing is just top 10? What’s the big deal? Isn’t it just a day off? Number 4 of 10 is remember the Sabbath and keep it holy . . . In Genesis, the first Sabbath is the seventh day of creation–the day God finished.  Funny thing, God doesn’t actually do any work on the Sabbath. God just rests WITH creation. What we see on the first Sabbath is a God who chooses to be in intimate relationship with creation and not to be separate from it. Sabbath is the day we set aside to remember that God freely chooses to be with us. It’s a day we intentionally remember God’s love and grace. When you practice Sabbath, you are literally practicing receiving God’s grace. On this day we remember and celebrate what God has already done. When’s the last time you practiced Sabbath? How often do you practice receiving God’s grace and love? How often do you practice receiving judgement and self-hate? This week pick a day to intentionally remember and receive the grace of a God who wants to be with us. Here are some ideas of how you could keep Sabbath this week:   Go on a solo hike with God with your phone off. Take 5 to 10 minutes and write down where you’ve seen God in the past week. Unplug from all social media for the whole day. Unplug completely from technology for twelve hours. God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional – April 24-30, 2018

From Adam…

When you are scrolling through your phone to see who you want to text, you are looking for the right name.  Ever texted the wrong person? Ever received a text that wasn’t intended for you? Number 3 of 10 isThou shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.”  God calls you by name.  God calls you on purpose.  Do you know God’s name? Are you two on a first name basis? In what ways have you intentionally, on purpose, called out to God?  The Bible tells the story of a God who comes to us, a God who calls to us, and a God who seeks us out. The Bible also tells the story of a people who continually move away from and resist God’s attempts at a transforming, loving, first name basis relationship. How have you taken the Lord’s name in vain?  How have you moved away from real relationship with God and only called on the Divine Name when you wanted or needed something? What would it look like if you were in a first name basis relationship with God? God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional – May 17-23, 2018

From Adam…

What are the idols in your life? What are you worshiping that is not God? Success? Popularity? Likes? Relationships? Social media? How have you made God in your image?  What would it look like if you allowed God to form you in the image of the Divine instead of imaging God in yours? Number 2 of 10: “Thou shall not make for yourself an idol.” What in the world does that mean? Two things:  First we don’t make an image of God. God makes us in God’s image. We don’t make God in ours, but we are always tempted to do so. We were not made to love, worship, or serve a God we made. We were made to enjoy the One who made us. Second, left to our own devices, we are like little idol factories.  It’s almost as if our default is set to make something we can know and understand to worship. We make a god for ourselves that is on our side, that agrees with our opinions, and sees life from only our own perspective. How can you allow the way you see the world to be transformed by the God that no idol can hold or contain? God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional – May 10-16, 2018

From Adam”THE BIRTHDAY BOY!” DeVries…

Number 1: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.” Many people say that commandment 1 of 10 starts with you shall, but it doesn’t.  The 10 commandments and the spiritual life in general are always anchored in what God has already done.  God has already freed the Hebrews from slavery. God has already sent the Son into the world in order that through Him the whole world might be saved. God has already freed us from our slavery to sin. God has already decided to be with and for us right here and now. This first commandment starts with God. It starts with God saying, “I am yours.”  Literally “I am the Lord your God.” What is your history with God? When is the last time you experienced God or sensed God’s presence? Do you hear the voice of God, through the narrative of scripture, saying, “I am yours; will you be Mine?” What has God already done in your life and in the lives of those around you?
God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional – May 3-9, 2018

From Adam…

The Big 10.  Before it was a college sports conference, it was carried down Mt. Sinai by Moses playing Charlton Heston (ask your parents). God told the Israelites that if they were going to be God’s people, then they would live by these 10 commandments. At first glance, that kind of seems like God’s love is conditional. It seems like we have to earn God’s love if we want to be God’s people.  But looks can deceiving. God has already decided to claim us as God’s beloved. Obeying the 10 commandments, living differently than those around us, is not so we can earn God’s love. God has already given it. As Father Gregory Boyle (google him) writes, “God is too busy loving us to be disappointed in us.” Living by these wacky commandments (not taking God’s name in vain, practicing the sabbath, etc.) is one of the ways we love God back.  It is our grateful response. When is the last time you thanked God by the way you lived your life? When is the last time you lived differently out of desire to love God? What do you think if the idea that God is too busy loving you to be disappointed in you? God’s up to something . . . be a part of it. 

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