Archives for December 2018

Adam’s Devotional – December 20-26, 2018

From Adam…

We mourn together. It’s a communal act, but no one can do your grief work for you. No one can cry in your place; you get to do that. Exams are similar.  Everyone in the whole school has to take exams, but no one can take your test for you. DANG IT! Part of the reason that exams are so hard is they remind us that we’re not perfect. It’s nearly impossible to make 100’s on every exam. Perhaps the lie of exams is that we could be perfect. The reality is, even if we get straight A’s, even if we get 100’s on everything, we’re still not perfect.  We still make mistakes, we still compare ourselves with others, we still struggle with shame, and we still wrestle with arrogance. That’s why one of our youth ministry values is brokenness. Because there is no prerequisite, no test we have to pass, no grade we have to get when it comes to God’s love. God wants who we are right now, today . . . not who we will become or who we used to be. God wants who we already are right now. What are the imperfections that stop you from receiving God’s love?  What are the unspoken social tests other people have to pass before you’ll offer God’s love to them? What would it be like if you received and offered love the way Christ offers it to us? God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional – December 13-19, 2018

From Adam…

Exams are the worst! The idea that people assign a numerical grade to your performance is incredibly anxiety inducing to say the least. The word compassion means, suffering together. Exam season is one of those times where we really understand what that means. Everybody is going through the same stress, the same exhaustion, the same suffering. What would it look like for you to adopt a spirit of Christ-like compassion during exams? How can you support those struggling near you? In what ways can you offer Christ to those near you studying at home, cramming in the hallway beforehand, freaking out in the desk next to you, and collapsing from exhaustion afterwards? Christ became human to be with us in our suffering. It would be like parents and other adults in your life going back to high school so they could take exams with you. CRAZY! Christ endured the cross, endured life and death and everything that goes with it to be able to be with us in the midst of it all– to be Emmanuel. Christ offers us genuine compassion and something else . . . hope! This is the promise of Christmas: like it or not, ready or not, believe it or not, Jesus is coming. This Baby is going to be born. Life, hope, faith, love are all coming in ways you can’t possibly imagine. Exam season is upon us, but have hope. It will come to an end, and the results do not define you. The grace, hope, and love of Jesus Christ do. God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional – December 6-12, 2018

From Adam…

Over and over again . . . more than just consistently . . . God chooses us.  When God wonders about the how, the who, and the what of God’s most exciting work, God chooses us.  Think about it. When God, the Creator of all that is seen and unseen wanted to do the greatest Divine work, do you know what God did?  God put on flesh! When God wanted to offer us the complete, whole, full revelation of Who God is, God took on human form to do it. God loves for us, prefers for us, hopes for us to be a part of what God is doing in the world.  Advent and Christmas are reminders of that miraculous and grace filled reality– the reality that the most powerful, creative, and loving Being chooses to reveal that love creatively and powerfully through us! That’s why the second half of our ministry motto is: Be a part of it.  How has God called you to reveal God’s love to the world?  How has God called you to reveal God’s love where you work?  How has God called you to reveal God’s love at your school? How has God called you to reveal God’s love at church?  How has God called you to reveal God’s love to your friends? How has God called you to reveal God’s love to your family? God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

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