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Good morning! Of course it could be afternoon or evening when you read this. Whenever it is, I'm thankful you're reading. Please don't be alarmed by the length of the opening. Just having a little moment this morning as I keep chewing on the message and hope of the Faithful series as well as the central theme and message of all of Scripture.
My love for the Word of God has grown each year. My dedication to read it and apply it is never where it truly needs to be, but my heart is to daily give it everything I have. What does it deserve? It deserves my attention, priority, careful study, uninterrupted devotion, and among many other things, it deserves my allegiance. Above all other things the Word of God deserves these things and more. This really began to click for me once I not only "knew" each book of the Bible was connected, telling the same story, but then as I actually saw these things, my relationship with God's Word totally changed. For that reason, I often have "moments" to where I simply stand in awe of both the simplicity and power of God's Word. Sometimes those "moments" spill over to this blog and you get a rather lengthy intro! So, sorry about that. But really, I'm not sorry. This is part of the way I can share my story.
With that said, the "moment" continues.
We do not aimlessly and blindly pick a random passage for the night. We think through it, we plan for it, we devote much time in thinking through the big picture. We don't just plan for a year, we plan for a 7 year cycle. We work hard to ensure the whole counsel of God is communicated, explained with the hope of it being applied. We work tirelessly to ensure the Word makes sense to us, as teachers and leaders. Then and only then can we pray and hope it finds a home in the heart and lives of our students.
Last night for me was a night of hope, confidence, assurance, peace and a pressure relief. God has provided a king that can change our forever. Do you realize the hope and peace that comes from that statement? I can now walk through this life and stand confidently, despite all life brings my way. The good, the bad and the in between that life brings stands no chance against my God. I can face any situation because the King has come and when he came, forever changed... forever. This has encouraged my heart so much and my prayer last week and this very morning is that each student, leader and parent who hears this message will also walk away with a confidence that is not easily shaken. I pray we all walk away encouraged to tell our story, a story of how a king has changed our forever.
In just a few short weeks we'll celebrate the birth of a child. This child would be no ordinary child. In fact, the forever King mentioned in 2 Samuel 7 is the King we'll celebrate this December. Is God faithful? Yes! How do we know? We could each list countless ways God has been faithful to us recently. But the Bible is filled with accounts that show us the faithfulness of God. Our experience and stories of God's faithfulness in our story further cement the reality that God is indeed faithful. There is no shadow or turning in Him.
May we worship Him today in light of this faithfulness and serve with Him with every breath and ounce of energy in our lives. We serve a faithful God who has given a faithful King.
Very little left to say. Below is the video from last night as well as the Sermon notes.
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INVOLVE BOARD | Our students are busy! We are so excited for the many opportunities they have to do what they do for the glory of God. We want to not only celebrate that but support them in person. The only way for us to do this is to know when they're doing what they do. So get your student to list their "thing" on the involve board in The Rock. You can also email or text us the info. Help us celebrate and support you guys!
ROCKCAST | The RockSM has a new podcast coming out today at some point. This podcast will be a tad different. While there will be some light moments, Andrew and I desire to spend a little time walking through this theme of God's faithfulness and our last series. It's helpful from time to time to see the bigger picture or a sermon/series or even yearly theme. Today we hope to do that. You can find the podcast on our website or almost any place you listen to podcasts.
Why a blog?
A great way for parents and ministry to connect and continue the conversation of what's going on at The Rock.