Good morning! Good evening to those coming in a little late to the update party! Our blog is a crucial part of our ministry so we really don't care when you read it so long as you read it.
We strive to partner with you the parent and it's nearly impossible to weekly check in with you all and let you know of all our doings, teachings, and goings. So the blog is a great way to do that in one neat swoop. We pray you connect with us and are able to see through the bad grammar, scattered thoughts, and long winded ramblings to see our heart for the Lord and your student. Our greatest hope and desire is to lead your student to knowing and following Jesus with their life. The blog is a great tool for us to communicate how that is going on our end and open the line of communication to hear how it's going on your end.
If you're new to the blog you may not realize it's actually generated from our website, therocksm.org.
I typically write the blog on Thursday morning, each week, and then later that day I receive an email of the blog and forward to all of you. The blog is best viewed from our website but can also be read as an email.
By going to the website you're able to see trip details, view the devotions online and learn more about why we do what we do. It's a great tool for those interested in The Rock SM. So share it with your friends who are seeking or looking. All this to say we pray you take advantage of our website, blog and a ministry who seeks to all we can to lead your students to Christ.
Last night we were able to enjoy a meal together. By meal I mean we had a feast, think King Arthur's table. We had a spread! We had plenty and all 105 of us had plenty to eat and I doubt anyone left hungry, at least they shouldn't have!
A Turkey, 7 Boston Butt's and a 15 pound Ham were consumed in no time. We asked for food and you brought it! So thank you for that and thank you to all the moms that hung out to make sure things went smoothly! It was a great night, the students enjoyed it, all 85 of them!
Many of our folks don't get to experience a true Thanksgiving experience. Many choose to avoid turkey and have changed it up, and that's fine. But we wanted to provide an opportunity for these students to experience an old fashion Thanksgiving Feast complete with a crazy family, weird uncle, nagging cousins, and a kid table. We had those and I'm certain eventually had that nap that is always calling.
It was a great night and I hope the students enjoyed themselves.
During our meal we were able to settle our hearts and minds around God's Word for a brief moment. You know how that dad, the elder, always has a word to say to his family before they tear into the food? We had that too....only we did it after the food was consumed. We shared a devotion by Paul Tripp on contentment. Rather than copy and paste I'll simply include a link to his website where you can sign up for these Thanksgiving devotions. I'd encourage you to do this and possibly even use them to share with your family over dinner, just before you say goodnight or maybe just post it on every mirror in the house. (You do realize the mirror in the house is the one thing that each member of your household will look into each day? We wonder on some based on looks but we're confident they at least glance at the mirror)
PAUL TRIPP THANKSGIVING DEVOTION
Just a reminder that we will not be having the Rock next week in light of Thanksgiving. Enjoy the time off and I pray our focus remains solid on the fact that God, in spite of we are, has loved us and shown us grace unspeakable!
Good afternoon! Hope everyone is well and preparing for the arctic weather coming. I've chopped 4 trees down today for firewood just in case. Then I realized I had a gas fireplace. Kidding on that first one.
I'd imagine everyone is looking forward to Thanksgiving right? Some of you have forgotten about Thanksgiving and moved straight to Christmas. I love Christmas, but feel awful sorry for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving has become the middle child of the fall/winter holidays. Before the last Reeses was eaten we've already decorated the tree. I went into Publix today to buy a turkey for Thanksgiving and came out with a Christmas candy. I'm being sucked into the frenzy! To combat this, and also lead our youth to not forsaking the middle child, we're having our own Thanksgiving feast next week at the Rock. The menu is set and many of you are supplying the food. We're going to have the largest table in the world in the Rock and share a meal together. To all you Thanksgiving Scrooges....please come and dine with us and rekindle your love for the turkey! Of course we'll need you to wear a turtleneck!
In all seriousness, Thanksgiving is a great time to be with family and the sad fact is that many don't have family to be with each year. We want people to know they have a family, that they can be loved, even if it's on a Wednesday night, a week before Thanksgiving. Everyone deserves to have that big family feast at least once in their life. Only this time they won't have to deal with Uncle Bert and his antics or Aunt Pearl dropping her teeth in the gravy. To safeguard this we'll make sure Mr. Bryan uses extra glue as to not scar any students perception of Thanksgiving. (I'm kidding Bryan, just want to see if you actually read this!)
I'm going to be a pest concerning Refuel as it gets closer. This is a great trip and a ton of fun. We are always taking deposits ($20) to anyone who is interested in going. We have limited space so it's first come, first serve. For more information regarding our Refuel trip please visit therocksm.org and look under the "Events" tab. As always, feel free to call or email with any questions!
Tonight (or last night)
For the last few weeks we've been studying the Apostle's Creed. The Creed is a statement of beliefs. The Creed is a great guide for us, as believers, to look to and point to as we walk through life. The Creed is a great summation of what we believe as followers of Christ. The Creed is not what we stand on each day but it is a great collection of the highlights of our faith. It's a great checkpoint for us to look to as we constantly observe where we are in our pursuit of God and His glory.
Tonight, or last night, we finish up our series. We do so by looking at the "Resurrection of the Body" and "Life Everlasting." Two huge points that are often overlooked. These two huge statements of faith encourage and challenge us as we seek to follow Christ. They hold a mirror before us challenging us to answer this question: our we living for the temporary or for the eternal? Do we do things, seek things, pursue things only for this life or is what we do for something bigger, something greater?
Attached are the sermon notes as well as the bulletin and outline.
I pray as we finish up our students are both equipped and challenged to think about what it is they actually believe in.
I was talking with a dad yesterday and the conversation turned to what happens when we open the door for the last time to our child. What happens when they walk out of our house for the last time as a resident there? That's scary to think about but at the end of the day our only hope is that we provided the proper foundation for them to launch from. Did we do all we can to point to God, through Christ? Did we teach them about what matters most and was this reflected in our parenting? Our activities? Our vacations? Our Saturdays? Our weekends? Our hobbies? Our free time? Our life?
Eventually our kids move out, our children grow up. Our responsibility is not that they grow into being all that God wants them to be. Our responsibility is to provide a home, a place where God's love, grace, mercy and justice flows freely and the possibility of them being all that God wants them to be is possible in the home environment we provided. Our responsibility is to provide a launching pad from where they eventually leap into society as a God fearing, God honoring, Christ exalting and Spirit led follower. Our responsibility is not to provide them with all they want, but all that they need. We want to have fun but not at the expense of morals, standards and our testimony. Honor God, Do Your Best, Have Fun.
Our responsibility is to provide a place from which followers of Christ can launch and the study of the Creed is a great launching pad and conversation starter in this pursuit.
Next week we'll spend a little time of our family feast revisiting portions of the Creed and have the opportunity to look back with thankful hearts at all God has accomplished.
Thanks for all you guys do in your homes to promote the Gospel and the glory of God
(I refuse to proofread so I'll succumb to any and all remarks regarding grammatical errors. Please forgive me!)
Merry Christmas! Better get used to seeing this as many have already started putting up their trees and the political ads have given way to Christmas commercials. You've been warned! But I am a bit curious. How many of your are purists and put the tree up after Thanksgiving and how many of you will have it up before the turkey is cooked? Just curious...I don't suppose there is a right or wrong considering some never actually take their decorations down. Either way, Happy Halloween, Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and while we're at it.....Happy Valentine's Day!
Refuel is going to be here before we know it and we are attempting to get some good head counts. So if you plan on attending we really need to know. If you're not sure what Refuel is there is good news....we have a page dedicated to this amazing trip and encourage you to go and check it out. If you have questions please call or email and we'll work together to ensure your student is on this trip!
To view the page look under the events page at therocksm.org.
Turkey & Turtlenecks
November 19th The Rock SM will celebrate thanksgiving together, as a big family. This is a recipe for disaster and lack of food but we're willing to take a chance, have some fun, share a meal, and get to know each other over a turkey leg. There are a couple of things we'll need help with.
Something this neat, big is hard to do and there is no way 1 or 4 people can pull it off. We need your help so please let us know how you'd like to get involved.
The forgiveness of sins.....that moment of relief when you realize that all the wrongs have been made right. That somehow, someway, you've been released and are now free. All the guilt, hauntings, lack of peace now subsides to freedom, peace, joy and rest.
The Apostle's Creed includes the statement "I believe in the forgiveness of sins." Such a seemingly small thing to include in such a big document until you realize and come face to face with what it actually means.
I could type out the sermon and big point again and even go into detail on some of the sermon...but I won't. Such a good, yet challenging, night. I've included the notes from the sermon. Typically I include my original notes from Monday but today I've scanned the final copies. These are the notes I held and have had an opportunity to read over, mark up, add details or even trim out some things. So many times I sit, trim, pray over, and simply agonize over what we're going to study. I take this very seriously. I spend the same amount of time on these sermons as any other. Our time together on Wednesdays is a highlight for me and the very foundation of what we are at The Rock SM.
This series is one of huge value to us as followers and to the seeker who is trying to find out where they are. At the end of the day we've had the opportunity to see some very foundational things regarding our belief in God. At the heart of this document is the ability to stand free and righteous before a holy God.
Our doing is worthless without God's doing. Thank you God for your doing!
Due to the high winds we changing the location of the Bonfire Gathering tonight to The Altman House. We'll still be outside around some fire pits (with fire logs rather than hickory.)
Address is 10 Logan Ridge Drive, Carrollton, GA 30117.
From Hwy 27 turn onto Lowell Road, then first left on Whooping Creek Road, then 1 mile later, in the curve, take a left into Logan Ridge Subdivision. We are the first house on the left. Or...you can miss the curve and go straight into our yard and park there. But we recommend using the road and driveway and then you can park anywhere you choose in the yard.
Sorry for the change but we really didn't want to burn down the Padgett's house, woods or the Stoney Point Community. Thanks for understanding and we'll see you tonight!
IF you were responsible for bringing items tonight and the change of location has also changed your mind about coming no worries! But please let Stacy know so we can make arrangements for food and drink!
Why a blog?
A great way for parents and ministry to connect and continue the conversation of what's going on at The Rock.