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!)
Why a blog?
A great way for parents and ministry to connect and continue the conversation of what's going on at The Rock.