I hear the bell a ringin
Most years I am itching for school to begin. School brings order back to chaos. School helps life remain balanced. So I typically celebrate when school starts. Not this year. I've enjoyed a slower walk, an unorganized daily schedule. There is order in summer, there must be, but this summer has been very enjoyable. From camp, to Texas, to enjoying a new pool, to about killing myself laying sod, to Splash, to finding a new kitten (Chubb), to no mandatory bed times which leads to sitting on the back patio until 11 pm just because. Summer has been a blast. But just because it's ending doesn't mean God doesn't have something else in store as we head into a new season of life. Friday night lights, early morning chores before the early afternoon football games, less grass mowing and longer sleeves are some of my hopes for fall. I'm glad to see it go but this year more than any other year I'm really sad to see summer go. So enjoy the last week of "whatever makes summer summer for you and yours!"
Devos, Acts & Last Night
We've been telling you guys about our devos the last several weeks. I'm hoping everyone is on board with these devotions as they are a great way for students, and even adults, to get in the Word of God. It's amazing how we often allow things into our life, mind, heart that simply do not matter yet we do not make time for the Creator of the world. I struggle in this and if you're honest you do too. So while we realize these are the greatest devotions in the world we also understand that they are decent attempts to encourage people to get in the Word. If you don't like ours, what are you thinking? Kidding, but if you don't like our devos find another one! The most important thing is not to have our devos read but for students and parents of The Rock SM to be people of the Word!
For this reason we make our devos available online. Just look above, if you're on our website (therocksm.org), and click on daily devotions. We have ones from the past as well as the ones we're currently going through. They are set aside and labeled by the date.
The last several weeks we've been going back through our devotions. Acts is the book and it tells the story of the early church and the mission of taking the gospel to the world. It's encouraging, convicting and discipling!
Last night we came away with the encouragement to be bold and willing as you do all you can to share the gospel, share Christ. Troubles will come, confusion will enter in, but God is able and powerful enough to carry us through. Who's to say He hasn't ordained such a thing to move us, teach us or lead us into a new season in life. But each Wednesday Night, until September, we'll look back at our devotions to learn more about the early church and God's Word. We'll also use it to model to students how we approach the Word of God. Here's why.....if we fail to teach our students how to read the Word of God for themselves we are setting them up for spiritual failure as they move on to college aged life. At some point they must be able to lead themselves in the Word. We realize that at 12 this is all still new....so we go slow. But never taking "this is too hard" as an excuse to substitute teaching for eating bananas through panty hose or any other crazy game to get a big crowd. I'm really not sure how these things are going to help us when life gets crazy.
Sure, we could do a better job of having fun together. There are definitely times and places for these things. We plan these events.. But we try and set aside Wednesday night to be a time of learning, worship, teaching, and being together in God's presence. We do have laughs, and fun, but we want meat to be served rather than cotton candy.
So in light of this and in light of Acts 7 & 8 - be bold in your faith, be willing to go, be accepting of what God send into your life to teach and reach you! When storms come, confusion sets in where will you run?
In case you need it.....here is the devo for this week.
To Save A Life Movie - (THIS SATURDAY)
We are showing a movie this Saturday at the Rock at 5:30 PM. We should go until around 9 pm but students will call or text when we get done. It's a very good movie with a strong message to so many relevant issues. Because of it's edginess we are asking each student that is attending to bring a permission form signed by a parent. You can watch the unedited trailer HERE to get an idea of what the movie is about. After the movie we will have a time of discussion. There are some real issues brought about from the movie so there is a huge need to talk it out after it's done. We realize we do things from time to time that doesn't appeal to everyone. We have weekends events that have mixed results. We have dodgeball, game night, swim nights, and so on and typically have 10 or 15 folks. But it'd be great if we could have the entire group with us this weekend.
Let's be real, we could spend a Saturday night going to the movies with friends or hanging out by a pool, or just hanging out at home texting everyone or we could head to the Rock and bring those friends with us and get real about life and death. This has the impact to change lives and thinking. I pray we have a good crowd.
Also, to help out with food, we are asking that students bring their favorite drink or movie snack.
Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy this last bit of summer!
Forgive me for not updating you last week. My family and I went on a road trip and time was of the essence! But we do have some things to let you know about so I'm hoping you're up for reading a minute.
At The Rock SM we seek to lead students to knowing Christ and following Christ. A huge part of this is reading God's Word. In order to make this easier, this sounds bad really, and also to make it more meaningful we write devotions for each week. We know we don't have the best devotions but they are full of purpose and heart. We simply try and write simple devotions that will lead students into the Word and also help them learn to study the Word on their own. We don't make them flashy, we just make them authentic.
How does it work? Each Wednesday we have a bulletin at The Rock so we've turned this bulletin into a devotion guide. We still have announcements and sermon outlines but now we also have a weeks worth of devotions. What if I miss Wednesday night? If you miss, or your student(s) miss we have them online at therocksm.org. Just look under "daily devotions" and you'll be able to pull them up on your smart phone or kindle. They are saved in .pdf form so really you don't have to be here on Wednesday. BUT, we want you here on Wednesday night! This is also a good way for parents to read along with their students and be fed in the process.
So get plugged in and make sure your student is spending time in the Word!
To make this easier I've attached the devotion guide for the week but keep in mind these are also available on the "daily devotions" page.
Why a blog?
A great way for parents and ministry to connect and continue the conversation of what's going on at The Rock.