Good afternoon! I'm running a little late today due to just not feeling well. I don't like this feeling as it really feels like you're just walking around accomplishing nothing. On top of this I had the "privilege" to go to the doctors office this morning for my annual physical. I learned I was alive, didn't have flue, and I don't like needles going into my arm at any point. My health scares me sometimes knowing that my grandfather had heart disease and probably holds the record for number of bypass surgeries and my dad had a spell many years ago. I've been blessed with many things and great health across the board except for two very important things....the hair and the heart. Thanks Altman's!
All that said I'm playing catch up in the office so this will be short and sweet (and the crowd goes wild!)
Last night we continue our walk through the Bible. It's a slow moving series but one I'm thankful we're doing. It is definitely different than a typical youth service sermon but as a dad, minister, youth pastor, 42 yr old I can only hope our students and parents latch on to this series because the benefits are huge.
The greatest benefit to me is making sense of the Bible. Understanding it is one book, one story, one message and one concluding thought......GOD WINS.
When we begin to understand the big parts, see that they're connected, we seem to have a bit more interest, compassion or drive to study it out. Amazing things happen in any context when you understand. Think about math, grammar, science, football. Sports are the worst right? I love watching rugby but haven't a clue what's going on....i like the hitting. If I only understood the object it would probably heighten my love for the sport. Understanding causes appreciation and gives us knowledge. So our hope is to see the light come on in these students' eyes.
Last night Alex began our look at the Kings section of Scripture. I'll be attaching his sermon notes later this evening but in the end the Kings point us to Christ. The people wanted and needed a king. God gave them one but they soon realized the need for something greater. Ultimately our King is Jesus. I'll attach those notes this evening for your to read through and continue the conversation in your home.
DEVOS - Want to remind you about our devotions we put online and print each week. These continue the story throughout the week. If you want to follow the story of the Bible get in the devotions. If you don't it's cool....well not cool but your choice. Bottom line - GET IN THE WORD!
BONFIRE - THIS SATURDAY
The bonfire is on and we are excited. Students can be dropped off by 6:20 and need to be picked up by 8:30pm. Below is a list of things you need to know regarding the bonfire:
I'll be honest in saying I need some sun. Bad. I'm not speaking about getting a tan but rather for my sanity. I'm good with a couple of dreary days and I love a rainy day here and again but I'm a sunny day kind of guy. You take the lack of sun we've had and add to that the time change! My goodness! I do love being able to see light at 7 am but am not alright with it getting dark at 5:30pm. I'm a "get up the leaves addict." So the other day, not night, I come home and want to blow some leaves out of the yard and had to turn the flood lights on to see. I'm not sure which is worse, me getting the leaves up at 6:15p or the fact I had to turn lights on to do it!
Regardless, we all go through seasons don't we? We have times in our life that resemble the dreary days where the sun is not seen or barely has a chance to be seen because it gets dark so early. I did hear of a church in Alaska that is need of a Pastor. Doesn't Alaska have a season where it never gets dark? But even that would bring it's own problems right? The fact is we can't escape these days or periods. We face them. But how we face them is the key. Will we hold fast to what is seen, and maybe even felt, or will we trust in something greater? Do we place our joy in something form this world or something eternal?
The Psalms helps us remember the goodness and the faithfulness of God. These are the "greaters" in this world we should hold fast. These Psalms reflect on something greater than this world could ever offer. The Psalms speak for us when we really aren't sure what to think, say or do. The Psalms are collections of songs, poems and reflections that help us formulate our thoughts, words, and emotions. They guide us and help us figure out what's most important.
Last night at The Rock we looked at The Psalms and really battled with how to read and approach them. The notes are attached but one huge point we see in the Psalms is that God is the one and only Constant in this life. So when it's 5:45p and you want to go cut the grass but can't because it's dreary and because you can't even see because of darkness, take heart, God is still faithful. When you put it in a sentence like that it makes me feel pretty stupid. Will I really let the weather conditions drag me down so low when I have something much greater to trust in?
I know I'm probably the only one that deals with post traumatic no sun syndrome but we all have our quirks right? Know this though; there is something greater, more faithful, joyful, gracious and able than anything else in this life and HIs name is God. May we trust Him today!
Here are the sermon notes. Meet The Psalms.
We do have a couple of things to let you know about so please take note.
HERE IS THE LINK FOR FOOD SIGN-UPS
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