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Epic Update: Romans 12:2 (11/10/10)

November 12, 2010

Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Last week we considered that we offer ourselves to God, on a regular basis, in simple response to the mercy that he’s given to us.  Here are a few thoughts from verse 2:

  • This is a tale of two identities (Galatians 5:19-26).  When we came to Christ we were moved from one identity (the world, sin, death) to another identity (God’s way, righteousness, life).  The battle now is to continue to move towards the identity I already possess, but often run away from.
  • There is always pressure around me trying to squeeze me back into the mold of the world.  When I start to realize this then I can begin to fight the obvious pressures and the hidden squeezing that happens every day.
  • The way I fight being conformed is to be TRANSFORMED, and I accomplish this through the renewing of my mind.
  • It all begins in the mind!  Although God has saved me and given me a new identity, there is much in me that needs to change…starting with what goes on in my head (my values, ideas, perspective, goals, motivations).  I allow God to transform my mind when I choose to YIELD to the Spirit in me, and then YIELD to the Word of God that changes how I think.
  • When I DO NOT conform, but DO become transformed, then God’s will starts to make sense.
  • I don’t have a choice.  I’ve got to go one way or another…there’s no option for neutrality.  It’s a choice to either CONFORM, or BE TRANSFORMED.

All of this seems basic, right?  Let’s do it!


Epic Update: Romans 12:1 (11/3/10)

November 3, 2010

Lots of other people do wrap-up/updates. I’m going to try to do it to.

Tonight we started our two week series on Romans 12:1-2.









(btw…I think Aaron Scantlen does such good work on our visual stuff all the time!)

Tonight was verse 1:
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship.”

A few thoughts from tonight:
1)This is something we’re URGED to consider.
2)The motivation for ever offering ourselves to God is a correct VIEW of God’s mercy.  Check out this sweet video that explains God’s mercy:

3)We OFFER our bodies to God on a regular basis.  For many Christians this is a missing component of their faith…the daily understanding that God is the king on the throne, not me.  My offering of myself to him everyday is my WORSHIP.

So, one question from tonight:
How would offering myself to God everyday change my life?   And, will I do it?


October 27, 2010

I love creativity.

The Glory of Children?

October 27, 2010

Proverbs 17:6 (ESV) Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.

Reading today from the WLGBC reading plan in Proverbs 16 and 17 (you can follow along with the Live It! Blog)…and I got to Proverbs 17:6.  It’s easy to understand how grandchildren can be like a crown (of joy, glory, culmination) to their grandparents, but it’s the second half of the verse that makes me pause.

“…the glory of children is their fathers” could read “and what makes children proud is their parents.”

That’s a little harder.  I think we all want our children (if we have them) to be be proud of us, but that’s a little hard to focus on when we spend the whole morning arguing about who’s turn it is to take out the dog and what we want for breakfast.

Today I want them to be proud of me (us).

Retreat week…getting ready for a top-side view

October 26, 2010

Retreat weeks are always good…and stressful…and full.
This week feels different…even though it’s not.

I’m excited that Tom Julien is joining us for the weekend to share with us “top-side” thoughts about the church.
What if this was the only view we ever got of a car/truck?

Things look pretty bad from the bottom, right?

It’s the same thing with the church.  It’s so easy to get wrapped up in a view from underneath…with all the dirt and grime that accumulates when us humans get involved… that we forget there’s a different view.

I’m excited to explore that view with our senior high students this weekend!

T-Minus 1 to Momentum

July 11, 2010

Some pretty cool things have happened this week leading up to Momentum, not the least of which is a brand “new” (to us) short bus with a new paint job!  Very excited…especially since this gives us the opportunity to actually take everyone who signed up (ok, we would have had another vehicle…)!

T-Minus 1 Prayer: Pray that our students would be sensitive to what the Holy Spirit wants to accomplish in and through us this week.  Also, pray for our leaders…that they would have energy, compassion, and wisdom as they lead this week.

T-Minus 6

July 6, 2010

6 things I’m looking forward to about Momentum:

1)The chance to bring several students who have never been before…
2)Cedarville’s attic spaces
3)The We-Care-Miami-Valley day
4)The Harris brothers
5)Our blue bus…and our yellow bus
6)Youth group time each night…it’s amazing

T-Minus 6 Prayer: Please pray for our involvement with the We-Care project we’re doing in Dayton…we haven’t told anyone yet what we’re doing, but it involves a senior-living apartment complex.