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Resisting or Embracing Weird

Craig Groeschel challenged us to be weird God’s way.  He said normal isn’t working.  I agree and fully embrace following the narrow path.  God’s kind of weird works.  It leads to blessing, fulfillment and joy.  There are ways in which I blend right in to the culture where I live.  How can I know when I’m fitting in too well?  How can I tell when I’ve become lukewarm or succumbed to worldliness?  I strive to grow in Christ-likeness, but I don’t dress like Jesus did or eat like Jesus did or spend my time like Jesus did.  Is that wrong?  Does God call us all to live out our faith in different ways?  Am I guilty of rationalizing my decisions based on what I want?  It’s complicated, isn’t it?

There is no question that God calls is to be different.  The challenge is determining SPECIFICALLY how God calls us to be different from the world around us.  I’ve been trying to come up with questions I can use to help me assess what’s right and wrong.  Here’s my draft so far.

  1. What does the Bible say about it?  Have I looked or am I basing my decision on what I think the Bible says?
  2. Will this grow my faith, hurt my faith or make no difference at all?
  3. Does this cause or tempt those in my circle of influence to stumble?
  4. What does this teach my kids in the short-term?
  5. What does this teach my kids in the long-term?
  6. Would being weird about this bring God glory/be pleasing to God?
  7. How does being normal/typical/average about this bring God glory and help me serve Him better?
  8. Have I asked for God’s guidance (i.e., prayed about it and listened for His answer) or just assumed that I already know?
  9. Do I have absolute peace about this?  If not, why not?

Helpful?  What questions would you add to the list?

Groeschel quotes Dallas Willard’s writing in The Divine Conspiracy, “The most spiritually dangerous things in me are the habits of thought, feeling, and action that I regard as ‘normal,’ because ‘everyone is like that’ or ‘it’s only human.'”  I pray that each of us will be sensitive to the Spirit’s prodding as He challenges our habits of thought, feeling and action in the coming weeks of Weird.  I pray that God will make us uncomfortable in the areas that need changing and that we’d be courageous enough to acknowledge and make the adjustments He desires.

Have a great adventure this week with God!

Blessings and growth,

Amber

Weird Starts Sunday, 9/9/12

I hope everyone had a good back-to-school week.  Tomorrow is back-to-Sunday School day in BYKOTA.  We are starting a brand new study that’s just plain weird.  Literally, it’s Weird by Craig Groeschel.  Like the Gospel Revolution study we just finished, there are video segments that we will respond to in discussion and Bible study.  It’s a great follow-up to the Gospel Revolution study as the focus is on how our response to the gospel should makes us different from the rest of the world.  It’s specific.  It’s practical.  It’s direct.  It’s weird.  And, it’s consistent with scripture.  Toes, beware.

We’ve been missing a lot of folks over the summer.  Be weird today and give someone a call to invite them back to Sunday School.

I’m awaiting your witty “Weird” jokes now… :)

See you tomorrow.

Amber

If you pick one Sunday to attend church this month, please make it this coming Sunday, August 19th.  Get out of bed, wake up the kids, and show up expecting God to talk directly to you.  (He does that, you know.)

Our revival starts this Sunday morning and I can’t wait.  For me, it’s a chance to worship sitting next to my husband because there is going to be a guest preacher.  More importantly, revival services have led to times of personal spiritual growth spurts and revelation.  For example, it was during separate revivals that I realized my high school sweetheart was not Mr. Right, that I rededicated my life to Christ, and that I dedicated myself to life in the ministry.  Each of those decisions significantly changed the direction of my life for the better.  Revivals can facilitate those spiritual mountaintop moments that we all need from time to time.  Experience the joy, renewal and healing that comes from God through the special music, preaching and setting aside a few days to purposefully listen for His voice.  He has something important and unique in mind for you through these services.

I double dog dare you to make God your #1 priority during these three days and show up to each service.  Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to grow, heal, worship, and hang out with some terrific people.

One more thing…don’t keep this to yourself.  Bring your kids.  Invite your sister, brother, neighbor, coworker, mom, dad, hairstylist, personal trainer, personal assistant…well, you get the idea.  Share it.

The Sunday schedule is full of fun with just enough time for an afternoon nap.

  • Worship at 8:45 and 11:00.  Pick one.
  • Sunday School at 10:00. Video session 7 of Gospel Revolution for BYKOTA.
  • Gear Up!  (Activities for all ages) at 5:00
  • Potluck Dinner at 6:00 (Yum!)
  • Sunday night worship at 6:45

Monday night service at 6:45.

Tuesday night service at 6:45 with ice cream social to follow.  Everyone is invited!  (This is a change.  I’ve not seen it published, but heard it from the preacher man himself.  I’ve got connections.)

I hope to see you this Sunday!

Amber

A Message From Karen

Helloooooo there!!

I have been hit with VBS decoration inspiration and I need your help!!  Could you round up any and all sports/activity  TROPHIES… the bigger the better and the more the merrier!

I will be using them to adorn the Commons and Worship Center next week during Bible School. They will not be in harms way…just used as decorations.

If you have kiddos attending VBS, ask them to think about sharing a trophy and a story about it with the group.

You may deposit your trophies outside my office on Sunday or Monday. Please make sure to put your name on them.

Thanks so much,

Ms Karen Searson

Children’s Minister

Broadus Church

Cell: 804-641-4899

 

Trading Up.

Is guilt-free, greed-free living possible?  If so, what does it look and how do I get it?  Last week we wrestled with the reality of being highly motivated by guilt and greed.  We discussed how both guilt and greed are effective (but unsavory) motivators.  I’ve been fascinated and challenged by the idea of trading guilt for grace, obligation for opportunity, and greed for generosity.  It’s more than a mind-set.  It’s the gospel truth.

This week we’ll ditch guilt and greed for grace.  Hope to see you there.

Amber

P.S.  After a good long run with the BYKOTA blog experiment, I think I’m going back to an email list.  The blog will still be accessible online for now, but class news and updates will be delivered via email.  I have much more flexibility from my end with an email list than the blog.  I’ll be passing around a sheet in class for you to let me know your preferred email address for class updates.  Thanks!

Zachary Eric was born on 6/29 at 5:55am.  He weighed 6 pounds and 8 ounces.  Let me know if you are interested in taking a meal or something.  I’ll be glad to pass along their contact info.

I need to make our reservation to Mexico for this Friday (5/18).  The following people signed up to attend last Sunday.  Let me know ASAP if you want your name added to the list.  We’d love to see you there!

  • Witherow
  • Barret
  • Ferrell
  • Seay
  • Holt
  • Cox
  • Peacock

Need a sitter?  It’s not too late to sign your kids up to attend Fun Friday at church.  Call the church office (779-2700) to add their names to the list.  Fun Friday starts at 6:00 and we’ll meet at Mexico at 6:30.

Hope you’re having a great week.

Amber

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