What You Believe and Why – Introduction

Posted On January 18, 2014

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On Thursday night, we began the semester by reading about Paul. When Paul aka Saul chose to believe and follow Jesus as the Messiah, he took time to study the Law (Old Testament) all over again, now knowing the Christ who was being foretold. When we come to know Christ, it is wise for us to study the Bible too. The Bible can help us solidify and clarify our beliefs.
Other things we learned:
  • When one key belief changes, it calls for a re-evaluation of other beliefs.
  • Brandon likes to stir up controversy.
  • Christmas break is a long time to be away from your friends!
This week we kicked off our spring series, “What You Believe and Why.”
Students, please join us for the next Bible study on Thursday, January 23. 

 

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Significant

Posted On October 26, 2013

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On Thursday, we wrapped up our Identity series with a discussion about our significance in Christ.

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)

Observations we made:

  • We are God’s works of art.
  • We are precious and valuable to Him.
  • God uses personal experiences, Bible study, natural talents, and other ways to help us follow Him.
  • God is incredibly creative in how He equips us to do his work.
  • We need to see other people the way God does, because they are important to Him too.

Guess who said it on Thursday:
1. “I’m a lump of Clay.”
2. “That’s a thing, you’re a thing, we’re all things.”
Read more about how God designed us in Philippians 2:12-13 and Ephesians 4:7-16

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CCF Summer 2012 Devo #1 – The Road

Posted On May 24, 2012

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The Road
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As the summer begins and I reflect upon my plans over the next two months, I think about all the time I will spend on the road.  Traveling between Great Bend, Tulsa, Indiana, Coffeyville and other places, I will be spending a majority of my summer looking out a windshield logging many miles on the road.

As I read through encounters Jesus had in his ministry, many of them happened while He was traveling on the road.  Think about it: Zacchaeus, the two guys on the road to Emmaus, and even Jesus’ encounter with Saul on the road to Damascus.  Healings took place while Jesus was on the road like the woman with bleeding, the lame walking and when Bartimaeus received his sight.

I will be writing devotionals throughout the summer but I want to plan an overarching series of them where we look at some of these encounters that Jesus had on the road.  We’ll see the compassion that Jesus had for people, the challenge of having faith and courage, we’ll see joy and encouragement in the midst of heartache, and being obedient when things are tough.

The Romans developed the road system in the ancient world.  They constructed these roads for military purposes to move soldiers and equipment quickly.  I find it fascinating that God chose that time to send the Messiah. God used those same roads so that Jesus could travel easily, and ultimately use those roads for the spread of the Gospel after Jesus resurrection and ascension.

As I have been studying these different encounters Jesus had on the road, I find that God’s timing is perfect.  God put Jesus at the right time and right place to meet up with that person that needed to hear from the Father.

So where has Got put you right now this summer?  Who is on your road or who will you come across on your road that needs to hear from the Father this summer?  God’s timing is perfect and He has put you right where you’re at for a reason.

One of our graduates is leaving next week for a summer long mission project to San Diego where he will be working and ministering to college students and helping start ministries on college campuses.  Our worship leader is headed to Guatemala for a week in June on a mission trip.

You don’t have to be traveling long distances to do what God is calling you to do.  What about the coworkers that you have for your summer job or your family/friends in your hometown?  Those folks need to hear from the Father too.  Be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and respond to God as He points out the people on your road that need to hear from Him.

Summer ’11 Devo 3: Love Costs Everything

Posted On July 7, 2011

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Love Costs Everything

I recently was a sponsor for our church youth group to a national conference called Move.  It’s put on by a parachurch organization called Christ In Youth (CIY).  As a high school student myself, I went to this conference (although it wasn’t called Move back then) and it was exciting to get to know the student more and see lives changed that week.

CIY puts on a variety of conferences and mission trip opportunities for high school youth throughout the year, but this past year was unique in the fact that CIY also got into the film-making business.  This past year, CIY traveled around the world filming and editing a documentary about persecution of Christians throughout the world titled Love Costs Everything. 

They traveled to Iraq, Columbia, India and even America to document the daily risk that Christians are in around the world even in the U.S. as Christian families are on the run from other family members wanting to kill them for their faith in Christ.

I forced myself to watch every bloody moment of this film.  I always intellectually knew about the persecution of Christians worldwide, but to see it happen (even on a big screen) just does something to you.  Very rarely do you experience a movie in which as the credits begin to roll NO ONE gets up.  That happened after this film.  You sit there in silence broken by the tragedy that you saw and inspired by the faith of the people in the midst of all that.  And you wonder, do I have a faith like that?

After the film was over, the conference began a 20-hour prayer for the persecuted church.  Our group, at one point, went to the chapel to pray.  In that time, I read a Scripture passage that I’ve read countless times but I saw it in a completely different light.

You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance,  persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3: 10 – 17)

I have been guilty of using the latter part of the passage to talk about the importance of reading and studying Scripture and completely missed the context in the light of persecution.  As we were praying, I read this passage and verse 12 and 13 jumped off the page at me (the bold part).

The folks that we saw and prayed for are living a godly life in Christ and they ARE being persecuted for it.  It’s also true of what it says about those doing the persecuting.  In the film, the people and their acts get worse and worse (beatings to killing).  This verse reminded me to pray not only for the Christians who are being persecuted but also those doing the persecuting.

And the question kept ringing in my head…Do I have a faith like that?

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