Why would we want to settle for God’s stuff, when we are given God?
By Will Helms
I hope we’re on the same page here. We shouldn’t choose a huge house instead of God, dedicate 100% of our time to pursuing money, all that stuff. Makes sense.
What if I said that the idols most young Christians cling to are things that the Bible commands us to love? What if I said most young Christians idolize things that are described as “good”, “pleasant”, or even “God-breathed”.
Luke 5:16 But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.
Tell me if you have heard this one before. A person has just gotten back from a vacation and they tell you how they need a vacation.
I often lament every time I hear about someone’s “vacation” that does not sound very restful. The intended idea of vacationing is the act of vacating (temporarily removing ourselves from) that which is wearing us out, and subsequently getting more of what gives us life. We seek to exchange the boring for the exciting, work for rest and the mundane with adventure. We want mountains instead of cityscapes; we want oceans instead of the homogeneous suburbs. We go on boats and planes and sleep in hammocks and tents; we go dancing and ride on roller coasters. We seek the adjectives and verbs of the weekend over the nouns of everyday life.
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Fall Retreat 2017
The theme of the retreat was Foundations. Through the sessions, praise and worship, community time and individual devotions, we sought to align ourselves with God’s Mission and what that should look like at the individual and communal level. We need to understand the foundation from which we live as we seek to image him in this world through word and deed.
Session 1: Concept of Covenant, Why Law = Life, The Law and Grace Interaction
Session 2: Covenant withing the History of Israel, Pentateuch and Joshua, Israel’s Role in God’s Mission
Session 3: Israel and the Church, Establishment of a New People, The Church’s Function
Session 4: What is the Point for Me? What is the Church Now? What does this mean for my life in Columbia?
We have many things and places we choose to run to for refuge, strength, and comfort. When we have a bad day, we post our plight on social media or text a friend to see if someone will commiserate; we look for distraction in binge-watching a favorite show; we search for comfort in unhealthy ways, like food, shopping or pleasure.