God’s Voice On Earth

Prophets were a huge part of the Old Testament and also and integral part for preparing of the coming of Jesus and Jesus’ life. There were so many prophets in the Old Testament, that we had to just pick a few to talk about. We talking about the first prophet being called as the Israelites were desiring one after Moses.

There is so much to think about when we talk about prophets, and our questions are ones that I’m sure the Israelites would ask too. How do we know this prophet is real? Do we know they are saying what God wants them to say? Well from Deuteronomy 18 we learned that God will pick them and speak through them. If what the Prophets says happens, then they know it is from God if it doesn’t well, the prophet presumed wrong.

We also looked at our views on us being prophets or living that life. What would it be like to work all the time for nothing (literally $0) and face angry crowds? This doesn’t sound like a desirable job? Well it’d be one for God to call us to that’s for sure!

What’s the journey that a prophet would go through to become one?

Called: They are called by God to become a prophet. (Isaiah 6:5-9) This call for them was very clear to them or God made it very clear. Think of the times that God has called us to something or made it clear. It’s tough to ignore God as he is persistent at getting to our hearts.

Content: Prophets are tasked with tough messages to share, but know God will be with them. (Jeremiah 16:14-18, 29:10-14, 31:1-7) They become more ok, or at least more obedient to the message God is tasking them to share.

Community: Prophets were called to speak to communities in which they belonged. (Ezekiel 3:1-11) This is a blessing and a curse, think bout the possibility of speaking out against family and friends or worse having to leave them due to persecution.

Consequences: Delivering tough messages to powerful people can lead to some negative consequences and rejection. (Daniel 6:3-12; 14-26)

As you can see the life of a prophet wasn’t super easy, but they were doing what God called them to do.

Questions to Ponder:

How do we know God is speaking to us?

What is God calling you to do?

What do you think of that call?

What is God calling St. Mark to do?

What makes you uncomfortable about sharing God’s message?

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God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle

We started out our night with some Highs and Lows

Think of a tough situation you have been in. What was said to you?

Odds are, it was something along the lines of “God won’t give you more than you can handle. “

Well this statement is very well intentioned, there are some limitations and assumptions put onto God that aren’t completely true, a half-truth if you will.

This saying comes from 1 Corinthians 10:13 which says, “ No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

Looking back to the original Greek the word for temptation in Paul’s context actually means tested.

What did Corinth look like?

Paul was writing to the Corinthians who were pagan worshipers before they became Christians. The Corinthians worshiped aphrodite, idol worship and prostitution were rampant in the temples. Though the Corinthians were becoming Christians they kept regressing to their old ways.

Earlier in this passage, Paul was also talking about how the Israelites were tempted and this isn’t something that just the Corinthians were going through. Basically he was saying that we will be tempted/tested at some point.

What is this passage not about?

You see Paul wasn’t addressing the hard times in our lives. He was referencing the temptations and testings that come in our everyday life. NOT difficult times that will/have popped in our lives.

Good News!

When Paul was talking to the Corinthians he was saying that God wont tempt/test them more than they can endure.

In times of temptation, we may not look very hard for a way out of that situation, but there is one. This is the Spirit leading us a way from temptation.

The problem here is that, though God provides a way out of temptation; it’s that we don’t pursue it.

God doesn’t tempt us; we do a good job of that our selves. James 1:13 tells us that.

Where they half-truth misses the mark

There are stresses and emotions that can be too strong for us to handle. Some turn to unhealthy ways to handle these emotions, others turn to help.

Remember what we talked about the first week of F.I.S.H.? We talked about “Everything Happening For a Reason”.

God doesn’t give us these bad situations, life happens, people hurt us. Know that God is with us in all situations, good and bad. 1 Peter 5:7 talks about this.

God will always help us handle all that we’ve been given. Are you pursuing those He has sent to help?

What to say instead?

For those going through tough times, here is a good thing to say: I love you and God loves you. God will be with you. Or How can I help?

Does Everything Happen for a Reason?

This week we began our summer study which follows Adam Hamilton’s book, Half Truths. We began our study by introducing the idea of half truths and the place they hold in our lives. For more information on that check out our introductory blog post. After discussing the idea of half truths we dove into our first half truth: “Everything Happens for a Reason.” We discussed how Continue reading

Walk 4 Water Concert and LOCK-IN!!!

This week instead of our normal Sunday night meeting, we actually met on Saturday Night for a Lock-in. We kicked off the night at 6pm at Faith Lutheran Church where we met up with several other churches from throughout central Iowa for an event featuring the Walk-4-Water campaign, Agape, Rachel Kurtz, and Joe Davis.

The event started with a .1 mile journey through the basement carrying 5 gal water jugs (weighing 40 lbs!) to simulate the 3.7 miles that the average woman in sub-Saharan Africa must walk to retrieve water for her family. On the journey we had to walk through simulated flood waters, stand in the heat, learn about water born illnesses, and follow the perilous journey of an individual who doesn’t have enough water. After sweating our way through the Walk-4-Water track, we moved into the sanctuary where we witnessed an awesome concert!


  
  


Then we headed back to the church for a night full of Gargon, Hypotherables, and The Magic School Bus (seriously, that’s the netfilx movie the youth picked out). It was a great night and it all culminated in us attending the 10am Contemporary worship together.

Baals, Idols, and Kings: Defying the First Commandment

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We began our first learning night by reading the 1st commandment out of Exodus 20:3-6. Then we asked what the point of this rule was. We realized that in our reality here in central Iowa, we really don’t run into situations very often where people are actually worshiping other/lots of gods. So to better understand the reason this commandment was important we looked into a few different stories from scripture where other gods played a prominent role. Here’s what we read:

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