Posts Tagged: reflection

30 people on skis, holding hands, doing a backflip!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGhcu_raUvM[/youtube]   Two quick thoughts... Are there videos for the times they tried this and failed? Wouldn’t that be cool to try while water skiing?   In all seriousness, a stunt like that is daring and likely took some planning and practice. It is a fantastic example of the amazing things you can do when you work as a team. In Romans 12, Paul writes “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in ... Read more

Alpine Coaster… with no brakes

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqCkICXWdWI[/youtube]   Life at full speed. Those living during Jesus’ days on earth didn’t have any of the modern conveniences you and I take for granted. Things like a lack of running water, refrigeration, sanitation, or air conditioning meant that daily life was full of chores and routines we may only do while camping or on a mission trip. But here’s what’s remarkable. In John 10, Jesus says: I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They [his sheep, followers] will come in ... Read more

Assumptions

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNbF006Y5x4[/youtube]   Let’s say that a tragedy might hit your family and everyone could be killed. But you given the chance to save your family by solving a riddle. We’d line up 100 people in front of you, pick the right person and everyone survives. Pick the wrong person... bad things happen. All you knew about them was what they looked like, what their name was, and what their occupation was. Then we showed you the line-up. Among them were a judges, doctors, police officers, ... Read more

Martin Luther King Jr: A Knock at Midnight

Here's a clip from the Martin Luther King speech that I talked about last night. It's incredibly inspiring to hear MLK talking about his relationship with God, and learning to trust him even in the face of huge opposition and difficulty. Have a listen: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wiamzazei6k[/youtube] Read more

YouTube Reflection: Boyfriend Pushes Girlfriend Off Cliff

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iuv__-nyO1M[/youtube]   We’ve all been there. We really, really want to do something. But then when we get there it’s too scary to go through with. A lot of us have been that friend, too. We know our friend wants to go forward with it and you know that if they’ll just overcome their fear it won’t be so bad. So we’re tempted to push them. But the fact is that the boyfriend had no right to push his girlfriend into doing something she wasn’t ... Read more

Amen 06: The Kingdom, the Power and the Glory [Small Groups]

Here's this week's small group material to go with our Amen series. Last night, Abbie explored the line "Yours is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory", looking at what it means to worship and praise God when we pray and through our lives. You can explore this further through worship, prayer and discussion with your small group using this week's material. This material is here as an optional resource - it's up to your group whether you decide to use it or not. Get ... Read more

Amen 05: Forgive us as we forgive [Small Groups]

Here's this week's small group material to go with our Amen series. On Sunday, James unpacked the line "Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us", looking at the significance of God's forgiveness of us, and why and how we can forgive others. You can explore this further through worship, prayer and discussion with your small group using this week's material. This material is here as an optional resource - it's up to your group whether you decide to use ... Read more

YouTube Reflection: Trampoline Wall

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZwNLWgsUMg[/youtube]   Let’s state the obvious. This video is not 101 things to try on your next mission trip. Trampolines work because energy is transferred when you push down, is stored briefly in the springs & bedding, then transferred back into your legs/body so that you get to bounce nearly as high, or even a little higher, than you’ve jumped. Typically, you get about as much energy back as you put into it. But with practice, skill... or a partner you actually get more ... Read more

YouTube Reflection: Goats Yelling Like Humans

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpccpglnNf0[/youtube]   Sometimes, don’t you just feel like screaming? It’s understandable as life can be very stressful. God called Nehemiah to go back to Jerusalem, rebuild the walls, in an effort to help protect the inhabitants from attack and begin restoring the city to its former prestige. But when he arrived in Jerusalem to do this great work, he met all sorts of opposition. Needless to say, he was stressed out! Nehemiah gives us an excellent example of how how we can deal with everyday stress. ... Read more

Amen 04: Daily Bread [Small Groups]

Here's this week's small group material to go with our Amen series. Last night, we got back into our Amen series as Matt unpacked the line, "Give us today our daily bread", looking at how we can pray for the things we need and how we can trust God to provide. You can explore this further through worship, prayer and discussion with your small group using this week's material. This material is here as an optional resource - it's up to your group whether you ... Read more
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