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{March 3, 2019}






Heartland Community Church


March 3 – 9, 2019

 

Walk This Way Special Edition: Weather

By Grant Houske

Winter is still here!  Is anyone else ready for the cold and snow to be over and for spring to arrive?

Have you ever had a weather event ruin something for you?  I have had a few and they mostly deal with boating on a lake. I have many childhood memories of growing up around a lake. Almost every summer and other times of the year, my family and I would go to Lake Okoboji. It’s a wonderful place with three pristine lakes intertwined together located in northwest Iowa. I learned to water ski on the lake, attended many summers at Okoboji Lutheran Bible camp, had weekend trips in high school and college just enjoying my time in the boat on a lake.

Summers in Iowa are not normally tricky. It’s very similar to the Kansas City area. It is hot and humid, some rain in June and dry in July and August.  About 15 years ago, my family decided to renew our Okoboji summer trip. My brother and sisters were all living in different cities, my parents were empty nesters and we had not done the “Boji trip”, as we called it, in a long time. We planned it all out, got a boat reserved, had everything ready to go. We were all so excited to be doing this again. We arrived on that July day to a high temperature of about 56 degrees with the wind blowing about 40 mph, cloudy with some rain. We were beyond disappointed. You can imagine what we did. Yep, we got the boat anyway and took it out on the lake! We thought we would have a blast. But, it was just cold and miserable. Luckily, one of my sisters, who came prepared, brought a bunch of extra sweatshirts and towels. My brother and I each were wearing one of her college sweatshirts. It was quite a spectacle! Plus, we were all covered from head to toe in towels. Our much anticipated trip turned into a weather disaster. 

Well, at the time that is what we thought. We were upset and disappointed because we didn’t get to do all the fun things that we had done before. We didn’t realize it, but it turned out to be fun. That weather drew us closer together. We still talk about that time, make jokes, and laugh about it. We will always have those memories.

God works through weather too. Have you ever considered God’s glory in bad weather? In some quirky ways, He is able to turn our disappointments into joy. He knows us so well that He can take something like bad weather and make it fun.  When we are disappointed about not having control, let’s remember who ultimately is in control and give Him the glory for that. Only good can result in His Work! Next Sunday will be here soon. Let’s enjoy this day for what it is–God’s Glory.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts” Isaiah 55: 8-9 (NIV)

{sunday 3.3.19}

Read Isaiah 55:8-9

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How might God be asking you to release control? Why can that be hard to do? Ultimately, we are called to raise our thoughts towards Gods thoughts, our ways of processing disappointment and changed plans to consider His way…and what He might have in store for us. What do you need to think about, or consider, in light of God’s invitation to raise your thoughts and methods?

 

NEW RESOURCE: Our own Seth Davidson has begun a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to. Each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for the day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page to follow him on YouTube!

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

As you read the verses each day, make notes of questions you have about what you’re reading as well as answering the reflection questions below. Grab a friend or two to discuss what you are learning and what God is doing in your lives.

{monday 3.4.19}

Read Acts 28:7-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: It’s interesting learning about the travel plans and who Paul met and when. It reads more like a diary than inspirational quotes or good advice. When I first started reading the Bible I was surprised to find this kind of writing. Why do you think these details were included in the scripture?  

{tuesday 3.5.19}

Read Acts 28:17-31

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What does it mean to listen but not hear or look but not see? When have you listened to something but been unable to hear? What prevented you from hearing? 

{wednesday 3.6.19}

Read Romans 1:1-12

Observe, Reflect, Apply: The beginning of this scripture reads a bit like a resume and follows with how Paul misses and longs to see them. Imagine someone who has helped you along your path following Jesus. What would you say to them if you had been absent a long time?   

{thursday 3.7.19}

Read Romans 1:13-25

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “They declared themselves to be wise, but in fact they became foolish.” There have been times where I thought I had everything figured out but then learned I was foolish and had no idea. Has this ever happened to you? Share your experience with a trusted group or friend.  

{friday 3.8.19}

Read Romans 1:26-2:4

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Judging others is a slippery slope. I know I’m guilty of it more often than I realize. How do you combat the instinct to judge other people? 

{saturday 3.9.19}

Read Romans 2:5-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Share with trusted group or friend your understanding of God’s impartial judgement. 

 

{community discussion questions}

We weren’t meant to experience the life of Jesus alone, so we encourage you to rally a few others to discuss what you are hearing, reading, and reflecting on together. Whether you are meeting as a Journey Community group, talking with a few friends throughout the week, or bringing up spiritual conversations around your table at home, feel free to use some of these questions as conversation starters on your journey.

  • Can you name a takeaway or challenge from the Sunday message?
  • How has that been relevant, challenging, or meaningful to your life this week?
  • What have you observed about God, Jesus, yourself, others, or God’s plan for you from these readings?
  • Where do you need a breakthrough from God this week?
  • Who do you need to share what you’re learning about God with?

 

{extra journey resources}

NEW RESOURCE: CLICK HERE to follow our own Seth Davidson on YouTube. He has begun a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to. Each day he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for the day. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page to follow this YouTube channel!

CLICK HERE to visit The Bible Project site and explore their super simple, super informative Bible videos (and other resources).

CLICK HERE to get the Read Scripture App, from our friends at The Bible Project.

CLICK HERE for more on how to use the observe-reflect-apply approach to getting the most out of your Bible reading.

The Bible App Get a free Bible for your phone, tablet, and computer. Experience the Bible anywhere, with options to highlight, save notes, and share what you are reading with others.

Bible Gateway Provides advanced Bible searching capabilities, which allow readers to find passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.

 

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