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{July 7, 2019}






Heartland Community Church


July 7 – 13, 2019

 

SUIT UP

By Brooke Hodnefield

Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men (excerpts taken)

I don’t like walking around this old and empty house
So hold my hand, I’ll walk with you my dear
The stairs creak as I sleep,
It’s keeping me awake
It’s the house telling you to close your eyes

And some days I can’t even trust myself
It’s killing me to see you this way
‘Cause though the truth may vary
This ship will carry our bodies safe to shore

There’s an old voice in my head
That’s holding me back
Well tell her that I miss our little talks
Soon it will all be over, and buried with our past

We used to play outside when we were young
And full of life and full of love
Some days I don’t know if I am wrong or right.
Your mind is playing tricks on you my dear

Now wait, wait, wait for me, please hang around
I’ll see you when I fall asleep

Regardless if you are a fan of the Icelandic indie folk/pop band, Of Monsters and Men, you’ll likely remember one of their number one hits, Little Talks, that frequented all genre-radio airwaves in 2011. This song was written almost conversation-like, with a statement, then a response. Hearing this song, as well as listening closely to the lyrics, it spoke deeply to an experience that I connected with. There was a hopelessness and almost desperate vein that ran throughout the song, both with the person struggling and the one who was caring for her.

I resonated with this, as I too, had experienced my own personal struggle that felt closely tied to the lyrics of that song. The light with which I once knew became dark. I wasn’t even sure if I remembered what light looked like. There was a gray haze that covered everything. It was almost as if someone had handed me a pair of glasses that transformed my vision to see everything through a dreary gray. No one chooses heartache of any kind, however we each have our own battle scars and struggles, and at one point in my life, mine happened to be anxiety-turned depression.

The cause is less important, but what I can see now through clear eyes, is that there was a true struggle between good and evil, a battle of light and dark. In the thick of it, I certainly couldn’t see this and I certainly couldn’t will my way out, despite all my attempts to do so. It was one of the first times in my life where I felt as though I had no control. I feared sleep, because it caused me to sit quietly with the person I didn’t know any longer . . . myself. I tried to pray and talk to God, as my relationship with Jesus was not a new one, but it felt hollow. My dear boyfriend (now husband) did everything in his powers to pull me out, or be what was needed to support me. I just didn’t know myself what was needed. It was then that I realized that I absolutely was caught in the cross lines of a battle. I knew I was in the dark, but wasn’t sure if I could recognize light.

What I couldn’t see then, but do now, is that God never once stopped fighting for me. Not once did He allow the dark to win. He continued to show me light over and over and over, even if it was the faintest flicker, and I couldn’t even recognize it. What I also know is that I didn’t ignore the dark, I didn’t act as though it didn’t exist. Oh I knew I was in a battle. Ignoring it would have done me no good. Why do we need a Lord and Savior to fight our battles if we don’t acknowledge that there is in fact good and bad. That there is a battle for light, taking place in the thick of the dark. Despite my own failed attempts, God lead me through those dark times. He removed the smothering gray glasses to reveal and reorient me back into the light.

So back to the lyrics of Little Talks, I now see them in a different way. It’s been reframed for me as a conversation between light and dark. Me, the dark, and Jesus, the light. If you feel you are in the dark, alone and isolated, remember that God continues to fight our battles. He is showing up in ways we can’t see, casting light and dropping tiny fire-fly like flickers along your path. They might be unrecognizable right now, but He is relentless in His pursuit for you and for me. God can light our footsteps, as He is the one true light. Reach out to Him, trust Him & His hand.

“I don’t like walking around this old and empty house
So hold my hand, I’ll walk with you my dear . . .”

– Of Monsters & Men

 

{sunday 7.7.19}

Read John 16:31-33

Observe, Reflect, Apply: When you think of light and dark, what comes to mind? Images? Words? Do you believe there is a battle taking place, between the light and dark? Why or why not? Consider one way you might encourage more light in your life, through a small change that you know could lead away from darkness.

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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 7.8.19}

Read Ephesians 4:7-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 7.9.19}

Read Ephesians 4:17-28

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 7.10.19}

Read Ephesians 4:29-5:7

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 7.11.19}

Read Ephesians 5:8-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 7.12.19}

Read Ephesians 5:21-33

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{saturday 7.13.19}

Read Ephesians 6:1-9

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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}

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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12175 S Strang Line Road, Olathe, KS 66062

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