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{September 22, 2019}






Heartland Community Church


September 22 – 27, 2019

 

I AM: Your Story

By Grant Houske

I accepted a college football scholarship to University of Sioux Falls, a small NAIA school. I thought I would go in and dominate. I had a preconceived mindset that I single handedly had the ability to make a huge impact on the team. I would “wow” the coaching staff and show this team what they had. Anyway, that is what I thought. 

In reality, I was a little scared and nervous. This wasn’t high school football anymore. These weren’t my teammates that I had played football with since the 2nd grade. This was something new. I loved football. I dedicated myself to the game. It wasn’t everything to me, but I felt like it sure came close. My biggest fears began to happen as something just felt off. I started to feel lost, like I was simply going through the motions. I began to grow sad and confused because this was a very good and undefeated team, one of the best teams I had been apart of. This was a great college where my parents met. Why was I feeling this way? I was living out a sort of “active lostness”. 

During the middle of the season I broke down. After practice one evening, I was with some of my teammates and they could tell that something was wrong with me. The upperclassman on the team rallied around me and supported me. They showed me I had value no matter if I was there on this team or somewhere else.

Ironically, they helped me figure out that maybe there was something more for me somewhere else. After the first semester, I decided to give up football and transfer to the University of Iowa. The moment I made that decision, and started a new journey without playing football, I felt a sense of peace and some clarity. I let go of something I held on so tightly to before. It felt strange, but looking back, it was the right decision.

I sincerely appreciated the authenticity Tom Brawner provided today and how he tied together the story of David with a story about his life. He was able to use a negative event for good later, just like David. He spoke truth about an issue that hurt him, yet also helped guide and shape his life. Despite David’s humble beginnings and huge mistakes later in his life, David fulfilled his destiny and his story. It started with what he felt in his heart and knew from his past life experiences . . . that he mattered to God, no matter how difficult his circumstances were. 

The same can be said for you, too. No matter your situation, no matter what you have done or not done in your life, you matter to God. You are unlike anyone else who has ever lived. Your uniqueness is God’s gift to you. It is also your responsibility to accept, even if you do not fully understand. This gift is made possible to anyone. Whether you have been faithfully following God for many years or you are new and beginning your journey or you are feeling stuck in your  active “active lostness”, the undisputed and capital T, Truth, is that God knows you and knows your heart and his plan for you remains constant. 

Tom asked us today to think about our own reflective stories. That we should live reflectively and pause regularly to begin or to continue to find clarity.  God is active and God is very, very patient and most importantly, we matter to Him.

 

CLICK HERE to watch the September 22 message, I AM: Your Story.

 

{sunday 9.22.19}

Read Ephesians 2:10

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Do you ever feel like you’re actively lost? Do you believe God has made plan specifically design for you? Have you paused and reflected on your life to see if your past has impacted and shaped your future?

 

I AM Course Info

Do you ever wonder what God’s will is for your life? Why are you here on this earth? What is your purpose—or do you even have one? You are not alone with questions like these. We have this idea of God’s will as something unknowable and mysterious, when it’s really spelled out clearly in His Word. A good starting point is to sign up for the I AM Course on Tuesdays here at Heartland. Find out Who God is, so that you can know who you are in Him.

CLICK HERE for information and to sign up!

 

{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 9.23.19}

Read Mark 6:7-13

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 9.24.19}

Read Mark 6:14-29

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 9.25.19}

Read Mark 6:30-44

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 9.26.19}

Read Mark 6:45-56

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 9.27.19}

Read Mark 7:1-8

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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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