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September 15th – Light of the World
Let’s think for a moment about the importance of light. How do we use it on the daily. How does it benefit us? Think about the importance of the sun. How it rises everyday shining light upon the earth. It provides warmth (more like 100 degree weather) to us. It literally sustains life. Now think about the moon and the stars. At night, they light up the dark sky. Before GPS, they would serve as navigators (the second star to the right). We turn on the lights before walking into a dark room or use a flashlight to help us see into small, dark nooks and crannies. We like light. We need light. Jesus knows this also, which is why he said “I am the light of the world”. But, what does this mean? How is Jesus the light of the world, and how is it relevant to us?
Let’s compare the functions of light as see how to makes a good symbol for Jesus:
|Helps us see things||Gives us the bible to helps us see his truth|
|Promotes growth and life||Brings everlasting life|
|Warms and comforts||Welcomes us and calms us|
|Gets rid of darkness||Overcame evil by conquering death and the grave|
When we can see the similarities between Jesus and Light, we can truely say, “Jesus is the light of the world!”. What’s even better is that we get to share in Jesus’ light! Ephesians 5:8 says “For once you were full of darkness, but now you have the light of the Lord. So live as people of the Light!” What an awesome gift he gives us! When we recieve the Holy Ghost and are baptized just like Acts 2:38 tells us, we receive His light.
Highlight these scriptures in your bible, or write them down and post it somewhere you can see it to help you remember that Jesus is the Light of the World!
- Psalm 27:1 – The lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
- Psalm 119:105 – Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
- Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify you Father in heaven.
- John 1:5 – The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it.
September 8th – GIANT Dreams
Before I was old enough to start kindergarden, I used to watch a Disney Movie everyday. It was my after lunch tradition. I would grab my favorite blanket, my “pink pillow”, and my grandpa would put the VHS tape into the TV to start the movie. My favorite was Cinderella. I loved her sparkly dress, her mice friends, and how she ended up with Prince Charming at the end. But when I watch the movie now, I admire her ability to have big dreams for herself and how she sings . We like to put our focus on her beautiful dress, her carriage made from a pumpkin, and the glass slippers, but I think the most important point of the story is that Cinderella kept her dream alive when her stepmother and stepsisters tried to kill it.
Do you have dreams for yourself? Maybe dreams that are so big that they seem crazy to others? I like to call these “GIANT Dreams”. “GIANT Dreams” are the kind of dreams that are always stuck in the back of your mind, that appear in your mind when you get lost in thought, or when you have consistant dreams about them at night when you sleep. “GIANT Dreams” consume you and propel you forward. Growing up, I went to so many kids camps and youth camps that by now I have lost track. I always thought it would be so cool to be able to serve on the worship team at a function like that. It had become one of my “GIANT Dreams” when I was around 12 years old. When I was 18, God gave me the opportunity to sing at a youth camp and I still treasure that experience and the new opportunites that He gives me to serve. When we have “GIANT Dreams”, whether it be doing something for God, going to a different country, or climbing Mount Everest, we should always remember that we can take our dreams to God.
Psalms 37:4 says “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart”. This is one of my favorite verses because it shows how caring and kind God is! God knows everything about you. From your deepest secrets to your biggest dreams, he knows you and cares for you. Whatever dream you have that may seem giant, God should be the one to talk to about it. Whats more, whatever we put into God’s hands will not be lost! You can trust Him with your dreams because he will keep them safe in his hands, and will give you the desires of your heart.
This week, journal down some of the dreams that you have in your heart and give them to God. Talk to him about them like you would your friend and ask him to hold them in his hands.
Give your GIANT dreams to the GIANT God!
September 1st – Authenticity
Have you ever heard someone use the phrase “get real”? If you have, more than likely it’s because something was said that had an exaggerated or dramatic effect. Let me ask a different question, have you ever known someone who seems to always tell stories that you have a hard time believing? Maybe they say things to make their lives sound better or worse than they really are. If you haven’t met someone like that, trust me, you will eventually. The best thing to do when we encounter those types of people is not to respond the same way that they would by telling over-exaggerated stories, but the best thing to do is to be our genuine, authentic selves.
So, what does it mean to be authentic? It simply means to just be real. Allow your friends and the people you surround yourself with to see your real personality. You will get a much better response from those around you when you act like your true self rather than trying to be someone else. When you think about authenticity, think about the love of God. His love for us is so pure and so real that we have the opportunity to experience it every day. Romans 12:9 says “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.” Our goal when connecting with others should not be to see who has the most exciting life or who has the most dramatic story to tell, but our goal should be to share the authentic, genuine love of God through our own REAL lives.
I encourage you to take some time this week to reflect on the love of God in your own life and how you can share that love with others. Let everything that you say and do in your daily life be TRUE, AUTHENTIC, and GENUINE.
Written By: Makayla Davis
August 18th- A Time to Rest
TCG has had a busy schedule the past few weeks in August! We had a whole week for our Sew Special Camp, and then we concluded with our “I AM” Retreat. I am so thankful for special events like these because we get to fellowship, but they take A LOT of planning and hard work! After times of intense work, it’s always a good idea to rest. The bible actually tells us that times of rest are so important for us. Jesus lets us set aside time to rest. And no, I don’t just mean to sleep (even though sleep is necessary for our body).
In Mark 6:30-31, the disciples had just come back to Jesus after working hard all day and preaching to people. Jesus saw how tired they were and said, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest”. Notice how Jesus told his disciples to go to a quiet place. Imagine coming home from a long day at school and all you want to do is to have some quiet time, but something or someone just keeps bugging you. You just want to be left alone in a place that is quiet! Quiet times give us peace and let us just be alone with ourself. This is what Jesus was giving to the disciples in Mark 6. To have time to themselves so they could feel refreshed.
Even God himself rested! Genesis 2:1-2 tells us that when God had finished his work of creation, that he rested on the seventh day. Think about that for a moment. The God of the universe, who is big, mighty, and powerful, took a moment to rest. He doesn’t need to rest like we do, so why did He? God was trying to set an example for us to follow. Taking time to rest isn’t just about making sure you recharge your body, it’s about slowing down from the busyness of our life to be with God. Psalms 46:10 says “Be still and know that I am God”. Be still and rest in who God is! You can do this by taking some time out of your day to read your bible and pray.
Start making it a habit to find some quiet time and rest!
Written By: Bradyn Wesie
July 21st- Dealing with Disappointment
Disappointment: sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one’s hopes or expectation.
Have you ever felt disappointed? Maybe you were about to get the results of a test that you spent a lot of time studying for, only to find out that you didn’t do as well as you hoped. Maybe your family had planned a fun day at an amuzement park, only to find out that when the day came the rain clouds also came and you had to put your day on hold. Whatever the situation, there has been a moment where we’ve all faced disappointment. And even though disappointment is not something we want to experience, we always end up facing it at some point in our life. So, how can we deal with a feeling of disappointment?
Usually when we feel disappointed, it’s because we had expectations about a situation that weren’t met. Think back to that test you studied for. You were expecting to get a good grade because of all the time you spent studying. Your expectation for a good grade wasn’t met when you saw your actual grade. Our expectations are a good thing, but sometimes (when they are too high), lead us right into disappointment. I always end up feeling disappointed when my plans fall through. I put all this time and thought into how I want my plans to go and when they don’t work out, I get SO disappointed. As it turns out, my expectations for the plans were SO HIGH that when my plans were cancelled, I deflated like a balloon running out of air. Managing disappointment is easier when we manage our expectations.
Although we feel disappointed when things don’t go how we expected them to, we have something that will never change! This thing is always true and never disappointing. The bible gives us hope about Jesus who will never disappoint us. Whenever you feel disappointed, go to the person who can give you strenght and reassurance. Read and pray these sciptures whenever you are feeling disappointed:
Psalm 34:18 – “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
Psalm 30:5 – “Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes in the morning.”
Romans 8:28 – “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
Psalms 55:22 – “Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”
These scriptures are talking about YOU! The Lord is near YOU when you’re brokenhearted. God causes everything to work for YOUR good. Give YOUR burdens to the Lord and he will take care of YOU.
Take it to the next step and listen to songs that can lift your spirits up! Add these songs to your favorites list:
“Graves into Gardens” by Elevation Worship https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YihKbG8-X3U
“Good, Good Father” by Chris Tomlin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqybaIesbuA
“Red Sea Road” by Ellie Holcomb https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YYsmU8Oo_U
“Goodness of God” by Jenn Johnson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvSuGyJQ6oM
“Good and Loved” by Travis Greene https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DefL-oJpjo8
“Nothing Else” by Cody Carnes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLBvCTV23qw
Written By: Bradyn Wesie
July 14th- Oh, Be Careful Little Eyes What You See
As Christians, one of our responsibilities is to keep our focus on God at all times. We always look to Him and his word from help and guidance. However, the world constantly tries to take our focus off of God and put our eyes on things that we probably shouldn’t look at. There’s a song that I used to sing in Sunday School growing up that went, “Oh be careful little eyes what you see, for the Father up above has poured out his love”. This song was giving us warning to be careful about what we watch with our eyes. But why should we stay alert about the things we put in front of our eyes? Can what we watch actually have an affect on us? Well, imagine yourself seeing your favorite food product being advertised all over your TV, computer, or phone screen. Each time you see the ad, the desire for that food product grows more and more until you can no longer resist the urge to eat it! Come to find out, our desires are fueled by what we watch. So yes, it is important to protect our little eyes! This is exactly what Jesus was trying to warn us about in Matthew 6:22-23.
Matthew 6:22-23 (ESV) – “The eye is the lamp to the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”
Every bad thing our eyes are watching is being dumped directly into our mind. The verse explains clearly that if we look at the light (Jesus and His word) that our mind will be filled with His light, but if we look to the darkness (ungodly things) then our mind will be filled with darkness. So how should we respond to this scripture? We are the ones who are responsible for filtering out the bad things. If you know a movie/ show may have scenes in it that aren’t pleasing to God, take the necessary steps to not watch the show. Turn it off, flip to another channel, or turn the screen off completely! Focus on things that God finds pleasing. Philippians 4:8 explains that we should think of things that are noble, right, pure, and lovely. But don’t just THINK of these things, we should take it to the next step and WATCH for these things. Make it a priority this week to put a filter in front of your eyes to only let in things that are pleasing to God.
Written By: Bradyn Wesie
July 7th- Bible Journaling 101
Over the past 2 years, I have taken a serious interset in learning how to Bible Journal in my devotion time. The idea came to me because I felt like I wasn’t fully reading, understanding, and growing in my personal Bible reading time. I watched Youtube videos and looked on Pinterest for all the go-tos on how to Bible Journal, and I made an outstanding discovery. It’s the secret on how to be the best at Bible Journaling. The secret is… there is no ONE WAY to Bible Journal. Crazy, right?! Bible Journaling is a PERSONALIZED way for you to understand what the Word of God is saying. However you want to write, color, and create in your Bible is up to you and your creativity! But, I will still give you a few ideas for you to kick-off your Journaling Journey:
- Look for Key-Words: Key-Words are words that stand out to you while you are reading. Words that always stand out to me are words that are used to describe Jesus such as “Wonderful”, “Glorious”, and “Mighty”. I like to write the definition of the key-words somewhere in the margins of my Bible just to fully understand how Jesus is being described.
- Summarize the Chapter: It’s so much easier to remember what happens in a story when you know the big picture. Instead of trying to remember every specific detail in a chapter of the Bible, write a small summary next to the chapter to highlight only the key events. I like to include what happened, where it took place, and who was there. Basically a “Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How” description!
- Mark down any Cross-References: A cross-reference in the Bible means that what is being talked about has been talked about before! An example of this can be found in Acts 2:16-21. These scriptures can also be found in Joel 2:28. Looking for cross-references helps you understand really important portions of text in the Bible! If it needs to be repeated twice, it’s probably really important.
Bible Journaling can also come from your heart:
- Write your prayers: In the margins of your Bible, you can write out your prayers for the week. This is great because you can come back later and see all the prayers that Jesus has answered for you!
- Write Church Notes: One of the ways I used my Bible is to take notes during church. My Bible is filled up with sermons and devotions from so many different people. And, if they say something that I just absoluely love, I will write down their quote. I have made a special place in my Bible that is specifically for quotes. One of my favorites is, “Whatever you put in God’s hands will never be lost” by Pastor Caruthers.
- Song Lyrics: If I am reading a verse that makes me think of a specific song, I will usually write the song lyric next to that verse. Music is a great tool to help you memorize scripture!
The possibilities for Bible Journaling are truly endless. Make the decision today to try it out for yourself!
Below are a few things that I used in my daily Bible Journaling.
- Bible https://www.christianbook.com/nlt-inspire-bible-creative-journaling-softcover/9781496419842/pd/419843?en=google&event=SHOP&kw=bibles-0-20%7C419843&p=1179710&dv=c&gclid=Cj0KCQjwupD4BRD4ARIsABJMmZ8B9cHFOdrekme6qaCYE7q55GMqDlnNjh1g_Rb9Mb30s2oOPCzl3P4aAo29EALw_wcB
- Markers https://www.amazon.com/Zebra-Pen-Mildliner-Highlighter-Assorted/dp/B0752WWCTN
- Colored Pens https://www.amazon.com/Paper-Mate-Retractable-Assorted-1951636/dp/B019QBOG3U
- Washi-Tape https://www.amazon.com/washi-tape/s?k=washi+tape
Written By: Bradyn Wesie
July 2nd – The Start of Something New!
It’s always a great day to try something new. Whether that be practicing a new hobby, testing a new recipe, or making a new friend. For us, it’s going to be this blog! A new way for us to connect and learn about what the Bible has to say. If you have a question or an idea for a topic that you would like to be covered, please feel free to contact Bradyn Wesie! Let’s go on this new journey together!