This week's video hits on some of the hot button topics that are rolling around in our country today. I'm hoping it will tie together the lessons from John 7 very practically with our lives and take and impact in those larger cultural conversations. With that, the video:
I'm a ramblebus in my video. But after recording and getting it all settled I found this from by Sarah from The Fullest Joy and she says what I was trying to say perfectly. It can be summed up in this little quote from her post:
"I’m not so sure. The only thing that ever matters is Jesus.
Let the theological debates go and turn back to your first love."
And my notes from last week are more simple, back to the basic style... Something I'm going to encourage you to try out over the next week.
I challenge you to tie larger cultural conversations (i.e. Hobby Lobby ruling, mental illness treatment, etc.) with lessons, Christ's conversations, and the truth found in John 8 and 9. There aren't necessarily going to be black and white answers -I don't think that's how life and faith works-, but there are going to be lenses through which we can look at our world that center on Him.
Also, I don't think Christ sweated the small stuff. Nor do I think we're called to do that. So, don't suck yourself into tedium, into seeking precise answers, but instead push yourself to bring an educated Christian perspective into your process. It is that inclusion of Him that brings glory and goodness into our lives.
The week's verse for you:
On the last and greatest day of the festival,
Jesus stood and said in a loud voice,
"Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink."
And links for the week because encouragement:
Brokenness surrounds us, but in that, there's beauty. This song's such a reminder. (Ellie Holcomb)
July is summer. How has your summer been? And how should it be from here? (Alesha Blessed)
Church has been hard for us. Hard. But there's a heart in it's flawed nature. (Carly Skinner)
Smile file: an encouragement for your weary soul. (Erika Brechtel)