Storm Clouds and The Living Room

Posted: August 25, 2008 in Church Videos
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Today it has been raining on and off non-stop all day, actually since yesterday, and of course we had practice. Well, as you all know what happened last time it came a torrential down pour at practice I decided to wear the Official Georgia Tech Rain Gear today

Doning the GT Rain Gear

Wearing the GT Rain Gear

The greatest part of the ensemble? Well, as you may remember from last time my shoes got soaked!! Therefor I decided to complete the suit with……….

Rocking the Flip Flops at Practice

Rocking the Flip Flops at Practice

Well, it ended up not raining more than a few drops, but the many conversations with the players about why I decided to opt for the flip flops made for some rather interesting talks!

The Living Room

After practice I headed over the the first Living Room of the year! For those of you who don’t know The Living Room is a college ministry service put on by Buckhead Church. They do it at the Biltmore Hotel which is literally right across the street from where my classes are held! I went once last year however a busy schedule kept me from returning. I decided to give it another go tonight and it was great! Kristian Stanfield led worship with several songs I know (God of this City) and then a few new ones that are just beginning to circulate. One I liked was Chainbreaker, pretty cool stuff. The sermon was about Who are you? Brad spoke on following God’s path for your life, reading from Hebrews:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:1-2

Some of the main points he covered:
1) “Let us throw off everything that hinders”
This not only is sin, but is anything that hinders you from following the path God has set out for you. This may be relationships (such as always having to hang out with this group of friends because they are doing something), video games etc. Anything that hinders you from following his path.

2) “Sin that so easily entangles” – With entangles it is meaning that sin which easily wraps itself around us, or in other words sins in which we easily wrap ourselves in. For instance when you go to that party, when you click through those Internet sites you shouldn’t be, when you hang out with those people……. etc.

3) “Race marked out for us” – God has marked out a perfect path for you, one that if you run you will have life. One that if you stray from and do not return to you will have “death”. Isn’t it amazing that God has laid out a path for us that we are meant to follow? That if we follow we will be “All that we can be”?

4) In this world you won’t win for following the path- Brad shared a story about a runner. This was a “red shirt” freshman cross country runner who was competing in his first national tournament. His goal was to finish in the top 50 of the race (there are over 100 runners in a cross country meet). Before the race, like any great racer, he walked the course to see all the twists and turns and really know the path. As he ran the race, he was around the 50th spot then at a fork in the track the lead runner took a wrong turn, then the second runner followed him, third etc. etc. till it got to him. He realized the mistake and yelled to them to turn around, no one listened. He decided to follow the correct route, then four, yes only four, others followed him. He now realized that he would possibly be winning first place in his first national tournament! As he topped the hill heading to the finish line he saw 103 runners in front of him nearing the finish line. By taking the wrong path they had cut over 3/4’s of a mile off the course! He thought, well, they will be disqualified because they ran the wrong path, it’s unfortunate but I will win! Well, the judges gathered and announced: “The standings will be based on the expedited course ran by the majority of the runners”– The guy ended up coming in 104th! Anyway, the moral of the story was that in this life you’re not considered a winner for running the path that is set for you, but you will be better for it in the end.

Who are you going to be?

More to come tomorrow in a different post-different topic-same “thread”


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