Archive for December 1, 2008

Parent Discussion Notes 11/30/08

December 1, 2008

Each Monday I’ll post a kid friendly help sheet for parents to discuss Sunday’s message with their kids.  Great for a quick family devo.  Thanks to Suzy for writing these each week.


Note:  This is based off the adult service, not the kid’s message.  This stems from Michael’s good idea a few weeks back.

new story to tell

December 1, 2008

Though the advancement of media has dampened our social skills, we are still a society of stories.  We still connect with others through hearing their story.

Dudes especially do this when it comes to sports and hunting.  You can’t just simply tell a bud about the big game you went to on Saturday night with a few basic sentences…you must tell the details of tailgating (story 1), the walk to the stadium (story 2), the fight you almost got in to with an opposing fan (exaggerated story 3), and the details of the 3/4 pound burger you gulped down at the famous burger joint on campus (true story 4).

transition ahead

After church yesterday, I began to think about many of the new stories that are developing each week around Oak Leaf.  It energizes me anytime I stop and ponder the miraculous work of God.  So many are entering our “front door” each week (church @ the movies) with their own story to tell.  And often it’s not a fun story.  Some are full of hurt and regret.  Some are empty…waiting on something worthwhile.  And some stories are so coated with religion it takes months and months to find reality.

When Jesus invades our lives, though, the transformation is astounding!  Watching this process never gets old.  New stories are developed…sometimes overnight, sometimes a process of months or years.  And these same men, women, and children who were recently reciting routine stories of sin and frustration, are finding their hearts stirred with a new beginning…a new hope…a brand new story to tell.

Psalm 40:3
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.