We place our hopes in other people. In pleasure from experience. In the pursuit of possessions. And they all let us down.
Danelle shared this week that she also felt the most hopeless when things were going well in her life. Even though she was taking good steps forward in her career, she still felt devoid of life-giving hope.
Last week we talked about the mind of Christ versus the lies of the enemy and how those differentiated.
We talked about how the mind of Christ may be like faith and the lies of the enemy will be distrust.
Indulgence is the message of society: whatever feels good, whatever you want to do, do it... and do it as much as you want to. Whatever is right for you go and do it, it's cool. It's also about looking good or amazing or feeling and looking better.
Cruelty is everywhere. This last week at Campfire Church we talked about cruelty and gentleness.
This week at Create we talked with our group on the topic of faithfulness and loyalty. We also talked about unfaithfulness and disloyalty. It's clear that faithfulness and loyalty are important in a marriage. Where else are they important?
This summer we have been looking at the fruit of the Spirit and having tough conversations about their opposites. Last week at Campfire Church we talked about what evil looks like, what goodness is, and what God says about it.
Just this afternoon I read a post on my community Facebook page about someone paying for someone else’s coffee. It was a kind and generous gesture on the part of a stranger that blessed a mom who had a rough start to her Monday morning. Her post was followed up with lots of huzzah’s and general encouragement to pay it forward. At the surface this felt like genuine kindness. But it got me thinking: was this what God had in mind for kindness, a fruit of His Spirit, or might there be a little more to it?
When was a time you got what you thought you deserved? How about when you got what you deserved, and it was something bad?
We all have stories on both sides of the coin. Last week at Campfire Church we discussed forbearance and what it looks like.
Despair is not an easy conversation topic, but is very relatable. This week we listened to each other's experiences with despair and what we're learning about joy.
Mark discussed how people love to find fault with and show hate to people. And increasingly we've seen anger and hate expressed toward Christ followers. Hate often comes out of wounds that people have in their life.
The recent Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has created a firestorm in pop culture and around everyday dinner tables. As an avid Netflix watcher, you may have already tried watching episode 1. Or perhaps you've heard the buzz, read the articles on Facebook and chosen to abstain. Regardless of your Netflix watching status, the issues raised by the show have created a conversation for schools, mental health professionals, parents and teens themselves.