OK, so Nailscars.com has been down for 4 days. It seems that just as I decided to start coming back this site decided it didn’t want me back. Anyway, for the last two days at Centrikid I had this really profound post that was something about God and the way that we see things. I kept meaning to write it down somewhere other than on here so I would have it, but I kept forgetting.
Now I can’t remember what it was.
So whatever life changing profound thing that was ready to be placed here apparently is gone for now. Oh well, that’s the cool thing about ideas, when one goes another comes. You can’t keep chasing the old ideas, you have to run after the new ones.
Tomorrow I am going to Holiday World with the youth group. The fun never stops when you are a youth and children’s pastor. Every week this summer we have some sort of extra thing happening.
John 10:10 says: “A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.”
This abundant life isn’t just eternal life, it is abundant life now! Jesus is inviting us to Come Alive!
So I though I would use that verse as the jumping off point of a new Bible study series based on the songs from The Greatest Showman. The cool thing about The Greatest Showman is that the movie is covered by CVLI so you can probably show clips of it using the license you already have at your church. Below you will find an overview of the study, and check back in a couple of weeks for how you can purchase the whole thing.
Week 1: Jesus Invites us to Come Alive (Song: “Come Alive”, and quotes from “To the Other Side”)
Week 2: We come alive when we seek God more than stuff (Song: “Never Enough”)
Week 3: We Come alive when we are willing to stop hiding our scars (Song: “This is Me”)
Week 4: Jesus offers us a way home when we mess up (Song: “From Now On”)
Summer is such an interesting time when it comes to being in ministry. On the one hand it is amazing. You get to spend days and days with students learning about their lives, building relationships, teaching about Jesus. On the other hand it is an exhausting slog that sucks at your soul and makes you surly.
Case in point: Tomorrow we are heading to children’s camp. We will come home from that on Friday and then the next Monday head out to Holiday World with the youth followed by the Sunday after that for our VBS kickoff. It is a crazy, crazy month and I am tired just looking at it.
With all that said, it is a fun time, just lots of things that have to be happening in my brain all at once. While I am at an event I am already looking forward to the next thing. On top of that the Sunday and Wednesday nights don’t stop so I am still teaching kids, still writing lessons, and still trying to get all of the other church stuff done I normally do.
Like I said, it hasn’t even started yet and I am already tired.
But once this little bit of crazy happens I think I am going to write a new complete series for Nailscars.com. So here are my options. Let me know in the comments which you would rather see.
Kim Possible (4 lessons from the old cartoon)
Finding Purpose (4 Lessons based on the old Phineas and Ferb cartoons)
Come Alive (4 Bible lessons from The Greatest Showman)
Beauty: Who you are as a Child of God (5 lessons from Disney Princess movies)
So after paying yet another company it appears that all of my Nailscars.com issues are fixed. I could be wrong, but it looks like traffic is returning to the site and the crazy pop ups are over. I am heading to kids camp next week so there won’t be a whole lot of changes, but I hope to get a new theme up and work out some of the kinks of the site. If you hit a link that doesn’t work try using the search bar on top of the page to find what you need. It is probably still on the site, just not where it used to be. If you still can’t find it just email me and I will see what I can do.
The power was out at my house for about 16 hours earlier this week. Sitting there in the dark I started think about how much being in the dark makes everything different. Sitting in the dark makes everything different. Probably the biggest thing for me is how much even small lights can make a room livable. You can go from so dark that you can’t see anything and are bumping your head on things to a room that is navigable with just the smallest amount of light.
We are supposed to be the light, we are supposed to glow where the light meets the dark. The problem is that we spend all of our time in the light and we forget that we are actually able to glow and light up dark places. We think that the light we have is not that big of a deal because we hang out with other lights all of the time, but we forget that there is a whole world of darkness out there that desperately needs the light of Jesus and we are hording it to ourselves.
-You are the light
-There are lots of lights
-Not out there there aren’t. Out there there is only darkness
-But then how will I see where I am going
-You are the light
-But I am only a small one
-Not out there you aren’t. Out there any light will drive back the darkness,
-Really?…I’ve lived in the light so long I have forgotten the dark
-That is why you must go. Here, that light is small,but out there the light you have will grow and grow and grow until it drives away yet another domain of darkness.
-What happens then?
-Then you will stand beside a youngling who feels like she has no light and tell her to go out and SHINE and one by one, person by person, we will push back against the darkness with the true light of the world.