After spending a week at Boy Scout camp with 22 boys under my watch….I’m relieved to be back in the land of frozen ice cream, the Golf Channel, my backyard chickens, and (most importantly) a comfortable bed! “Tent living” for 6 nights…made me realize that I’ve gotten very “SOFT” since leaving the military years ago!
For the most part, we’ve reached the end of our study this week. Formally, let’s talk about Chapter 10, which I will lead. And we can “catch up” on any of the previous chapters/topics this week….as well as next week’s wrap-up session.
Playing “catch” always reminds me of one of my favorite movies….”The Natural” about the fictional baseball character, Roy Hobbs….“the best there ever was….”.
This week, we’re at the Cornwell Center. Next Friday, we’re at the Charlotte Cafe for the wrap up.
See you on the 29th at the Cornwell Center, beginning at 7:30 am. I’ll start our lesson at 7:45 am.
If there were a headline for this week’s lesson, it might be something like this:
“The problem of pain and suffering is one of the biggest reasons why people keep their distance from God.”
I remember the first time I traveled to El Salvador for a church mission trip. Shocked, is the best way to describe my feelings, witnessing suffering and poverty; a community living on pennies each day. It was easy for me to have deep questions such as “how can this be?”
This week, we’ll tackle the notion that through all the world’s suffering, are we encouraged with hope, or disheartened by the realism? Our reading assignment is Chapter 9: “Hope or Realism?”
Maybe, we’ll see through this week’s reading that there’s a bigger picture? After all, God’s long-term promises continue to be infinitely more real than any present, broken realities.
Mike leads us this week. Only one more chapter after this week. Gather at the Cornwell Center at 7:30 am. We’ll kick things off at 7:45 am
How many of us are old enough to remember the “Leave It to Beaver” show? Hopefully, I’m not aging myself too much…but I do recall watching the 50’s/60’s black & white, family-orientated program when I was a kid….in syndication, of course!
Nowadays however, the lessons taught on the show are considered obsolete, foreign, and ridiculous, especially by most millennials in our society. Early on in this week’s lesson, “Chapter 8: Chastity or Sexual Freedom”, the author shares a story about a young woman who is visiting his church and asks:
“We don’t live in Leave It to Beaver land anymore. I have gay and straight friends, including many who are not married, who like to have sex, and who feel fine about it.”
Yikes! Welcome to the church, young lady. Would you like to sit here in the front pew?
Challenging chapter this week. Let’s all put our big-boy pants on and come ready to discuss how the church can withstand many of the sexual distractions and challenges that are overloading our minds, televisions, and computers in today’s world. And you thought “Sex Ed” in your middle school Health & PE class was tough!
Rob Miller is stepping up this week to lead us, thank heaven! He’s the dad of two teenage boys and will have plenty to share, I’m sure!
See you at the Cornwell Center this Friday. Gather at 7:30 am. Rob will start at 7:45 am.
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