Monthly Archives: September 2017

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What’s Your Name (Thursday)

Mark 5:21-34

Do you ever feel like you’re so busy you might explode?  Just me?  When I get overstressed, my first move is to lock myself away in a study room and tell my friends that I’ll see them another time.  Far too often, my work comes first and people come somewhere way at the bottom, after I’ve passed my test or finished just one more essay. At the outset of this story, Jesus was pretty busy – He had just gotten into town, there was a crowd surrounding Him expecting great things, and He was on the way to heal a girl on her deathbed.  I’m stressed out just thinking about the pressure.  But, in the midst of all the chaos, He stops everything when he feels a tug on His hem.  He made time to listen and care for this woman.  If He had had tunnel vision on his task, he might not have even felt her reaching for Him, but by being available to the Lord’s interruptions and making time to really listen to this woman’s complaint he was able to change her life.  As someone who is trying to learn how to be more like Jesus, I feel pretty challenged by this story.  How often have I maybe missed something the Lord was trying to do because I was too wrapped up in my own schedule? Where, in my life, can I be more intentional about learning someone’s name and story?  

What’s Your Name (Wednesday)

by Hannah Alford

Names don’t just give us our identity, but they connect us with others. Under God’s name we can form relationships with everyone we meet, whether or not they believe in God’s name for themselves. John 1:12 says Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—” As long as we receive God and believe in the power his name can accomplish, we become connected to all of those that are trying to serve God’s purpose. On campus, this means inviting your friends who maybe don’t go to church often to come to worship with you, or even just inviting them to come to an event that might not be worship based. As students we are the ones that can make the biggest difference and really enact change on campus since we are the ones who can actually really see the impact. It’s not a question of “Who’s going to do this?” it’s “When can I start?” Those of us that have already received God’s name can spread his love until as children of God, we fulfil the purpose that God has been pushing us toward since we were first created.

What’s Your Name (Tuesday)

By Haley Smith

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:38-39‬ ‭NIV‬‬

From the start of creation (Genesis 2:18) it was made known that we should not be alone. As Christians we are told all the time to be in fellowship, to join other believers and that we can be greater when we are in community with others. But we all feel lonely. Even if we’re living in community- but especially when we’re not. I mean we’re told to grow with others in our faith. So now I’m alone and failing at being a “good Christian” right? We go through periods of feeling utterly by ourselves. It could be just a few hours of loneliness, or it could be months where we feel as if we don’t have anyone to turn to. Here comes the hope though. In those times, that’s when it is most important to cry out to Jesus. That’s when it is so important to be in the word and listening to the things God says about you. He tells you that you are wonderfully made and you are loved. I know that has gotten me through some pretty tough times (@highschool) and continues to be something I remind myself of as often as I can. But here’s the even more important piece. Just think if you felt alone or were going through times in your life where you felt you had no one, and you didn’t have a relationship with Jesus? What would that be like? This is just one of the countless reasons it is so important for us to share our joy in Jesus with others. Allow others to know that they are loved and are never, ever alone. It could be exactly the kind of hope someone needs.

What’s Your Name (Monday)

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We promise Jesus is more enthusiastic about getting to know you then Jesse McCartney is in this gif…

by Ruth Hallstead

John 10:3 “He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out”

I had only been on campus for a few days when I attended my first Wesley event, and I was a bit nervous walking in. As soon as I walked in the door, I was introduced to one of my favorite things that Wesley does—give out nametags. I really want to know people’s names, but I never remember them, and I’m always hoping there will be a casual way to get reminded of their name without letting on that I have no clue what it was they initially told me. At Wesley, I can focus on talking to people without worrying that I have already forgotten their name (at least for a bit, obviously I need to learn everyone’s name eventually) two words into the conversation. When I went to my second Wesley event a few days later, some people remembered my name and I was given another name tag. Both of these actions made me feel like I mattered and that I was expected to come back. When people know your name, it’s really hard to escape, to be antisocial or to try and go it alone. It is a powerful reminder of love when someone greets you by name and instills a huge sense of belonging in you. God’s love is like that. We are individuals whose names matter—it is written that He calls us by name in John, Psalms, Isaiah, Proverbs, and numerous other places. He’s not going anywhere, and He fully expects us to come back and stick around for a long time. Our names matter, they are uniquely ours. While you may have a name twin (or lots, depending on your name), no one wears your name like you do. Follow His example as you go about your week: learn some names and get to know the child of God behind each name at Wesley and around campus.

Darkness & Boldness

by Logan Henderson

1 John 3:19-23
As I read this Scripture I began a self-assessment. It’s good to stop and reflect sometimes when you’re reading Scripture, because His Word often clarifies the deepest mysteries and doubts of our hearts. God will sometimes use these moments to illuminate something about you you didn’t even know. Anyway, I’m reading this and I look in the metaphorical mirror. And I ask myself “Am I abiding in truth by this definition? Do I have a clear conscience before God?” And my answer was no. Let me tell you why. I have been walking around lately with so much shame drilled into my shoulders and the weight was killing me. I didn’t look my Savior in the face and I ran from Him, so my heart grew cold and calloused to His love. And as I read this and as I write this now, I feel that burden lifted, because I see now what the Enemy wants to take from me. It’s not just my confidence tomorrow as I go to classes and talk to people. The stakes are much higher. He wants to take away our confidence before our God. Not to humble us, but to belittle and imprison us. As long as we are ashamed and walking around downcast and distracted, we are not pursuing Christ, we are not living into our potential. Jesus wants more for us than this! Though our hearts condemn us of sin, the Spirit convicts us and guides us back to Himself, welcoming us with love and rejoicing at our eyes being opened. What a God, that pursues us and brings us back to Him. He is truly relentless in His desire for our hearts. When we’re with Him, He gives us strength and intensifies the beauty in the world around us. Lust has lost its luster, and shame its weight. Christ bore the penalty and wants us to leave that weight behind. So chase Him boldly, as He commands us.

Livin’ On A Prayer (Thursday)

I find prayer a little daunting sometimes.  I always feel like I never know quite what to say or if I’m doing it wrong. And, logically, I know that there’s no wrong way to pray, but still I sometimes find myself with a little bit of ‘pray’er’s-block per se. So, for advice and inspiration I like to look to some people who are considered experts in the field.  Take David for example.  He is often lauded as a great man of God and prayer and, in fact, has a whole book of prayers (aka Psalms) often credited to him, so, clearly, he’s killin’ the praying game.  One way I like to use the Bible in my prayer life is to take an in depth look at what the author is saying and then interpret and pray that message for my own life.  Over the years, I’ve used Psalms 5 more than once because in my Bible it’s listed as the “Morning Prayer.”  I love how the author starts his morning with a focus on being with the Lord, which means being away from everything evil and asking for guidance towards the good God given stuff.  Below, I have included the verses from the chapter and, when I am feeling a little stuck, I like to use them to kick start my day.  How can each verse apply to my life – maybe it inspires prayer for a specific class or group of people or internal hurt that I’m struggling with.  Maybe, if nothing else, it just starts off my morning with a minute of thinking about how great God is. Prayer’s-block can hit any time, but when we recognize Satan’s attempt to get between us and Jesus and simply turn to the scriptures, we are able to employ the one weapon that is able to defeat him every time.

 

Psalms 5

Give ear to my words, O Lord;

   consider my groaning.

2 Give attention to the sound of my cry,

   my King and my God,

   for to you do I pray.

3 O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;

   in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.

4 For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;

   evil may not dwell with you.

5 The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;

   you hate all evildoers.

6 You destroy those who speak lies;

   the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

7 But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,

   will enter your house.

I will bow down toward your holy temple

   in the fear of you.

8 Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness

   because of my enemies;

   make your way straight before me.

9 For there is no truth in their mouth;

   their inmost self is destruction;

their throat is an open grave;

   they flatter with their tongue.

10 Make them bear their guilt, O God;

   let them fall by their own counsels;

because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out,

   for they have rebelled against you.

11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;

   let them ever sing for joy,

and spread your protection over them,

   that those who love your name may exult in you.

12 For you bless the righteous, O Lord;

   you cover him with favor as with a shield.