Monthly Archives: August 2018

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Hazing Jeremiah 2

Friday 8/31

Amelia Volpe

Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight”

A lot of times when we face a crossroads, we start to overthink things. Which way is best for me? Which is the most familiar? What will the consequences be if I choose wrong? It’s so easy to get caught up in our thoughts. Fortunately, we have God to shake us out of that and set us on the right path. These two verses in Proverbs tell us that it’s not our own understanding that will carry us forward, by God. If we listen to God and follow His guidance, He will never let us down and will never lead us down the wrong path. As school starts to get busier and our lives more difficult, we need to rely on God to take us in the right direction.

God, please remind me to always listen to you and seek your guidance when I’m facing difficult choices. Even if the right path isn’t easy, help me to follow it to You. Each and every day, help me remember that your wisdom far exceeds my own.

Hazing Jeremiah 1

Thursday 8/30

John Austin Higginbotham

Romans 5:3-5: “… we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does NOT disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”

I do not know your sufferings, but I have known some of my own, and I’m sure you will recognize them: loneliness, depression, and anxiety. I wish I had known this passage more fully my freshman year. I see here in Paul’s message a reminder of a central theme of The Bible; no matter where you are or what you are going through, you are not alone. God loves you and He is with you, always. I can only speak from my own understanding, but in a tumultuous freshman year, this was what I needed to know. Through all of the things that seemed to be caving in on me, from lack of friends, to difficulty in class, God was always with me. He led me from simple endurance into hope. I know that He will do the same for you.

Oh Lord I pray that You would enter into our lives more fully. We go through so many things on our own in this world. We think that no one knows our true hurt, but that is not true. You have known us Lord long before we were even a thought. And then You knit us in our mother’s womb and made us in Your image. Lord if anyone knows us it is You. So open our eyes. Let us see You. Enter our hearts and give us Your Peace, Comfort, and Strength. Help us to go from simply enduring to living in love and hope. And help us to reach out to others. In Your name we pray. Amen.

Crossroads Devotional 3

Tuesday

Ruth Hallstead

Romans 14:7

When we are faced with a choice or series of choices, sometimes it can be helpful to pause, and look back before we step forwards. It’s important to remember wo we are and stay true to that. This verse in Romans reminds us that we are God’s, no matter what we do or what we’ve done. We have always been His and we will always be His. If you’re new on campus or you’ve been here for a while, the new school year is going to bring you lots of choices. Choices regarding commitments, friends, classes, there’s a lot going on. Regardless, we are God’s. He spoke us into being and he’s not letting go anytime soon.

Lord, please guide me today as I face (ask Him to help you with specific choices, current or yet to come). Help me to remember that I am Yours and I’ve never been anything else. Give me the strength and clarity to move forward into the life you want me to lead.

Crossroads Devotional 2

Monday

Logan Henderson

John 6:28-35

One of the first questions that comes to mind whenever we do anything new is why we should do it. Whenever any change happens in our lives, we question why it’s happening or why we should join in, and we should do that. In this Scripture, we see the people Jesus is speaking to questioning why they should believe in Him, and Jesus takes the time to answer them, as He takes the time to answer you and listen to your concerns/worries (if you tell Him about them). The biggest thing He points to as a sign to why they (and we) should believe in Him is because He provides. He always has what is best for us at heart, from the lonely times of trying to navigate college’s social scene to one day when you will graduate (because the chances are that you’ll definitely graduate, so keep doing great). God always has what’s best for Him at heart, and what’s best for Him is what is the best use of our life and our time. So as we consider the sermon this week about following God’s path, remember that you’ve got stake in it too, and His ideas and plans are the best for you.

Father,

We praise you because you actually care. You care enough to listen to our prayers, our tears, our worries, and our stress. We cast those upon you now God (tell Him what you’re going through and be honest). As the semester starts, we pray that You would lead us to learn so much more about you, and to love You and Your people more tangibly and with more passion, breaking down boxes and barriers we might set up. Increase our love Lord, and thank you for all You are.

Amen

Crossroads Devotional 1

Friday

Charlie Warren

“Many plans are in a person’s mind, but the Lord’s purpose will succeed.”

– Proverbs 19:21, CEB

College is a time filled with choices. What to major in, who to be friends with, how to get involved; it can be overwhelming. Some people already answered these questions, while others are still searching for answers. For both groups, this verse is one to keep in mind. To those still searching, remember that God’s plan always prevails, and you should look to him and the Scriptures to help find answers. If you already feel like your choices have been made, even if you believe they’re the right ones, don’t forget that sometimes the purpose we believe we have for ourselves is not the one God has in store for us.

God, help me discover the plans you have for me. Remind me that I am not alone at the crossroads of my life, and that your purpose will succeed.

Foundations Study Application

It’s time to get excited about Discipleship (but let’s be honest, y’all should always be excited)! Below you can find the form to apply to lead a Foundations Study. These three-week long studies take place on Monday nights from 7-8 p.m. Applications are due one week before the study is scheduled to start (ex. For the Sept. 10th study, applications are due Sept. 3rd). Leaders must have completed Flight Paths, but other than that the only qualifications are enthusiasm and a plan! There’s lots more detail in the form, so go ahead and take a look! If you’ve got any questions, feel free to email discipleship@bamawesley.org or reach out to Ruth Hallstead. 

 

Foundations Study Application

Hello! We're so excited you are interested in leading a Foundations Study! Each study will meet for three weeks, on Mondays from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. We'd like these studies to help people increase their knowledge, familiarity, and/or understanding of the Bible, their faith, Methodism, etc. If you have any questions or would like help with planning, go ahead and email discipleship@bamawesley.org. Thanks for applying!
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  • Each study will last three weeks.