Once again millions of people gathered to watch a bunch of guys run around on a field in tight spandex, throw a leather ball and knock the snot out of each other. For us fans the Super Bowl is a fun time to hang out with friends, stuff our faces with food, and hopefully enjoy a good game.
But what about the football players who commit their lives to this game? Not all of them, but many are living for the glory of that coveted Super Bowl ring and trophy. But how long does that glory last? The spotlight of the world, champions of the NFL, the praise of man, how long does it satisfy? A week? Two? Maybe a month? Does anyone even remember who won the Super Bowl 5 years ago or who played on that team?
Last night just reminded me of the fleeting satisfaction we experience on earth. Apart from God’s glory, our momentary glory is cheap, shallow, and leaves us desperately craving more. All the earthly fame I have ever experienced has gone. The success and spotlight I experienced a year ago I can’t even remember and the spotlight of even two weeks ago seems like a distant memory. Is this what life is supposed to feel like? One disappointing let down after another? The high of success followed by complete emptiness? I don’t think so……
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 ESV)
A life spent seeking God and the things of His kingdom are preparing for us an eternal glory that our minds can’t comprehend! We experience this in part now, and one day will be overwhelmed with the incomprehensible joy of the glory of God in its fullness! In a world where everything changes, fades, and can be taken from us, this should be a hope that stirs our affections for our God whose true and everlasting glory overflows for His beloved children to enjoy!
It’s November! I’ll bet most of you are stressed about school and praying that you can make it to Thanksgiving break. In light of that and the upcoming holiday season I wanted to take a few minutes to share something with you.
I was at a conference in October listening to a speaker tell us about a very difficult time in her life. For a long time she felt depressed and frustrated. She finally began to climb out of her darkness by training herself to “exercise her thankfulness muscles.” So what it exactly does that mean? For her it consisted of two things that she encouraged us to try for ourselves. I can tell you that it makes a difference!
- Ask yourself “What actually happened today?” and give an honest account. Everyone has has one of those days where you wake up happy and then something happens to change that. Maybe someone annoys you or you get a bad grade on a test. Now your in a bad mood and things spiral down from there. At the end of the day you have a list in your head of all the things that went wrong and all the stress that came with them. It is so easy to focus on the bad and forget about the good that happened that day. So sit down and write out a list of what ACTUALLY happened. It can be simple: I woke up, I ate a good breakfast, I got to spend time with my friends, etc. Try to take the emotions out of it for a minute and write the actual events.
- Keep a running list of the things in your life for which you are thankful. Write these down too. It can be little or big things: I’m thankful they served my favorite tater-tots for lunch, I’m thankful my grandmother was released from the hospital, I’m thankful we won our game, I’m thankful I am forgiven and can interact with a holy God. etc. Start training yourself to be appreciative of the good things in your life and stop taking them for granted.
So whats the goal here? I’m NOT saying that when you tally up the accounts of each day the good always outweighs the bad, so you should be naturally thankful all the time. We all know that’s not true. I know many of you have had incredible painful seasons of life already.
Look at these verses: Nehemiah 12: 24, 1 Chronicles 16:34, Psalm 50:22-23, 109:30, Philippians 4:6, Colossians 2:6-7, 3:15-17, 4:2
When you stop and think about what the Bible says, you’ll realize that the kind of longstanding, continual thankfulness that God commands does not come naturally to most of us. Biblical thankfulness, like love, is more often a choice than it is a feeling. It takes practice to develop a thankful heart.
I think God wants more from us than the reactive “thank-goodness-no-cops-saw-me-run-that-stoplight” kind of thankfulness. I believe He is calling us to a more disciplined approach: cultivating an attitude of gratefulness that is deep and lasting by continually choosing to view the events of our lives in light of His eternal work in our hearts. That is what will help you get through the bad days, bite your tongue when you want to snap at your family, let go of the little stresses you hold on to on a daily basis, and become more satisfied in God.
This week in Sunday school we discussed why it is important to study the nature of God. Through the discussion we came to the conclusion that the way we live our lives and the way we worship flows out of our understanding of God. That’s why it is so important to have an accurate understanding of who God is. Or worship is determined by our view of God!
We also discussed that we can have knowledge about God without really knowing Him. JI Packer says that “We must seek, in studying God, to be led to God.” We don’t want merely to retain facts about God, but instead, allow those facts to lead us to know God more intimately and personally. We want our intellectual knowledge of God to move from our minds into our hearts and change the way we live!
We did not have time do discuss how that works. How does knowledge of God move from our minds to our hearts and out through our lives? What can we do to help in this process? I would love to hear some of your thoughts on how this takes place! I encourage you guys and gals to share your thoughts to this post!
Sunday Scho0l 8/26 – Starting new series on Attributes of God! Join us at 9:45 to learn about our awesome God!
217 8/26- Sunday night after games and worship Elsa Wieboldt and members of the BCF Guatemala team will join us for 217 to share about their respective mission trips this summer.
In other news:
- Middle School Modgnik work crew – Many of you have signed up for work crew on September 28-30 and we need to get Young Life and BCF release forms from everyone planning to go (see attached forms). I received a note from the Modgnik coordinator this week saying that we are limited to 20 teenagers (adults and teens over 18 are not in this count). We will do our best to take everyone, but we may have to start a “waiting list”. Again, please have your parents sign the attached forms and bring them on Sunday to confirm your decision to go. Thanks!
- Help needed this Friday and Saturday 9/24-25- The Scheckers have a field of mowed hay they need picked up this weekend to get ready for the church picnic. If you can help, please call them at 552-1287. You will be compensated for your labor.
- Food for 217 – If you or someone in your family would like to prepare food for hungry teenagers on Sunday evening, please see one of the adult leaders. Nine pizzas vanish in minutes on Sunday night, so we welcome any goodies you can contribute to the cause. Casseroles, salads, sandwiches, and cookies have all been hits in the past, so there is a very good chance anything you contribute will be eaten. Thanks!
- Girl’s night out 9/14 - All girls! Allison is organizing a night out for you on Friday, September 14 to watch movies, eat junk food, and enjoy each other’s company. More details to come, so hold the date.
- Guy’s night 9/14 – While the girls are enjoying movies, Drew will also have a night out for the guys. Listen for details on Sunday.
- Missions sharing – All of the summer missions trips will share with the BCF congregation on Sunday evening, September 16. If you participated in a trip this summer, please contact your team leader for details.
Hello everyone! Time for updates!
Good Friday Service will be at BCF at 7pm. Hope to see you there.
April 8 Easter Sunday!
SS will meet. Drew and Joe will be teaching.
The Apologetics Session will meet 4:30 in the Fellowship Hall.
217 will meet as usual. Some people from the apologetics panel may be coming to share with us.
Just 7 days until MODGNIK! If you have not turned in your medical release forms, please bring them Sunday with your parent’s signature. If you are not memorizing Romans 8, your final payment is due this Sunday. If you are memorizing Romans 8, please bring your checkoff sheet this Sunday. Also, be ready to quote the entire chapter or take a written test this Sunday. You can choose which type of test to take, oral or written.
Modgnik details for next Friday, April 13 – We will start boarding the bus for Modgnik around 4:30 next Friday afternoon. If you are not able to make this time, let a leader know so we can coordinate alternate transportation. Bring a towel, pillow, sleeping bag/sheets, warm clothes, spending $$ for snacks, a Bible, notebook, and pen, and bathing suit if you plan on getting in the water. Ipods are fine on the bus, but must be stowed while at the camp. Dairy drinks and messy foods are not allowed on the bus; water and soda with lids are fine. We will stop for dinner on the way, so bring some money for fast food. We should arrive back in Blacksburg Sunday afternoon around 2:15.
Thank you for sharing your talents with us last Sunday evening! Another opportunity to share your talent is coming up in May as we host the Missions Awareness Talent show for the church. Each of the summer mission trips will share their plans as you share your talents. Signups and more details will be available soon.
See you Sunday!
Here are the updates for this week
SS will meet as usual. We will be having a Passover Seder meal. We will be SITTING ON THE FLOOR, so if you are a girl you will want to wear something that allows you to do that comfortably.
The Apologetic Sessions will continue to meet this week at 4:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.
217 will meet as usual. This week will be open mic night, come prepared to show off a talent. We will also be having milkshakes :). Feel free to dress up in something goofy. It is April Fools after all!
April 13-15 is MODGNIK! Props to all of you who recited half or all of Romans 8 last week! Keep working on your memorization.
May 6 is the talent show!! This is put on by 217 and we invite the whole Church, so be thinking of a talent!
Finally, I hope you all enjoyed hearing Collin speak at 217 last week as much as we did!
That’s all for now. See you guys on Sunday!
Just wanted to let you all know that BCFer Paul Carlier will be speaking at Cru at Virginia Tech on Thursday, March 29. Cru meets from 8:00-9:30 pm in Squires Colonial Hall on campus. This event will replace Drew and Leah’s Thursday night small group and is open to anyone who wants to come. We will meet inside the main entrance to Squires on the first floor at 7:45 pm. If you show up at our house we will not be here. If you need transportation email me at email@example.com or catch me at SS or 217.
Cru meetings are a lot of fun and there will be some great worship time. For those of you who are seniors this is a perfect opportunity for you to get a taste of what campus ministry groups can be like. Mr. Carlier is an Organic Chemistry professor and will be speaking on what it’s like to be a Christian in the science world today.
Hope to see you all there!
Hello all! Hope you guys are listening to God this week! Here are the scheduled events:
Senior Dinner at Preston’s If you are a senior you are invited, but you need to RSVP. So if you haven’t already done that please do immediately. Like, yesterday. Contact Dana or another leader.
Sunday School will meet as usual. We will be collecting money for Modgnik.
The Apologetics Sessions will start this week at 4:30. Several leaders in the church are dedicating their time tackle some tough issues for us so PLEASE SHOW UP. I think we’ll learn a lot.
217 will meet as usual. Collin Carroll will be speaking. We will be collecting money for Modgnik.
Open mic night at 217!! This is open time for you guys to perform songs, show artwork, talk about what God is doing in your life, do an interpretive dance, read vogon poetry or whatever it is you want to do. We will be passing around sign up sheets at SS and 217 so that we can get an idea of how many people want to participate. Plan on keeping it under 5 min for now.
Modgnik. Don’t forget your toothbrush. Please.
Annual Talent Show. Open to all of BCF. I know this is a ways away, but I just wanted to put it on your radar.
Modgnik is coming up soon!! Please click here to view 2012 brochure.* The dates for this year’s retreat are April 13-15. We will be collecting money this week (March 25) at Sunday school and 217.
*Please note that the cost listed on the brochure is not accurate. Please contact a leader for more information.