Here are some of my new friends that I met thru Becca… Kayla, Haley, Miranda, Sarah and Des (or Ray Ray)

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As a kid, one of the most exciting things about going back go school was getting new school cloths and supplies and the Superman backpack and the Spiderman lunchbox. Showing off our new cool stuff and seeing everyone else’s new cool stuff almost offset the depressing thought that summer was over and homework was about to begin.

Unless, of course, your cloths are old or hand-me-downs because your family couldn’t afford all the new and “cool” stuff. Then it may be anything but exciting. As a matter of fact, it may be one more thing that creates a deeper divide between all the “us’s” and “them’s”, the haves and the have-nots. 

That’s why we decided to collect backpacks and school supplies for those in need (thanks to Cindy Shrewsberry, one of the most mission-minded people I know (and Kieth too)). We will bring them to Crossroads on Sunday and hopefully join with many others in doing the same. I hope Terry can’t walk on the stage because there’s so many backpacks.  We also put notes of encouragement and scripture in them also. 

I found myself thinking “I hope they get these things and realize there are people out there who care.”  My heart quickly jumped into gear to override my stupid brain and I began thinking “I hope they get these things and realize there’s a Living God that loves them so much.”   That would be even better… 

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We also discussed that just as 1 ounce of prevention is better than than 1 ton of treatment; one ounce of encouragement is better than 1 ton of accountability.

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In tonight’s class we discussed the fact that Christianity and faith are meant to be lived out as verbs. But most of the time we as Christians gather and hear or talk about faith and Christ, and we all agree about how awesome the concepts or ideas are, and high-five each other (amen) and then leave until we come back and discuss and agree on some more great stuff next week. (that’s like 7 ands) The hard part of course is putting any of this radical, die to self, serve, obey stuff into action.

We discussed and made a list, shown in the picture below, of verbs we found in the bible (feel free to add some of your own, we skipped some on purpose for that reason). We are so awesome that we were able to even quote some verses that uses them.  Which of course led us to the obvious realization that they were not really meant to be simply “good ideas” but fall more logically in the “command” category. We then concluded that each of us are better at some of the verbs than other ones.

Finally we agreed that being better at one didn’t excuse us from the others. Therefore our challenge was to identify 3 ( or more) verbs that we are not so good at and try to raise it up a notch or two. Simple yet probably monumental of an undertaking. If all else fails, we can always resume getting together and talking and agreeing about stuff.

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Kicking back in community at Starbucks after Class

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Great photo of back of Erin Moreno's head

This is a photo from our dinner at olive Garden a few weeks ago. Text invitation went out around 3:00 that afternoon, 3 hours later, 24 people showed up.  The occasion? It was Friday.

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