The greatness of technology, the upgradeness of life, and the movement of our Shelby System has granted us the nifty ability to place REGISTRATION ONLINE.
That’s Right! It is now 2018, and the digital age has come to Oakwood!
With all technological advances, we find the user learning curve may tech a second (but hey, it used to take an hour to really think through stuff) to realize there is a payment option online and with all glorious capabilities, there is a small fee for the online convenience. Whatever the case, from the comfort of you device, wherever you use it, you can click on links and sign up for stuff like the rest of the modern day world!
Have you been overwhelmed by the LOVE of JESUS lately?
In a world where we crave true love, look for authentic relationships, and seem to fail at the pursuit so much, it is refreshing to be reminded of the Love that Jesus Christ gave away for you and for me. Jesus, himself, spoke of how this love works with those who follow him in John 15 below:
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
“To lay down one’s life for one’s friends” paints a picture of TRUE RECKLESS LOVE! As Jesus spoke to His disciples, he meant for their impact to be simple, LOVE. This overwhelming love from the Father was poured out in the loving sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross, so that we might be overflowing with the love of Jesus.
How can the overwhelming love of Jesus be an overflowing supply to your family, your friends, and those in your day-to-day life?
THANK YOU, JESUS, FOR YOUR RECKLESS LOVE FOR US!!!
When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Superman. Seriously! I still remember the day my parents handed me a box from Sears and Roebuck that contained a red cape, blue tights with a red-and-yellow “S” shield on the chest. When I put it on, something magical happened. It transformed me from a shy six-year-old to a super hero with unique powers.
I was more powerful than my dad’s parked car.
I could leap tall fences with a single bound.
I was faster than our speeding fox terrier.
Looking back, I am absolutely positive that I could jump higher, run faster, and do more whenever I put on that suit. That was the year I got in trouble with my mom for running across the roof of our house in my red cape and underwear. It was just one of those days when I had to get suited up fast, so I left the tights off and just went with the cape. And don’t ask me how I got up on the roof. You should know. I flew, of course. At least that’s what I remember.
I don’t actually recall when I stopped believing in Superman, but his story did convince me of something that is true.
Good will ultimately win over evil.
Even though they’re no longer a couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie both recently confirmed they put safety measures on the Internet to provide boundaries for their children. They definitely plan to keep watch on their social media use as their children age. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently suggested he wouldn’t want his nephew on a social network. Years ago, Apple Founder Steve Jobs said he didn’t want his kids to even own an iPad. Why? It’s simple. Children’s health experts all agree that excessive use of digital devices and social media “are harmful to children and teens.”
On the other hand, so many of tomorrow’s jobs are going to be dependent on graduates having skills on computers and screens…
I love to be inspired and look for creative ways to be reminded of the journey to the Cross during Holy Week. Scott Erickson has a great way of merging today’s value in Art and the Spiritual Journey we all take to the Cross. Hope this inspires you this week as well.
The Stations of the Cross began as a practice that pilgrims would have when they were retracing Jesus’ finals steps in Jerusalem up to the hill where he was crucified. Wanting to share that practice and experience with people who couldn’t make the trip to the Holy City, they created these stations of meditation that became in itself a tradition. Today, you can find this tradition on the inside of many churches.
This journey to the cross is not only a meditation of Jesus accomplishing what he came to do – the redemption of humanity through his own willful sacrifice – but it’s also a contemplation of Jesus silently participating in some of the worst aspects of being human. We see him being tempted. Betrayed by a friend. Convicted in an unjust system. Pain. Mockery. Public humiliation. Broken family relationships.
He was one who was not separate from our own pain.
I don’t think our deepest question is “Is there a God?”
IS GOD REALLY IN THE MIDST OF ALL OF THIS?
The Gladsome Light is releasing their new album with the Oakwood Student Ministry Tonight!
Pizza in Main Foyer 6pm!