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Powered by 30 years of next-generation leadership experience, Stuart serves as Director of Student Leadership and Leadership Networking for Orange (ReThink Group) and also leads INFLUNSR, an organization whose mission is to fuel the next generation of leaders worth following.
Combining a unique balance of self-deprecating, anecdotal humor, iconoclastic insight and powerful application, Stuart speaks to thousands of junior high, high school and college students, student pastors, parents, leaders, and coaches every year through camps, retreats, and special events.
Stuart has co-authored three books: the award-winning The Seven Checkpoints: Seven Principles Every Teenager Needs to Know and MAX Q: Developing Students of Influence with Andy Stanley, and the leadership edition of Wired: For a Life of Worship with Louie Giglio.
Stuart speaks regularly at BigStuf Camps, the Orange Conference, and the Orange Tour. In his spare time (insert sarcasm here), he serves as a volunteer high school varsity girls basketball coach for the Buford High School Lady Wolves, who have recorded seven GHSA state championships, two state runner-up finishes, nine Final Four appearances and one Elite Eight appearance in the last ten years.
Stuart and his beautiful wife Kellee reside north of Atlanta and are the parents of three young adult children: son Grant (a 2017 Duke University graduate and football letterman), daughter Chandler (a senior basketball player at Rollins College), and daughter Cameron (a freshman soccer player at the University of Florida)
Hope: Week One—Day Five
But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. – Isaiah 40:31 (NRSV)
This year has felt like a marathon. There has been so much stress, anxiety, bitterness, and obstacles. Nothing has been normal. I feel like if I hear the phrase “uncertain times” one more time I am going to explode. We really need some certain times if you ask me. We need new energy. We need some encouragement.
In Hebrew, the word “wait” can also mean “hope.” We talked about the connection between waiting and hoping in our last devotion. We discussed how God calls us to practice hope with patience and imagination. But this verse introduces another element to hope which God promised to provide: strength.
Waiting can take a lot of energy out of you. Without God’s intervention we can become discouraged or exhausted by the circumstances in which we find ourselves. But God promised if you wait for Him, if you put your hope in Him, He will renew your strength. It is a message of endless endurance and profound support. Isaiah presents us with a heroic image of a runner who never gets tired, and paints us a picture of a majestic bird soaring above all troubles.
This verse reminds me of where we find hope in our Christmas hymns. There’s a line in “O Holy Night” which goes: “A thrill of hope – the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!”
I love the idea that hope is thrilling. There’s an energy and strength behind hope. It feels like electricity animating our very bones.
The hope of God is not a weak and fragile thing. God’s hope is dynamic and strong. It energizes us in the midst of “uncertain times.” It makes us agile enough to overcome the most challenging of obstacles. God’s hope is thrilling and brings joy to all the world.
Maybe this seems unattainable to you. Maybe you are weary from a year of uncertainty. Engage God in conversation. Ask for the strength and thrill of hope this Advent.
Jared Greer, American Ninja Warrior THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT, Sept 16.
EAT BEFORE YOU COME & WEAR SOME CLOSE TOE SHOES
5:30 Outside Obstacles Open/Checkin
6:30 Jared Greer and Friends Demonstrate some amazing Ninja Warrior stuff
7:30 Outside Obstacles Open 30 Minutes
8pm Tear Down Time
Do You Know the Key 5 Questions Your Kid is Asking?
Here are links to the AT HOME DEVOS posted these past two weeks. THANK YOU to all that have shared!
Hi Middle School Parents!
As we are officially at home for school the rest of the semester, and we wait on phasing in to work and gather this next month, my goal is to provide 2 to 3 Zoom experiences during the week that are geared for your Middle Schoolers.
- Our Zoom Meet Up will be more of a creative hangout, involving some sort of screen game or interactive and a check in focused on seeing faces and finding community.
- Our Youth Group Online will involve a “Talk Time” with a message and brief discussion.
- Our third Zoom may be more impromptu by inviting through social media avenues and will be video and game driven.
Can you help me decide WHEN to schedule our meet ups by joining the list below and answering a couple questions?
Join our Zoom email list for Scheduled invites
Last of all, we are using parent email lists and provide a password, along with the invite link for better safety.
We love you and your family!
Please let us know how we can pray for you during this time.
THE OSM TEAM is using the resources God has provided us to bring OSM LIVE right to your living room! Catch up on Week 1 and Week 2.