Are YOUR FEET BEAUTIFUL?

When I was in High School, something happened. At some point in my many High School adventures I slashed my left foot, right between the big toe and the second toe.  At the time, it must not have been major, because I don’t really remember what I did and didn’t even apply any medication to it.  I just left it to heal on it’s own.  Needless to say, this place on my foot eventually developed into a cyst that looked like I was creating my own little skin foothill to say the least.  Days turned to months, months turned into years, and I learned to live with this little bump on my left foot, but NEVER liked to show it off.  The great thing about socks and shoes in our society is that I didn’t have to really worry about anything until summer time rolled around.  Oh yea… Summer!  You know the time where you go barefoot and wear your flip flops or chacos or sandals and SHOW OFF YOUR FEET.  You get the picture.  I didn’t think my feet were up to par and really never thought my feet could ever be BEAUTIFUL.  (Hey, I’m a guy, so don’t just tell me to go get a pedicure and be done, girls.  I am sure that if I did consider something like a pedicure, that the lady person would have taken one look at my feet and bursted out in some sort of horrible scream, like the wicked witch of the East did in the Wizard of Oz.)

In a world of feet and stinkiness, I realize that maybe there are some of you out there with me.  You don’t like your feet.  They stink.  They are ugly in some way, and most of all, they CANNOT be BEAUTIFUL.  Lets face it, if there were some chart out there on the interwebs, the value for feet in this world would probably be really low compared to the value for, let’s just say, your eyes.

In conclusion, I realized that my feet were not beautiful and many others did not really have a high value for feet as well.

This is a problem.  When Paul starts talking in Romans about feet.  He uses the word beautiful in the same sentence as feet.  So when he talks all about feet, I naturally reject whatever he is about to say.  It’s like I just skim over Romans 10:15 and get to the next part.

HOWEVER,  all my life, I have been missing something that Paul has been saying about the whole foot thing.

Here is what he says…

And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
Romans 10:15 ESV


I had to get over the foot stuff and really look deeper into what Paul was saying.  He was pointing out something that makes total sense, to put BEAUTIFUL and FEET in the same sentence.

You see, wayyyyyy back in the day, When armies went to battle, those who remained at home waited anxiously to hear of the outcome, because often their destiny was tied to the success or failure of the armies. But they didn’t have telecommunication systems that could rush news instantly from the battlefront back to the local community. So messages were carried by runners.

Here is the main point – It’s not about FEET it’s about GOOD NEWS

IN FACT, in the ancient world it was customary, in some places, that if the messenger brought bad news, he was punished with death. If it was bad news, then, he would be burdened by the news that he was carrying, and fearful of what treatment he might expect. As each city posted lookouts to watch the approaching runners, it became almost a science whereby the lookout could determine whether the messenger was bringing good news or bad news, just by his feet.

To go deeper into history and the intentionality of Paul, there was the legend of Pheidippides.  (Yell out that name and see what reaction you get!!!) This was a soldier that ran from the battlefield at the site of the town of Marathon, Greece, to Athens in 490 B.C.  He ran so fast and so hard that as he delivered the momentous message “Niki!” (“victory”), he collapsed on the spot and died.  You might have guessed, that this why we use the word “Marathon” for that long run thing people do.  In fact, Pheidippides was honored by a 24.85 mile run from Marathon Bridge to Olympic Stadium in Athens during the first modern Olympic games held in 1896 in Greece.

Like Pheidippides, if the messenger was bringing good news of victory, his feet would be flying and he would be kicking up a lot of dust. There would be an exuberance and an enthusiasm in his running form, as he approached the walls of the city. Hence the phrase, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!

You See, It’s not about FEET it’s about GOOD NEWS

So when you are grossed out by stinky feet or huge cysts growing on them, remember that Beautiful Feet are ones of Victory. Oh, and by the way, I eventually got a wife, and told her about the cyst, and she made me better by taking me to the skin Dr. and getting it removed on the operation table in the office, as my two young kids ate their Cheerios and watched their Daddy wrench in pain.  I love my wife!

How about you right now? Do you  have Victorious or Defeated feet when it comes to your walk with Jesus?

 

Wherever your feet go, do they gladly bring the Good News of Jesus Christ?

OR do they bring other news and drag behind you?

 

How can your pursuit of Christ be like Pheidippides?

 

Do you want to go run a Marathon now?  (Me Neither)

All Access Tonight

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6pm Pizza Served in the Pavilion

6:40 Jackson Seale Band Kicks off the night

7:15 Speaker

7:50 Response Time (Parents please be mindful of students responding to the Gospel)

8pm Dismiss

What is All Access? All Access is a large group event geared for students to invest and invite a friend. The Oakwood Student Ministry, grades 6-12, meet in Student Pavilion for a night of high energy worship and a relevant message, challenging students to follow Christ. 5:30pm begins with food and hang time, then high energy music, a relevant speaker and response time..  Our Believe Weekend Kick-Off night is an All Access Night as well as our Back to School Bash.

Regular Middle School Wednesdays Beginning September 6

What happens on Fusion Wednesdays? We meet in the Student Pavilion – 5:30pm is Papa John’s Pizza, hangout and crowd mixer games.  6:00pm Bible Study Begins.   We begin with student-led worship, move to talk time, and then break out into small groups for real life discussion. 7:30pm is dismissal time.

How do you prepare for the storm?

Alert!!! Alert!!! The storm is coming!

harvey-1-rt-er-170825_12x5_992In the midst of Hurricane Harvey, we rush to fill up our cars with fuel, we rush to fill up our grocery baskets with dry goods, and we rush to batten down the hatches as winds rage and rains fall.

In the midst of all this rushing around, I was brought back to the imagery that Jesus portrayed in Matthew chapter 7.

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Matthew 7:24‭-‬27 ESV

How can we THINK TWICE about all this chaos to prepare for the storm?

The truth is that the rushing winds, the falling rains, and the flood waters impact us all, the wise and the foolish.

However, the wise have been practicing Godly Wisdom, building on the foundation of the words of Jesus, and taking those truths into their daily lives.

We have already seen devestation as the eye of the storm has navigated from the coast to the southern Texas region. Those who decided to prepare a firm foundation still take a hit, but remain useful and even a shelter for others that were pummeled by the storm.

Father, help us to see your vision and walk in your wisdom, so that when the storms come, we can be a witness and shelter to others for your Glory.

 

New 6th Grade Parents

Hey New 6th grade parents!

As Middle School students all over town are posting Class Schedules on Instagram, I know that as a parent, you are trying to get motivated for the new school year.

I just want to let you know that the truth is… IT WILL BE CHAOTIC.  CHANGE always is CHAOTIC, no matter what phase of life we are in.  My hope is that by the POWER OF GOD we can join together on the journey of faith and at least have some CONTROLLED CHAOS.  Isn’t it interesting that in the midst of change and crazy new schedules and registration and whatever may come our way, that we find GOD wanting to do AMAZING things in our lives.  When we can’t possibly do it all on our own, we find that God is looking for us to depend on His strength and wisdom to direct us on the path that will be full of joy and peace as we trust in HIM.

Romans 5:13 Says it this way: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

UPCOMING EVENTS !!!!

Promotion Sunday, August 27th         

ALL ACCESS Wednesday, August 30th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm @ The Student Pavilion

6th Grade Retreat – October 6-7 @ Camp Eagle

Remind 101 Oakwoodms updates – Tezt Oakwoodnb to 81010

Sign up for the Parent Email List

6th Grade Sign Up 2017-2018

Q What is Fusion? Fusion offers a loving and accepting environment geared for Middle School Students Grades 6-8.  We have events, weekly meetings, and exist to Intentionally Engage Middle School Students by leading them to the heart of the Father.

Q When and Where does Fusion Meet? Fusion Meets Sundays 9:15am in the Student Pavilion.  Wednesdays begin 5:30pm in the Student Pavilion.

Q What happens on Fusion Sundays @ the Student Pavilion? Beginning at  9:15am students have a Shipley doughnut or five, play some fusion tag, worship, talk time, and small group time.  10:30am is dismissal time from break out rooms in the SWC.

Q What happens on Fusion Wednesdays? Starting Wed Sept 6 – 5:30 Pizza and Hang Out  Begins in the Student Pavilion with a mixer and random giveaways.  6pm begins with worship, then talk time. We then break out into small groups.  7:30pm is dismissal time

Q What is All Access? All Access is a foyer event geared for students to invest and invite a friend. The Oakwood Student Ministry, grades 6-12, meet in the New Student Pavilion for a night of high energy worship and a relevant message, challenging students to follow Christ.  6:00pm begins with food and hang time,  then high energy music, a relevant speaker, and response time.  8pm is dismissal time.

Lockapalooza Schedule – We are still taking Sign Ups!

Schedule for the night:

 

7pm                                  Registration, T-Shirt, & Pizza @ Student Pavilion

8:00pm                             Sean Emory Illusionist

9:30pm                             Ice Breaker Games

10:30                                Charter Buses Arrive & Clean Up Student Pavilion

11:00                                Transport to Blazer Tag!!!

12am                                Check In

Play time!!!

3am                                  Late Late Shift volunteer check in

6am                                 Transport back to Oakwood

7am                                  Pick up Time @ Oakwood

Download the Lockapalooza schedule

Lockapalooza Registration 2017

 

Gawvi and Music Bible Studies

ABOUT THE ARTIST – GAWVI


Interlinc Provides great insight into current music and Christian influence for youth leaders all over the nation.

Check out the blog here 

Here is a post about GAWVI

Who Sounds Like Who
Justin Bieber  Drake  Chainsmokers  

Sitting at the keys in a theater in downtown Miami, GAWVI, the producer, DJ, and Dove Award winning songwriter crystallizes his reasons for doing creative work to just a few words: “My passion is to motivate and inspire, to urge people to tap into the potential inside them.” He’s playing a few notes, enjoying the lull of a quiet venue before it fills with thousands of screaming fans and supporters. Truth is, it wasn’t always like this. He wasn’t always rocking packed out shows, but he did know it would someday be his reality. Some might call it confidence in one’s ability, but GAWVI understands it as having a firm grasp on the greater purpose for which he was created.

Gabriel Alberto Azucena (born September 23, 1988), who goes by the stage name Gawvi, formerly G-Styles, is an American Christian hip hop artist and music producer for Reach Records. His career commenced in 2008, doing production work for Lecrae and Trip Lee, who continue to be his most consistent collaborators. In early 2016, he was officially signed to Reach Records.

He started his music production career in 2008, most notably working with Lecrae and Trip Lee. His career led to him acquiring a recording contract with Reach Records as both an artist and in-house record producer. He won a GMA Dove Award at the 46th GMA Dove Awards in the category of Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year, for his production work on Anomaly by Lecrae. In 2016, Gawvi released 2 EP’s: Lost In Hue and Holding Hue.

After years of maneuvering behind the scenes and masterminding a host of albums and Billboard charting singles, GAWVI is set to venture out as a solo artist. Energized by his travels and his experiences as a husband and new father, he’s ready to add to his story via a batch of genre-defying material. “I’m excited to share this new music with the world,” he says. “My first solo album is going to be like nothing we’ve ever released under the Reach imprint. We’re about to really surprise people.” GAWVI is embracing the moment while also looking toward tomorrow. “The future is now,” he says as someone calls to him from backstage. Indeed, the future is now

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