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Lots of Travel...(Haiti Day 1 & 2)

Lots of Travel...(Haiti Day 1 & 2)

Hey everyone,

Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers for our team as partake in this Faith Adventure in Haiti.

After getting to LAX and catching a red-eye to New York, we caught a plane to Port-au-Prince, landed safely, went through customs smoothly, and met up with our church partner, Pastor Sam, quickly after exiting the airport. Once we connected with Pastor Sam, we hopped on a bus and drove six hours to the hotel we are staying at.

For the following blog posts my hope is that you hear from the students what they are experiencing. I want them to be the ones to share their stories of how God is moving here in Haiti.

Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers. We cannot wait to share with you our stories!

- DAVID BEAVIS

 

HSM Staff:  David Beavis

HSM Staff: David Beavis

Let's Rebel

Let's Rebel

Okay, I dare you to try this. You ready for it? I’m warning you, it’s going to be difficult. Ready? Try this: Find a quiet place, sit still, set a timer on your phone, then put your phone on Do Not Disturb or Airplane Mode, and do absolutely nothing for 10 minutes. No music. No texting or social media. No sleeping. Just sitting, and doing nothing…for 10 minutes.

 

Do it now and come back to this post once you’re done.

 

Did you do it?

 

How was it? Awkward? Challenging?

 

The reality is being still is no longer natural for us. We live in a high paced society that over works. And honestly, we’re proud of our cultural workaholism and over-busy lives. We try to do too much with too little time. Therefore, we’re constantly stressed, rushed, and tired.

 

Now, working hard is a good thing. But I don’t think God has intended for our lives to be this overcommitted. Think about your own life. What is your weekly schedule like? Do you have too many things going on (such as: sports, AP classes, band, job, church, social life, family life, ASB, etc.). I’m sure all that you have going on in your life are good things. But maybe there’s good reason to slow down and simply spend time, dare I say it, doing nothing but being with Jesus.

 

There’s this well-known verse in Psalms that is basically written on countless coffee mugs and pillows in Christian bookstores. It’s Psalm 46:10. You have probably heard it before. It goes like this: “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’”

 

Simply being still, acknowledging that God is God, is an art we have largely lost. But I cannot stress how important it is for us to do! Imagine what your life could look like if you spent just 10 minutes doing nothing but being still and talking to, and listening for, God every day! My guess is that you would be less stressed, experience more of God’s peace, be more aware of God’s presence, and experience greater joy!

 

This practice of being still and being with God in that stillness is a rebellion to our cultural norm of overbusy, overcommitted, overstressed, workaholism. So I dare you to live differently from our culture, and allow yourself to have moments of being still with Jesus.

 

So, here’s my challenge to you: Try to this week spend 10 minutes every day in silence and stillness with Jesus. It will change your life. During that time talk to Jesus and share with Him what is going on in your life. Or maybe think about a Bible verses. Another thing I like to do when I practice this is repeat a phrase, or a short prayer, to myself. These phrases include: “God, I am loved by you,” “God, I am yours,” “God, you are here with me,” “I am your beloved child.”

 

There is not one right way to do this. Just try it and direct your attention to God because He wants to spend time with you, His beloved daughter or son.

 

“Be still, and know that I am God.”

 

HSM Staff:  David Beavis

HSM Staff: David Beavis

The Home We Long For

The Home We Long For

My all-time favorite movie is Blood Diamond, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio. There are many reasons why I love this movie, but the main reason is because there is a moving scene that reminds me every time of God’s fatherly love for His children, whom He wants to bring home to be with Him.

 

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, please go see it soon (just a heads up it’s rate R)! It’s incredible. If you haven’t that’s okay, I still (sort of) love you. Anyways, here’s a brief summary of the movie: DiCaprio’s character, Danny Archer, is a renegade diamond smuggler who does shady business throughout Africa. He meets a man named Solomon Vandy who found a massive diamond and buried it. Solomon is a father whose son, Dia Vandy, was taken away in a village raid by men who force children to join their army, brainwash them, and make them to do horrendous things. Danny and Solomon find out that if they find where the army Dia is in is located, they also find where the diamond that Solomon buried is. So they help each other out in this quest to find the diamond (Danny’s motivation) and find the son (Solomon’s motivation).

 

Long story short, they find where Dia’s army is, and they find the diamond. But when Solomon finds the diamond, his son Dia, because of all the brainwashing and horrible things he was forced to do, he only sees his father as an enemy. Please watch the scene by following this link (warning: Tears may flow): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRWve1dr2JI

 

Wasn’t that powerful?

 

What does Solomon say to his son, Dia, that stood out to you?

 

I love what Solomon starts out saying: “You are Dia Vandy.” What is he doing? He is reminding his son what is true about him. He is reminding him about his identity. He speaks truth to him. My favorite line is this: “I am your father, who loves you. And you will come home with me and be my son, again.”

 

This reminds me of the story Jesus tells in Luke 15:11-32. This is the story of the Prodigal Son. He is a son who basically told his father he wished he was dead, ran away from home, blew all his money on wild living, then found himself at rock bottom. In desperation, he returned home to his father. And his father throws him a party in celebration of his return.

 

Ultimately this is our story too: We have all one way or another chosen to turn away from God and do our own thing, when God’s heart breaks for us and wants us to return home to be with Him. Our true home, the home we all long for, is found whenever we are with God. We are truly home when we are with Him.

 

So maybe you’re reading this and you haven’t been straying away from God, but you are having trouble hearing and remembering the truth of who you are and who’s you are. That you are a son or daughter of God, and that He loves you more than you can imagine.

 

But maybe you’re reading this and you recognize that you have been going your own way. You have run away from God, and you are far from home. My desire for you is that you would recognize that God is pursuing after you, and wants you to come home and be his daughter or son again.

 

So wherever you’re at, please hear these words:

 

““I am your father, who loves you. And you will come home with me and be my son, again.”

 

Blessings, 

David Beavis

HSM Staff:  David Beavis

HSM Staff: David Beavis

Who Is My Neighbor?

Who Is My Neighbor?

Jesus is a fascinating human being. He says some profoundly deep things, but he also says things that get us thinking and examining our hearts. He was without question the smartest person to walk the earth. 

 

There’s an interesting story in Luke 10 famously called “The Good Samaritan.” Even if you’ve grown up in the Church and you feel like you’ve heard this story 100 times, please keep reading! I believe God will still has something for you!

 

Let me sum up what happens before Jesus tells this story: An individual, who is identified in Luke 10:25 as an “expert of the law” which is the equivalent of modern day pastor who knows the Bible very well, approaches Jesus to ask him a question. He asks Jesus “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” which basically means, “How do I get the awesome life God offers?” And Jesus asks Him, an expert of the Law, what he interprets the Law, which is the Jewish version of the Bible, to say. His response is “Love God with everything and love your neighbor.” 

 

Jesus was impressed. He said to this man “You have answered correctly. Do this and you will gain the awesome life God offers to those who obey the Law.” 

 

But then this man gets clever. He wants obey the law, but with as little difficulty as possible. So he asks this question: “Who is my neighbor?” 

 

Let’s stop for a second. Imagine you are in this man’s shoes. You ask Jesus how to gain this life in the Kingdom of God, the awesome and fulfilling life God offers to anyone who follows Him, and He says “Love God, and love your neighbor.” Who are you hoping your neighbor would be? Maybe your best friend, or that girl or guy you like, or a famous celebrity, or simply someone who is chill and easy to get along with. Who are you hoping your neighbor is? 

 

Jesus answers this man’s question with a story. 

 

Classic Jesus…refusing to answer questions directly, but rather with a story. 

 

If you haven’t read to story before please read it! 

 

“A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 

 

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 

- Luke 10:30-36.

 

Who’s the hero in the story? 

 

The Samaritan. 

 

To us we think “Okay cool. The Samaritan is good. That’s why they call the story ‘The Good Samaritan.’ This is boring David what’s the matter with you?” 

 

Wait! Don’t leave yet! Here’s the crazy thing we need to know: In that context (the Jewish context) the Samaritan people were looked down upon. Calling a Samaritan “good” was an oxymoron. It’s like saying “the good bad person.” 

 

But Jesus makes this man, the Samaritan, the hero of the story. Why? Because he, a Samaritan, helped his enemy, the Jew, and showed love to him. 

 

So what’s the message behind Jesus story? It’s simple: Love God, and love your neighbor, even if your enemy is Isis. 

 

As followers of Jesus we are called to show love to everyone, including our enemies. 

 

So, who is the “Samaritan” (the enemy) in your life? Who is God inviting you to show love to? 

 

As you go about your day, I encourage you to pray this prayer:

 

“Lord, who is my neighbor? Who are you inviting me to show love to?” 

 

May God strengthen you with His love and grace as you learn to love your enemy.

 

- David Beavis

HSM Staff:  David Beavis

HSM Staff: David Beavis

David's Top 3 Grow Retreat Moments

David's Top 3 Grow Retreat Moments

Hey y’all,

So, Grow Retreat happened this past, past weekend. And it was incredible! I’m so grateful for all that God did this past weekend. 

If you weren’t there, that’s okay. To catch you up we basically focused on Psalm 23 the whole weekend. And there was snow. It was awesome!

For this HSM Devo, I wanted to do a brief recap of last weekend by reflecting on my top three favorite parts of Grow Retreat 2017. 

1. Student-Led Workshops

What a joy it was to sit back and watch students teach students. It was so much fun seeing some of our senior student leaders step out and courageously speak in front of their peers and talk about what they’ve learned in their time following Jesus in high school. I believe there’s something unique about learning from a peer (even if that peer is a year or two older than you). I’m so grateful for the student leaders who boldly said yes to leading a workshop and teaching their peers about following Jesus. This is a memory I will cherish for many years. It was truly a rewarding experience.

2. The Snow

I mean, come on! The snow was awesome! I especially enjoyed seeing Morgan Morgan’s Instagram video of him and his cabin mates jumping off of stuff and doing flips into the snow. That was sick! But I got snow in my shoes on more than one occasion, and that made my socks wet and my toes cold…and that was less than awesome. 

3. Worship on Sunday morning.

By far, my favorite part was worshipping with everyone on Sunday morning before we went back down the mountain. That time of worshipping Jesus was very sweet and seeing students all over the room lifting their hands in praise to God brought me so much joy. Also, I absolutely loved that song we introduced at Grow Retreat by Jon Foreman called “House of God, Forever.” This song is basically Psalm 23 put to incredible music. I’d highly recommend checking it out and adding it to your Spotify, Apple Music, or whatever you use!

I want to close with Psalm 23 (NIV):

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, 

he leads me beside quiet waters, 

3 he refreshes my soul. 

He guides me along the right paths 

for his name’s sake. 

4 Even though I walk 

through the darkest valley, a 

I will fear no evil, 

for you are with me; 

your rod and your staff, 

they comfort me. 

5 You prepare a table before me 

in the presence of my enemies. 

You anoint my head with oil; 

my cup overflows. 

6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me 

all the days of my life, 

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord 

forever.”

May you realize that you are truly home when you are with God, 

David Beavis

HSM Staff:  David Beavis

HSM Staff: David Beavis

Confession: I Don't Go To Church

Confession: I Don't Go To Church

I don’t go to church. And guess what. I cannot stand these phrases: “I’m going to church,” “I went to church,” “I will be going to church on Sunday” as well as anything close to this.

Therefore, I don’t go to church, nor will I ever go to church.

I’ve grown up “going to church” and “inviting my friends to church.” But I have learned over the years that I don’t actually go to church.

And I’m willing to be that neither have you.

Here’s why: Throughout the Bible the Church is never talked about as a building, a location, or a place you go to on Sundays. The Church is a people. It is all followers of Jesus everywhere partnering with God in the healing of our broken world. We are the Church. You don’t “go to church.” You are the church (not you alone, but you along with the greater body of Jesus followers everywhere).

I may just be picky about word choices (and you don’t have to agree with my pickiness over how we use the word “church”). But I believe that Jesus followers do not go to church. Jesus followers are the Church. Church is not something we go to on Sundays. It is who we are everyday of the week. 

And what’s the mission of this people known as the Church? It is this: To partner with God in the healing of the world.

The reality is we live in a broken world. But the story of the Bible is this: God created a good world, but sin enter this good world, and now there is brokenness. God now is on mission to heal this broken world. And He is accomplishing this through His Son Jesus, and He is inviting us, His people, His Church, to join in with the mission of healing this broken world.

As the Church we have a mission, and that mission is to partner with God’s mission in the healing of our world.

We are the Church. We have a mission.

What would that mission be for you? It can be as simple as befriending that student no one talks to, encouraging a friend going through difficult times, or even forgiving someone who has hurt you. Whenever you act in love, justice, and compassion you are participating in that mission of God for the healing of the world.

We are on mission with God together. Because of this we need to consistently gather with fellow followers of King Jesus. Our time together (whether it’s at “church”, or Life Group) is still incredibly important. I’m not saying to use this new understanding of “church” as an excuse to not go to our weekly gathering on Sundays. We need each other as we seek Jesus and participate in His mission of healing that which is broken.

We don’t go to church on Sunday. We are the Church everyday. And everyday we have the opportunity to say “yes” to God in the healing of the world.

 

Some passages to check out:

Acts 2:42-47

Hebrews 10:23-25

Matthew 16:18

1 Peter 2:9-12

Grace and peace, 

David Beavis

HSM Staff:  David Beavis

HSM Staff: David Beavis

Even Some Heroes Doubted

Even Some Heroes Doubted

Have you ever doubted God? Have you ever thought to yourself “maybe this is all a hoax,” “maybe Jesus isn’t who we think he is,” “maybe we’ve been played and we’re foolish to believe Jesus is Lord”?

Well, I have good news for you: you’re not alone. Even an hour before writing this I had similar thoughts running through my head. I was driving in my car, feeling a little discouraged with life, and then I started wondering if God was really with me and if He really cared…or even existed. As I was wrestling with this, I thought about some of the characters we find in the story of Jesus. They obviously never struggled with doubt, right? After all, they were with Jesus in the flesh!

But here’s the crazy thing: even they doubted. 

After Jesus’ resurrection (which – as a rule of thumb – when a guy says he’s God, dies, and then rises from the dead…that would be a good time to believe him), Jesus gathered His disciples at a mountain. Jesus just resurrected from the dead! And yet here’s what the Bible says: 

“16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.” Matthew 28:16-17

Did you catch that? Some of Jesus’ own disciples, the dudes Jesus had spent the most time with, the dudes he taught the most, and the dudes who witnessed the most miracles, some of them doubted!

Then, there’s John the Baptist. He was the man that there were two Old Testament prophecies about (Isaiah 40:3, Malachi 3:1, and Matthew 3:3 says, “This is he [John the Baptist] who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: ‘A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”). How would you like to have an Old Testament prophecy about you? Pretty cool huh? It’d be pretty assuring that your beliefs are valid. Even when he was a fetus, he knew Jesus was the Savior (check out Luke 1:39-45, it’s pretty interesting). 

But even the great prophet John the Baptist had his fair share of doubts. John even sent some of his followers to ask Jesus “are you really the savior the Old Testament foretold us about? Because John the Baptist is having some doubts about you” (Luke 7:18, my translation). And you know what’s even crazier? Jesus affirms John the Baptist as the greatest human ever born (“I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John;”)! But this was right after Jesus found out that John was doubting!

Here’s my point: Maturity in our faith does not mean absence of doubt. Even some of the heroes of the Bible doubted. 

Here’s my encouragement for you today: When doubt comes, and it will come, don’t ignore it. Take it to Jesus and talk to Him about it. His opinion of you doesn’t change. It didn’t change for John the Baptist, and it won’t change for you. 

Know that you are deeply loved and your Heavenly Father delights in you, even when it’s hard at times to believe. 

David Beavis

 

HSM Staff:  David Beavis

HSM Staff: David Beavis

It’s Not About the Fish

It’s Not About the Fish

If you have grown up in the Church, or have simply been around it for more than a couple of months, you’ve likely heard the story of Jonah at least once. Even non-Christians are familiar with the story.

This is how the story goes: Jonah is told to go to Nineveh and tell the people there to stop their evil deeds before they are destroyed. Jonah refuses, and instead catches a ship to Tarshish (the opposite direction). God causes a storm, and Jonah is thrown overboard. He is swallowed up by a great fish, and then he is spat out after three days. He goes to Nineveh and does what he should have done in the first place. He tells the people of Nineveh that they will be destroyed. They listen, turn from their evil acts, and God shows them mercy.

Whenever we think of the story of Jonah we think of him being swallowed by a great fish. And that is pretty much it. 

But what if the story of Jonah is not about the fish? What if there is a much bigger meaning behind this incredible story? 

In order to find out what the main message in the story of Jonah is, we have to ask an important question: why did Jonah run away from God when He asked him to go to Nineveh in the first place?

This question is left unanswered until the final chapter of the book. After Jonah gets vomited up by the fish (I know, gross!), he goes to Nineveh to give a message from God to the people of Nineveh, which is “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” This is probably the shortest and most depressing sermon ever given. Here’s the amazing thing though: the people of Nineveh repent (which is a churchy way of saying they turned away from their evil deeds and turned to God)! They recognize that the way they are living is evil, so they turn back to God. And, because they repented, God shows mercy to Nineveh. Jonah must be stoked right? Wrong. He complains to God for showing them mercy. In this chapter (Ch. 4, which is the final chapter of the short book of Jonah), Jonah reveals why he ran from God in the first place: “That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people” (Jonah 4:2 NLT).

So this is why Jonah didn’t want to go to Nineveh: He didn’t want to give the people a chance of repenting, because he knew that if they repent God would show them mercy. 

This is the bigger picture of the story of Jonah: it is a story of God’s willingness to show radical mercy to people who we would not want to show mercy to. 

So who is your Nineveh? Who are your enemies? Who are the people you would be angry with God for showing mercy to? What if we believed whole-heartedly that God loves our enemies, and that He is calling us to radically love our enemies too? After all, Jesus calls us to love our enemies, and to pray for those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44). 

The story of Jonah is not about the fish. It is about God’s amazing, and sometimes uncomfortable, mercy and love. 

 

David Beavis:  HSM Staff

David Beavis: HSM Staff

The Weapon We All Conceal and Carry

The Weapon We All Conceal and Carry

You carry a concealed weapon with you every day. It is a deadly weapon that can do great damage. But it is not physical damage this weapon causes. Rather, the weapon we carry wherever we go can do incredible emotional damage. 

What is this weapon I am talking about? 

The human tongue.

If you have ever been the victim of an insult, a hurtful criticism, or gossip, you’ll understand this to be true. The human tongue can be used to do an immense amount of damage. 

There is this book in the Bible called “James,” which is written by none other than… James. Who is James? James is identified as the brother of Jesus Himself…the odds are not in James’s favor for a sibling rivalry. But James becomes an influential leader in the early Church. He writes this book of the Bible as a letter to a group of early Christians. He had a lot to say about how dangerous the human tongue was and is. He said things like:

“Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.” James 1:26

“Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.” James 3:5-9

“A fire,” “a world of evil,” “a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” This is strong language James uses. But he doesn’t use this strong language for no reason. He uses it to make a point: our words matter. How we use our tongue shows where our heart is. Jesus says something along these lines in Luke 6:45: “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” 

We live in a very chatty world. So it is easy to not take what James and Jesus are saying seriously. But what if we became more aware of the power our words have? 

Am I saying to never speak another word ever again, because if we speak we could be doing damage? 

Not at all! For just as the tongue can be used to do damage, it can also be utilized for much good. 

Imagine if we used our words to speak life, instead of death. To speak words of grace, truth, and love, rather than contempt, gossip, and hate. Imagine how many people we could bless. Think of the difference we could make in our world if we would daily choose to use our tongues wisely!

So here’s my challenge to you today: use your words today to build up, rather than to bring down. Who is someone in your life right now who could use a little encouragement? Be the one to bless that person today. 

 

David Beavis:  HSM Staff

David Beavis: HSM Staff

What to do when your friend is hurting

What to do when your friend is hurting

Have you ever been in a situation where a friend of yours was going through something incredibly difficult (i.e. a tough break up, parents’ divorce, the death of a friend, relative, or parent, etc.)? What did you say in that situation? Were you at a loss for word? Did you find that you didn’t know what to say? If you have experienced this, or you are currently experiencing this, you are not alone. There have been numerous instances where I’ve sat with someone who was in a lot of deep emotional pain. In those instances I often find that I do not know what to say.

My hope for you in this blog post is this: that you would be more equipped, and therefore feel more confident, when you find yourself with a friend who is going through a tough season.

In the Old Testament book of Job we meet a man (Job) who has the best life you could imagine. He has wealth, health, a great family, a great relationship with God, and a great reputation of being a noble man of integrity and wisdom throughout his country. Long story short within a couple of days he lost it all. All his wealth was stolen, his children died when a house collapsed on them, and he was afflicted with sickness. Saying Job was going through a tough season is an understatement. He was in great pain emotionally and physically.

Later on in the story three of Job’s friends come to comfort him. When they arrive at Job’s house and found him (obviously he looked terrible). Here’s what the Bible says Job’s three friends did:

“Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.” 
Job 2:13

Could you imagine that? Sitting in silence with your friends for seven days and seven nights? That’d feel like an eternity. Why would they do that?

There is an Ancient Jewish tradition that teaches this: when you go to comfort a friend, you do not speak first. The silence must be broken by the individual going through the pain.

I think there’s a lot of wisdom here. The Jewish culture understood that when it comes to helping someone who is suffering, words are over rated. However, simply being with your suffering friend in silence is the best way you can ease the pain.

Therefore, here’s some practical tips on how to help a friend going through tough times:

1.       Don’t talk too much. Some phases I prefer to use when someone is hurting include “there are no words,” “I am so sorry for you pain,” “this is just not fair,” “I am here.” Avoid clichés such as “God must have a plan,” “just trust God in this situation,” “you must pray more,” etc.

2.       Be present with your friend. One night a friend of mine went through a very tough break up. Myself and two of my other friends simply sat on the floor of his living room with him as he cried. We kept our words few, avoided clichés, and simply allowed our presence to be enough.

3.       Surprise your friend with the occasional thoughtful gift. This communicates that you’re thinking of him or her. If you will see you friend at school tomorrow bring that friend a coffee. Take that friend out for lunch, or dinner. Bring that friend lunch to school. Little acts of kindness go a long way and communicate that you care for your friend.

4.       Go to your friend’s house. He or she may be feeling very alone. Being present at his or her house is a great way to meet your friend in the loneliness.

I hope this blog post is helpful for you, and that you feel more ready to be a good friend when someone is going through hell on earth. And may God’s love shine through you to your friend.

Grace and peace,

David Beavis

David Beavis : HSM Staff

David Beavis: HSM Staff

Prepare to be Amazed

Prepare to be Amazed

Usually when something amazes you it comes as a surprise. Recently I watched Kobe Bryant’s last game of his incredible basketball career, and I was amazed. I was amazed because I was not expecting such an incredible game from the Black Mamba. But he surprised and amazed everyone when he scored 60 points in his final game.

Our church theme for the year is “Prepare to be Amazed.” Our church verse for this year is “However, as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’— the things God has prepared for those who love him—" 1 Corinthians 2:9

Therefore, my encouragement for the students of Mariners HSM is this: expect God to do some amazing things!

Here’s something I want you to try. Think of three things that are on your mind that you’re stressed out about (for example: school, your sports team, your social network, etc.). God wants you to give those things that are making your anxious to Him. This is what the Bible says: 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7.  

Now here’s the hard part: expect that God will amaze you as you give your anxieties to Him. Too often I’m guilty of underestimating what God can do. But God loves to show us how much He loves us and how powerful He is. Therefore, expect God to amaze you. Reflect on the two verses above. What is it that is worrying you? Where do you need to see God come through in an amazing way? May we dare to have the courage to Prepare to be Amazed.

David Beavis : HSM Staff

David Beavis: HSM Staff