From Pastor Joe
In his book, Don’t Follow Your Heart, Jon Bloom says:
““Follow your heart” is a creed embraced by billions of people. It’s a statement of faith in one of the great pop-culture myths of the world. Essentially, it’s a belief that your heart is a compass inside of you that will direct you to your own true north if you just have the courage to follow it.
This creed may sound simple and beautiful and liberating. For lost people it’s tempting to believe. Until you consider that your heart has sociopathic tendencies. Your heart has likely said things today that you do not wish to repeat. My heart tells me that all of reality ought to serve my desires. My heart likes to think the best of me and the worst of others, unless those others happen to think well of me – then they are wonderful people. The “follow your heart” creed certainly isn’t found in the Bible.”
Earlier this week I met with a student and the conversation moved to the importance of the Bible. I am thankful that the pastors and leadership of CVC place the highest emphasis on the teaching and preaching of God’s Word. It is the grid through which we filter everything that we do. God’s Word is at the center of CVCYouth as well. And I could contend that it ought to be at the center of our families and parenting choices also. But why? Why is it so important? Why can’t we follow our hearts?
Jeremiah 17:9 tell us that, “the heart is deceitful above all things, desperately sick.”
Does that describe someone or something that you want to follow? Would you stake your family on something that is utterly deceitful and sick? Not me!
So, our hearts are deceitful and sick, but what about our minds? The Bible speaks of our minds as needing transformation (Rom. 21:1-2), that they are sinful (Rom. 8:7), and that they are depraved (1 Tim 6:5). Suffice it to say that we should not trust ourselves.
This is why the Bible is so important. It is the perfect revelation of God himself and gives us a plumb line for truth. When our heart or mind thinks or feels one thing, we must compare those thoughts and feelings against the Bible and submit to what God teaches us. Only when we get our cues from God can we trust that we are making the right decisions as parents. Only when we have an encounter with the risen Christ – revealed in Scripture – can we begin to experience the grace of a transformed mind and heart.
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Pastor Rick took us back into the book of Luke this week to show the power of Jesus over the demons and sickness. In our story from Luke 4:31-41 Jesus casts a demon out of a man and heals a women from her fever. He also heals a bunch of other people.
We broke up into groups and explored the text together to see all of the different ways that Jesus proves how awesome he is. Below you will see a picture of the list that the 7th grade boys made.
- was an amazing teacher
- spoke with authority
- demons know who he is
- demons fear Jesus
- Jesus has power over demons
- Jesus has power over sickness
Pastor Rick shared a very personal story with the students about his wife being sick and the extraordinary faith that his daughter has that Jesus can heal her. He closed by explaining that we don’t always understand why Jesus doesn’t heal everyone, but that when we can’t trace Jesus’ hand, we can always trust his heart.
Conversation starters for parents:
- What are some things in your life that you wish Jesus would fix?
- When are problems get better, are you quick to believe that God was the one who provided?
- What should we think/how should we respond if those things aren’t fixed?
With the lights out at CVC all afternoon, we ended up having to cancel both the evening service at CVC and Impact. We will jump in this coming week to the book of Esther.
Esther is a short book, but it really is helpful to know the whole story. It would be a HUGE benefit to your son or daughter if they could read through the book of Esther before Impact this Sunday. It’s a GREAT story, so maybe you could find time to read through it together as a family this week!
This Sunday, we begin....