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I Am Excited For Wednesday!

November 25th, 2016


This Wednesday will be our first “official” time gathering together to discuss our BIBS Devotions that we’ve been doing each day. We’ll start class with our little game, have some announcements, and then split into separate classes (the ladies will go next door to the Merry Hearts room).

This is NOT about getting the “right answer.” We are discussing what God has spoken to YOU about. This is not an exact science. The goal is not to be seen by others… the goal is that you grow in God!

Lying is pointless. Lying about doing your devotions is kind of… silly! You’re actually a MORE honest person, and BETTER off as a Christian when you’re able to humble yourself and admit that you’re not perfect, or that you missed a few days (or ALL days) of devotions.

Get back on track. If you’ve missed a few days (like, you’ve been busy with family and Christmas break and…), then get back on track today. You don’t have to redo everything you’ve missed (unless you want to). The best way to catch up is to start on TODAY’S devo, then go back and fill in past days whenever you have time.

“Bro. Ryan… I don’t know how to do it!” That’s okay! Join the club! There are LOTS of us who don’t know how to do it. The good news is, we’re all in this together, and there’s no “right” answer. It’s about what you got from reading your Bible last week. That’s all. Even if what you got was “I want to be a wise person,” that’s GOOD!

Be accepting and loving. This isn’t some touchy-feely weird thing to say… it’s Bible. Loving God and loving others is about doing everything in your power to bring others to the same relationship you have with God. If your goal is that others know God better, you will be encouraging rather than self-conscious. You will be humble rather than arrogant. You will think the best of others and be helpful, honest, and open. Sometimes, admitting that YOU don’t know how to do it is all some people need to hear to be encouraged.

Don’t snicker or belittle. When people are brave enough to speak up in class, let’s make sure to never laugh or belittle them for their answers. It’s a BIG deal for introverts to speak up in class. One way to hurt people is to make their viewpoint seem dumb (by laughing or scoffing *psh). Avoid this, please!

I love you all. I want this to be helpful to you. 

-Bro. Ryan




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