Seek, One Word

Over the last few months, the GGCC youth group has joined up with another youth group from Church at the Ranch. One of the things we have in common is that theirs is also a missional community church that has been worshiping for years in a Highlands Ranch charter school building. Their youth minister, Bryan Smith, has been hosting the combined youth groups at his home just off Dad Clark Drive a couple blocks.

Beginning in September, we’ve been studying the book of Acts; how the Christian church got started with the Apostles at Pentecost being filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. How Peter and John preached to the Jewish crowds about Jesus, and how after he was crucified and died God raised him up- death had been defeated! Peter proclaimed Jesus as the Messiah that was promised, and announced that all who believe and are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ will have their sins forgiven. And on that day three thousand people were saved. Many people were healed, many more were fed; many sold their possessions and contributed the proceeds to redistribute to the needy.

I shared in my first devotion about taking the youth group downtown on a cold November evening to distribute bags with snacks, water, warm clothing articles and toiletries. How moving it was to pray with folks and how they shared their sincere gratitude; how they blessed us, just as we were a blessing to them.

In our first meeting of the new year, Bryan showed a video that introduced the concept of each individual deciding on “one word” that would serve to inspire that individual throughout the coming year. This is meant to replace the idea of having a New Year’s resolution, which you probably would not keep much past mid-February any way, and then just forget about it. During discussion after the video, it was decided that in January we would go through the workbooks that are meant to guide individuals in choosing their one word.

Before we left that topic to talk about a summer trip, I just had to share that the “one word” concept was something I had heard about some years ago (I think it was on KLOVE radio) and I had prayerfully decided on a word at that time that has pretty much stuck with me ever since. Bryan was curious what my word was, so I revealed it: SEEK. Shortly after I had chosen it, I remember that Claudia had arranged a project where GGCC people could go down to a studio somewhere and create a 4”x4” ceramic tile which would then be fired and eventually be displayed somewhere. I used my word alone on the tile I made, and also included the reference to the Bible verse which has been with me these last few years and always inspires me; Matthew 6:33 (KJV) “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Another verse is Matthew 7:7 (Coincidentally, the inspiration behind our youth group 707.) I have not done it yet, but I think if you Google “one word” you’ll be on the way to finding out more about this idea. Oh, and I saw all those tiles this Saturday on a cross at the 10 year GGCC anniversary Celebration dinner.

God’s peace,
Steve Koerwitz

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