Sunday to Monday | Dance Partners

So, as it turns out, we do not have a little, tame, domestic God, thank God, but we do have a huge, wild, dangerous God—dangerous, of course, only if we think that God ought to be manageable and safe; a God of almost manic creativity, ingenuity and enthusiasm; a Big-Enough God, who is also a supremely generous and patient God; a God of beauty and chance and solidarity—or one could say, an extreme God.

~ Sara Maitland, A Big-Enough God (New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1995)

On Sunday, Pastor Dave’s sermon was entitled “Be Content to Follow.” Mark 8:31-38 was the referenced text. He talked about two kinds of faith-extreme faith and couch potato faith, and the importance of both. God has invited us to dance, we should follow and remember that he has our back. We danced on Sunday, literally! And we laughed. Dance partners with God, I like it! During Faith Like A Child, Vikki handed out $10 bills to kids to see how God might multiply the blessings. Below is a picture of Kenzie and Livia. God multiplied their $10 into $350 benefitting Stars Peak program at their gymnastics studio. Very cool!

Some things to think about as you start your week…

• Jesus and Peter have a conflict in Mark 8:3-33.  When is conflict necessary?  Has conflict ever gotten you to a better place?

• How do you feel about “followership?”  Why is being a good “follower” critical to God’s mission for us? (Mark 8:34)

• Are you a risk taker?  Have you taken risks for Jesus? (Mark 8:35-38).  Ponder these words…There are evolution and indeterminacy, and generosity and chance.  There are risk and beauty and joy.  Gambling on God who has so gambled on us does not seem so risky in the end.  ~ Sara Maitland, A Big-Enough God (New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1995).

• Where is Jesus calling you to follow?  What is your growing edge of “followership?”

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