This project was cool for a variety of reasons, the first being we had permission to get up on the roof of the school. It was also a project that allowed us to get out from behind the desk and apply what we had learned to a hands-on project.
We came up with some wild and crazy contraptions involving coat hangers, rubber bands, duct tape, electrical tape, scotch tape, athletic tape, and anything else we could raid from the teachers supply closet. Most of our designs looked great and were built on good theories, but the structures we created just didn’t hold up well to the long drop and sudden stop from the roof.
Much to our chagrin, the most secure design, even after repeated test drops, belonged to the girl who rolled her egg in a pillow and stuffed it into a shoe box. No amount of bouncing, trouncing, or pouncing could crack that egg.
Physics class may have come and gone, but we all still find ourselves trying to develop contraptions to keep our hearts safe from the pounding this world dishes out. We try ideas built on great theories or celebrated in the latest books, but we can’t seem protect ourselves from feeling like we are carrying damaged cargo.
There just isn’t a good substitute to being wrapped up tight and tucked inside a safe place.
In John 14:20 Jesus promises:
On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.
I am so thinking Jesus got an a “A” in Physics class!
He knows how to hold the human heart safely and securely. John 14:20 tells us Jesus has wrapped Himself around us, and God is wrapped around Him, then He placed the Holy Spirit inside of us to further cushion us from the hard jolts of life. We are wrapped up inside and out in the marvelous grace of God.
All of us were born into a broken world, and we have all experienced the breaking this world has to offer. But, when we are born again in the grace of God, we are born into a security that holds us steadfast through every long drop or sudden stop that comes our way.
“The Holy Spirit In You,” part 2 of Pastor Eric’s “Experiencing the Holy Spirit” series is now available online.
On the Radar
- August 8-11 – Children’s School of Worship
- August 11 at 7:00 pm – All Church Night of Worship!
- August 17 at 7:00 pm – New Youth and Parent Orientation
- August 18 – Youth promotion Wednesday (Welcome 6th graders to the Youth Group!)
- August 22 – Grand Opening of Children’s Ministry Entrance!
- August 15 and August 22 at 6:00pm – Discipleship Training: “The Fundamentals of Preaching”
- August 23 – School Starts (Sweetwater)
- August 25 – (NEW DATE) Lifegroups resume
Curtis and Heather Ward are hosting an Encounter the Cross weekend at Camp Butman September 17-19. If you are interested in taking part in this time of spiritual refreshing and freedom, contact Curtis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EFC’s first Fantasy Football League is being formed! Email Curtis Ward at email@example.com to get signed up and begin putting your team together. The deadline to register is August 15th, and we only have room for 20 teams.
Check out these resources to connect with our ministry to children and youth.
- Worldchangers – Discussion starters from Sunday’s Kid’s Church lesson.
- RAMP – Youth Ministry Website
You Heard it at EFC
Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang? Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself. You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.
- “O Taste and See” by Brian and Jenn Johnson
- “I’ve Found a Love” Jenn Johnson version
- “Breath of God” by Terry Butler and Cindy Reithmeyer
- “Mighty to Save” Hillsong version
Next Sunday, August 15, we will continue our series by studying the Empowering Presence of the Holy Spirit.