Questiokj

Sunday provides us a day to relax, reflect, and refuel. On Sunday’s I like to sit back and ask a couple of questions. Maybe it sounds a little like those awkward games you play with people you do not know so that you can get to know each other better.
Lets just call it Question(s) for You.

You can answer them all or just one

1) Are you watching the World Cup? How much?

2) What is one movie that you stop and watch every time it is on television?

3) Would you rather have 115 degree heat and no humidity or 85 degrees and 85% humidity?

Answer them all or just one….these are questions for you.

*kyle

Hawks
Yesterday could have been the worst day in sports history.
Last night the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup and for about five seconds no one even knew they won. In overtime, the under-performing star Patrick Kane scored the game winning goal when he threw a puck at the net hoping for a rebound and instead ended a 49 year championship drought. I was unable to watch the game because I was not around civilization or a television, but seeing the Chicago Blackhawk tweets start to appear was like a swift punch to the gut.

Being from St. Louis, all Chicago sports are of the devil (except for the White Sox, they don’t really matter, oh and Michael Jordan). Seeing the Blackhawks take home the cup was a terrible site, but it is not the worst day in sports history. The worst day in sports history will be when if the Chicago Cubs win the World Series. It has brought me all kinds of pride and happiness to see this team not win a championship for a hundred plus years.

Last night could have been the worst day in sports history, but that day has yet to come.

What is the Worst Day in Sports History for you?

*kyle

Doing any speaking is tough. Sometimes just having a conversation is hard, but speaking in front of a crowd is always difficult. One of the hardest and yet most rewarded group of individuals to speak to are Jr Highers. You fight for their attention the whole time, hope that you are not going over their heads, and yet get to see the look on their faces when they “get it.” One of the biggest pieces of advice I always get from others about speaking at camp is “keep it simple.” Which makes sense. The young Jr High mind still thinks in black and white terms and has yet to develop that abstract grey thinking.

This week I will be spending my time with about 200 Jr Highers in Indiana speaking at a camp talking about what it means to be a Christian. It is always challenging for me to speak with Jr Highers, I like to use some abstract thoughts at times and can even get a little deep with using greek words etc…one of the most challenging times for me was teaching Jr Highers for a year. I was the their Bible teacher, and daily had to find ways to relate to them but also call them to start thinking past the concrete and into the tension (see look at that right there, what does that even mean right? tension….thinking past concerete?).

As I prepared for camp I continually reminded myself that I was speaking to Jr Highers and not to the readers of my blog or college students. About half way through last week I realized something. I discredit the Holy Spirit. In my effort to keep things simple I start to speak for the Holy Spirit. And instead of letting the Holy Spirit speak I try to dumb things down so no one will be confused. After looking through scripture and studying the teachings of Jesus I really felt convicted that I was not let the Holy Spirit work, or at least I was discrediting the work, and was taking it upon myself to explain everything, to be perfect, and to have everything spelled out.

Unfortunately, that is not how scripture is not laid out. It is actually the opposite of spelling things out. Instead, it challenges you to go beyond mere words and into the development of your heart and the transformation of your mind.

This week at camp I am working on letting the Holy Spirit work rather then myself trying to do all the work and explaining. Normally it is believed that Jr Highers are not deep thinkers, that you have to keep everything surface level, and that they are not interested. But this week I am going to let the Holy Spirit work on their heart and sit back and watch the reaction on their face and the development of their heart.

Do you (we) discredit the Holy Spirit in our words and teaching?

*kyle

Questiokj

Sunday provides us a day to relax, reflect, and refuel. On Sunday’s I like to sit back and ask a couple of questions. Maybe it sounds a little like those awkward games you play with people you do not know so that you can get to know each other better.
Lets just call it Question(s) for You.

You can answer them all or just one

1) One web site that you could not do without?

2) What is your favorite movie category: chick flick, action, drama, comedy, documentary?

3) What is the most encouraging news you have heard all week?

Answer them all or just one….these are questions for you.

*kyle

Did you know that 100,000 women and children are sex trafficked each day?

I had no clue, that was until my sister shared with me some stats and her growing concern over the Fifa World Cup. I love the world cup, and to hear that there was a problem happening at the world cup I had to learn more. She went on to tell me that over 40,000 prostitutes have been shipped in to South Africa for the 50,000 of those that will be coming to South Africa for the world cup.

I had heard that there would be a lot of prostitutes that would be in attendance and I had even heard that they started to be transfered there years ago, but I did not know it was this many. I remember reading the stats and shaking my head in shame and sadness, but that was all I did. Enter into the picture my sister and her passion. She far outweighs me in faith and service and always has prostitution and trafficking on her mind. She has started a ministry called scarlet cord ministries where she looks to minister to prostitutes in Nicaragua by providing support, beauty products and prayer. But just thinking about them and the problem was not enough, instead she decided to do something about the issue.

She has launched a movement to pray for prostitutes. Its spans over the time of the World Cup (June 11th to July 11th). She has designated some specific thing of prayer to consider and has even asked for you to get involved by signing up to pray.

Instead of me blab on more about this go and check out her site and lend your support.

www.scarletcordm.com

Do me a favor and tweet this out as well:
Get Involved: A 24/7 Prayer Movement for Prostitution and the World Cup. Join Now: http://scarletcordm.com/

you can also show your support by grabbing some graphics to sport on your blog:

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There are times when thoughts hit me like an avalanche and I become so consumed with them I have to tell someone, you are that someone. Humor me here for a second (I am sure that this is an obvious statement).

Marriage is not an individualistic thing

Yes, if you want to tweet out that amazing and insightful statement feel free, or if you want to mock me do that as well. But as I sat at what seemed like my 100th wedding in my lifetime this past weekend that thought struck me. From the beginning God realized that it was not good for man to be alone. From that moment on relationships were made up of two people (friendships and marriage apply here).

You are probably tracking with me on this one, but here is where I might throw a curveball in…
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Questiokj

Sunday provides us a day to relax, reflect, and refuel. On Sunday’s I like to sit back and ask a couple of questions. Maybe it sounds a little like those awkward games you play with people you do not know so that you can get to know each other better.
Lets just call it Question(s) for You.

You can answer them all or just one

1) What web browser do you use to surf the web?

2) What is the last movie you have seen?

3) What famous person do other people tell you that you most resemble?

Answer them all or just one….these are questions for you.

*kyle