This is what we did last night
We opened the night playing Ultimate Frisbee down on the grass behind the Elon Law School before coming back up to the Loft to play some new games including Birdie on a Perch, Elephant Wars, Soda Candle, and Balloon Defender: Gangnam Style. You can check out some of the action from the games here.
Awesome Video of the Week
This week we brushed up on our nature skills and watched Neature Walk. How neat is that? That's pretty neat!
This week we continued with our summer series on Scary, Gross, & Weird Stories of the Bible. This week we looked at the story of Elijah vs. the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18:16-40. In the story, Elijah challenges 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of another God to a competition of sorts. They are to each build an altar and then ask their god to light their altar on fire. After the other prophets are unable to light their altars, Elijah taunts them saying they must chant louder because maybe their god can't hear them. After doing their rituals for over half of the day Elijah decides it's his turn to try call upon God. Before he does though he pours water over his altar three times and then cries out to God:
“Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.
We talked about the faith required of Elijah to put himself out there like that. Elijah challenged 850 other prophets to a god-off, and God won. God came through in the big moment.
We then looked at 1 Kings 11:1-11 which is a story about Solomon and how we went away from God and began to worship other gods. We are tempted to do the same thing in our own lives, to put other things in our life before God. It may be sports, television, friends, family, money, or something else, but all of us face the temptation to put something ahead of God. We are called to grow closer to God, to seek him, even when the odds are stacked against us, even when it isn't the popular thing to do.
This week we challenge you to be intentional about drawing closer to God, this may be through daily prayer, meditation, fasting, service to others, or a daily devotional. There are thousands of devotional books and apps out there, here are some of the ones I'm using right now:
- First 5: A daily devotional app for iOS & Android
- d365 a daily devotional app available on iOS & online
- The Book of Common Prayer for Ordinary Radicals, a book of daily prayers & devotionals, also available online
What's your favorite daily devotional app, book, or website?
Continue the Conversation at Home
Consider discussing these questions this week as a family
- Why do you think Elijah was so confident?
- What happens when we do trust God?
- Why is it sometimes hard to trust God this much?
- How would you explain to a friend why Jesus can be trusted? How would you describe what it means to be in a close and trustworthy relationship with Jesus?