Good Things, Bad Things

WEEK 5- DEVO #3: JOHN 9:1-12 By Rachel Dawson
“Good things happen to bad people; bad things happen to good people.”

This is a saying I have heard my whole life. Sometimes I wonder why bad things happen in my life, but then I read John 9:3. “Jesus answered, ‘It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.’”

We live in a fallen and broken world. When sin entered the world in Genesis 3, so did pain, suffering, and loss. This is not because God does not love us; instead, bad things happen because we are sinners. In this passage, Jesus is clearing up muddy water for his followers. In that day, people thought that if you were sick it was because you sinned. His answer is simple. He is not blind because he sinned, but instead he was blind for this exact moment: so that right now God would be glorified through his healing.

Today, let God heal whatever pain you have, so that He can be glorified. God works through sinful people in order to make His beautiful perfect love known. Choose to give God your pain and sin today, so that He can heal you.

+What pain, suffering and heartache do you need to give to God? 

Lord, today I pray that you take away my pain and use it for your glory. Father, please heal my broken heart with your perfect love. God, may my life and all my suffering be to glorify you. Amen. 

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Devotional Thought

WEEK 5- DEVO #2: Rachel Dawson
JOHN 8:48-59

Pride. It’s a feeling people have struggled with from the beginning. It’s
an idea that we are better, above or greater than someone of the same kind. It makes us boast, gloat and shout our honorable deeds at the top of our lungs.

Who better to tell of all the things he has done than Jesus? In today’s passage, he does the exact opposite. Read verse 50. That is so powerful. Jesus, the SON OF GOD, does not seek his own glory. Read verse 54. Woah. Jesus said that if he, THE SON OF GOD, glorifies himself it is NOTHING.

Jesus understands the hurtful action of pride, not only against those around him, but against God the Father. Jesus knew that God is the one who should receive all of the glory and He should give the glory where He sees fit.

Many times in life we are prideful about things we do, and we can learn from Jesus, THE SON OF GOD, that the Father deserves all of our glory.
So ask yourself today:

+What am I prideful in that I need to give God the glory?

+How can I give God the glory through it?

God, today help me to give you all the glory. May everything I say, do, and think honor and glorify you. Take away my prideful human nature and replace it with love for You. Amen.

Devotional Thoughts

JOHN 8:1-11- Rachel Dawson

When I was in fourth grade, my favorite place to be was the football
field. I loved getting to play tackle football with all of the boys at recess. When the captains would pick teams, I would be one of the first to be chosen. Now, I was not chosen for my speed, my ability to catch, or my awesome quarterback skills. I was chosen for my size. I was the biggest person on the field. I could tackle like no other fourth grader. One Tuesday we were playing, and my friend, who was on the other team, had just scored a touchdown. Instead of running back and giving the ball to our team, he decided to do a touchdown dance. I saw him dancing, and I got angry, so I tackled the other guy right there in the end zone.

No one ever danced again.

I tell you this story, number one so you can laugh, and number two so that you can get a real picture of what Jesus did in this story.

In John 8:1-11, we see the Pharisees trying to trick Jesus (v. 6). Instead of responding right away, Jesus took his time and “bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.” (v. 6). When he finished writing in the sand, he stood up. His answer was shocking (v. 7). Then he went back to writing. But get this- Jesus didn’t leave. He was the only one still standing there with the woman. Instead of yelling at her, pointing his finger in her face or tackling her he simply said, “’Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.’”

Sometimes in life, we tackle people. We rip them down without thinking about it, and maybe they will stop dancing if we do that. But here, Jesus shows us a much better way than tackling: he shows forgiveness.

+Who do you need to forgive today?

+How can you not “tackle” in your life?

Jesus, today help me to forgive people in my life who try to test me and trick me instead of “tackling” them. Show me how to give love and forgiveness so freely like you do. Amen.

Sunday Nights at 2nd!

We’ll start with band and choir, share dinner together, and break into tracks! Here’s what we have to offer this year:

Dance: Gracie Hampton
Drama: AJ Valdez
Bible Drill: Holli Barger
Worship Band: Michaela Finley
Worship Tech: Matt Parker
Graphic Design: Matt Parker
Canvas Art: Rachel Dawson

Doors open at 5:15, drop off at the Worship Center pull-through and come straight to the WC Choir room!

This Week In OVERFLOW!

KEY PASSAGE: John 8:31-38

MEMORY VERSE: So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32

KEY POINTS: YOU ARE FREE!!
If you abide in my word…
THEN you are truly my disciples…
AND you will know the truth…
AND the truth will set you free… 

READING PLAN: Gospel of John
Thursday: John 9:24-41
Friday: John 10:1-21
Saturday: John 10:22-42
Sunday: John 11:1-16
Monday: John 11:17-27
Tuesday: John 11:28-37
Wednesday: John 11:38-44

The word of God is living and active… Let it soak into your life!

What’s Going On @ SBCstudents

August 23 Back to School Splash (Water Park)

August 30 Overflow Kickoff

September 10 Worship Arts Kickoff

September 15 Feed the Badgers (3pm in the Student Building)

September 27 SYATP (7am @ Schools, 6pm @ FUMC) 

October 11 Fields of Faith (5:30 @ Badger Stadium)

October 25 Lotta

October 29 No Worship Arts (Night of Worship WC)

November 3-5 FALL RETREAT- $55 (Camp Bear Track)

November 5 OCC Packing Party (Student Building)

November 22 No Overflow (Thanksgiving)

December 10 Worship Arts Sunday/ChristGiving

December 13 Overflow Christmas

January 7 Worship Arts Resumes

January 10 Leaders Only Night

January 17 Overflow Resumes

March 16-21 Spring Break Mission- $50 (Mission East Austin)

April 13-14 OPEN & COMMITTED $30/family (Parent/Student Weekend)

May 2 Worship Arts Sunday am/Worship Arts Show, 6pm

May 9 Last Overflow

June 3-7 VBS