There is a race that God has marked out for you, and it is a run to glory! You have to choose to get off of the easy chair and out of the lazy boy; off the couch and run the race marked out for you! Your race isn’t somebody else’s race, your gifts aren’t somebody else’s...
We can’t find our identity in this world. My identity is not as a white man. Your identity can’t be as a black man or a white man. Your identity can’t be based on your socio-economic class or your knowledge, your power, your ability, or your presence. Your identity is based on...
There are two approaches to a spiritual life; passive or active. Most of us take a passive approach to our spiritual journey and we just kind of assume that it will happen. Can I just say how crazy that is! What “just happens” that is good in your life all on its own? How good does...
Most of us are living in the default of life in our own understanding, in our own processing and in our own conclusion; and when we do that, we miss daily life in the presence of God. Psalm 67 says “You have made known to me the path of life.” It’s not an instant; just add...
Our thinking matters more than anything. What goes on between your left ear and your right ear is your life! Proverbs 23:7 says “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” You and I don’t have to do anything to be toxic, we already are. I don’t have to work at...
The simple truth is that all of us here, myself included, are most of the time more concerned with the approval of other human beings than we are with the one and true creator of the universe. You and I are so timid when it comes to telling the story of Jesus and helping people understand that...
Some of you are in good places in your family right now, and some of you are in bad places. Some of you are frustrated in your families and I just want to let you know that God cares passionately about your family and what you’re going through, and He’s here to fill your family with...
You and I are by nature empty, and we’re mad about it! In our emptiness, we are desperate to fill ourselves, and so we will fill ourselves with just about anything or anyone to answer the pain, the loneliness and the emptiness. We will fill ourselves with that which addicts us, we will...
Our goal here at The Church at Severn Run is not to have a lot of people who are content to do nothing. If that's the case, let's wrap it up, let's call it a day and let's go home. Your faith is noticed, and it teaches. Other people are watching how you live, and the simple reality is that...
Can we all ageree that there are some things that belong in our lives and some things that don't? The question is what is the standard we use for measuring what belongs and what doesn't? What is acceptable and what isn't? What is helpful and what is not? Who gets to decide? If you and I are...
We asked some Severn Runners how they got connected in our church community through Connect Groups. We thought their answers would encourage you to get connected if you aren't already.
Why did you join a Connect Group at Severn Run?
I joined to be connected with parents who also have young kids and when the pastor said we should all be connected, I wanted to follow his leadership advice so I found a group. I'm so thankful I did.
What are some of the benefits of being in a Connect Group?
Being around families who also are at a similar life stage of having young kiddos has been very valuable to me. We can share our trials, celebrate our successes and do the journey of life together supporting each other. I also learn more and do studies I would probably not take the initiative to do on my own, so it has been great exposure to studies out there and learning new things about God's word and learning how to apply it to my life in new and different ways. My son looks forward to going every Thursday night and playing with his friends, so it is a benefit to our whole family.
How did you decide which Connect Group to join?
I went to one of the find a Connect Group events and met some of the folks in each group. I found a group I enjoyed talking to and decided to try visiting. I also was specifically looking for a group with childcare and really like that not only was childcare provided, but also it was on the church campus where my son was used to playing.
Do you lead a Connect Group? Why did you decide to lead?
I lead Families with Special Needs. Many times even day to day struggles are made even larger when dealing with a family member that has special needs. Our group is a safe place to share parenting questions and dilemmas as we support and encourage each other with scripture and prayer.
If you are feeling God's leading to get connected with Severn Run, now is the perfect time!
Simply go to http://severnrun.com/connectgroups/ and search our Connect Groups based on life phase, interests or locations.
You'll quickly find a great group of people with whom you can grow in faith.
Two years, three months, and 28 days ago I became a Marylander--or at least I moved to Maryland. I had gotten a job, rented a townhouse, put all my belongings on a moving truck, got in my car, and drove 1,121 miles to my new residence.
After living in the same state my entire life, I wanted to make a change. I needed to make a change. It was a good thing. In doing so however, I not only left Minnesota behind, I left behind something very important...connections. Connections with church, co-workers, family members, places, and friends.
I was thinking all those could be replaced and new connections could be made. But as an introvert it was more of a challenge than I ever imagined. Of all those left behind connections, friends have been the scarcest commodity here in Maryland. It’s not because I haven’t meet people. I have shaken hands and discussed the weather with numerous people. Acquaintances seem easy, a real and meaningful friendship--not easy at all.
I left a large, contemporary church where I’d attended 20 years. I had joined numerous small groups over the years that lead to several amazing friendships. Through the studies, I learned so much from Beth Moore, Ray Vander Laan, R. C. Sproul and other wonderful Bible teachers.
So the solution to my emptiness seemed so obvious - I needed to find a church and get connected. I found the church and yet I resisted a connect group.
Thoughts ran through my head again and again...
- What if they don’t like me?
- What if I don't like them?
- I’m divorced...will I be judged?
- Share my deep dark secrets? No way.
- Will I know enough about the Bible?
- I just don't have the time.
Over time, through the noise, I begin to hear another small voice...
- What if I am missing out on new great friendships?
- Maybe I have something to share that could help someone else!
- So I divorced, I am still a valued child of God.
- There's so much more I can learn from studies and other people.
- We all make time for what's important.
This fall I am going to do it!
I am going to step out, take a deep breath, and find a connect group.
Am I excited? Yes.
Am I nervous? Absolutely!
But, I am going to do it.
How about you?
Will you consider joining me in finding a connect group this fall?
We will both be happy we did.
If any of you have ever loved your children, how dare you not love God's? That means you, as God's child, and it means everyone around you!
Some of you look at yourself and you hate what you see- don't hate God! You are the masterpiece of God and He loves you!
Psalm 139:14 says, "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." What David is saying here is: 'I know you made me in love!'
God created you on purpose, in love, and Jeremiah 31:3 says' "I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself." It reaches from before time was created and it reaches after time has ended. You were created on purpose by the love of God! You are not an accident, God does not create junk. You look how God wanted you to look.
You are the art of God!
God didn't just create the Heavens and the Earth, the stars and the sun, the Rockies and the Andes and the beach for those of you who are beach people. The masterpiece of God, the crowning work in all creation, was you!
I'm learning in my own life as I learn to love my child, that to truly love my child as God loves- is to love God's child. Every one of God's children!
So the truth is, my love for my child is just a window into how I should be loving every human being on earth -because they're God's child too! -Dr. Drew Shofner