On Fridays in April, we look at the scripture that our campers will be studying during Day 4 this summer of “Awesome God. Awesome Love.”
Prayer: Jesus, Prince of Peace, you are the source of all light, love, and life. We turn our hearts and minds to you this day and pray that you would overcome our sinful thoughts, desires, and ways. Help us to see our solidarity with all your children and put an end to our foolish perspective of divisions and groups. In the power of your Spirit, we pray. Amen.
Reading: Romans 10: 5-13 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Answer 1 – this text challenges me to recognize how close God is to us.
Answer 2- This text delights me to know that it is the Law that establishes a deep promise in our hearts.
Answer 3- I have been in many worship services where this is used as a virtual statue that could be touched to confer grace—as an altar call, even without an altar.
Answer 4 – God is breaking our conceptions and expectations again. We construct systems and businesses, churches, seminaries, organizations, service groups and work camps without realizing that God is already on our hearts. Retreats are not wonderful because God is there. Retreats and the like are helpful sometimes because we have forgotten how easy it is to find God.
We will undoubtedly have different answers for each text we study, but this text reminds us that there are no separate ways that God comes to us. God is the lover of any and all hearts. We are one tribe with one Chief.
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