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Sadly, college is a low point for many disciples in their walk with Christ.  I know it was for me.   Although I tried to stay connected in my relationship with God going through my personal devotions, I struggled greatly because when I headed off to college I was more focused on avoiding Moral struggles than finding a church home.  Over the years I became almost completely detached from the church.

Here is a new resource that could be helpful to families and churches that are working to achieve the goal of creating life long worshipers of Christ that are prepared for life after High school.  This book, Thriving at College by Alex Chediak, targets students (and/or families of students) preparing to head off or who have already headed off to college.  Although this seems like an easy graduation gift, this could be an even greater resource for parents to read with their children!  Maybe you know someone preparing to leave for college for the fall, or a family that you could recommend this book to.

Here is a link to the book, right now it is 50% off!

There were too many recommendation quotes from trusted sources to list, I chose only two to share.

“Alex Chediak offers solid advice and counsel in Thriving at College. In this book, he provides good wisdom and sound practical advice to young Christians seeking to navigate the world of higher education while simultaneously maturing into faithful Christians.”
R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“All the things I speak to college students about are here… A must-read for kids headed to college and those already there.”
Tedd Tripp, best-selling author of Shepherding a Child’s Heart

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Saying Goodbye Well

This Fall our staff studied Paul’s interaction with the Ephesian elders in Acts 20: 13-38, through the lens of “what does this passage teach us about saying goodbye well?”

As everyone knows, we at Uptown we are about to send out our next church plant.  It is hard to believe this week is “Sending Sunday,” and in just over a week Cross Park will be celebrating their first Sunday Morning Worship service (March 6.)

Some of our members have been through this many times and know what to expect, others of us have never been through a church plant and are learning as we go.  All of us, veterans and rookies, those sending and those being sent, are in the middle of a season of many goodbyes.

As we have encouraged you from the pulpit, in announcements, during communion, in life groups and now from the blog…We encourage you to say goodbye well.  To that end we would do well to take a cue from Paul and the Ephesian elders,

“remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself (Paul) said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”  When he had said this, he knelt down with all of them and prayed.  They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him.  What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.” -Acts 20:35-38

A few things that stand out:

-Remember why we are doing this, for God’s glory and the expansion of God’s kingdom, and that actually includes our good.

-Take the time to say goodbye well, fight the urge to just brush it off.

-Be willing to express with words and actions what someone means to you when you say goodbye.

-Be prepared for the emotions that come with saying goodbye well.

-Don’t attempt to protect yourself and take the easy way out by pulling away from the relationship early.  Instead be willing to accompany those that are being sent all the way “to the ship.”

Praying for God’s grace as we all attempt to say goodbye well.

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Each outgoing officer was given an engraved mug as a token of appreciation

 

At our February Session and deacon meetings we attempted to say goodbye well to those who have been officer’s at Uptown and are now being sent with the church plant.  You would have been proud of your elders and deacons.  I was honored to be in on these times with both of the groups.  It was hard to saying goodbye to Drew Peterson, Chris Ferguson and Tyre Green, but during these formal set aside times the elders and deacons did so with love, sadness, joy and with faith.

I thought it would be encouraging to share portions of a letter written by now former elder Tyre Green to the session of Uptown Church resigning as an elder at Uptown in order to be sent with the church plant.  What an encouragement to be able to look in and see how God uses Godly men to lead his church.  What a blessing to you at Uptown knowing you have Godly men leading your church, and for those being sent you too should be encouraged that so many wonderful servants are being sent.

Enjoy this letter, I hope it encourages you to pray regularly for your church leaders.

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Brothers,

Please accept this as my letter of resignation from the session at Uptown.  With it, please accept my heartfelt gratitude for all you have done for me and my family.  In our 15 years at Uptown, the Lord has used you in countless ways to deepen our faith in and love for Him.

First let me thank you as a fellow elder.  For me, the opportunity to serve alongside you has been a great joy and blessing.  My time with you has helped me to value caring for the body of Christ.  The thing that rings true of all my collective thoughts and memories of being with you brothers over the years is: these are men that love the church!  I think about Jesus’ refrain to Peter, “If you love me, feed my sheep”.    Thank you for teaching me how to love Jesus better!

When I think back on my nine years on session, I am flooded with various images: praying for members who wept openly in their time of need; joining many of you in situations when we were called to counsel, rebuke and pray; rejoicing time and time again at God’s provision for Uptown and His faithfulness to our members.  I have been asked numerous times over the years what it was like to serve on the session.  Inevitably I talk about how much I respect each one of you and how they should be encouraged that Uptown’s session seeks to honor and obey the Lord.

I also want to thank you as a member of Uptown.  Our family has enjoyed countless worship services, Sunday schools, sermons, retreats, life group meetings, prayer triads, VBSs, etc.  I appreciate how you lead Uptown and its ministries with a sense of humility and urgency.  Our family has been fed well.

Brothers, let me encourage you to continue to serve with humility.  Be reminded of Tom’s study of the vine and the branches at our retreat a few years ago.  “Apart from me you can do nothing.”  I pray your humility will flow from your desperate need of Christ.

I leave you with I Peter 5:2-4: “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve;  not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.  And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”

Awaiting heaven,

Tyre Green

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We at Uptown offer children’s church for kids through first grade.  After that students are expected to sit through the service with their parents.  Now some kids may transition to the pew pretty easily and others it may be a challenge, but here is an article that will help parents of both young children and older children think through ways to engage their kids in order to help them get more out of the sermons.

Here is an excerpt from Eight Tips for Talking to Kids About the Sermon by Joe Holland.

They sit there next to you and their feet don’t even hit the floor.  You’re thinking, “What, if anything of this guy’s sermon is sinking into my kid’s head?”  And with that little thought you’ve already decided not to engage your child about the sermon.  But it doesn’t have to be that way. Let me introduce you to the most important rule when talking to your kids about the sermon: They retain more than you think they do. The second most important rule is like it: They understand more than you think they do.”
For the rest of the Article you can click Here.

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Here is a good article by respected blogger Tim Challies on how Christians should interact with Halloween, an issue many believers disagree on.  I think his best piece of advice, is whether you end up for or against participating in Halloween, believers should think through their stance.

Thanks go out to Dave Latham for the link.

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Interesting article

What is our world coming to?  What are kids learning these days?  This article might make one conclude they are  learning something good.  Here is an interesting article about a High School cheer leading squad that asked their board of education to consider changing their cheer leading uniforms to make them LESS skimpy.

The connection between self esteem, control issues and body image implied in this article are interesting as well.  Body image is a big topic in today’s world, and it is heart breaking to hear about how many people struggle with eating disorders.

Lord, help us as we seek to see ourselves rightly and to raise kids to look to You for significance rather than to the many imperfect and cruel masters of this world, including ourselves and how we look.

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Have you recently moved?  Do you know someone who has recently moved?  Are you struggling to live in the city God has you right now?

Here is an article a friend of mine wrote a couple of years ago on the theology of moving.  It is very good for helping us consider, what does it mean to “seek the peace and prosperity of the city” in which God has carried you (Jeremiah 29:7).

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