Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Verve Haps

This past weekend at Verve was great:

  • Started a new series called The Crapper. There are so many times when life doesn't seem fair: something tragic happens to a really good person, you lose your job for no good reason, bad things keep happening to you with no rhyme or reason. In situations like this it can be hard to trust God, or even believe he exists. This series is all about how to deal with these kinds of questions and move forward spiritually when it's tough to do so.
  • In this series we're going straight through a book of the Bible called Habakkuk. Habakkuk is all about a guy who believed in God but was experiencing a lot of tough circumstances and asked God hard questions that really expressed his frustration and confusion.
  • We talked about a lot, but one of the things we established is that we don't need to deny bad things when they happen; we shouldn't act like we're happy when we're not, and we should accept the reality of whatever crappy situation we are dealing with. Once you acknowledge what is really going on, that makes it easier for you to talk to God about it. Questioning God can actually be healthy for your spiritual growth, and most people who have great faith went through a time when they seriously doubted and questioned God. If you weren't there to hear the entire message, you should totally watch or listen to it online. 
  • A group of middle school Ververs is spending this week at a summer camp in Prescott, Arizona. This camp is designed to help them grow closer to God and deepen relationships with one another (and have a lot of fun in the process). Can't wait to hear about how it went!
  • This Saturday we are hosting a Poker Night to raise funds for a mission team that is going to Rocafuerte, Ecuador, next month. The action starts at 6:00PM and buy-ins are $20; half of the proceeds will go directly to the Ecuador team and the other half will be used for payouts. This is a really cool and fun opportunity to help impact the lives of children in Ecuador. If you're in Vegas, come on out!