Spiritual Formation

Katie applied to only one prestigious graduate program because she was told in a casual conversation by the Dean that she would be admitted. But when the committee decided on her application, she was denied admission. She was crushed. “Why would God do this to me?” she cried. “What am I going to do now?”

When these curve balls of life come at us, we often ask “Why?”

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In my senior year of college, I had a memorable God moment. Some friends and I were up late one night planning our post-graduation trip. During the meeting my mentor, Greg, came in.

It was a sunny spring Saturday when I gathered with a group of six graduate students in a cozy living room to plan for the fall. The student leaders were all busy with end-of-semester responsibilities, but eager to see God continue the slow, steady growth in the chapter. Yet the all-consuming demands of grad school nearly sank our NSO plans — until the Holy Spirit did something remarkable over the summer.

As you seek to live out God’s calling on your life, there might be times when you ask yourself a form of this question: What is more important—living a life of holiness or reaching out to friends that don’t know God? Do you want to know Jesus’ answer? It’s “yes.” That is, they go hand in hand.

For most of my life in the church, “apostle” has been something of a dirty word, either because it’s assumed to be an expired gift or because we’ve so often seen it abused.

“Why is this night different from all other nights?” Jewish children will voice this question around Seder tables this week as families celebrate Passover and remember the ancient identity-forming story from Exodus 12-14. Likewise, we do well to ask ourselves as Christians, “Why is this week different from all other weeks? Why is this a holy week?”

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