From the monthly archives: April 2015

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Don't Stop Praying for Nepal: An Update on the Children's Home


 


It’s been nearly 80 hours since a 7.9-magnitude earthquake shook Nepal to its foundations. Large aftershocks and tremors continue to be felt, most people are now living out of tents, and the aid from outside countries is starting to trickle in. It is an emergency of unprecedented size, and it is an opportunity for our church to have a very visible hand in helping to bring good and the gospel.

Since 2010, Summitview has been supporting the Children’s Home in Godawari, Nepal. It’s roughly seven miles south of Kathmandu. Thankfully, by the loving hand of God, all those at the Children’s Home are safe and no one was injured in the earthquake. Their building was heavily damaged, needs inspection by a structural expert, and may need to be rebuilt. The entire country is in sheer chaos. There are needs and resources that we can bring as a body of believers to the other side of the world by our faith. For us, it starts with the Children’s Home.



Our Mission’s Fund is critical in helping the Home continue in the work that it has been doing, especially in light of the earthquake. There are 27 children at the home who had become destitute and in need of care because of different situations. As the kids have turned into teenagers and young adults, their futures have been forever changed.

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A Q&A with Two CSU Students about Missional Living in the Dorms


 


Summitview’s campaign to raise support for our 2015 Missions Fund is underway. We’re trusting God to provide at least $71,000 for local and global missions initiatives.

One of those initiatives is to provide $20,000 in scholarship funds to help gospel-minded students in our college ministry to live on the Colorado State University campus in the dorms. College is critical, and significant life change happens in the first few years after high school. Many of these students are figuring out what they really believe for the first time, and, increasingly, international students are comprising a sizable portion of the CSU student body.

With this context in mind, we think it is imperative to provide disciple-making disciples with the ability to live in the dorms as affordably as possible. CSU’s tuition has increased 133 percent in the last 10 years, and the average plan for room and board costs more than $10,000. A year’s worth of tuition, fees, housing and other expenses can quickly ring up a bill of more than $22,000.

Now, multiply that by four. That ain’t cheap. But lives are at stake, the nations are here, and dorm living provides a unique and powerful way to build relationships and share the gospel.

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The ROI on Your Tithe May Surprise You


 


To every person at Summitview who tithes, I owe you a debt of gratitude. You saved my life.

If you're taken aback by that statement, then maybe we're missing something in how we perceive tithing. Christians normally discuss tithing in terms of obedience, trusting God and generosity. All that is true and necessary. But we can sometimes overlook the fact that God does something with your giving.

Tithing is something most Christians see as biblical and good. However, most Christians are resistant to tithing. It seems more like a bothersome chore than a way to glorify God. One reason for this is because, in our heart of hearts, we want a good return on our investment.

We go to Starbucks, pay a good chunk of change and get a yummy return on our investment. We plunk down another good chunk of change to watch a movie and we (hopefully) get a thumbs-up return on our investment.

With tithing, sometimes we feel like we’re throwing money into a well. We never see it again. We don’t see a return on our investment, so we resist giving. Sometimes we’re admonished to just write the check on the first Sunday of the month without thinking about it. But we do think about it, don’t we? We wonder why we should give 10 percent of our income when we could think of better things to do with the money.

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That's a Horrible Call! On Sports Officials, Justice and Misplaced Hope


 


In 1996, I was obsessed with the Seattle Mariners. Ken Griffey, Jr. crushed 49 home runs that season, and 20-year-old Alex Rodriguez hit .358 to win the AL batting crown. But it was 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier who really shocked the baseball world that year.

In the ALCS, the hated Yankees were playing the Baltimore Orioles. This was before the resurgence of the Yankees had been established. Derek Jeter was only 22, and this series was promising to be a good one. Down one run late, Jeter came to the plate and drove one deep to opposite field, and...well, I’ll let Bob Costas tell you what happened:

Jeffrey Maier. 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier. He completely turned the game around and, ultimately, the series. The Yankees went on to win their first World Series in nearly 20 years, but the reach-over by Maier still haunts Orioles fans. The Yankees rewarded him with seats behind home plate.

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The Truth about Lies and Aloneness


 


A few Sundays ago, some situations were weighing heavily on my heart. As we worshipped, I was drawn to the themes of grace and redemption. These are ideas that my heart readily connects with. But as we sang, I asked God, “How does this apply to where I’m at right now? How does the gospel address my aloneness in this situation?” God often connects with my heart through story, and as we continued to dialogue, he brought to mind a specific scene from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It’s the scene in the Two Towers when Eowyn is weeping over her cousin Theodred’s dead body. Wormtongue enters the room, and, after she fiercely tells him to leave her alone, he responds:

 

Oh, but you are alone. Who knows what you have spoken to the darkness, alone, in the bitter watches of the night, when all your life seems to shrink, the walls of your bower closing in about you, a hutch to trammel some wild thing in? So fair, yet so cold like a morning of pale Spring still clinging to Winter's chill.

 

Eowyn becomes mesmerized by his words. Her eyes are locked on his, and he touches her face. But then she snaps out of it, tells him, “Your words are poison!” and she leaves the room.


As I thought about this scene and what God wanted to speak to me through it, several thoughts came to mind.

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