Prayer requests after last day at IIT

Today was our last official IIT (more substantial post about what that looked like is forthcoming).

Initially, I thought I was going to have to work today, but I was able to go to campus instead and go on a prayer walk for this final visit. 

Some things that came to mind:

  • that the people God lead us to this summer would get connected to Cru or Bridges (or any ministry), and continue to pursue a relationship with God
  • for the incoming freshmen this year, that they get involved in a Christian ministry
  • for the Teach For America corps members who left campus and are spread out around Chicago  - that they have a positive impact in the classroom
  • that the international students on campus find community and acceptance at IIT
  • that God raises up leaders at IIT to head up Cru and Bridges movements

Today’s devo hit me hard. I’m on the train to work, and the second paragraph is exactly what I need to hear. “To follow Me wholeheartedly, you must relinquish your desire to please other people.”
Lord, use me to shine brightly at work!

Magnificent Gospel - Game Changer

"And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence." Colossians 1:17-18

Throughout the Old Testament, there is a theme of failure of humans trying to act on their own, especially the firstborns.  Adam, the first human, was kicked out of paradise because of sin.  Cain, the firstborn of Adam and Eve, murdered his brother.  Esau vows to kill his younger twin.  Jesse’s eldest son was not chosen to be king.  David’s firstborn son died brutally after committing a horrendous crime…. the list goes on and on.  

But Jesus was the game changer.  He was the game changer from the very beginning, even before the New Testament.  He is the true firstborn, the firstborn of all creation.  This does not mean that Jesus was created, but instead shows His supremacy.  His supremacy is certain and over everything.

His supremacy redeems us. 

This truth radically changed my life.  I will write more about my own personal story/testimony later, but Jesus changed my life from being one of resentment to one of joy!

Magnificent Gospel

We are unavoidably needy. It’s a fact. I can’t even try to deny it.  But this week was about how the Gospel fills my weaknesses. 
”You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world…” Colossians 2:20 (NLT)
I am always unavoidably needy before Jesus.  I can never be “okay-enough” spiritually before Jesus.  But, there’s the flip side: because of Jesus, I am holy and blameless. 


For the first week of Project, we studied Colossians 1:1-1:23 and the theme was the Magnificent Gospel.  Every Wednesday evening, I have a “date night” with Jesus where I spend a few hours solely with Him and getting to know Him better.
During part of this time, I was reading over this passage of Colossians, and God slammed me with how great the Gospel is and that’s it’s all about HIM and what He’s already DONE!

He qualified us. 
He gives us an inheritance.
He calls us saints.
He delivered us.
He transferred us to the kingdom.
He redeemed us.
He forgave us off all our sins.
He is God.
He created all.
He is before all things.
He is the head of the body.
He went behind enemy lines on a rescue mission.
He made us new and holy.
He made peace with His blood on the cross.

He is all. 

 

I’m starting to see a theme here… 

Late-night adventures at Millennium Park. 
So grateful for all of the people on this Project!

Being a “tourist” again is really fun! Even though I’m one of the project “townies”, it’s fun to be overcome with giddiness as if it were the first time seeing the bean, the bandshell, or the spitting fountains.  

It reminds me of how beautiful this city really is and how easy  it is to overlook even the most obvious of details.  The pure excitement of these new friends to explore and learn even after a long day of meetings, campus sharing, and working is so inviting that I finally got off of my “Chicago expert” high horse and joined in on the fun!

Photo cred: Meg

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
—  Colossians 1:15-19
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