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A Point of Conversation

On behalf of the Adult Ministries Team at Ada Bible, we’d like to thank all of you, our readers, for your active engagement with Sabea blog over the past several years. We know that Sabea has had a great impact on many of your lives and we’re so grateful that God used our blog ministry.

Recently, the Ada Bible staff members who were responsible for much of Sabea’s content have followed God’s call in their lives and have moved on to other positions outside Ada Bible. With their departure, we’ve taken a step back from weekly Sabea blog posts–at least temporarily– as we reevaluate the purpose of Sabea and how we can best use such a forum moving forward. Please join us in prayer as we engage in some conversations about the best way to continue to move people toward Christ during the week. Read more

You Don’t See What You’re Not Looking For

There can come a moment of truth in our lives, when we see something we weren’t looking for. An example of this happened in Grand Rapids seven years ago when two college students were in a horrible van accident in Indiana on I-69. A truck driver fell asleep and crossed the median, hitting their van head on. Among the survivors was Laura Van Ryn, who sustained severe brain trauma and multiple injuries.

After five weeks, the Van Ryn family began to realize the woman they thought was their daughter Laura, was instead another student named Whitney Cerak. The Cerak family thought they had buried Whitney two months before, but it was really Laura who lay in the cemetery. When this mistake was discovered it made national news. How could a family give care to another woman and not see or realize it wasn’t their daughter? Laura’s sister, Lisa, explained in an interview on the Today show in 2010 that you don’t see what you’re not looking for. Read more

God Wants YOU!

Have you ever wondered why you are where you are? I know most of us have asked that question at some point in our life. I personally have asked myself on numerous occasions. If you had told Nehemiah that the Persian king’s cupbearer was going to rebuild Jerusalem, he probably would have laughed.

When I look at this story it reminds me that God can use us wherever we are, no matter what we are doing.

God has a knack for doing extraordinary things with ordinary people. Read more

God Is In This Mess, and We Will Rebuild

Listening to Pastor Jeff bring the story of Nehemiah to life this past Sunday made me contemplate just how detailed God is in everything He does.

It isn’t an accident that this week’s sermon was on rebuilding because I find myself in a life-changing situation where I have no choice but to rebuild from shattered pieces.

I am leaning on God to help me get through each day.  And for the last several months, God has shared with me that He is writing a very important chapter in my life. And by no means is this chapter over.  Read more

What If God Doesn’t Want You To Be Happy?

What if God doesn’t want you to be happy?  Wait, what?  No seriously, what if God’s goal in your life isn’t your happiness?  What if God is after something deeper and more meaningful?

Our culture is obsessed with happiness.  Think about advertising slogans.  “Have it your way,”  “Open Happiness,” “The Happiest Place on Earth,” and of course, the McDonald’s “Happy Meal” (which often ends in bitterness when my kids don’t get the toy they want).  Read more

Jesus and Disgust

The feeling of “disgust” is an interesting concept.  Recently, I read a very challenging book by Richard Beck about the spiritual impact of “disgust” on our walk with Jesus. The concept is this… When something is “unclean” or “disgusting” it makes everything it comes in contact with unclean and disgusting.

Take for instance a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice with a two-inch cockroach swimming around in it. The unclean cockroach has “defiled” the orange juice… And the thought of chugging down this orange juice with a massive bug in it should, and has probably brought about some level of “disgust” in your mind, no matter how thirsty you were! Read more

Like a Tree Planted By the Water

A few years ago, I enrolled myself into the Kent County master gardening program. Each week I attentively sat through a four-hour class where I learned about everything from the science behind plant growth to the art of composting and what nutrients make up good soil.

Needless to say, I was like a sponge. I couldn’t get enough of the information. I remember one class in particular where the instructor was describing how a tree takes up nutrients and how those nutrients are carried throughout the tree, systemically to every branch—every leaf. I couldn’t help but smile and say quietly to myself (so I thought), “Amazing.” The gal sitting next to me said, “What’s amazing, and why are you smiling?” I replied “God’s creation! It’s amazing—each and every intricate detail. Only God could make a tree.” Read more

Don’t Let Your Circumstances Steal Your Joy!

This past weekend Dan Wright spoke on cultivating a life of joy focusing on chapter 4 of Philippians.  There is something that rocks me to the core when I read how positive Paul was while being imprisoned. In the face of adversity, Paul found joy. There is a clear theme throughout the book of Philippians as Paul writes—even commands—the church to “Rejoice in the Lord always” (4.4). Read more

Living Recklessly

OK, I’m confused. For most of my life I’ve been told that doing anything recklessly is bad and to be avoided. Handle finances recklessly and end up in debt. Navigate relationships recklessly and leave a trail of anger, bitterness, and disappointment. Drive recklessly and end up around a tree and cited for “Reckless Driving” (this “reckless” is so bad there’s even a law against it!).

But according to Kevin Harney this past weekend, Jesus calls us to a life of “recklessness,” specifically in the areas of service, generosity, prayer, and words (telling others about Jesus). Read more

Our Reckless Journey

On August 16, 2008, at 3:00 p.m., our family of four boarded a plane to fly from Grand Rapids to Seattle. All of our household items had left the day before on a semi to make the cross country trek. We were beginning an adventure. A “reckless adventure” as Kevin Harney described in his message on Sunday.

We had never lived outside of Michigan.
We didn’t have a place to live.
Neither of us had jobs to start.
We knew one couple in this new city.

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