Our congregation, pastors, and staff write devotionals to help us experience the seasons of Lent (before Easter) and Advent (before Christmas) more fully. They are posted below with the most recent on top and do not post until the season begins.

March 29, 2017

Kate Richardson

Hello! My name is Kate Richardson. I’m a seventeen-year-old high school student here at Bel Air and have been attending this beautiful church for the past two years. My freshman year of high school my parents encouraged me to join a youth group. They had attended Bel Air for a short time before I was born and thought it would be a nice fit. I had never been exposed to a church community prior to joining the youth group here and it’s safe to say that youth ministry has changed my life! I’ve met the most wonderful people at Bel Air and have strengthened my relationship with Jesus more than I ever knew possible.

Drawing near to God is something I’ve been practicing and experiencing a lot over the past two years. I’ve found that seeing God through other people has the greatest impact on my relationship with Jesus. I remember a moment in particular during worship at houseboats last summer: I saw people being filled with the Holy Spirit to the point that it brought them to tears. That brought ME to tears! It was a clear picture of how much bigger God is and that we are all a part of something much bigger than ourselves. Things like that motivate me to draw nearer to God and give myself over to Him to feel Him draw nearer to me.

After reading Matthew 10: 1–14, a theme of selflessness stood out to me. Jesus sends the twelve disciples out on a mission to heal the “lost sheep of Israel” and proclaim to them that the Kingdom of Heaven has come near. By telling them not to collect any money on their mission and to go with little and return with little, Jesus teaches us to spread the gospel humbly. We should not go on missions or help the lost sheep in our world to build our ego or to get something in return. Jesus tells us we are to be selfless in our good doings and help others for Him, not for ourselves. “Freely you have received; freely give,” He says. This passage is another great reminder that we are a part of something much greater than ourselves!




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