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South Fellowship Church

About Aaron Bjorklund

I am the Creative Arts Pastor here. That means I oversee our worship ministries and our communications team. I also serve on our Directional Leadership Team here. I love this place and I love the team I work with here!

Podcast Episode – Red Couch Theology

With Alex Walton & Aaron Bjorklund

In addition to our daily devotional readings we also produce a weekly podcast in which we discuss the previous Sunday’s sermon topic. Over the next few weeks we will be publishing our podcast episode on Friday’s here in the Daily. We hope it blesses you.

You can find the episode either on Youtube OR on your favorite podcast platform

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCWnNSTN-6XA7oYy6TBfS0LAxqxPvxVjH

Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/guys-drinking-tea/id1616539767

Podcast Episode – Red Couch Theology2022-11-19T13:29:00-07:00

Be Light

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

It seems strange how God has chosen to operate in the world. In his wisdom, he has decided to work in the world through people. The reason that seems strange is the fact that humanity doesn’t have an excellent track record of following God’s way. This text gives us another example of this peculiar reality. Jesus tells his followers that they are the light of the world. In other words, God has decided to illuminate the world through the lives of his followers. We could spend time questioning God’s choice to operate this way, or we can step into this calling.

How are disciples of Jesus the light of the world? To answer that question, we need not go far. This passage is found in Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount. This sermon is his magnum opus on what his Kingdom is and should be. Rather than pursuing that concept here, today’s text draws less attention to how we are to shine than the focus of Jesus’ words on the location and visibility of our light.

He teaches us that we are lights, elevated on a hill where the light can be seen by everyone around. That isn’t a challenge to become as visible as possible; it is the reality of being a Jesus follower. People observe the lives of those who claim the name of Jesus. We are “observed people” for better or for worse.

Jesus leaves us with a final command, “to shine in a way that brings glory to God”. We are merely illuminators of another object, namely God. We are reflectors or diffusers of light upon the “way of God”. The question we can ask ourselves today is, “do people even know that I am a follower of Jesus?” This is the only prerequisite to the realities in this text. Don’t be “darkness”, with this light hidden under a basket – be visible.

Be Light2022-11-19T12:30:30-07:00

Podcast Episode

By Alex Walton & Aaron Bjorklund

In addition to our daily devotional readings we also produce a weekly podcast in which we discuss the previous Sunday’s sermon topic. Over the next few weeks we will be publishing our podcast episode on Friday’s here in the Daily. We hope it blesses you. You can find the episode either on Youtube OR on your favorite podcast platform

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCWnNSTN-6XA7oYy6TBfS0LAxqxPvxVjH

Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/guys-drinking-tea/id1616539767

 

Podcast Episode2022-11-11T20:08:06-07:00

Jairus’ Daughter

21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him….  Mark 5:21-24

He had spent his entire life learning and working to acquire the position he had. He was well respected. People listened to him. Life seemed pretty straightforward for Jairus until his daughter fell deathly sick. The illness didn’t respect his position in the synagogue. It didn’t care that he had spent years studying and learning the things of God. Instead, it gradually began to claim the life of his beloved child, disrespecting any of his desires.

We don’t know Jairus’ opinion about Jesus before this story. The party line seemed to villainize Jesus as a threat to the Jewish faith. Desperation got the better of him, so he decided to go to Jesus. He had heard stories of healing and needed healing for his family. Was it faith that caused him to turn to Jesus? It was more likely some hope that things could be different. He had no idea how his hope would rise, fall, and ultimately be fulfilled, but hope drove him to speak to Jesus.

You don’t need a vast faith to start interacting with Jesus. All you need is a bit of hope mixed with a whole lot of longing. What is it that you wish or hope that Jesus could heal? This story isn’t a promise of a perfect outcome; I’m sure Jairus would have preferred not to endure his daughter’s death prior to Jesus’ solution. No, this story is a promise that Jesus is the right person to bring our last threads of hope. Bring it to him. And maybe you need to bring it to him again. Don’t let go of Jesus, because regardless of his answer, he is the only one who can raise the dead to life again!

Jairus’ Daughter2022-11-11T20:03:20-07:00

Podcast Episode

By Alex Walton & Aaron Bjorklund

In addition to our daily devotional readings we also produce a weekly podcast in which we discuss the previous Sunday’s sermon topic. Over the next few weeks we will be publishing our podcast episode on Friday’s here in the Daily. We hope it blesses you. You can find the episode either on Youtube OR on your favorite podcast platform

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCWnNSTN-6XA7oYy6TBfS0LAxqxPvxVjH
Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/guys-drinking-tea/id1616539767

Podcast Episode2022-11-04T22:48:10-06:00

The Extreme RSVP

4 “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’
5 “But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business.
6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. Matthew 22:4-6 NIV

This story seems a bit extreme. What kind of RSVP is it when you kill the messenger? Now I have the difficult task of explaining why the story uses such violent language while also attempting not to dumb it down. When we read a parable like this, we may need to catch some of the references that Matthew’s readers would have. Yes, this is a parable, but it’s also a story that happened in Israel’s history. Over and over again we find Israel invited to God’s kingdom. They would get off track, and God would send them a judge or a prophet. Sometimes, those prophets were killed or chided because of their message.

Jesus’ hearers would have known about this stained past. Jesus wants them to see the absurdity of not going to the party. He also wants his hearers to realize that even the prophets had invited God’s people to something good.

It would be easy to log this information away as interesting and never look at ourselves. Do you realize that all the commands of scripture are invitations? Every teaching of Jesus is an invitation to a kingdom party. His way is better. If we are honest, we sometimes kill the messenger too. Maybe you hear a sermon or read a passage of scripture through which God’s spirit gives you an invitation to a new way of being. Instead of finding a way to dive into that invitation, we often explain it away or drown it out with other concerns. Let’s not kill the message that God has for us.

The next time you feel that nudge of conviction – that invitation – respond with a simple prayer like this: “God, I intend to obey.” Find some time to plan the steps you need to take to obey. Send that messenger a text, add something to your calendar, and sign up for the thing. You don’t know what it looks like for you, but show up to the party.

The Extreme RSVP2022-11-05T11:40:42-06:00

Podcast Episode

By Alex Walton, Jessica Rust, & Aaron Bjorklund

In addition to our daily devotional readings we also produce a weekly podcast in which we discuss the previous Sunday’s sermon topic. Over the next few weeks we will be publishing our podcast episode on Friday’s here in the Daily. We hope it blesses you. You can find the episode either on Youtube OR on your favorite podcast platform

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCWnNSTN-6XA7oYy6TBfS0LAxqxPvxVjH
Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/guys-drinking-tea/id1616539767

Podcast Episode2022-10-29T10:50:28-06:00

Christ Is Alive – Therefore, We Come Alive

16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.

I’ve been leading worship for most of my life. I have had the opportunity to lead the music on Easter Sunday for about 12 years. I studied theology in college. Still, with all that exposure to the ideas surrounding the resurrection, I missed some of its significance until about five years ago. I don’t recall if it was a sermon, a podcast, or simply scripture reading, but I remember suddenly realizing Easter wasn’t just a celebration of Christ’s resurrection. It is also a celebration that we too will rise again one day.

In verse 23, Paul tells us that Christ is the “firstfruits.” Jesus made the way for all of us to rise again one day. That is why death no longer has a sting. Not even death can overcome God’s forgiving love and our adoption by him. Death is dead. Resurrection isn’t just a thing that happened to Jesus; it is a thing that is promised to each of us who follow him. We, too, will rise again. It truly is good news! I don’t know about you, but that changes my thoughts about Easter. It changes the way I feel about those who have died during my life.

Take a moment to listen to this song:  Glorious Day. Remember that these words are both metaphors and reality. He makes dead things come alive in your heart, but one day he will make your physical body come alive again.

Christ Is Alive – Therefore, We Come Alive2022-10-28T19:58:45-06:00

Podcast Episode

In addition to our daily devotional readings we also produce a weekly podcast in which we discuss the previous Sunday’s sermon topic. Over the next few weeks we will be publishing our podcast episode on Friday’s here in the Daily. We hope it blesses you. You can find the episode either on Youtube OR on your favorite podcast platform

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCWnNSTN-6XA7oYy6TBfS0LAxqxPvxVjH
Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/guys-drinking-tea/id1616539767

Podcast Episode2022-10-25T20:55:37-06:00

How We Play Our Part

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13

Take a few minutes and read 1 Corinthians 13.

John 3:16 might be the most famous verse in the Bible, but 1 Corinthians 13 is likely the most famous chapter in the Bible. You might have heard it read at a wedding or a funeral. Jesus emphasized that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord, and the second greatest is to love your neighbor as yourself. This chapter, too, reminds us that love is central to the way of Jesus. Without love, we have nothing.

This week we have learned that “You have a part to play and are gifted with the power to play it.” God has invited his people to participate in his actions in the world. He then supports that commissioning with the power of the Holy Spirit, but this chapter tells us HOW to participate. How do we know if another person or we are playing our part by the power of the Spirit? How do we know if we are on task? The answer is simple; it’s love. There is no law against love. How are you doing?

Even as I write, my shame rises because I know how often I have failed to love. Shame is not the aim of this chapter or this reading. Remember that the only way we can truly show love is by receiving it from God. God loves us first.

Take a moment to reread the chapter, but this time, anticipate the reality that God fulfills this chapter toward you. Let that be your motivation to grow in love for others. That source of hope is the only way to sustain a life of love.

How We Play Our Part2022-10-22T22:17:09-06:00
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