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Matt Orth

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Tell the story of me at camp…and what God has done with me…from smoking, playing pranks, my chasing of girls…my “call to ministry” etc.

Mary & Martha…

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" 

"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her." (Luke 10)

Martha was all about Jesus too: Working so hard for Him but missing Him. 

Difference between working for the Lord and working IN the Lord.

    Shannon and the bathroom rug. (Relationship vs. Work)

TFC: The waterfall that no one ever went to.

You’re a worshipper first, a camp director second.  (OR You’re a worshipper who happens to be a camp director…)

We can turn into Martha real quick: "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"

The Older Son in the Prodigal Son: Remembering your sonship. 

‘My child,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.’ Luke 10:31

Do something fun every day, or something that inspires wonder…

Go down and worship with the students in the “praise pit.”

Or set down the clipboard and play GaGa ball or beach volleyball with them.

Chased turtles in a canoe.

You’re not being an irresponsible director when you “play,” you’re being an irresponsible human when you don’t.

You need to act like a kid more. (Not immature…)

Real Rest for your soul:

And what did Jesus say about acting like a kid?

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, 

"Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" 

He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:1-4

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

Seek first the Kingdom of God

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. 

(But the context is…)

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 

"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 

If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

Jesus saying feed the birds, smell the roses. Seek first. Real Rest.

KIDS: Trust and Wonder…Addi coming out of the cafeteria today…

Luke Cook and his “no hobbies.”

Not even Solomon in all His glory…Bird feeders up? Flowerbeds?

Reminders of God’s provision and presence surround us if we have eyes to see.

Frank Lloyd Wright

In the winter of his ninth year, the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright was walking across a snow covered field with his reserved, no-nonsense uncle. As they reached the far end of the field, his uncle stopped him. He pointed to his own tracks in the snow, straight and true as an arrow, and then to young Frank’s own tracks, which crisscrossed and meandered all over the field. “Notice how your tracks wander aimlessly from the cattle to the woods and back again,” his uncle stated with a scowl. “And see how my own tracks aim directly to my goal. There is an important lesson in that.”

Years later, the famous architect relayed how that single experience had so affected his outlook on life. “I determined right then,” he said, “not to miss most things in life…as my uncle had.”

Walking in the Kingdom of Wonder

When we lose our sense of wonder we lose our sense of worship. (6:33-34)

Worry wearies the soul, but worship renews it.

Context of Matthew 6…

“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”


Psalm 115:1 Not for our sake, GOD, no, not for our sake, but for your name's sake, show your glory. Do it on account of your merciful love, do it on account of your faithful ways. 2Do it so none of the nations can say, "Where now, oh where is their God?" 3Our God is in heaven doing whatever he wants to do. Their gods are metal and wood, handmade in a basement shop: Carved mouths that can't talk, painted eyes that can't see, Tin ears that can't hear, molded noses that can't smell, Hands that can't grasp, feet that can't walk or run, throats that never utter a sound. Those who make them have become just like them, have become just like the gods they trust.

This is a common theme in the OT. . .the senselessness of idols and the declaration of God’s wonders everywhere. 

The principle of: We become like what we worship. . .senseless idols lead people to become dull and senseless…When we worship numbers we become like them…we’ve become calculators for Mammon rather than co-creators for God…

We could go down the rabbit trail of the American Idols in our lives…but let’s talk about the opposite of sense-less idols…the sense-full world God has given us.


Best taste this past week? Best moment where you touched something? Best thing you saw with your eyes?

Best sound you heard this week? Favorite smell of the week?

What have you held/made with your hands this week? Where have you walked?

And what did you notice on that walk?

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! "Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?"

"Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them? For from him and through him and to him are all things.  To him be the glory forever! Amen. 

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.  Romans 11:33-12:2

Super Sectional CCCA

Tuesday Night Message

Review: Sabbath is the space for not just rest, but remembering the work of God in our lives…remembering that Christ is not Pharaoh…our worth comes from the love of God not the height of our stack of bricks.

Space to receive grace…to re-center and resist the forces of the world.

Make this a priority…not going to be beaten by a chicken sandwich.

Fruitfulness comes from Abiding/Remaining/Resting in the Vine, APART FROM ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING.

There’s an interesting thing about the Fruit/Vine passage and our theme passage this week:

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me.

Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly."

If I understand Matthew 11:28ff…Jesus isn’t talking about a once every seven days Sabbath here. A consistent lifestyle that is NOT marked by the Urgent and Frenetic Pressures of Success but by the Unforced Rhythms of Grace...

He's talking about a relationship with Him that transforms the very spirit and paradigm of our every day schedules…

Our restful souls should be witnesses to the presence of Christ in our lives. (an unhurried one)

What does it mean to walk with Christ? Work with Christ?

Walking/Following Jesus means walking the humble path of service, bearing the fruit of the Spirit, and manifesting the truths of the Sermon on the Mount.

Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." John 6:29

The Walk IS the work. 

Labor is work where the work of Christ is displayed.

The Walk is the Work…Jesus lived out trust/faith/belief in God…

Jesus was faithful in each moment, that’s it…

His ministry wasn’t led by the tyranny of the urgent:

There was deliberation and focus, yes, but there wasn’t a spirit of desperation, or an ambitious quest to expand his impact…

In fact…He seemed to be the opposite…

What could decrease my social status and influence? Let me do that thing. Let me hang out with that tax collector and that women of disreputable character…I’ve got to die for the sins of the world, but sure, I’d love to eat at your house…

Napped during a storm. (Jesus! YOU COULD BE CURING POLIO RIGHT NOW, PS there’s a storm, we’re all going to die.)

LET the children come to me.

Jesus! Lazarus is dying! Hurry UP! Nope

I believe: Jesus demonstrated to us the very abiding relationship He instructed us to live in.

His fruitfulness came from trust and obedience…not a 70 hour work week of accomplishments…or an impressive do list of the MOST IMPORTANT things…

But this is so important:

Jesus didn’t heal everyone. He didn’t even feed everybody. He didn’t solve world hunger or poverty. He was God for 30 years. How many good deeds could HE have done in those 30 years? How come Lazarus got called back but countless others didn't?

The Savior of the universe didn’t have a savior complex…

If Jesus was a camp director, he would’ve been fired…

Your numbers are way down, I heard about that sermon you preached on flesh and blood…did you really say “eat my flesh and drink my blood?”

Disciples: Sons of Thunder, shifty Judas, a tax collector

Activities: Walking on water (he almost drowned but I was right there)

By modern measurements, he had a flash in the pan ministry of novelty that failed and lost 1 of his 12 followers and the others deserted him, including his main man, who denied he even knew him…


Jesus was the real deal. Real Relationship. Real Rest. Real Drink. Real Food.

And He’s inviting us into the real deal Trinitarian fellowship…to do the joyous, mind-boggling work of being the real deal as well…

"My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.”John 5:17

Jesus by being fully God, reveals to us who God fully is…

Jesus by being fully human, reveals to us what being fully human can be…


Walking/Working with Jesus means learning to being fully human.



Lord Jesus, meet with us (me) here.

Meet me here in what I’m supposed to be doing.

Reflecting on who God is, trusting. (Hair on the head, cup of cold water)

ABIDING/REMAINING FOR ME…is a posture and position of humility and love…

You never walk by a fruit tree and hear it straining to pass an apple…

there’s a slow, steady submission to the natural processes and the fruit happens…Unforced Rhythms of Grace


You don’t throw an apple seed in the backyard today and pick a ripe apple off the new tree tomorrow.

And when the madness happens…Lord, meet me in the chaos.

**Building a camp fire the next day on the ashes…and it completely catching fire on its own. Amazing what God can do with real coal…**