Soily Engagement (Mark 4:1-20)

Soily Engagement (Mark 4:1-20)

Given our experiences, questions, insecurities, anxieties, and the overwhelming circumstances we find ourselves in… we don’t really know if we can name specific places God is moving anymore. We aren’t really sure we hear His voice. We know we can’t just stop. We have to keep chugging along. So maybe it’s time to put out heads down and figure things out for ourselves. I mean, how else are we supposed to respond?

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Good News

Good News

If you ask a Christian today what the Gospel is, they might tell you what you have to do in order to be saved. But it’s only relatively recently in church history that the good news has been reduced to just what you need to do to get saved. Yes, individual salvation is part of the good news, but it’s just a part. The larger story is that Jesus is the promised and true king, and his birth signals the beginning of a new age! We are invited to celebrate this new king, to be citizens of his kingdom, and to join with him in building his kingdom and spreading the good news.
 

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Fear Into Joy (Mark 2:13-22)

Fear Into Joy (Mark 2:13-22)

Fear is much different. Fear are those negative things that hang onto you and drive you. Fear are those pressing, gripping, controlling thoughts that shape the way you view the world and interact with other people.And these fears?I can be honest, here, right? Because this is church and that’s what you do. These fears? They so often control so much of what I do and who I am. 
 

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Will You Take Up My Mat? (Mark 2:1-12)

Will You Take Up My Mat? (Mark 2:1-12)

If we are longing for community and longing for connection, we have to let others in. We have to admit we have needs and can’t do life all on our own, we cannot face challenges all on our own. We cannot fix ourselves. God has given us each other for support when we are weak and to celebrate together when we feel strong. If we only engage superficially with God and those around us, we will be stuck in superficial relationships. 

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