There are lots of people who are called out to be disciples but they stay in the crowds. They like the story of Jesus, they like to see him and experience him and receive from him, but they don't really like to join in the mission or be changed. They want to be tourists, but they don't want to be travelers.Read More
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The supporters of Herod were friendly with the Romans and politically connected. They took little interest in the Pharisees religious concerns, but managed to find a common enemy in Jesus. So what exactly did Jesus say or do to make both the religious establishment and political powers of his day riled up enough to plot his death?Read More
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.
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.Read More
Every time I say no to serving, I’m saying yes to spending my time elsewhere. So I need to be clear on my why for existence, Before I start saying yes to investing everywhere And so never truly investing anywhere.Read More
If you’re a Christian, you might even go to church each week to pray these words, “Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” And then we wait, holding out hope for God’s kingdom to come and fix everything, never really expecting that God’s answer to fixing all this? God’s answer to fixing all that, is actually to fix me, first.Read More
I think we all live, not out of an overflow of love, but out of a deficit. We live, not as if we are loved, but desperately needing love, craving love, even hoarding love - love that we can only get if we do all of the right things. And continue doing them, forever.Read More