The wise Christ follower learns to pray genuine prayers on this road trip of life. Some roads are pleasant and some are treacherous. The Psalms is the prayer book of the Bible. Buried within the 150 psalms in this Old Testament section are the full gamut of human emotions and experiences on life’s journey. These prayers rub up against every day, real life. In this series, we will consider 7 of these every day, real life prayers and let them teach us how to pray messy, gritty prayers as we journey through life too.
The Christmas song says, “There’s no place like home for the holidays.” Throughout the Bible, “home” is a powerful image of our place encounter with God. More than anything this Christmas, we need more encounter with God. This Advent, we will consider how we might come “home” for Christmas. Welcome home!
The invitation to love our neighbors resounds repeatedly throughout the Bible. It’s God’s clarion call to his people to point the world toward the God who himself is love. In this five week series leading up to the season of Advent, we will be invited to grow in loving our neighbors by being followers of Jesus who see, pray for, invite, serve and witness well.
Sadly, ours is a world of division that often turns into vitriol and violence. Yet, the way of Jesus is the way of unity and peace. Jesus himself said, “God blesses those who work for peace….” (Matthew 5:9a). In Ephesians 4, Paul describes the oneness of God’s people and how that spills out into our mission in the world.
Pete Scazzero wrote: “Emotional health and spiritual maturity cannot be separated. It is not possible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.” In this series based on his book, “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality,” we will consider how emotional and spiritual wellness is possible and the birthright of every follower of Jesus.
We human being major on epic fails. We fail in our inner and outer world. Sometimes we bring these epic fails on ourselves and sometimes epic fails surprisingly find us. In this series, we will discover together that in God’s economy failure is neither final or fatal. God desires to meet us in our greatest failures.
Pentecost came 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus. It was not the first time the Holy Spirit shows up in the Bible, but on and after Pentecost, the Holy Spirit who used to speak in and through a few select people, is given to all followers of Jesus. Christ following men and women, young and old alike, are given the privilege of hearing from God. In this series, we will discover together how to hear from the God who still speaks from the Book of Acts.