How can we as a people look at kids taken from their families and not address it? After reading the Scriptures, experiencing a God who defends the immigrant, the fatherless, the powerless, and the widow, will we? We have a tough conversation about ourselves as a people.
We study peace, the connection with God and with people and with the world. We find a peace that isn't just personal, but meant for everything, everyone, everywhere. And for us too.
We find happiness fleeting, yet joy abiding in our abiding in the life of Jesus. A joy that never withers, never fades, is always new and available when we remain connected.
We discover love as we live in the Spirit of God. A love that comes from experiencing love, and a love that can be given always, to everyone. Instead of something we need to force or muster, we see the love we need to give as the love we have to experience and reflect.
We take a deep dive into the origin of motherhood as we celebrate moms and help those without a mom discover a perfect parent in the one who conceived motherhood.
We begin our time studying and experiencing the fruit of the Spirit of God. Discovering what happens when we live in step with the breath of God, we find out who we were meant to be, and see fruit grow in our lives that gives life to others.
In a passage directed towards people in exile, we find ourselves in exile. We hear the call of God to build, to plant, to seek the peace and prosperity of whatever place we find ourselves in. We find our home has nothing to do with an address.
Sometimes it feels like we are being trapped....by God, by others. We feel like if we love someone else, we will lose who we are. Jesus reveals to us the truth about traps and a way to meaningful life loving God and loving people.
Hopesprings exists to love God, love people, and to serve the city. This week we explore what it means for us to love God with our heart, soul, and mind.
Jesus shows up. Resurrected. His followers wrestle with the happy news, and we see through their believing the life of Jesus. We are able to experience the resurrection here, now, and always!
We reflect on all of the identities we cling to, the self we try to cobble together, and the path towards actually discovering who we are. Jesus bids us come and die, if we are going to live.
We see a strange passage connect with the most well-known bible verse in the world, revealing that often the very thing we think will destroy us becomes the vehicle for our salvation.
We explore tough words from the prophets about how our words are not enough. Lent begins with confession. We take time to take stock.
With the last words and acts of Jacob and Joseph, we see once again the crisis of the dreams of God for his people. They give the gift of a story, a dream of home for people in search of peace. We are confronted with God's dream for us.
Joseph wrestles with the lures of a seductive empire. Jacob seeks to remind the family where they come from. This conflict plays out before us, as we wrestle with our own place, looking for our own home with God and others.
Somehow, someway, God is able to wring out of evil, mistakes, missed chances, bitterness, bad decisions, and other awful things one of the most beautiful stories in the Scriptures. We pause to consider what He might be wringing out of our own stories. We encounter a dream come true in impossible ways, an ending we could not have imagined.
With hints, winks, nods, and spoilers we begin to see the end of our sojourn through Joseph's dreams take shape. While no one in the story can see grace and mercy taking shape right in front of them. Implications ensue.
In an incredible tale that ends up just a prelude, we see God move and empire and save the world by reaching into the subconscious of Pharaoh. Joseph weathers suffering and sees the dream for his life begin to come true. We seek God's dream for our own lives.
In infinity-level chess, things are not always what they seem. The dream turns to a nightmare, but hope is found in even the darkest of places.
Our story takes a twist, and we get to see an upside-down tale of heroine-ism from someone we would least expect. (Haven't we learned by now?)