Jesus, God-with-us, comes down to the water to be baptized with sinners, while John announces the Kingdom of God isn't there and then and for them, but here and now and for us.
We see a star. We meet foreign astrologers who a brought near to worship Jesus. We see the religious and the powerful afraid and angry. Two responses to the coming of Christ invite us to make our own.
In the midst of an impossible situation, God asks Joseph to go beyond righteous and into impossible. We see a picture of grace, the with-us God doing what he does: save.
In a family tree full of crisis, and surprise, Matthew begins the story of Jesus with His family origin story. We find scandal and surprise. The genesis of Jesus reveals the heart of the good news, and grace for any family we find ourselves in.
In a book more concerned with what we do, rather than what we say we believe, James comes after our...wealth. We take a hard look at whether we are hoarding anything and how our clutching is misery for us and for our world.
What causes your quarrels? With others? With God? With yourself? James reveals the deep, first cause and takes us on a journey beyond what we think we need and into the ocean of the love of God.
In a vivd, devastating series of word pictures James reveals the destructive power of our words. We take a look at our words, and how our speech wasn't meant to be poisoned well, but a fountain of living water.
In a passage that challenges all of us to our core, James tells us the freeing and difficult truth: faith without action is dead. Our faith is one that moves, that goes, that's alive. It was for Father Abraham and Mother Rahab...it is for us.
We begin with a lesson in partiality, meet a God who shows no favoritism, and discover a mercy that triumphs over all judgment.
Instead of a loud, stubborn, dead way, James invites us into true religion. Into faith that loves the fatherless and alone.
How do you view the suffering you have experienced, are experiencing in your life? James speaks through the fog of trial to shine a light on how we can have a different perspective on the darkness we face.
How do you view your trials? Your suffering? Do you need some wisdom for the challenges you face? In our first dive into James, we see challenge, encouragement, and an upside-down invitation to see everything through a prism of joy. (Note: there is a disruption in this audio file…sorry for the inconvenience.)
We find a contextual note reveals a critical backdrop for one of the top songs in the Bible. A song borne out of pain, and revealing a deep healing in the life of the writer and in our own.
If God is faithful, how much faith does God have? How is that faith breathed into us as we experience the faithfulness of God? We explore a faithfulness we could never force, but can freely give even as we have experienced it given in abundance.
We trace the roots of goodness back to the beginning, and it's course into the human heart. An experience of goodness turns into giving that goodness away into the world.
We explore a kindness from the breath of God. Beyond obligation, into a delight in reflecting the kindness we have experienced to other people. A kindness not grounded in white knuckles, but in the expansive love of God for us.
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.