When we do things to be seen, we forget the one who sees us completely. This touches how we pray, and Jesus shows us the way to talk and listen to the good Dad in Heaven.
How good is your word? Do you need oaths, pledges, swearing to make people believe you? A brief word from Jesus has big implications for how we speak and move in the world.
In a passage about how we view the people we see, we are challenged to challenge our desires in order to see people for who they are instead of what they can do for us. Instead of objects to be desired, we see others as sisters and brothers made in the image of God.
In one of Jesus' most recognizable teachings, we find a creative path of loving our enemies while standing up creatively for justice. We are invited to do what God does, to love the unloveable.
JESUS HAS AN ANNOUNCEMENT. A word about who you are, no matter who you thought you were. A story to be a part of, larger than yourself. We shine and stay salty, helping others see and their lives taste better.
Jesus unveils his teaching about who is connected, who is happy, who is at peace. It is upside down, flipping our understanding of peace and power. We are invited to live in a kingdom from out of this world.
Jesus begins his public service, drawing all sorts of folks and driving away all sorts of darkness. Immediately he invites others to the party. Yourself included.
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.