Hagar and Ishmael, once again, take center stage in the drama of God's family. We see that sometimes the help we desperately need is right here in front of us.
We are challenged by a story about destruction, a story that surprises us with its portrayal of the mercy of God. Theological questions abound, as does the love of God.
God can take bitter laughter and turn it into joy. He can make the sad things come untrue. He can make old things new.
Abrams gets a new name, a circumcision, and we get a new perspective on the God who sees Hagar and Sarah. A challenging look at the cost of faith and what it looks like to live inside a belief in the God who does the impossible.
God makes a one-sided, epic covenant with Abram. He has a story and a place for all of us. Also we get to talk about stars!
In a strange text, we find a priest who predates the priesthood, pointing to the last priest and our need for a priest fulfilled. Everything we are looking for, we somehow find ultimately in Jesus. Even in Genesis 14.
We meet Abram, and find a dead-end interrupted by the dreams of God. Blessed to be blessing, we find a call of God for us to come out of barren, lifeless places and into the adventures of God.
God interrupts Babel, and our own hollow ambitions, building in and through us a better story than we could have written ourselves. (also, is technology bad? what about unity and human progress?...there's a lot in this one)
We hear a message of hope born out of suffering. Removing the bandaid of easy answers, we discover the healing hope of the love of God poured out on us.
God sees chaos and makes a way through evil and death and a world gone wrong. He remembers Noah. You. Everything.
God's heart breaks, and He finds a way forward, saving the planet through a guy willing to do something crazy. We dive into a flood of conflict in the heart of God
In a journey through the Scriptures and the heart of God we see God loves cities, and we are meant to love ours, making it more like the one He dreamed it would be. We discover more of who we are and what Hopesprings is meant to be.
A lawyer tries Jesus with a question. Jesus answers a question with a story that turns our attitudes upside down about how we love the people around us.
We find in the Scriptures our biggest heroes in the throes of conflict with God. A conflict central to what it means to love God and live in a relationship with Him. We wrestle with what it really means to love God.
People meet a resurrected Jesus and it's too good to be true. IT ENDS UP BEING TRUE!, and making all things new. Happy Easter!
Looking at Jesus' life we see a retelling of the beginning, of Genesis. In Jesus we see the portrayal of life, of what the kids of God, were meant to be. This changes everything in us.
After weeks of work on our new location (609 Wesley Parkway), Hopesprings is ready to have the first gathering in our new space. It just so happens that our first gathering will take place on Easter Sunday! There is no better time to celebrate the opening of our new space than on the day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
There will still be things that need touched up, items to move in and nooks and crannies to clean, but we are meeting regardless. It won't look perfect, but then again...who wants perfect?
Our Easter Sunday gathering is April 16 at 10:30 AM. Invite your friends, family, your neighbors, co-workers and that guy you just passed on the street. #GatheringEasterSunday
In one of the most tragic passages of the Bible, we see a person unravel, exposing conflict between him and God, and between him and his brother. The conflict exposes our own. A tragedy ultimately reveals a sliver of hope, even in the darkest of human emotions.
Everything broken, everything lost and found, finds it roots in Genesis 3. We reflect on a passage exposing our tendencies to hide, and the source of our conflicts with God and people.
In Matthew 6 Jesus exposes our deep need for a life free from anxiety and worry. We talk about the destructive force of worry and the way of peace Jesus offers.