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.
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.