Sunday, November 29, 2015

Daring Hope

2 Kings 22:1–10; 23:1–3 • Finding the book of the law

The beginning of Advent is a time for repentance, longing, and new hope -- the renewal of hope. The story in Kings of Josiah's reform was just such a time -- the rediscovery of the true foundation of the covenant relationship with their God. This mysterious story shapes us in readiness for the opportunity of a New Covenant relationship that is about to be forged by the ultimate mediator between humanity and God.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Life Cycles of Faith

Isaiah 5:1-7; 11: 1-5  Israel as a vineyard.

The scriptures remind us that when trying to grow something there is no guarantee that it will be fruitful. Finding the right seeds, and ensuring that the soil is enriched and prepared, and that the seeds receive the right sunlight and water is challenging. Our faith is no different. There are times when it feels like things are growing stronger and that this will be the best harvest yet, and then there are the setbacks. How will we keep the faith in times of transitions? How will we embrace moments of failure and learn from them?
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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Bonds of Love

Hosea 11:1–9 Yahweh’s love for Israel

Imagine a God who knows that Love is more powerful than even his fury, even destruction. We sometimes think that compassion is only in the New Testament, but that is wrong. The Old Testament prophets were the ones who discerned the intentions of Yahweh. They knew His compassion; they knew His love, His everlasting devotion to His own children. They knew His longing for their well-being. How, today, do we open our hearts being loved so deeply and so profoundly by our own God?

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

True Prophet

1 Kings 18:20–39 • Prophets of Baal defeated on Mt Carmel

Elijah was the Father of all Prophecy. The life and power of this ancient prophet continued to inspire throughout the generations. The dramatic success of that mountain-top experience drove Elijah to the depths of his soul—a wilderness from which he emerged with a new sense of direction and God’s purpose for his life. And so today, we look to discern the ways in which the power of God can be released in our world and all might be chanels of true prophetic power.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

In the Power of the Spirit

1 Corinthians 16:13–24 • Stand firm in the faith

Paul enjoins his followers to “be strong.” The Jedi knights in Star Wars are trained in using the strength of “the force.” Finding and cultivating our strength or our power is a central motif to many primary stories and also to the Gospel, itself. Paul speaks a lot about strength and weakness; and the Church today is searching for its power in a changing world. Stewardship is about empowering the Church to become all that it is called to be.

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