Human trafficking happens because of a political, systemic, social willingness to not uphold human dignity. In John 8, after a week of tense political/religious conflict, Jesus finds himself in a face to face showdown with religious leaders who are trying to kill him. He doesn't blink. He stands up to them and their corruption which is systematically robbing humans of their dignity. We must do the same.
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At a time when it was all about the huge national debate, power, government, religious identity, etc. (sound familiar?) Just at that moment in history, God showed favor to one poor Jewish girl. Forget everything else this Christmas and remember only this: God loves you.
Jesus announces his ministry with Isaiah 61 and so should we. Worried about being "in" on God's plan for the world? There is only one simple, sure way to be in the middle of God's plan: serve the poor, the blind, the prisoner, the outcast. When we do, we will find that "The Spirit of the Soveriegn Lord is on (us.)"
Instagram is the new Facebook, Tinder is the new EHarmony, late is the new on-time, and John the Baptist is the new Elijah. But notice the way John pivots our expectation. Instead of a showdown of power like Elijah, John comes in humility and simplicity. All this behavior emulates, precedes, and points, exactly as we should point, to the one who is coming after him. Jesus.
The mission of God on earth is to get specific, particular, and deep. God has called us to exactly that, but he hasn't left us unprepared. Advent prepares of for the breaking in of God's plan. Where we are going, we are going to need Holy Spirit, the giftedness of our whole congregation, and the expectation that our goal is to be, like Jesus, incarnate in this world.
Creation is one of the best ways to share the good news about God and his Kingdom. Caring for creation is an important part of our witness to the world concerning what we believe about how God. Christians who deny climate change have damaged the credibility of the Gospel. If we really hope to share Jesus we have to care about the world He has given us.
Caring for this world is an important way we connect to God. Its an essential way that God finds us and forms us. This week Amanda invites our community to an ongoing practice of finding God in caring for His creation.
The Bible holds a unique view of and promise for the future. Christian hope about God's plan for the world is the ultimate driving force behind our actions as it concerns the environment. Not only do we have access to this hope now, but living into it should be considered our vocation.
Climate change has had and will continue to have a disproportionate effect on the poor. The Biblical call to care for the poor is overwhelming and undeniable. Those of us who follow Jesus should ready ourselves to care for the Earth as a necessary part of our response to caring for the world's vulnerable.
The first in a 6 week series on creation care. We focus on a Biblical understand of our broken relationship to the Earth.
The last in our series on Acts. In Chapter 8 we find the disciples in the midst of fulfilling the great commission, literally sharing the good news about the resurreciton to the ends of the earth.
Stephen is accused of blasphemy against the Law and the Temple, he defends these accusations by calling his accusers to surrender their heart to the new work that God is doing through the resurrection.