Living in God’s Promises

At times, words of comfort can still be challenging. Such is the case with this week’s passage from Isaiah. Isaiah’s words remind us that we are ‘redeemed’ by God and that we are called by name. We are reminded that God will be with us when we pass through...
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Truth, Consequences, and Sin

This week, Faith in Real Life discussed The story of John the Baptist’s beheading at the hand of Herod and Herodias from Mark’s gospel. Apart from providing context for Jesus ministry, this passage also reveals a proclivity for revenge and vigilante justice in human...
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Move On, In Love

While Faith in Real Life is on break for the holiday this week, Vernon writes his thoughts on the week’s passage from Mark. Jesus gobsmacked those who heard his teaching in the synagogue. How could such wisdom come from a carpenter from Galilee? The crowd’s...
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Walk by Faith, Not by Sight

This week, Faith in Real Life discussed two familiar healing stories from Mark’s gospel. Several common themes emerged in the conversation, as Vernon points out in this week’s blog. First, God’s grace is always wider than we can ever conceive. Next, Jesus’...
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Choosing the Unseen

When all that we know seems to have come from what we have seen, how do we attempt to look beyond that to put our hope in the unseen? It’s the very definition of faith. This week, Faith in Real Life discussed this notion as presented in 2 Corinthians chapter 4. The reality...
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Struggling to Love

In this week’s passage from Amos, the Israelites seek vindication over enemies, but find a surprise instead. It turns out that their sacrifices and worship were void of care for the downtrodden neighbors amongst them. Instead of triumph, they are reminded that what the Lord...
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An Avalanche of Catastrophe

This Sunday, we celebrate Pentecost, when the spirit of God filled the disciples in dramatic fashion following Jesus ascension to heaven. As familiar as the story of Ezekiel in the valley of dry bones is, we easily forget the ‘avalanche of catastrophe’ that led to...
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Don’t Idolize God

John 15:12-17 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant...
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Abide in Him

This week, Faith in Real Life discussed a familiar passage from John chapter 15. Jesus says “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” Our relationships, both with the divine...
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Fear Not, For I Am With You

Fear too often influences our day-to-day lives. One way in which fear impacts us is through judgment. We fear the judgment of our peers, and we fear the final judgment of God on our lives. That fear is a barrier to love, both in our personal relationships with one another, and in...
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