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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Love Comes First

This week, Faith in Real Life discussed a convicting passage from 1 John chapter three. ‘Jesus died for us, and we ought to be prepared to do the same for others. How does God’s love live in any person who has material possessions and refuses to help those in...
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Living Into Grace

Grace can be a difficult concept to grasp tangibly. Grace is a rarity in day-to-day life. However, “tangibly” is the only way that grace is truly understood–it must be felt and experienced. When this happens, it allows us to be able to share it with others...
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The Light That Makes Us One

The message communicated in the beginning of 1 John may seem simple enough–there are certainly many often quoted verses included–but deriving its true meaning cannot be done without considering the context in which it was written. This week, Faith in Real Life...
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Opening Our Hearts to See

On the road to Emmaus, two of Jesus’ followers spend an afternoon walking with the risen savior without even knowing it. They converse with him and listen to him recount the prophecies, interpreting all that was foretold about him. Even so, they still didn’t recognize...
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Facing Who We Are

For Palm Sunday, we read the account of Jesus foretelling his betrayal from Mark’s gospel. In Faith in Real Life, the group discussed two troubling considerations the text presents. Does Jesus’ telling the disciples that it would have been better for the betrayer...
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Costly Transformations

“Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” As Vernon writes, this passage from John chapter 12, which Faith in Real Life discussed this week, highlights the divide over how we value life. “Our...
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