The ABC’s of Faith

This week, Faith in Real Life discussed Psalm 112, part of a series of Psalms that create a Hebrew acrostic used to teach fundamental lessons of the faith–literally the ABC’s of Faith. The blog post for the week encourages readers to look deeper than the superficial...
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Living Like We Believe

How does the way we live our lives outside the church reflect the God we worship inside the church? How do we put into words why we go to church? This week, our Faith in Real Life groups considered these questions through the lens of Psalm 15. Psalm 15 1 O LORD, who may abide in...
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Let the Redeemed Say So

In whatever darkness we encounter in our lives, real or metaphorical, we seek any perceivable glimmer of light to find our way forward. This experience reveals an inherent vulnerability in our lives, and our need to rely on forces outside ourselves [God] for salvation. This was...
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The Way to Deliverance

This week, Faith in Real Life follows our Sunday sermon series into the Psalms, discussing Psalm 40:1-11. Through this, they explored the feeling of being lost in a quagmire, forced to recognize the reality that we cannot save ourselves and must rely on God. Psalm 40:1-11 1 I...
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The Ultimate Faith Journey

This week’s blog discusses Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist, exploring the significance of the type of baptism, the relationship of the baptizer to the one being baptized, and the gravity of the choice it represents when we are baptized. The scripture text is taken...
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Looking Back and Looking Forward

This is a fallow time. It is a time to remember and a time to look forward. So, as I review this past year, I find myself focusing upon my increasing awareness of a nettlesome God, the ways that these blogs are the core of my prayer life and finally the immense amount of...
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Do We Really Want Immanuel?

According to 2 Kings 16, Ahaz was only 20 at the time he ascended to the throne. Almost immediately the King of Aram and the King of Israel threatened him. Harassed by his neighbors, Ahaz sought an alliance with Assyria to protect his kingdom. Isaiah was fiercely opposed to such...
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Living in the Deserts of our Lives

Please notice in this prophecy that there are two different images of what the messiah will be. They interlock but are separate. The predominant theme in this passage is that where there is desolation, disability or deficit, God will restore and provide abundance and joy. But...
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Hold on to the Vision

I have been trying to put myself into the eighth century BCE as a listener to Isaiah—without the knowledge of Jesus. The Isrealites had desired a king to make them a great nation but that mighty tree had been reduced to a stump. The nation had known only a hundred years of...
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