The Wisdom of God is Foolishness to the World

Ephesians 5:15-20 15 Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17 So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be...
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Words Matter

This week, Faith in Real Life discussed the fourth chapter of Ephesians, in which Paul encourages the church to live with grace and bear with one another when angry. We are reminded that if our identities are safe with God we do not have to take anything personally. ...
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In the Good Times and the Bad

Physical hunger and spiritual hunger. Jesus nourished both in His ministry on Earth and both appear in this week’s passage from John’s gospel. Often, we become consumed by the urgency of acute needs, like where or when we will next eat. These acute needs can impact...
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Do What You Can With What You Have

This week, Faith in Real Life discussed John’s accounting of the feeding of the five thousand and Jesus walking on the water to the disciples. It can be easy for us to focus on the miraculous aspects of the literal interpretation of the story. There were five thousand...
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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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