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Two Men Walk Into a Bar…

It’s hard to imagine Jesus standing around telling jokes, but at times, the parables he told had more than a touch of humour. Without hesitation, Jesus called people for what they were, and if we dare to read those passages reflectively, we might just find ourselves in the punch line! (Brandon Malo speaking)

Readings: Joel 2:23-32; Psalm 65; 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18; Luke 18:9-14

Words to Live By

For every question about the meaning of life, there is someone ready to give us an answer. But at the end of the day, the place we go for guidance is crucial. In the Bible, we encounter words that can shape and form us into the people God longs for us to be – but will we let them? (Brandon Malo speaking)

Readings: Jeremiah 31:27-34; Psalm 119:97-104; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Luke 18:1-8

The Big Picture

The ancient songwriter uses the phrase ‘a spacious place’ as a metaphor for a time of ease and bounty in life. God’s desire and habit is to bring us into such places. However, when we are in the midst of those times of privilege, it is easy to take them for granted, or to become self sentred. God’s call is for us to enjoy and appreciate the times of plenty, while focusing on the big picture that reminds us it is not ‘just about us’. (Steve Tulloch speaking)

Readings: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7; Psalm 66:1-12; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19

http://www.elevateyourlife.org/sites/default/files/The%20Big%20Picture.mp3%20

Take One, Pass it On

Where did you get your start in faith? For some, the family plays a significant role in spiritual formation, reminding us of the need for parents and parent-figures to provide guidance and inspiration. For others, though, faith is found outside of the family, emphasizing the importance of investing in a broader vision of ‘family.’ (Brandon Malo speaking)

Readings: Lamentations 1:1-6; Lamentations 3:19-26; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10