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Where there is confusion, God brings order; where there is darkness, God brings light; where there is death, God brings new life. As we celebrate our first anniversary here at 22 Willow, we are reminded of the ways that God has always looked out for His people. (Brandon Malo speaking)

Readings: Jeremiah 23:1-6; Luke 1:68-79; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43

Idle Hands Make the Devil’s Work

It’s a popular saying, providing words of caution to those who would shun hard work. But what exactly does it mean to avoid idleness? Does it mean we are to work more and more, keeping ourselves busy at all times? Well that doesn’t seem healthy either. Surely there is a balance. (Brandon Malo speaking)

Readings: Isaiah 65:17-25; Isaiah 12; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19

When Faith Grows Up

It’s a great story: you’ve got an especially short man named Zacchaeus climbing a tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus, but he gets more than a glimpse when Jesus calls him down and invites himself over for dinner! The result is a life-changing encounter and a great example of what can happen when we make an effort to seek God. (Brandon Malo speaking)

Readings: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4; Psalm 119:137-144; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Luke 19:1-10

Work, For I Am With You

Years had passed and the temple was still in ruins, so God called the leaders of His people to start building. He encouraged them with the promise of His presence and guidance along the way, and with a vision of a house that would far surpass what they had seen before – a vision that continues to stretch out into our shared future. (Brandon Malo speaking)

Readings: Haggai 1:15b-2:9; Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17; Luke 20:27-38