Archive for March, 2014|Monthly archive page

Porn Sunday

That’s right – we’re calling it like it is. No fancy title, no gimmicks, just a raw conversation about the sexualization of just about everything in our culture and the devastating effects of pornography. We want to drag the issue out into the light in hopes that we can begin to admit our struggles and help one another to seek victory over the oppression of sexual addiction and healing from the pain it causes. (Brandon Malo speaking)

Readings: 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-9

Thirst

The imagery of water makes it one of the most compelling, rich and vivid metaphors contained in language or literature. Scripture reminds us that our deepest spiritual longings are very similar to the feelings of thirst, of which we are all familiar. During this season of Lent, we are conscious of our constant cravings and deep thirst, and do well to remember God’s offer to quench that spiritual longing. (Steve Tulloch speaking)

A Mid-Life Crisis

Picture it: you’re going about your business, enjoying life, when someone comes along and suggests you start all over at the beginning. That’s probably not going to go over very well. But while starting over may seem like a waste, it may also prove to be the best decision we ever make. (Brandon Malo speaking)

Readings: Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17

Dragged Down and Lifted Up

The story of Adam and Eve’s fall in the garden, read alongside the story of Jesus’ victory in the wilderness, remind us of the difficulty of remaining faithful in the face of temptation. The good news is that our failures don’t have to dictate the way the story ends. (Brandon Malo speaking, with our intern, Jessy Holmes)

Readings: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-1

Way Beyond the Ordinary

As we prepare for the onset of Lent, we are called to seek God with earnest and to look closely at the life we’re living, considering how our faith is giving it form. This is what we are made for, after all, a life of knowing God and living well in response. (Brandon Malo speaking)

Readings: Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 99; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9