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Philippians 2 – Humble

Drawing on the example of Jesus, Paul paints a picture of what our basic attitude should be with respect to the people around us. Get ready, it’s not exactly what we tend to see modeled in the world around us, but it might just be the key to taking our relationships with others to new heights. (Brandon Malo speaking)

Readings: Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Psalm 25:1-9; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32

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Philippians 1 – Committed

As Paul begins his letter to the church in Philippi, we sense the gratitude he has for these fellow sojourners, even as he finds himself bound in chains. His commitment to living for Christ is unwavering, and his words serve as a reminder that we ought to be living the same way. (Brandon Malo speaking)

Readings: Jonah 3:10-4:11; Psalm 145:1-8; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16

Free-Flowing Forgiveness

Whether someone intentionally causes us harm or is just different from us in a way we find troubling, we are called to respond to people’s shortcomings with grace. In fact, one of the hallmarks of the Christian faith is that our response is not limited, but is freely given, time and time again. (Brandon Malo speaking)

Readings: Genesis 50:15-21; Psalm 103:(1-7), 8-13; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35

Compassionate Confrontation

After scattering away to beaches, cottages, and campsites over the summer, here we are back together again at the start of a new season. But far from easing us back in to things, our readings this week toss us right into the heart of what it means for us to be an authentic community of faith. (Brandon Malo speaking)

Readings: Ezekiel 33:7-11; Psalm 119:33-40; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20