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I Am Suffering

Very few words generate unhelpful responses like the ones that acknowledge one’s pain or suffering.  Simplistic theological platitudes, airtight theological arguments, questionable promises of prayer, unhelpful personal comparisons, and overly cheerful solutions are almost always well-intentioned but all too often, inadequate.  How do we develop the ability to admit our pain, and how can we do a better job of creating safe spaces and opportunities for others to say, ‘I am suffering’?

Readings:  Romans 8:18-27

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I have doubts

At its most basic level, Christianity requires that we have faith, which is to say that we are asked to believe things that are not always easy to believe. But does having faith mean that we can never have doubts? And if we have doubts, does that mean we don’t have faith?

Readings: 1 Peter 1:3-9

 

 

Back On Track: Generosity

At a very young age, most of us learn our first four-letter word: “mine.” From that point on, we cling fiercely to the things that are ours, and any suggestion that we shouldn’t just sounds odd. But Jesus dares to make such a suggestion and invites us into a new and exciting way of living by letting go.

Readings:Amos 5:6-7, 10-15; Psalm 90:12-17; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31 

Back On Track: Unity

 

When Jesus was confronted with a question about divorce, he responded by reminding his questioners about the original intention of marriage, which was unity. As we continue to explore what a life of faith looks like, we’ll let the illustration of marriage inspire us toward a life of faithful commitment to one another.

Readings: Genesis 2:18-24; Psalm 8; Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16