The Connection

Brokenness & Beauty

 
“The poor and the oppressor have this in common: the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.”Proverbs 29:13, NET

All people are in need of God – both those who are suffering and those who cause others to suffer. Only God can heal the brokenness of God’s people.


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Walking The Line

 
“So I said, ‘The thing that you are doing is not good. Should you not walk in the fear of our God…?'”Nehemiah 5:9, NET

We often walk the dangerous line of thinking that we are in control, that we know right from wrong and good from evil. Spending time with God gives us proper perspective to see our place in this world.


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Child Of God

 
‘But to all who have received him – those who believe in his name – he has given the right to become God’s children’John 1:12, NET

Having a relationship with Jesus makes us Children of God, and we have the power to represent the family of God. When we serve God and follow Jesus we tap into that potential power.


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A Blessing

 
‘Then I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you, and I will make your name great, so that you will exemplify divine blessing.’Genesis 12:2, NET

From the very beginning of God’s covenant with human being, there has been a desire for God to bless. Along with the gift of blessings comes the expectation to share that which we have received. You are a blessing, be a blessing.


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Harmony & Balance

 
‘Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil; consider what is good before all people. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all people.’Romans 12:16-18, NET

Harmony and Balance, are not the same, nor do either mean, “The Same”, yet we use these words and labels to suggest they both mean, “The Same” and can be used interchangeably. It’s a mess. If this is confusing, try understanding how to apply this in relationships, in faith, and in the world.


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Lent

 
‘Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After he fasted forty days and forty nights he was famished.’Matthew 4:1-2, NET

Many people think of Lent as a time of fasting and giving up something like chocolate, or red meat on Fridays. Lent, however, is not about being miserable; it’s about entering into a time of preparation, repentance and self discovery leading up to Easter.


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Meals With Jesus

 
“This is about Jesus, and how he loved people. How he sat with them, talked with them, and ate with them.”A Meal With Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community, & Mission around the table by Tim Chester

This Sermon Series and coordinating study isn’t just about meals, but the meals of Jesus are a window into his message of grace and the way it defines his community and its mission. This is about grace, church, and mission.


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Ash Wednesday

 
“You are dust, and to dust you will return”Genesis 3:19, NET

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality.


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No Amigo For The Ego

 
‘Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.’Romans 12:15, NET

Rejoice really is a cool word. You want to know why I particularly like this word? It suggests doing it all over again! Celebrate! Share! Engage! And what’s even better is it seems to have the ability to spread in an organic way. Sharing those moments should be obvious, but what is going on when we can’t?


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Yes. You!

 
I heard the voice of the sovereign master say, “Whom will I send? Who will go on our behalf?” I answered, “Here I am, send me!”Isaiah 6:8, NET

When asked to jump, the question was not, for how long, but how high. It is your typical “drill sergeant” test of commitment. It is also a way of sharing an expectation. Let me suggest another alternative, instead of asking anything, do your best to do what was being asked period.


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