John's death (John, as in "the Baptist") should have been the subject of a soap opera. It is the ultimate good vs. evil storyline, complete with romance and vengeance. And all because John wouldn't stay quiet about Herod's affair. But here's the thing (spoiler alert for Sunday's message): discipleship is costly, but holiness has benefits.
This month, we're letting the life of John the Baptist inspire us as we consider Mosaic's word for the year: Prepare. This week, we watch as John baptizes Jesus -- a scene so full of lessons and revelations that it invites us to rethink ... everything.
On January 3 we begin a new series called "Prepare the Way." But first, we will take a Sunday to spend a little time exploring what it means biblically to choose life. As we look forward to the year ahead there is one choice we can all make that has the power to place us firmly inside God's will. We can choose life.
Topics: Choose Life
Friends, we're almost there. This is our last Sunday before Christmas, and then many of us will get some down time before 2021 hits. We are all in need of some breathing room. What a year. And yet, this week's message encourages us away from simply surviving and gives us permission to embrace the mystery.
This week, we journey with Mary and Joseph as they travel first to be counted in a census, and then to bear a child into the world. As we've already discovered in this series of messages, the lessons learned from the story of Christmas don't naturally follow from the details. For Mary and Joseph, this was a hard world. Mary and Joseph teach us what it takes to follow the call of God in a harsh world.
The gospel is full of paradox. Jesus is always saying things like, "The last will be first," and, "If you want to live, you must be willing to die." It seems that in the process of following Jesus, things are not always what they seem. Sunday's message gives us one more example of Kingdom paradox: If you want a miracle, be realistic
This Sunday, we begin a new series. We'll let the Christmas story as told in the book of Luke inform our choice to be present, be realistic, be gentle and be grateful. Along the way, we'll get involved in some opportunities to serve our community. We'll also endulge in an Advent devotional reading plan to help bring our community together.
We’ve been spending November talking about how to find joy in a pandemic-y world. What we’re finding is that joy IS possible, even when the world is conspiring against us, because biblical joy is not rooted in our circumstances but in the love of God. This week, we’ll explore the roots of joy and joylessness, as we celebrate the author of all joy.
This week, we will continue our exploration of biblical joy with stories from both Exodus and Philippians. In these we'll be inspired to find joy even in the wilderness. We can’t wait to worship with you on Sunday, as we continue with our series on finding Everyday Joy.
Biblical joy is not rooted in our circumstances. It is rooted in Christ's presence. Jesus himself told us that he came that his joy might be in us, so that our joy would be full (John 15:11). This ought to come as good news! No matter what 2020 throws at us, we can still have joy in our lives. For the next three Sundays, we'll talk about how to access biblical joy in our everyday lives.