For God so loved the world, that he gave His only Son, that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but have eternal life. -John 3:16 (NRSV) Reflect: Is your faith more than belief? How is your faith rooted in a relationship? What practical steps can deepen your relationship with God through Christ (which in turn deepens your faith)? Reflect: Scientists are beginning to see how “the line between the physical and the spiritual may not be a line at all.” How has the physical world led to the spiritual (or......
Reflect: Being busy can cause us to lose focus. How does busy-ness impact your focus? When you lose focus, how do you refocus and tune-in to God and to the big picture? Reflect: Who are the people in your life who help you tune-in to God? Who are the people who help you discover the big picture? Do you have a discipline or practice in your life that that encourages you to seek out those persons when you lose focus? Practice: Each day this week, seek out one person you trust to......
Read Luke 1:46-56 Reflect: God’s justice is different than our justice. It’s about making the world right! Where do you see God’s justice being birthed this Christmas? in your life? in the lives of others? Reflect & Practice: “Jesus became light for our darkest decisions, peace for our self-centered wars, and love for our life-draining animosity towards others.” How is this becoming true in your life this Christmas? Practice: Uses images and poems from this week’s bulletin and the Advent Guide this week in your devotional time to draw near to......
After reading the next five or so chapters of Luke, I am having lots of memories. There have been some very familiar passages in Luke 9-14: the parable of the Good Samaritan, the sending of the 70, the Lord’s Prayer, the “do not worry” passage, the Pharisees testing Jesus, the light on the lampstand, Mary & Martha welcoming Jesus, etc. It is good to engage scriptures and to think about the stories that you are the most familiar with. Today, spend a little time reflecting on the scriptures in Luke that are......
Are there specific places that are important to you? Are there places where you faith has been shaped and developed? Is there a place you went as a young child or a camp that is meaningful to you? Is there a place that you like to return to you and revisit your memories of how you were shaped by God when you were younger? Is there a sacred space in your life where you can find God and come back to your relationship with God? Is there a quiet spot in your......