Message: “God is Not Ignoring History” from Sonya Brown

A message from the series “God is Not….” What do you think when you hear the word ‘reparations’? A political movement? A threat to the status quo? As God outlines in the book of Numbers, reparations are an integral part of the process of forgiveness and reconciliation. What do reparations look like in our individual lives? And how can we be a voice for just reparations in our culture?

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Message: “God is Not a Capitalist” from Tim Basselin

A message from the series “God is Not….” US economics is based on principles of making profit and supply and demand. But does the invisible hand that guides the market belong to God? Elijah’s encounter with a widow illustrates that God does not live in a world of scarcity. So as God’s people, we can reject any system that insists on my success over your failure.

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Message: “God is Not You” from JR. Forasteros

A message from the series “God is Not….” There are few things we value more than our individualism. But the early church identified pride as the root sin. Why is individualism so dangerous? And how can we resist the temptation to set ourselves up as gods?

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Message: “Back to Reality” from JR. Forasteros

A message from the series “Deep Breath.” Who ever wants to come back from vacation? Or go to the office on Monday? Or leave any of those places where we feel free to be most fully ourselves? Jesus shows us that God invites us into these spaces not to hide, but to receive strength and courage to take Jesus’ love to the world.

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Message: “Truth and Reconciliation” from JR. Forasteros

A message from the series “Deep Breath.” Over the last several years, we’ve all experienced strained and broken relationships. What is the faith-filled path forward in these relationships? How do we create space for forgiveness and reconciliation? Joseph’s reunion with his brothers illustrates how we can seek real healing.

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Message: “A Political Church” from JR. Forasteros

A message from the series “Deep Breath.” One of the biggest complaints about churches today is that we’re too political. What we mean though, is that churches are too partisan. Because God calls us to love our neighbors the same way we love ourselves and our families – and that’s a political act. So how can we be political without becoming partisan? Isaiah’s vision of God’s throne room is good news for anyone who’s sick and tired of politics as usual.

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Message: “What is My Calling?” from Sonya Brown

A message from the series “Deep Breath.” Most of us struggle to hear God’s call. Isn’t that something reserved for preachers and prophets? But God calls each of us. And God calls ALL of us. Our calling is something for good – not just our own good, but the good of our community, and of the world around us. So what is God’s call for us?

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Message: “The Importance of Being Together” from Ashley Bekkerus

A message from the series “Deep Breath.” It’s pretty hard these days to muster the energy to worship. Whether it’s an ongoing weariness with virtual, guilt over feeling defeated and exhausted or a more general malaise, just showing up feels like a miracle. Would it surprise you to know that experience is common? And that it’s a sign that the best place for us to be is… in worship together?

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Message: “Naming Trauma” from JR. Forasteros

A message from the series “Deep Breath.” We don’t like to admit we’re hurting. We want to present ourselves as strong, competent, able to shoulder the burdens of life. But a strong facade actually keeps us from healing. Naming our pain, our trauma, is essential to healing. Our pain matters to God. Our trauma matters to God. Naming it is how we learn to hope.

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