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JR. Forasteros - April 9, 2017

Listening for God

Lent is for Losers

How often do we have to ask, “What did you say?” because we weren’t listening to someone? If that’s true in our distracted, busy lives, how much more true is it in our faith? On Palm Sunday, we ask how Jesus’ followers could have so thoroughly missed Jesus’ mission to be crucified. How could they not have been listening? How can we be diligent in listening for God to speak during this Holy Week?

From Series: "Lent is for Losers"

Too often, we think faith is about winning - getting our way in the culture or in our homes. But during Lent, we'll trace the human journey through the Old Testament and see that getting what we want never works out like we hope. We'll see how Jesus enters into our failure and becomes a loser just like us. Somehow, his failure is good news for us. It turns out God is for losers, which is good news for all us failures.

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What happens when God disappoints us? It happens to every person of faith eventually – we come to realize that God isn’t here to be part of our story, to fit into our agendas. Palm Sunday is a [...]

Seeds of Resistance

When we confront the big evils of the world like racism or school violence, we often feel paralyzed. What can we do in the face of these behemoths it’s easy to label ‘demonic’? It’s [...]

For Goodness Snakes

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