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JR. Forasteros - November 27, 2022
Home is Where God's Heart Is
From Series: "I'll Be Home for Christmas"
Christmas is a time we celebrate light and joy, peace on earth and goodwill for all people. But that can feel at odds with the state of our world. Advent is our chance to prepare to celebrate Christmas with eyes wide open. We're affirming that the world belongs to God - it's God's rightful home. And because of that, we can trust that God is not going to abandon the world - and certainly not us!
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Ever feel like the world's ending? What comes to mind when you think of the apocalypse? Fire and brimstone? Sun blocked out and moon turning to blood? Bad news... right? Wrong. Somewhere along the way, we picked up the idea that God is going to abandon the world and take us all away. But that's wrong! The good news is that God loves the world - and home is where God's heart is. What does it look like for us to love the world the way God does?
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Diversity is a buzzword these days, and it's not something churches are particularly known for. So what does it mean for a church to say we value diversity? Why does God care about diversity? And how does pursuing diversity help us know God - and heal the world - better?
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Sabbath is one of those old-fashioned ideas we don't pay attention to much these days. After all, who can really afford to take a whole day off from life? In Jeremiah's day, the people's failure to keep Sabbath was the signal fire that they were faithless. Why is Sabbath so important? And what does it look like to keep Sabbath in our (way too) busy world? How is Sabbath an act of revolution?