Message: “Sitting with Grief” from JR. Forasteros

A message from the series “Good Grief.” Grief is uncomfortable. In the face of tragedy, no words are sufficient to salve our pain. Yet in the face of others’ pain, we find ourselves offering platitudes and speaking for God so we can avoid their pain. But Lamentations 1 is a funeral dirge. We hear the woman’s honest, unflinching cries of pain and see the prophet join her, offering nothing but his presence. How can we learn to be honest about pain so we can begin the process of reorientation?

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Message: “What Lament Looks Like” from Tim Basselin

A message from the series “Good Grief.” We avoid pain and grief as much as possible. When faced with someone else’s grief, we avoid or offer platitudes. But the book of Lamentations invites us to sit with grief, to enter into the prophetic process of Lament. In this series, we’ll explore how to grieve and how to be a friend to the grieving. Ultimately, we’ll see how the process of lament invites us to be agents of healing in the larger world.

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Message: “Satan” from JR. Forasteros

A message from the series “Empathy for the Devil.” We struggle to offer grace to people we feel don’t deserve it – which is, ironically, exactly who needs grace. Uncovering the true biblical origins of Satan helps us come face to face with this graceless impulse. It turns out, refusing to extend grace to others is what makes us truly Satanic. How can we choose to be a grace-filled people?

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Message: “Judas” from JR. Forasteros

A message from the series “Empathy for the Devil.” We tend to end up in echo chambers, surrounded by people who look and think a lot like us. The danger of this is that we don’t learn how to be challenged. The spiritual consequence is that we end up missing God – imagining God in our own image rather than learning to let God challenge us. Judas illustrates the reason we need to learn to be vulnerable, to open ourselves to strange friendships.

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Message: “Jezebel” from Sue Sweeney

A message from the series “Empathy for the Devil.” We work to strike a healthy balance between faith, family, work and all the other elements of our lives. But Jezebel’s story shows us that God doesn’t ask for balance; God asks for allegiance. How can we seek God first – and why is that good for everything else in our lives?

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Message: “Herodias” from JR. Forasteros

A message from the series “Empathy for the Devil.” How do you resolve conflict? Chances are, however you approach a fight, you learned it from your family. Our families shape us for good and for ill. Herodias, the Evil Queen of Jesus’ day, illustrates for us the cost of generational sin. How can we overcome the sins we inherit from our families? And how can we leave a legacy of life for those who come after us?

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Message: “Delilah” from JR. Forasteros

A message from the series “Empathy for the Devil.” What does it look like for Christians to be different from the world? Too often, we treat religion as a brand – one more optional lifestyle for people to choose from. But the story of Delilah and Samson illustrates how following God’s counter-cultural way becomes an invitation for those outside the Church – and life for us, too.

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Message: “Cain” from JR. Forasteros

A message from the series “Empathy for the Devil.” What makes you angry? We seldom stop to think about the cause of our anger – particularly whether that cause is justified or not. But we learn from the story of Cain, the first murderer, that anger can be an invitation to slow down and find life before we lash out and do something we’ll regret.

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Message: “I Believe in Life Everlasting” from JR. Forasteros

A message from the series “Believe.” If we know the end of the story, we know how to live in the middle. We conclude our series on the Apostle’s Creed by exploring how each of the statements in the Creed shape us. How do they help us live now as a people who will live with God forever? How can we begin now reverse engineering our lives to flourish as God intended?

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