Learning Liberation

May 9 - June 6, 2021

Liberating Peace

June 6, 2021 • Jeff Lockyer

Every family has its rules. They are the foundational principles that give shape to family life and family relationships. There are rules about chores and responsibilities and rules about curfews and borrowing the car. There are rules about reconciling conflict and rules about dinner time, devices, and TV time. The purpose of this elaborate structure of rules is to guide the family towards becoming the best version of itself, where each person is healthy and mature, and the relationships are loving and filled with peace. The church is no different. But what does it look like to guide people towards health and maturity, towards love and peace as a family of faith?

Liberating Allegiance

May 30, 2021 • Michael Krause

Who is your team, the community with whom you share something important in common, which creates a deep sense of belonging? For sports fans, if you see someone wearing your team's logo, you immediately sense a connection (even though they are a complete stranger). For others, those you work with have also become those you play with. Maybe your family is your team, or other LGBTQ+ people, or those who share your ethnic background, or those who understand your unique life circumstances. In addition to those teams, the truth is that we are also part of a community of faith. What does it mean to be "teammates" with others on that team? And what is it that joins us together?

Liberating Trust

May 23, 2021 • Mandy Kasper

The are few things more frustrating than being "let down" by someone who wasn't as good as their word. We've all experienced that feeling, whether in small ways like being stood up for a date or having the person who promised to help cancel at the last second, or in big ways like having our partner renege on their wedding vows or being unsupported by someone you thought you could count on. Frankly, if it happens often enough, or hurtfully enough, you may start to question whether you can trust people at all. But what about God? Have you ever been "let down" by God? How should we respond when it seems like God is failing to come through?

Liberating Dependence

May 16, 2021 • Tim Schroeder

It has been said that over the past year we have been battling two pandemics: one medical and one financial. It has been a challenging year for many of us who have lost clients or jobs, or have been laid off of work or had to close shop, perhaps more than once. Many of us who have been financially stable in the past suddenly found ourselves asking new questions about the present, and staring into an uncertain future. The question emerges: where is God in the midst of all of this uncertainty? What does it mean to trust God in these circumstances? And what does it look like to live faithfully in the midst of the uncertainty?

Liberating Obedience

May 9, 2021 • Michael Krause

Have you ever taken a "shortcut" to try to accomplish an important goal? Perhaps you experimented with a fad diet or intermittent fasting to try to get ready for beach season. Or maybe you invested in a "sure fire" financial opportunity or a get-rich-quick scheme hoping to turn your finances around. Perhaps you crammed for a test, fudged your taxes, told a little, white lie, or read the Cole's Notes instead of the book. We make these choices to achieve the results we want without having to put in all the work. What happens when we try this with God too? What does it take to genuinely experience the faith-life we truly want?