Exodus - The Way of God

Oct. 11 - Nov. 22, 2020

The Powerful Absence of God

November 22, 2020 • Michael Krause

You have probably experienced the sad and undeniable reality that "the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry." You have probably experienced the crushing defeat of your plans inexplicably self-destructing, despite being inspired by an indomitable vision, implemented with carefully planning, and executed at what felt like right time in the right place with the right people. Perhaps you were even convinced that God was "on your side." Yet, nothing happened. Or worse, something happened and things got even worse. What is happening in those moments? Where was God when you needed God most? And what do you do now?

What to Do When God Wants To Kill You

November 15, 2020 • Michael Krause

As far as inspiring stories go, there is hardly a better source than the Bible. It is filled with incredible (sometimes, literally in-credible) stories about an incredible God using incredible people to bring the rescuing, healing life and love of Jesus into a broken and dying world. Yet sometimes the stories of the Bible can only be described as confusing and bizarre... like the time when, after freeing Israel from racial, political and economic oppression, apparently decided to kill Moses. Everything about the story is weird. God acts like a murderous lunatic, the complete opposite of what we see in Jesus. And yet, what if even here God is still showing us what it means to be God's person in and for the world?

A Poor Excuse of a Person

November 8, 2020 • Annie Froese

Exodus is, in part, a story about the incredible way that God uses Moses to set Israel free from slavery. He becomes a prophet for God, an instigator of mass protest, a miracle worker, the leader of a nation, the mediator of Israel’s relationship with God, the giver of the Ten Commandments, and the architect and builder of Israel’s sacred worship space. There are few greater people in Israel's history, if any. And the scriptures say that God wants to use people like you and me in the same kind of ways to see God's love take control of the world. The problem is that most of us are not prophets, miracle workers, political and spiritual leaders like Moses was. How could God ever use someone like us?

Seeing God

November 1, 2020 • Michael Krause

As a church, we talk a lot about encountering the God who is revealed in Jesus. We talk about encountering God in worship, either in the moving, truth-filled songs we sing, or in the truth of the scriptures being exposed, or in the moments of spiritual practice that we share, both together on Sundays and on our own throughout the week. We talk about encountering God in community, through the questions and conversation, and the prayer and care that are rooted in relationships. But what if there are still other ways to encounter God? What are the other ways that can we encounter God in our lives, and what could we learn about who God really is?

The Person of the Hour

October 25, 2020 • Michael Krause

The questions surrounding elections seem to be in the air these days. With a newly elected leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, the potential for a federal election now looms on the horizon. On November 3, Americans will go to the polls to elect a president for the next four years. The question behind election questions is always this: what kind of person can actually accomplish the important changes that will transform our future? This is just as true of the politics of Jesus' kingdom. God invites us to participate in God's will being done on earth as it is in heaven, but what kind of person will God actually use? And what would it take for you to be that person?

Faith, Justice, and Race

October 18, 2020 • Austin Channing Brown

It sure seems like there is lots to be afraid of these days. In the midst of a global pandemic, we can fear for our health. In the midst of an economic meltdown, we can fear for our financial security. In the midst of tension-filled conversations about race, we can fear for our safety. In the midst of political change, we can fear for our future. The list feels like it just goes on and on. And when our lives are motivated by fear, it affects the way we see the world, the choices we make, who we become. So, what are you most afraid of right now? How is it affecting who you are becoming? And what would it look like to allow faith, rather than fear, become the driving force in our lives?

The Story of My Life

October 11, 2020 • Michael Krause

The renowned British historian Edmund Burke once wrote, "Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it." Yet, we live in an era of declining interest in the past, where even many of the shows on the history channel aren't actually about history! People seem less and less interested in what happened in the past, imagining that it is irrelevant to their present or to their future. But what if the stories the Bible tells about the distant past are meant to affect our immediate present and lead us into a beautiful future? What if actually knowing this history makes us glad to repeat it? What can we gain from knowing the story of the Exodus?