Jan. 3 - Jan. 31, 2021
Refocusing on the Message of Jesus
January 31, 2021 • Michael Krause
Jesus said a lot of memorable things. But perhaps His most famous of all were a talk he gave that we now refer to as 'The Sermon On The Mount'. Tackling everything from poverty, grief, sin, prayer, anxiety and life's ultimate purpose, this sermon is the most clear, comprehensive, and compelling vision for what becoming a Jesus person actually looks like. But at the end of the day, can another message really change our lives? Is it all just a lot of talk, or is it possible that this – the greatest sermon ever preached – if put into practice, could empower the greatest lives we could ever live? Could it be that the key to hitting refresh is refocusing on the message of Jesus?
Re-Opening the Church
January 24, 2021 • Jeff Lockyer
One of the questions people have been asking lately around here is, "When are we re-opening the church?" But the truth is, the church has never been closed. The presence of God, active through the people of God has continued, despite our challenging circumstances. But for many, the pandemic has caused drift and disconnection from what God is doing in and through this community. So what would it take for our drift to become devotion? What does it look like, even in a season when we can't gather as usual, to re-engage in God's work through ordinary people like us? What does it look like, even when we can't re-open our buildings, to re-open our hearts and lives to be the church this year more than ever?
Reclaiming the Role of Friendship
January 17, 2021 • Jeff Martens
Life was never meant to be lived alone. In fact, alone-ness is the only thing God created and declared "not good." Bottom line: we're hard-wired for relationships. But for many of us, the emotional and spiritual benefits of friendship have never been harder to achieve. Many of us have relied on virtual connections through screens as a way of coping and maintaining a sense of togetherness, only to discover that, while these modern solutions aren't bad, they certainly aren't as good as the real thing. So how can we, despite current restrictions, make sure we don't go it alone? In a time defined by isolation, how do we reclaim the role of friendship?
Realizing There's No Place Like Home
January 10, 2021 • Michael Krause
It's been almost a year since we were told to "stay home." In that time, some have leaned into the gift of a slower-pace and an empty calendar, spending more time with roommates or family than ever before. For others, whether you live alone or in an unhealthy situation, it has been a time of deep loneliness and overwhelming struggle. Or, maybe you've just felt your family's faith drift. As we continue to spend much of our time at home, what does it look like to flourish rather than flounder? What does it take to create the kind of home-life that fills and fuels the whole household?
Resolving to Put God First
January 3, 2021 • Jeff Lockyer
New Year's Eve is one of the most hyped events every year. Still aglow from holiday festivities, we bask in the hope of what a new year will bring. It's the thrill of uncertainty fuelled by the power of possibility. But this wide-eyed optimism always leads to let down when we realize that, as the classic song says, "nothing changes on New Year's Day". But what if, as we launch into a new year, we could actually realize the full potential of a new start? What if we this season could function as a complete system refresh, both emotionally and spiritually?