Forgive Us As We Forgive

“Forgive and forget” is the trope we’ve been sold over and over again about the true nature of forgiveness. Articles abound in Success magazine, Forbes, Oprah.com on the 4 ways, the 8 ways, the 12 ways to 'Forgive and Forget’. This is not forgiveness. This is forgetfulness, and it does not honor your story and how you are being formed. Forgiveness is different from forgetfulness. Forgiveness is about remembering, but in the remembering an ability to wish someone well and let them on their way.

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Give Us

What do you need? Deep down in the very depths of your being, what do you need? This is a question that begs us to know, to truly know ourselves deep within in order to truly answer. This knowledge of self is found in a God who loves us deeply, and who wants to lovingly give us the gift of life.

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Mass Shootings: A Prayer of Lament

As a church community we gathered together to pray a prayer a lament in response to the 3 mass shootings in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton this past week. As a community we believe in prayer, we believe in lament, and we believe in taking action beyond these important moments of reflection and grief. The words of our prayer of lament can be found in the episode notes.

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Thy Will Be Done on Earth as it is in Heaven

What does it mean to pray “Thy will be done”? How does one actually begin to release that control and have a new vision of what is and can be despite the pain and suffering that is cascading down all around us. How can we be a people of prayer who actually pray ‘Thy will be done’? In this section of the Lord’s Prayer, Tracy Monts leads us through the text with her own story and the stories of others.

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Thy Kingdom Come

To pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ is an act of vulnerability. To pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ is an act of lament. To pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ is an act of hope. These postures of prayer open us up to a profound new understanding of our relationship with God. May we be a people who pray in this way, and who pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come!’

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Whose Side Are You On Anyways?

This revolution does not come cheap. It will cost you everything, and for some that will be too steep of a price to pay. For others, the dream, the hope, the possibilities of what Jesus offers to this world, to change this world, to create within this world, is not only beautiful but all they have. This revolution is not for the faint of heart. You will experience betrayal, unimaginable pain, suffering, and at times the loss of hope. Is it really worth it?

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The Upside-Down Revolution

Death is life; a little is a lot; what goes up...: The kingdom of God is an upside down revolution. This Revolution does not work the way we would expect it to work, nor in the ways that everything else in this world “works”. It is a different way, a way that questions what has been deemed “normal” and instead turns everything upside down. All of this upside down revolves purely around love—love of God and love of others. But love of God and love of others is way more radical than we have been led to believe.

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The Revolution will Not be Instagrammed

“Give me a sign!” is what we always clamor for, and it was no different with Jesus. Despite what he had been doing, it was never enough. We need a sign! “Picture or it didn’t happen!” The revolution of Jesus, the insurgence that the kingdom of heaven is about, is not instagram-able. It is about the way of the cross. Of denial of the self for the greater cause of Christ.

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The Revolution is Not a Spectator Sport

It's easy to think that the revolution is an observatory sport; that we simply get to sit back and watch Jesus do his thing as we stand back in awe and wonder of what's happening. But that is not the case. The Revolution requires participation. It is a participatory engagement, a moment where you and I get to play. We're not spectators. We are live participants who get to create the change, and be the change.

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A Revolutionary Wonder

What does is mean to have faith like a child? To see, know, understand God like a child? Is it possible to recapture this sort of faith, especially as we look at all of the children around us and learn from them and their questions? Child-like faith has nothing to do with an anti-intellectual posture, but rather a posture of curiosity and mystery mixed with imagination and wonder, which ultimately leads to awe.

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The Long Shot Revolution #NOTTODAY

This revolution is for you, the underdog, the outcast, the downtrodden, the oppressed, those who have been deemed unworthy or unlovable, unlikeable or unseemly. This revolution is for you. Jesus didn’t come for those who have it all together. He cannot and will not be coopted by the power structures of our day. Jesus has come for those who are not the “desirables."

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We Are the Insurgence

Eastertide has begun, and we live in the wake of resurrection. This is the beginning of the good news about Jesus, about his revolution, his kingdom, and its presence. Peel back the curtain and see, peak your ear to hear, and set your hands and feet in motion to join the revolution, a living, and active revolution that is already underway.

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Stand Closer

Still today life is not all rainbows and unicorns. We suffer, friends suffer, the world suffers. But as we stand closer to Christ - on the cross, at the burial, and at the empty tomb - in loss, death, and grief - we see reflected in his love the redemption of those experiences. The closer we get the clearer the image of love and redemption. The closer we get to Jesus the more tangible our hope for new life becomes.

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