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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Awakening the Soul to Your New Story

‘In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die. Where you invest your love, you invest your life.’ These lyrics (from Mumford and Sons) speak to the call of Scripture, the reality of the new story that has been laid out before us because of and through Jesus. It is our call, then to be instigators of this new story in the people and relationships around us.

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Awakening the Soul and Isolating our Imposter Syndrome

Do you feel like an imposter? Do you feel like at any moment you’re going to be found out for who you really are? That after a few moments God is going to 'swipe left’ or even worse, ghost you? Maybe we feel that God is simply standing in wait, holding fast and tight before yanking the rug out from under our feet? What is this imposter syndrome, and what does it mean for us to isolate it, address it, and see beneath the surface to who God really is?

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Awakening the Soul to God's Presence

Can you see? Can you see beyond the wall of our own creation? Have you noticed the wall actually surrounds us, that it actually encircles us? Beyond the wall, all around us is the presence of God, our true refuge, our true fortress. It is not the wall that protects us, it is the wall that prevents us from experiencing the freedom of Christ. Let us step forward with confidence into this new space, eyes open, hands open, hearts open.

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Awakening the Soul

Pause. Take a breath. Breathe. Breathe deeply and sit in the moment. In this space, connect with your soul, connect with the depths of your being, and allow yourself to recognize the soul. Is it sleeping? Is it weakened by the troubles and the deep concerns of this world? Is it wounded or in pain? What is the state of your soul? Wake up, O soul, awaken to the beautiful mystery and newness that surrounds us. That waits for us, that cries out for our participation. Awake My Soul!

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White vs. Black: Crossing Racial Lines

Most apply the main point of Acts 6:1-7 as the emphasis on why leaders & pastors in the church are in need of "Deacons" so they can focus on *preaching*. It's often overlooked how the choosing of the Hellenistic Jews in the daily distribution was a re-distribution of power & advocacy for those in a vulnerable position which helped allow the church to grow through the word of God.

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Manifesto | Stories From Our Community

We bring together people from diverse backgrounds and spiritual beginnings, confident that together we can inspire one another towards a positive engagement in this world. We experiment, we try new things, we fail, all along the way writing new stories of hope and love and justice. We are dreamers, artists, activists, and faithful friends who will not give up on who Jesus has called us to be and do together. We believe in stories and you’ll never walk alone.

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Advent | Love

The mysterious men from the East followed the star and discovered the place where the secret of love lay in the helplessness of a human baby, wrapped in swaddling clothes in the feeding trough of an animal. They discovered the place where God’s love came down. That is the most important thing for all people, to discover individually, in their own time and at their own hour, the place where God’s love has broken through, and then to follow the star that has risen for them and to remain true to the light that has fallen into their hearts.

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