In this message, we explore how every human being is created in the image of God, how all people are of sacred worth and given a divine calling by their Creator. When we oppress or abuse others, we deny and deface that image, which is sinful in the eyes of God and rouses cries for justice. Against this backdrop, Pastor Mark addresses the killing of George Floyd and the protests that have emerged in its wake. In this moment, God calls Christians to stand together with the oppressed against all forms of racism and injustice.
The early Christians were part of a resistance movement that opposed the value system of the Roman Empire.Taking a stand for what was right in the face of hostility got them in trouble and led to various kinds of suffering.In this message, we reflect on how they understood this suffering in a way that kept them faithful and moving forward. Check it out and learn how to join the resistance!
How do we stay connected when we can't physically be together? Jesus helps us answer this question in his farewell conversation with his disciples, and it has something to do with an advocate. Check out this message to discover how unity is a gift we receive in obedient action!
"I'm sending thoughts and prayers." When people hear these words, they have different reactions. Some feel comforted and encouraged, and others feel irritated or angry. Why? Well, it has something to do with how we understand prayer. In this message, we explore how prayer works by focusing on Psalm 31 and the Serenity Prayer.
The 23rd Psalm is a familiar Bible passage that most people don't believe. We say that God provides for us and protects us, but live as if God were absent, like we are left all alone to fend for ourselves in a hostile world. We create our own hell and then use the 23rd Psalm to help us survive the day. But what if God is trying to do something different in this passage? What if the 23rd Psalm discloses reality as God intends and invites us to leave our distortions so we can live in a whole new world.
Bill Gates and microchips. Elvis sightings. Roswell. 9/11. People love a good conspiracy theory, and although the internet is an unfiltered clearinghouse for wacky ideas and misinformation, conspiracy theories are nothing new. In this message, Pastor Mark talks about how conspiracy theories developed around the resurrection of Jesus and why the claim, "Christ is risen!" has persisted for over 2,000 years.
Focusing on the story of Judas, Pastor Mark shows how guilt gets converted to shame and creates a compulsion to control, which functions to intensify our emotional and spiritual pain. The only way out of this trap is forgiveness, but we don't go to God for forgiveness unless we know that God loves us unconditionally.