September 2017

The Grieving Mother

In a brief encounter outside of an insignificant town, Jesus and his followers come across a scene of human suffering and brokenness – a mother who has recently lost her son, and with him, her hope. What at first glance appears a simple healing story offers us a much bigger picture of God’s compassion and […]

August 2017

You Will Be Called Cephas

The first thing Jesus said to Peter when they met was a little strange. There was no preamble, no niceties exchanged; instead, Jesus looked directly at him and said, “You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas.” (which, when translated, is Peter). Why did Jesus say that to Peter? What kind of […]

A Daughter of the King

Jesus encounters two diverse people in this narrative, a privileged religious leader who humbles himself before Jesus, and a sick woman desperate for healing. Jesus ministers equally to both of them. We’ll learn how Jesus calls us to faithfully steward our privilege and care for the marginalized. The suffering woman with no name is transformed […]

The Difference Maker

The Children

In stories, art, books, and videos we see depictions of Jesus blessing and beaming over children during his ministry, and for good reason! Our culture has a soft spot for the childlike innocence of young kids, and these heartwarming images remind us of Jesus’ love and care. However, what we often fail to realize is […]

July 2017

1 out of 10

Jesus meets ten people, living in the margins of society, afflicted with a disease that evoked rejection in their culture. Jesus doesn’t just pass by them, like his society, he heals them. But only one returns to give thanks, and he alone experiences spiritually healing. Have we settled for an encounter with Jesus, like praying […]

The Thirsty Woman

We’ll meet a woman thirsty for water in the blazing sun, thirsty for love after broken relationships, thirsty for dignity among a marginalized race, and thirsty for God in her wounded soul. Jesus breaks cultural, racial, social, and spiritual barriers to reach out and ultimately quench her thirst.

The Twice-Blind Man

In this odd little story, Jesus encounters a blind man who wants to receive sight, but it comes to him in an unexpected way. It appears Jesus has to do the miracle twice over; so what is going on? This Sunday we’ll explore the ideas of healing, growth, and spiritual insight as we look at this […]

The Guy Who Couldn’t Let Go

Do you struggle to let go of something in your life? Feelings of failure that define you? Guilt that replays in your mind? Control in a relationship? Money that covers insecurity to feel important? We’ll learn from Jesus to identify whatever is between God and ourselves, and be challenged to start letting go to grow […]

June 2017

An Abused Woman

This week, we’ll journey with Jesus as he encounters an abused woman in John 8:2-11.