So in terms of, “How do we act in the current pandemic and in the midst of injustice?” I do not want you all to be deceived. Jesus makes it very clear. We are to do the will of the Father and we must persevere and not let our hearts grow hard and our love … Continue reading How do we act in the current pandemic and in the midst of injustice?
To my AAIV brothers and sisters, I wanted to write out this letter to you all and I hope and pray that the Holy Spirit would bring hope as well as conviction. I know these past couple of months have not been easy and in this season, we are learning that we really do not … Continue reading A Letter To My AAIV Family
Do you even remember the last time you received some good news? I mean some really good news that actually made you feel something different? Reflect on this passage below or listen to this song and notice some of the things you might be longing for in this season. https://youtu.be/FobNi33Rbx4 1 Peter 1:3-25 CEB 3 May … Continue reading Anticipating Renewal: Longing for Good News
What is Sabbath to you? Does it mean the day you don’ t go to work? Does it mean going to church on Sunday and giving that morning to Him? These are all good ideas, but one thing I would like to add, is the idea of rest. One misconception that some of us may … Continue reading Anticipating Renewal: Resting and Restoration
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest. Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one … Continue reading Anticipating Renewal: Close Your Eyes
"Lord, are you you going to wash my feet?" Peter said.Jesus replied, "You don't understand what I'm doing now, but you will understand later.""No!" Peter said. You will never wash my feet!"Jesus replied, "Unless I wash you, you won't have a place with me."John 13: 6-9 CEB As I read this, I think about if … Continue reading Anticipating Renewal: Are you going to wash my feet?
Exceptionalism An important idea we discussed last week was American Exceptionalism, which believes that we as Americans are above other nations and that we cannot be negatively affected by anything, such as the virus. This attitude has resulted in our rather poor response to the corona virus, U.S. cases have surpassed many other nations and … Continue reading Anticipating Renewal: Unthinking and Relearning
God is in Control As seasons come and pass, what do you notice? As diseases, such as COVID-19, disrupt the lives of many, what do you notice? The theme I’m trying to get at, and one of the many points that we were privileged to be reminded of, is the fact that we are not … Continue reading Anticipating Renewal: Release Control and Reconnect with Creation
We stopped off to take a break. I decided to take the moment to tell the others again about what is going to happen next. I feel like I’ve said it before, maybe as we are walking up to the place it might register more. I don’t think they understand what I’m really trying to … Continue reading Anticipating Renewal: Death and Life in Tension