Tag: discipleship

Preparing our Hearts for Worship

Only One Thing: The Samaritan, Martha & Mary. This Sunday, we’ll be looking at two stories from Luke 10: the parable of the Good Samaritan, and the story of Martha and Mary. Both stories push us to consider what really matters when it comes to faithfulness. For Bible Project fans, here’s their video on the second section of Luke: This…

Do Not Be Afraid

Last week, we found Jesus preaching in his hometown synagogue in Nazareth. I don’t know if you’d call it a success or not. On the one hand, it seemed like everyone got his point; on the other hand, they responded by trying to throw him off a cliff. They wanted him to inspire the hometown crowd. Instead he spoke as…

Preparing our Hearts: Discipleship Edition

Hi Friends, It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten one of these out for you, and I’m sorry about that. As always, let me know what you find helpful and I’ll tailor future versions to offer more of what you’d like to see. First off: fans of The Bible Project videos on YouTube are in luck! This winter and spring, we…

Waiting and Witnessing

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” -from Acts 1 Last…

Fig Tree Lessons

Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. -from Mark 13 I have a confession to make, Friends: I am a hoarder. Now, to…

Greatest Commandment

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your…

Get In The Boat

“After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake…” -from Matthew 14 We’re working through…

Transform

Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” -from Mark 8 Before we jump into today’s particular passage from the Gospel of Mark, let me take a step backward and show you where we are in the book as a whole. I said this…

Go

Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits. These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra shirt. Whenever you enter…

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Seeing (Unsandaled)

God said, “Don’t come any closer. Remove your sandals from your feet. You’re standing on holy ground.” -from Exodus 3 “Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God, But only he who sees takes off his shoes; The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.” ― Elizabeth Barrett Browning What separates you, Friends, from experiencing God’s presence? What…