BLV prayer team leader, Anna Cruz, shares stories about prayer from her life, from the Bible, and from others in our community.
"Why am I still single?" • "Why can't I catch a break?" • "How could this happen?"... What do you avoid asking God about because you're afraid you'll be dissatisfied with the response or get bad news?... Jesus teaches us to not avoid but engage our unsatisfied curiosities with him, and to expect GOOD news in response!
It's hard work emotionally and psychologically to navigate the families we came from and their impact on us personally. Jesus has lots of help.
Continuing our series on Jesus' sermon on the Mount, we come to Jesus' comments on provision and security.
The "Our Father" or "Lord's Prayer" is a tutorial from Jesus on how to pray, and it has in mind some specific misconceptions of prayer, which (maybe unexpectedly) we still fall victim to today.
Brown Line's resident spiritual director unpacks for us the rewards of secret generosity, according to Jesus.
You know that terror you feel about letting someone down when you receive an invitation, so you mark "maybe" even though you know your answer is actually "no"? That's the aspirational RSVP, and while it can feel like the better option in the short term, it can leave a communication mess in the end. People in Jesus' day faced their own communication messes, and Jesus' advice was humbling but incredibly helpful.
Jesus' "you have heard it said... but I say..." statements seem extreme and crazy at first read. But he's actually doing something quite brilliant in making these statements, which allows him to both knock the religious elite of his day (the Pharisees) off their high horses, and also inspiringly point people toward the spiritual, psychological, and emotional health that being humbled brings.
Hard-wired into humans is an incredible tool to enhance our daily experience of life, to help us turn our relational circuits on when stress has turned them off, and to connect with God and other people. That tool is our memory!
Providing an avenue to psychological health. Exposing our tendency to scapegoat others... Just a couple of the things at play in Jesus' meaning-packed statement that he came to fulfill (not abolish) "the Law" of the Ancient Israelites.
Jesus' famously evoked the images of "salt" and "light" in showing his followers how to be good news to the world around them. However, exhaustive polling of younger American's attitudes toward church & people of faith (conducted by the likes of the Barna Group) reveal quite the opposite of that... What if our church was good news to people?
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