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Misunderstood: A Lenten Journey

March 25, 2018

On Palm Sunday, we often think about singing Hosanna and crowning Jesus as king as he rides into Jerusalem. However, there are other people in John's account of the beginning of Holy Week.

Stephen Riley helps us to understand Palm Sunday from some different perspectives as we wrap up our series "Misunderstood".

John 12:12-19 (CEB)

12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him. They shouted,

Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
     Blessings on the king of Israel!”

14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,

15 Don’t be afraid, Daughter Zion.
        Look! Your king is coming,
            sitting on a donkey’s colt.

16 His disciples didn’t understand these things at first. After he was glorified, they remembered that these things had been written about him and that they had done these things to him.

17 The crowd who had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead were testifying about him. 18 That’s why the crowd came to meet him, because they had heard about this miraculous sign that he had done. 19 Therefore, the Pharisees said to each other, “See! You’ve accomplished nothing! Look! The whole world is following him!”

Click here to listen to Stephen's message.



March 18, 2018

In John 12:20-33, Jesus tells a large crowd a strange parable about wheat. The crowd hears a voice from heaven and Jesus is deeply troubled. Join us as Pastor Linsey helps us unpack this confusing, and often Misunderstood, passage! 

"But Jesus wasn't that sort of Messiah. He was aiming to overthrow the kingdom of the world,all right, and replace it with the kingdom of God. But the victory was to be of a totally different sort. It was all about his being 'lifted up', exalted - on a pole, like the serpent in the wilderness (3.14-15). That's how the world would be rescued. That's how God, the true God, the God of astonishing, generous love, would be glorified. Swords don't glorify the creator-God. Love does. Self-giving love, best of all." 

-N.T. Wright

Click here to listen to Pastor Linsey's message



March 11, 2018

This week we're in the book of John and looking at John 3:14-22 with Pastor Sarah. There are some great words and phrases in this passage about loving darkness and what it means to be in the light. In particular it says whoever "DOES truth" comes to light. Join us as we discuss what it means to "do truth".

Click here to listen to Pastor Sarah's message.



March 4, 2018

Sometimes we look at Jesus, and can only get out, "What are you doing?!" Like the Jewish leaders, we can be plenty confused at Jesus' actions! It might even take years until we can look back and understand what Jesus meant.  This week, Debbie Whiting tells the story of Jesus clearing the Temple. Together we jump into Scripture, ask questions about what Jesus is doing, and talk about what it means for us today.

Click here to listen to Debbie Whiting's message.



February 25, 2018

This week our journey through Lent takes us to Mark 8:27-38. Here Jesus asks his disciples, “Who do you say I am?” Peter and the disciples understood Jesus as a conquering Messiah. They believed that might makes right. The more power the better. Jesus tried to teach the disciples that the way to counter power was not more power, but the way of self-emptying, uncontrolling love. The way of the cross.

We are a lot like the disciples. Who do we say Jesus is in the ordinariness of our lives at home, work, church, and school?

Click here to listen to Joe Gorman's Lenton message.



February 18, 2018

Have you ever felt misunderstood?  I sure have - this week, in fact!   People are quick to judge from their point-of-view without seeking to understand what's really going on.  Sometimes it's because we don't ask questions and actually listen to the answers given.  Other times, our lives have shaped us in such a way that seeing something differently is an almost impossible expectation.

This week we look at the the first chapter of Mark where John the Baptist ends up baptizing Jesus.  Talk about confusing!  Why would John need to baptize Jesus?  Why does Jesus proclaim "Good news!" after John's been imprisoned?  It's terribly confusing! 

Join us as we seek to understand a little more clearly, the life and message of Jesus and how that shapes our lives today.

Click here to listen to Pastor Sarah's message.


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