What Is The Proof that God Actually Exists?

May 1, 2016

Reflection Questions: What “proof” do I need to believe in and follow Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?  What is holding me back from taking that step of faith? Where do I see God in creation? In the ways that God has made humanity? In my own life?

Prayer: Lord, help me to take a step of faith in you. Help me to see, experience, and follow you so that my life and the lives of others may be transformed in you on the inside and out.

Why Does God Allow So Much Suffering To Occur?

April 24, 2016

Reflection Questions: Where do I see suffering in the world?  Where am I suffering the most right now?  Can I trust that God meets us collectively in the suffering?  That God meets me in that suffering?  Can I trust that God can even bring redemption out of the suffering I am going through?  Am I able to surrender the suffering I see to the loving hands of God?

Prayer: May we find comfort in Christ who knows our suffering since Christ Himself experienced suffering.

Why Does The Bible Have So Many Disturbing Passages In It?

April 17, 2016

Reflection Questions: What parts of the Bible are the most disturbing for me?  Why?  What do I most need to remember in relation to those passages?  That God’s ways are greater than my ways?  That God used human hands in the writing of scripture?  That the original Bible passages were written in a different culture than our current one?  That this God gets into our messiness with us?

Prayer:  Lord, help me to remember that YOUR Word is YOUR word.  It is holy, God-breathed, and authoritative for my life.  Help me to submit to it, even when I do not fully understand it.  Amen.

What Is It About Religion That Seems To Cause So Much War & Violence?

April 3, 2016

Reflection Questions: Why does violence seem like such a natural response for human beings?  For me?  Do I really believe that Jesus offers an alternative to violence in our world?  Or does this seem unrealistic to me?  What would it take for me to believe and live into the model that Jesus offers towards violence?  Do I believe that love and humility are truly stronger than force and violence?  Why?  What would it look like for me to absorb the world’s violence in my life? 

Prayer: Lord, help me to trust your ways over my ways and your model over my model.