When the Kingdom looks to be in gravest danger, it is eternally secure. When Jesus appears to be most powerless, his choice to “empty himself ” is the greatest demonstration of divine strength. And when the greatest of human humiliation plays out in the hours before and on a wooden cross, Christ’s glory now resounds thousands of year later and forever and ever into eternity.
This morning Andy Culp leads us through the Lord's Prayer as preparation for the evening of Gethsemane.
Our world feels fractured, and behind the fractures are forces that reinforce division and dehumanization. Yet, if anyone is in Christ – Paul claims – there is a new creation! Dare we believe that a whole new reconciling force is at work in the world now and we are invited to participate?
“This is my Son, my Chosen” the unseen voice rang out. “Listen to him!” This week we enter the story of the Transfiguration with prayers and practices to help us listen. Like the disciples, we tend to elevate other voices alongside Jesus', only to find ourselves overwhelmed by all the noise. How might we create space through silence to amplify Christ as the Living Word in our lives?
On the plains of Moab, the Israelites sat poised on the edge of a promised land. Just before walking into this new reality, God gave guidance on how they were to steward their practical resources. Giving, it turns out, is the inspired response to God’s gracious rescue and the through-line of redemption in their story. Might it be the same for us?