April 19 | Confidence in Christ

What brings us through difficult times? Confidence in Christ. Not that Jesus will solve all of our problems, but that God is fully present with us in all circumstances. As we read, we will focus specifically on vs. 25-28. We are called to have confidence in Christ, but how do we cultivate that within ourselves?

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April 26 | The Gift of the Spirit

While we are trinitarian people, we don’t often get the chance to focus on the third person of the Trinity. What is the gift of the Spirit? How does the Spirit show up in our lives? How do we recognize and connect with the Spirit? In this time of social distancing, we are called to realize what bonds us together is stronger than proximity: the Spirit makes us the Body of Christ.

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May 3 | Simple Practices

As Wesleyan Christians, we hold to the belief that we are always going on to Christian perfection. Are we truly devoted to the teachings of scripture, to sharing meals, to prayer and thanksgiving? What do these practices develop within us? “A sense of awe came over everyone.” When was the last time we allowed ourselves to be “awed” by God, not because of magnificent church buildings or events, but in the simple practices of our faith?

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May 10 | Courageous Witness

In the face of the worst and most difficult circumstances, Stephen persevered in his witness. While we focus this week on the climactic end of Stephen’s journey, his courageous witness began long before his martyrdom. How do we choose to be brave like Stephen, not just in the big moments, but in every moment?

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May 17 | Transformation is Always Possible

The words we read in today’s scripture are spoken by the man we read about last week who simply stood by and watched the first martyr be killed. Between these two passages, the worst enemy of the Gospel became God’s most outspoken witness. He, the most unexpected candidate, found transformation in Christ. We can too.

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May 24 | Easter Isn't Easy

The disciples must have been thrilled to have Jesus back. Their simple and impatient question reveals it all: “Lord, are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel now?” Their anxious readiness for redemption leads to impatient prodding. When will Jesus give us the final victory? How can we persevere when he isn’t with us physically? Why won’t he do what we want him to?

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