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11 – Preparing the Way: The Journey to Bethlehem

We continue on with Mary as she journeys with St Joseph to Bethlehem. Here in these final days leading up to the birth of the Christ, Mary gets a major curveball thrown her way. How she responds to this contains a great lesson for us as we continue to learn from her how to prepare the way of the Lord in our lives.

10 – Preparing the Way: The Space In Between

We continue our Advent series by joining Mary in the space in between the major event of the Visitation and the time of the journey to Bethlehem.

Scripture records the major events we need to know for our salvation. There is nothing recorded about what happens during those six months, and that in itself contains an important lesson for us.

08 – Preparing the Way: The Annunciation

Happy First Sunday of Advent!

Today we start a series for Advent: Preparing the Way. We’ll be learning from Mary as we journey with her from the Annunciation to the birth of Christ.

Scripture for today’s episode is from Luke 1:26-38.

06 – Getting to the Heart of Idolatry

“You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image…you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God…” Ex 20:3-5 & Dt 5:7-9.

This first commandment has two parts. The first part is “You shall have no other gods before me. The second part is about graven images. Sometimes we run these two parts together and come away with the idea idolatry is simply worshiping graven images. Idolatry, however, is often much more subtle than totem poles and statues.

05 – Discernment As Cooperative Gameplay

There are different types of games. The most common are competitive where the players work against each other trying to win. There are also games which are cooperative where the players work together to try to accomplish an objective in order to win.

The process of discernment is more like a playing a cooperative game than a competitive game.

04 – Sharing The Truth With Charity

“So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.” 1 Corinthians 3:7

We need to meet people where they are at. This means understanding it’s often more about progress than immediate perfection. Sins are wounds, and we are all wounded in some way.

02 – What’s the Best Way to Pray?

“These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.””  Isaiah 29:13

What is prayer? How do we build a daily prayer life or deepen our prayer life?