Naomi: A Widowed Refugee

Tonight in youth group, we remembered stories of refugees from Scripture.

There are so many… Abraham, Noah, Jacob, David, Hagar, Ishmael, the Israelites, Jesus… some argue that Adam and Eve were refugees as well.

There are dozens of refugees in the Bible… but what is a refugee?

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Checking In: What’s in a Name?

Today I decided to open to 1 Chronicles… I have no idea why.

1 Chronicles begins with nine chapters of names. This careful record is, to be honest, boring to read. It’s certainly helpful to look over the genealogies when you encounter a character in later chapters or books, but just reading them is hard.

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Compassion: It Comes First

This past week I participated in a series of complicated / important / charged conversations…

  1. conversations with my classis concerning a response to human sexuality / same-sex marriage / ordination of LGBTQ persons.
  2. a conversation with my middle school youth group about spiritual gifts (which we’ve been studying together for the past few months).
  3. a conversation with my parents about God’s sovereignty and human free will.
  4. a handful of conversations about President Trump’s inauguration.
  5. a conversation with myself about self-care.

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Liturgy: A Young Christian’s Prayer

Call to Confession: 01.15.17

God: we remember – with all of who we are – that You called us…

~ to abundant life, flourishing, & blessing ~

[though we replace them with whatever feels good]

~ to hospitality, compassion, & empathy ~

[though we settle for flippant, one-sided relationships]

~ to justice, mercy, & grace ~

[though we’re comfortable with unhealthy forms of tolerance]

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