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Finding Our Roots

Jan. 6, 2019 | Finding Our Roots pt. 1 (download) / PDF

Welcome to 2019! New series: in a world that won't just "let us live," people whose roots have been taken away become confused, lost, vulnerable, exploited. In Jesus Christ God gives us "new roots" that make us strong, give us clear vision, and bring out the best in us. God's covenant faithfulness to His people Israel gives us the roots we need to know who we are and where we're from - so that we can know what to do in where we're going. We'll explore stories that help us grow our roots.

Jan. 20, 2019 | Finding Our Roots pt. 2 (download) / PDF

"Finding Our Roots" series looks at the Exodus: how God rescued a most unlikely minority from hopeless slavery - and how that historical event provides spiritual roots for us to know who God is, who we are, and where we're going. Egypt's culture was thousands of years old already, the Pharaoh was a god, there was no hope for change. The Israelites were worked like animals, "genocided," lost - until a good God moved in to fix it.

Jan. 27, 2019 | Finding Our Roots pt. 3 (download) / PDF

"Finding Our Roots" this week in how God acted to set free not only the Israelites, but also the Egyptians and even Pharaoh himself, if he'd have listened. "Plagues" were God's assault, not on the people, but on the gods that enslaved everyone. God's victory in the Exodus is an invitation for everyone to leave "failed gods," to be free, to celebrate and sing: "who among the gods is like You? No one!"

Feb. 3, 2019 | Finding Our Roots pt. 4 (download) / PDF

"Finding Our Roots": Today's photos are from the Sinai Wilderness, comfort for our snowbound friends. God had set His people free from slavery in Egypt - now comes the hard part: setting them free from slave-habits of the heart, so that they can become like Him, truly free. Confronting uncertainty, fear and emptiness is part of setting our will and vision free to do God's new things.

Feb. 10, 2019 | Finding Our Roots pt. 5 (download) / PDF

Today in "Finding Our Roots," the crisis at Mt. Sinai: how did we get from the high point of meeting God on the mountain "live and direct," to the abyss of pagan Canaanite idolatry (the kind they're supposed to drive out of the Promised Land) - inside of 6 weeks? Real freedom isn't just getting us out of slavery: it's getting the slavery out of us.

Feb. 17, 2019 | Finding Our Roots pt. 6 (download) / PDF

Every day for over 2 years God has fed His people; they can see the fire and the cloud; they've witnessed His power many times, even heard His voice. Now they're on their way to the Promised Land ... except ... what happened? Why did a 2-year sojourn and a journey of only a few weeks take 38 more years to complete? Whatever you do, don't do what they did. In the Wilderness" song by Michael Car

Feb. 24, 2019 | Finding Our Roots pt. 7 (download) / PDF

Today, a quick look at the Law of Moses - how God molded a mess of wretched, hopeless slaves to become a very decent society, far advanced for their time. Not a checklist of 613 impossible commands: it was God's powerful way of teaching them how to re-imagine their world and live above it. What we have in Christ is even better.

March 3, 2019 | Finding Our Roots pt. 8 (download) /

"Finding Our Roots": God gave laws that humanized His formerly enslaved people. More than that: He took up residence personally among them - not to tyrannize over them, but to give them far more blessing than they knew how to ask for: the changes that come from His close Presence. He lives even closer to us than He did with them.

March 10, 2019 | Finding Our Roots pt. 9 (download) / PDF

What is God's agenda for our lives? In the wilderness He gives His people a "strange requirement," a special gift that writes His heart onto ours. Sacrifice is a theological thing - but when we obey Him and do it, sacrifice becomes God's way of helping our hearts overcome slavery, to become more like Him.

March 17, 2019 | Finding Our Roots pt. 10 (download) / PDF

Israel's desert generation is about to go into the Promised Land, a very disorienting experience! Once again God is preparing them to leave behind everything familiar, going into a new life in a new place. How do we bring the lessons of the desert into real life now?

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