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Some great year 2020 memes out there! Like the one from the 1985 movie "Back to the Future," and we all hope that eventually this mess will be over, and we can pick up where we left off in late 2019. But what if the unpleasantries of 2020 are only the beginning of even more disruption? We're in the book of Daniel for this short series to explore how Daniel and his friends held on to their faith in God, during their "post-2020" days when the lights went out, when no one knew how to get home. There are so many surprises in this story: propaganda, cancel culture, pressure to sell out to privilege, rituals of resistance, conspiracy, confronting colonialist injustice. In Babylon, if you give yourself to God, there's room for Him to give Himself to you - and room for God to do what no one expects, to change the course of history for whole nations.
November 8, 2020 | Daniel - 2 audio / (slides)
Today we explore how God's conspiracy to bless Babylon moves forward, as we watch Him break into the space of Nebuchadnezzar, the man who thinks he's King of the Universe. It took a terrifying dream and the complete failure of his support system for the king to discover what is true and whom he could trust. This dream/vision wasn't a threat, but an invitation to get to know the One whose hand is on the course of history, guiding it to its ultimate destination—an invitation to the king to organize his life and his rule around the real reality. Because Daniel and his friends had offered themselves to God, He had room to offer Himself to them, to use them in His conspiracy to bless Babylon by showing Himself. We're waking up in Babylon, as they were. Let's find our rituals of resistance and take our place, as God in our time messes with a world that doesn't know Him—not to threaten, but to invite people to find Him.
November 15, 2020 | Daniel - 3 audio / (slides)
Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah told themselves the truth, every day, as they ate the vegetables that reminded them of the real God's good creation, and as they prayed to Him alone - while they lived respectfully and usefully in Babylonian society. But what do you do when everyone and everything is marshalled toward toward forcing us to accept a ridiculously obvious lie? God did more than deliver "Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego": he delivered the whole Babylonian Empire from deep corruption and darkness! By defying the King and the image he set up, God shook up the whole society so that they could begin to imagine a new world - with a different kind of God, and a new kind of human. Their Facebook and Twitter feeds were full of "What kind of God can rescue people from the king, from the power of the image, from old Babylon? Tell me about that one!" That's God's conspiracy in action! That's what happens when we keep Him in His place, telling ourselves the truth: He uses us to help others find the truth, too.
November 22, 2020 | Daniel - 4 audio / (slides)
This week, we continue to look at how God reached out to a formerly-anxious king who finally “arrived.” He had all of God that he wanted, and he had made peace with his world. He slept well because he was asleep to the misery all around him – and asleep to what the real God wanted from him. Once again, God reaches out with His direct intervention and with His faithful people, at the right place and time. Let’s talk about waking up not only to God’s Presence, but to what He’s doing with us.
Jesus taught His followers to pray – as part of preparing them to serve in His mission every day. This class is designed to help us pray more,and pray better. We look at Scripture, discuss and work together, and pray together. Everyone is welcome, whether you’re a newer Christian, well established, or not even sure that you believe yet.