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Good Trouble - Colossians 3
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May 19, 2019 11:49 AM PDT

This week Tony Simoncini continued our series, Good Trouble, exploring the way of life that comes in the aftermath of Easter. We are a people of the resurrection, but what does it mean to live that reality out in our everyday? We don't have all the answers but we can guarantee it'll get us into a little trouble, and that's a good thing.

Good Trouble - Philippians 2-3
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May 12, 2019 11:41 AM PDT

This week Jonny Morrison continued our series, Good Trouble, exploring the way of life that comes in the aftermath of Easter. We are a people of the resurrection, but what does it mean to live that reality out in our everyday? We don't have all the answers but we can guarantee it'll get us into a little trouble, and that's a good thing.

Good Trouble - Acts 19
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May 05, 2019 11:06 AM PDT

This week Heather continued our series, Good Trouble, exploring the way of life that comes in the aftermath of Easter. We are a people of the resurrection, but what does it mean to live that reality out in our everyday? We don't have all the answers but we can guarantee it'll get us into a little trouble, and that's a good thing.

Good Trouble - Mathew 16:13-20
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April 28, 2019 11:49 AM PDT

This week we started a new series, Good Trouble, exploring the way of life that comes in the aftermath of Easter. We are a people of the resurrection but what does it mean to live that reality out in our everyday? We don't have all the answers but we can guarantee it'll get you into a little trouble, and that's a good thing.

Easter Service
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April 21, 2019 11:39 AM PDT

 
Holy Words - Psalm 85
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April 14, 2019 11:54 AM PDT
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Jonny finishes our series, Holy Words with Psalm 85. During this season of Lent we are exploring the Psalms of Lament. Most of us don’t have tools to worship and pray through the fullness of human life. The Psalms of Lament give us freedom and tools to live in all the complexity of human life. Like the Psalms of Lament, the season of Lent challenges our sentimentality by drawing us into the temptation, suffering, and death of Jesus––and in turn our own. And like the Psalms of Lament, the season of Lent shows that even the hard of our lives are Holy Words and that God, in Jesus, literally entered into it with us, to be present––body to body.

Holy Words - Psalm 80
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April 07, 2019 10:50 AM PDT

Heather continues our series Holy Words with Psalm 80. During this season of Lent we are exploring the Psalms of Lament. Most of us don’t have tools to worship and pray through the fullness of human life. The Psalms of Lament give us freedom and tools to live in all the complexity of human life. Like the Psalms of Lament, the season of Lent challenges our sentimentality by drawing us into the temptation, suffering, and death of Jesus––and in turn our own. And like the Psalms of Lament, the season of Lent shows that even the hard of our lives are Holy Words and that God, in Jesus, literally entered into it with us, to be present––body to body.

Holy Words - Psalm 79
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March 31, 2019 01:08 PM PDT

Heather continues our series Holy Words with Psalm 79. During this season of Lent we are exploring the Psalms of Lament. Most of us don’t have tools to worship and pray through the fullness of human life. The Psalms of Lament give us freedom and tools to live in all the complexity of human life. Like the Psalms of Lament, the season of Lent challenges our sentimentality by drawing us into the temptation, suffering, and death of Jesus––and in turn our own. And like the Psalms of Lament, the season of Lent shows that even the hard of our lives are Holy Words and that God, in Jesus, literally entered into it with us, to be present––body to body.

Holy Words - Psalm 74
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March 24, 2019 12:04 PM PDT

Jonny continues a series exploring the Psalms of Lament. Most of us don’t have tools to worship and pray through the fullness of human life. The Psalms of Lament give us freedom and tools to live in all the complexity of human life. Like the Psalms of Lament, the season of Lent challenges our sentimentality by drawing us into the temptation, suffering, and death of Jesus––and in turn our own. And like the Psalms of Lament, the season of Lent shows that even the hard of our lives are Holy Words and that God, in Jesus, literally entered into it with us, to be present––body to body.

Holy Words - Psalm 60
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March 17, 2019 12:06 PM PDT

Heather Thomas continues our series this week looking at Psalm 60, another community lament Psalm. The Psalm reveals a people holding onto both fear and faith in the midst of uncertainty and pain. We can relate to this in our own lives as situations we find ourselves in often have more questions in them than they have certainty or resolution.

As we read the Psalm of lament we realize that we are not asked to be dismissive nor defeatist in the midst of our circumstances. Lament means we don’t have to avoid, or silence pain or confusion or uncertainty. But lament is also not about being cynical or defiant, critical nor cruel or bitter. Lament is an honest and truthful expression of sorrow, grief, fear and pain. It is an honest protest that not all is right.

Lament language isn’t language that lacks faith and trust. In fact, we actually need faith and trust to use this kind of language. It requires faith because it requires a true understanding of who we are: a people who will never be separated from the love of God in Christ (Romans 8). It requires faith because is requires a trust in who God is and that he is capable and willing to relate to us at the deepest level. Rather than fearing that our faith is weak, or under false guilt that our rawness might somehow be wrong, or hiding in the shame that what we are going through is unseeable, lament gives us permission to come to him insistent that his presence be known.

Psalm 60 ends with an air of uncertainty with eyes on God. That is what is so uncomfortable about the lament Psalms since we so naturally strive to solve and fix things. Here, in the space of lament, we sit in hard places. We show before God, which takes courage and faith in our uncertain circumstances trusting his presence with us.

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