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Holy Words - Psalm 60
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.

Holy Words – Psalm 44
March 10, 2019 12:22 PM PDT
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Jonny Morrison begins a new series for the season of Lent, walking through the Psalms of Lament, entitled "Holy Words." This is going to be an interesting work for us because the American Church is not all that good at Lament. We don’t have tools to lead us into unknown and hard places. Instead of practicing Lament we tend towards:

• Easy answers – trite, cliché, or superficial explanations for our experiences.
• Quick Fixes – what we often call coping mechanism. Ways to deal and manage but not heal.
• Ignore – which is how we tend to approach pain in other people’s lives. We don’t want to make it worse, so we ignore it all together.

We do all three of these things with good intention, but untended pain doesn’t heal. That is why we need the practice of Lament instead of shortcutting around the difficult space, Lament helps us enter in. On Sunday we named 5 ways Lament is a better way of first dealing with the hard parts of life:

• Lament names pain that our quick fixes tends to hide.
• Lament gives voice to people who suffer the most
• Lament joins the body together in solidarity.
• Lament reveals to the world a different way of engaging.
• Lament leads us into the deep places of our faith where we are challenged to trust.

Lament is a practice of trust: will we trust God in the unknown? Will we trust God even when we feel abandoned by him? This is the same question being asked of Jesus during the season of Lent. Will Jesus trust all the way to and through the cross, where he, like Israel in Psalm 44, will ask, “Why have you abandoned me?” The good news of Lent is that Jesus choose to trust, and because He does, our Lament always gets to be different.

God is the Gospel - Week 5
March 03, 2019 10:35 AM PST

Pastors Jonny Morrison and Heather Thomas talk about the reality of fear and trust; about listening to who God is and then risking when we hear him. To be invited into trust, they invited Missio to rehearse the Psalms we’ve been looking at over the last few weeks. They ended on a blessing Psalm, one that helps define who we are as a people.

A major part of moving out of fear is knowing and believing who God is and listening to him. Our response, or action, which often feels like a risk, comes out of security that no matter what, God goes with us.

Goodbye Letter
February 24, 2019 11:12 AM PST

God is the Gospel - Week 4
February 18, 2019 12:06 PM PST

There is an intuition in almost all of us to hide where we have fallen short or where others have hurt us. We think it protects us and keeps us from further hurt. But followers of Jesus are asked to live a different way. We are asked to trust God with those things we keep hidden. We are asked to believe that he will be attentive to our pain and struggle and in Jesus proves he is worthy of that trust

God is the Gospel - Week 3
February 10, 2019 12:11 PM PST

Kyle Costello continues our current sermon series by teaching from Psalm 23. For some, it's difficult to ever conceive of God as interested in our daily lives. The picture many have been invited to know about God is that He is unapproachable, distant, and uncaring. Jesus shows us that picture is false. Jesus and Psalm 23 reveal that God is intimately linked with His people. It shows that He provides in the daily mundane and in the extraordinary. He may do it in ways that at first challenge our ego and our pride, but as He reveals His ways and His faithfulness, we find comfort and love.

Blueprint for Breakthroughs
February 03, 2019 10:56 AM PST

Elder Mark Parrett explores what God is doing at Missio through a pair of interviews.

The (Not So Easy) Art of Transformation
January 27, 2019 12:07 PM PST

Ministry resident Nate Ray teaches on Romans 12 and invites us to look at the call to become a living sacrifice with fresh eyes.

God is the Gospel - Week 2
January 21, 2019 11:15 AM PST

Before the sermon, and included in this podcast, the elders and pastors of Missio share a major announcement for the Missio Dei Community: Kyle and Joy Costello have taken a position with a church in California and will be moving at the end of February. Their final Sunday will be February 24.

Following the announcement, Kyle continues our new sermon series, God is the Gospel, and shares how these are his prayers for Missio Dei, and have been prayers for himself. He shares from Psalm 121, tells the story of God speaking clearly to him and his family, and also invites us to consider how God may be speaking to us.

God is the Gospel - Week 1
January 13, 2019 12:06 PM PST

Kyle Costello begins our "God is the Gospel" sermon series by sharing from Psalm 1.

Depending on your personality you can look at the new year in a whole variety of ways. Maybe the new year excites you as you ponder possibilities? Maybe it overwhelms you? Or maybe you don’t even care? Regardless of your thoughts on the new year, God is always calling us into new and deeper ways of knowing Him. In the beginning of a book in the Bible called the Psalms, God does just that. God asks us to not just read about Him in the Bible, but to meditate on Him and then to even delight in Him. How does this happen? Why is this a good thing? As we kick off our new series this week, God is the Gospel, we will dig into the reality the the best news is that our God is so worth delighting in.

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