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Lent 2018

Before the people of God were ushered into the Promised Land, they spent forty years wandering in the wilderness. For Israel, it was a necessary season to purge them of their stubborn insistence on returning to their predictable past, and a season to train them to trust in the God who had liberated them from oppression. So many centuries later, we still wander, we still are anxious about an uncertain future, and we still struggle to trust in God. This Lent, we come to terms with our wandering and we fix our eyes upon the one who has made a path through the wilderness.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Wanderers (Part 1)

The people of Israel waited generations, watched the mighty hand of God bring about their deliverance, and stood on the brink of enjoying the fulfillment of God's promise to them. And they decided the risk of entering the Promised Land was too great, and that going back to Egypt was a better plan. Their punishment for their lack of trust was to wander in the wilderness for 40 years. Lent is a time for us to acknowledge our own wandering spirits and to let the faithless parts of us perish in the wilderness.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Wanderers (Part 2)

Even though God punishes Israel's unfaithfulness by sending them into the wilderness to wander, God does not allow them to wander alone. God's presence goes wherever the people go. God goes wherever we go.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Wanderers (Part 3)

As Israel wanders in the wilderness, God provides food and water. In our modern-day wandering, God provides us with the sustenance that we need for every step of our journey.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Wanderers (Part 4)

The Holy Spirit leads Jesus into the wilderness to be tested. God also uses our own wilderness wanderings to test us, to help us hold fast to our confession, and to lead us into more faithful living.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Wanderers (Part 5)

One of the easiest things to lose in the wilderness is our identity—to forget who we are. Our identity is not rooted first of all in our own uniqueness, but in the fact that we are created in God's image—God has called us by name, and we belong to God.

Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018

Wanderers (Part 6)

Wandering in the wilderness can strip us of our sense of purpose in life. Finding our way out of the wilderness means finding our own purpose in the bigger, better purposes of God.

Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018

Wanderers (Part 7)

The tomb is empty. The women who discover this news flee in terror. Now the way is open, the trail out of the wilderness has been blazed, death has been defeated. But will we walk that path? Will we follow the trailblazer?