Teacher: Bill Dogterom

  • Joy-Full Capacity for Life!

    Joy-Full Capacity for Life!

    February 16, 2020  — 

    As we conclude our journey through Philippians, the Apostle Paul concludes with a few final pointers on how to fill up with joy so that we will have capacity for our lives as they happen. Joy enables us to partner with Christ with capacity to do the full range of life – from a center of contentment.

    Scripture: Philippians 4:8-13
  • Joy-Fueled Lights in the World

    Joy-Fueled Lights in the World

    January 19, 2020  — 

    Joy is very different from putting on a happy face, or trying to make the best of a bad situation. It is a strategy of the Kingdom of God to signal to a world wandering in the dark that they are not alone – that there is hope. So, it is vital for the people of God to train – hard – for the work of Rejoicing! Its game time!

    Scripture: Philippians 2:12-18
  • A Season of Advent: Joy

    A Season of Advent: Joy

    December 15, 2019  — 

    The third stop on the Advent Journey celebrates the wonder of Joy – the capacity for life as it is, on the way to Life as it will be. Joy is, unlike happiness, is not reflective of the circumstance – in fact, joy reframes our attitude towards the circumstances, allowing us to sit deeply with pain and loss without losing our way. And, as it turns out – Joy has a first Name, born in Bethlehem!

    Scripture: Isaiah 35:1-10
  • A Season of Advent: Peace

    A Season of Advent: Peace

    December 1, 2019  — 

    Advent marks the beginning of the church calendar year with a deliberate slowing – a pause in preparation for Him for Whom we wait. The prophet Isaiah’s fantastic visions of a world redeemed give us hope for peace – shalom – in a time of tension and conflict. And call us to join, even now, in preparing Him room.

    Scripture: Isaiah 2:2–5
  • Mark: Drop Everything; In Place Greatness

    Mark: Drop Everything; In Place Greatness

    November 3, 2019  — 

    Following Jesus in order to be with and learn from him will bring us into tension with the ways we have been trained to think – especially about power and position. Jesus, who clearly has all the power necessary to force outcomes, uses his power to serve and not for his own advantage. He invites us to re-consider that greatness might begin right where we are – marked by serving.

    Scripture: Mark 10:35-45
  • Mark: Drop Everything; Empty Hands, Open Hands

    Mark: Drop Everything; Empty Hands, Open Hands

    October 27, 2019  — 

    As we step into following Jesus, we discover the “drop everything” is an ongoing process of releasing everything that gets in the way of our becoming like Him. Love needs a place to land – but if our hands – our lives – are too full, we will walk away from love sad. Jesus invites us to Life – not as an add on to what we already have, but of an entirely different kind that relativizes everything else we think of as life.

    Scripture: Mark 10:13-23
  • Mark: Drop Everything; Apprentices of Jesus

    Mark: Drop Everything; Apprentices of Jesus

    October 6, 2019  — 

    When Jesus calls us to follow Him – He is serious! He invites us into an apprenticeship where we first watch what He does – so that we can learn how to do it ourselves. As it turns out, the apprenticeship includes both learning to do, and to not do… and will cost us all the ways we have learned to manage our lives apart from Him.

    Scripture: Mark 1:21-45
  • Mark: Drop Everything; Be With Jesus – Do What Jesus Did

    Mark: Drop Everything; Be With Jesus – Do What Jesus Did

    September 15, 2019  — 

    When Jesus calls us to follow Him, it is a call first to be with Him – to learn life from Him – so that we can join Him in his mission – bringing the Good News of God’s Kingdom come, and pushing back the darkness!

    Scripture: Mark 3:13-19
  • Mark: Drop Everything; Follow Jesus

    Mark: Drop Everything; Follow Jesus

    September 8, 2019  — 

     Jesus comes and proclaims the availability of the Kingdom of God – and there is only one possible response – to repent, to reorder life in the light of the reality of the Kingdom. Mark models this in the invitation that came to four fishermen – and which comes to us – to leave the life you have built for yourself, and learn the new life of the Kingdom from Jesus.

    Scripture: Mark 1:14-20
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