Jesus' last words, "It is finished," is a gospel call to reject violence and domination and instead welcome community, connection, and service.
A chalk drawing of the earth with stick figure people holding hands around the perimeter. This reminds me of how grace can unite us.
Peter is called to extend grace to people far beyond what he has ever imagined. The Spirit is always trying to get the Church to catch up to the speed of grace.
The labyrinth is a fitting symbol for the faith and doubt journey.
How can a church grow in connection and solidarity? Churches can create a profound impact by allowing people the freedom to hold both faith and doubt openly.
Like a skilled artisan, God can help us weave a beautiful life by thoughtfully living with others.
The Bible offers us deep wisdom about how to live a beautiful life. There are three phrases we can embrace that will help us weave a God-honoring life.
Pride often leads to a distored view of self
While pride is a destructive force that can lead to internal and external strife, when healthy it can ground us in our ethics and faith. 
Like a bloom, the peace of Christ allows faith to blossom amid flaws and failures.
Our flaws, failures, and fears do not define us! Jesus comes to us and speaks peace to our ailing hearts and builds our faith.
Teach me that I am indebted to grace and allow that grace to help me understand how I can give grace and forgiveness to others.  
Peter gets rebuked by Jesus for disagreeing with how Jesus will choose to act! God provides minimum protection and maximum support in this ever-changing world. Peter doesn't wants a fixed faith, but Christ wants him to be fixed by faith.
Upon this rock I will build my church, says Christ! Those words give us confidence in our calling as we bear witness to our faith in a world that is often unpredictable and hostile. The gospel will prevail.
The storm rages and Peter asks to walk with Christ on the water while the disciples remain in the boat. What does faith look like in the storms of life?
Peter became an important part of the Church, but he started off as a stranger, just like me and you. In this article, I wonder what it looks like to own our faith and to grow beyond our own set limits.
Like Jonah, we think God's love is confined to people like us. God, however, extends the circle to include and asks us to do the same.
Family praying together around table
As you enter this new year, maybe you wonder, "How do I live my faith more consistently?" The New Testament writer has simple, helpful advice for us.
The disciples are unnerved by Jesus' announcement of his upcoming departure, yet Jesus trusts God's ability to work through them! Can we be so bold to trust God to work through us when we feel so underequipped?
A bookshelf made in the shape of a tree.
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