Relationships, Spiritual Practices

Community

“Christian community exists when believers connect with each other in authentic and loving ways that encourage growth in Christ. They engage in transparent relationships that cultivate, celebrate and make evident Christ’s love for all the world.” – Adele Calhoun (Spiritual Disciplines Handbook) Here are some suggestions for practicing community this week: Plan to host a… Read More Community

Spiritual Practices

Sabbath

“In our own contemporary context of the rat race of anxiety, the celebration of Sabbath is an act of both resistance and alternative. It is resistance because it is a visible insistence that our lives are not defined by the production and consumption of commodity goods.” – Walter Brueggemann (Sabbath as Resistance) Sabbath is about… Read More Sabbath

Spiritual Practices

Fasting

Fasting is essentially giving something up for a period of time to create space for God. Fasting typically involves abstaining from food, but you could also practice fasting from other things that crowd out your time with God and awareness of his presence. TV/Netflix Social media Shopping Video games As with any spiritual disciplines, start… Read More Fasting

Spiritual Practices

Worship

Worship is about an encounter with God – our spirit communing with God’s spirit. It involves a choice, a decision to enter into the presence of God. Throughout the Bible (particularly in the Psalms), we see that encountering God in worship encompasses the whole person – our minds, our emotions, and our bodies.  As we… Read More Worship

Bible+Theology

The Story of Judah

In our final message of This is Us, Pastor Charles Yu shares about the story of Judah. In his sermon, Charles fast-forwards through Genesis 38, which is a chapter about Judah’s transformation. Genesis 38 is not easy to understand. There are some R-rated portions. There are multiple deaths, prostitution and some social practices that’s just… Read More The Story of Judah