Read Any Good Books Lately?

Read Any Good Books Lately?

Today the Old Testament reading on the reading guide was the book of Joel – 3 chapters in total. It’s a pretty amazing piece of prophecy with heart-wrenching picture of the consequences coming to a people who have rebelled against God, and it is also a magnificent picture of God’s flamboyant grace, poured out over this same people.
 
I found myself wondering what it must be like for someone of Abrahamic /Jewish descent to read a book like Joel. Really, reading the Bible must be, for them, a lot like reading a book of your family history. How much wonder and joy  and laughter there must be for those who read it with a hunger and curiosity to know their past, and how much horror and sorrow, fear and anguish also.
 
The book of Joel carries us along through the worst, through to the best…where God’s Grace is on display for the guilty and rebellious Jewish nation. He never gave up on them. Through all the drama, God forgave and forgave and then offered the ultimate forgiveness through wiping out their “blood guilt” through His own blood, shed out of love for them and ultimately us. 

We get to read their story and see God in how He related to them, knowing this is how He relates to us also; what a privilege!
 
What landed on me today is that this same thing is happening in the story of my family. God is in our story showing us His magnificent grace and  hopefully we will live in a way so that other people get to "read" our story. I look at all our storylines, as far back and as current as I can and there He is. He is in the wonderful and joyous storylines and He is in our disasters – the horrible, broken and shameful ones. Our stories get to tell His story -- I pray that it will tell well the story of God's flamboyant grace. 

Flamboyant, by the way, is one word full of other words to try to capture the meaning of grace because God's grace is exuberant, confident, lively and active, vibrant, elaborate, lavish, bright with light, joyous, and causes a universe-sized celebration when one receives it and lives within it.
 
God is telling a story of grace through my life, our family's life, and He is telling one through yours. Are you reading it?
 

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Teresa Klassen

P.S. Want to download a reading guide? You can find it here>>

 

What's Your Flag?

Small Groups are a place to "know and be known" and this past week our group took that to a new level. We all took something called "The Flag Test" and after a great Barbecue, we sat in a circle and shared about ourselves. This test is quite unique in that it recognizes that the way we relate to the world is unique based on our own individual wiring and motivations. Once completed, there are half-a-dozen ways to talk about the results and each conversation reveals something interesting about how we think, act, relate, and are motivated to do what we do. It is all positive -- it isn't designed to show one's weaknesses, just to look at who you are and what's right about us.

What an amazing evening we had, giving each person time to talk about themselves. We affirmed, we laughed, we asked questions, we compared...and we all walked away with a much, much deeper understanding of what made each of our small group friends tick. It was so RICH! We are still all talking about it! 

The Bible says we are "wonderfully" made and this evening was dedicated to celebrate God's unique design for each of us.

If you are not in a small group, I strongly encourage you to enter into community in this way and be in a place where you will be known and noticed, encouraged and spurred on in your faith!  

For more details on how to get involved: Get Connected Here>>

Series Description

When we stop and look at the world around us it is not hard to see that God’s ways and the ways of the culture are very different. So, as Christians, if making disciples is our mandate, why do we find this difficult to engage in? Could it be because some of us are afraid to? Maybe some of us are just apathetic; while others may lack confidence. My hope and my prayer is that we would push through these obstacles and become workers in the harvest. Join us for 10:02.

About The Artwork
The abstract looking graphic is meant to appear like a charged sky, jagged clouds all lit with a bright orange setting sun and heavy, rolling clouds carrying a storm. It is a great contrast of forces colliding immersing the “10:02” letters right into it. This fight is what we’re called to be right in the middle of, embracing the weather as we march out into the wind carrying the message of the Gospel.

10:02 Art of Neighbouring – What’s Their Name?

August 12, 2018

When we try to love everyone, we often end up loving no one. If we are not careful we can end up having metaphorical love for our metaphorical neighbours, and the end result is that we actually do nothing. Have we become inoculated to The Great Commandment?


10:02 Nahum: Comfort in the Judge

August 5, 2018

We often focus on the attributes of God we are most comfortable with: Love, Grace, Mercy. But what happens when we take a look at Judgement, Vengeance, Wrath? Will we find comfort there?


10:02 Comfort or Christian

July 29, 2018

Jonah 4

We will see that a pouting Jonah is more concerned about his plant that just died then a whole city of people that do not know God – God says, Should I not be concerned about that great city?”  Jonah, life is not about your comfort.


10:02 Be Available

July 22, 2018

Jonah 3

We will see that just as God gave Jonah a second chance and gave Nineveh a second chance, God is willing to give us a second chance as well.


10:02 Repentance Prayer

July 15, 2018

Jonah 2

We will see that Jonah can do nothing to get out of the fish because “Salvation comes from the Lord.”  That’s where salvation comes from.  It’s from God.  It’s not from you.  It’s not from your works.  It’s not from doing good things or not doing bad things.


10:02 Listening To God

July 8, 2018

Jonah 1

We will see that when God speaks to you, you have a choice: obey or disobey. When God speaks to you, you can always find a ship sailing the wrong direction.  If you do not obey, He may send a storm to grab your attention.


Stories from Malawi

On Tuesday Vili & Judy Batisarisari shared about their life and ministry in Malawi with Mike & Teresa's small group. Small groups are where you can come close to a great story like this and be inspired by something bigger. Find out more about Small Groups here.

They are connected with an awesome organization called YWAM.  YWAM does some pretty cool work in so many countries and in so many ways. If you haven't heard of them, definitely check them out here and read about their ministry!

Gospel of LUKE // 22-24

Series Description

The Gospel of Luke is a sweeping story of the life of Jesus.  In it, we will encounter who Jesus was, what He did, and why He did it.  How can one man from history change your life?  Dive in to find out...


Gospel of LUKE: Final Words

June 24, 2018

Luke 24:36-53

Today is the final word that Jesus gives to his followers. I can not imagine how amazing it would have been to have been there to hear them! And yet, we have a recording of that very special day – thanks to Luke.


Gospel of LUKE: Road to Emmaus

June 17, 2018

Luke 24:13-35

Do you ever wonder what people would say at your funeral? Today we see that Jesus is able to do just that. He has a great conversation with two men that think he is dead. We can learn a lot from this story.


Gospel of LUKE: Burial and Resurrection

June 10, 2018

Luke 23:50-24:12

Have you ever thought about what is central to Christianity? If you were to peal everything else away and just have one core thing, what do you think it would be? This is what we are going to be looking at.


Gospel of LUKE: Trial and Crucifixion

June 3, 2018

Luke 23:1-49

The trial of Jesus will show us that the court was fixed – Jesus being completely innocent was even still found guilty and crucified. How could this be and what does this mean for you? This is the most important question you will ever need to answer.


Gospel of LUKE: Judas Kiss

May 27, 2018

Luke 22:47-53

Sometimes we live our lives not being honest about who we really are. Being a fake, especially with our faith, is such an unfulfilling way to live. Sadly, we will learn this lesson from Judas Iscariot. Life is too short to not be honest with Jesus.


Gospel of LUKE: PRAYER

May 20, 2018

Luke 22: 39-46

Have you got any questions about prayer? How does it work? What is it for? Who do we pray to? What about when we pray and nothing happens? Yes, we all have questionS, but today we will see Jesus pray and what we will see will hopefully answer some of your questions.


Gospel of LUKE: The BIBLE

May 13, 2018

Luke 22:35-38

While the Bible is the best selling book of all time, it has become, to many today, irrelevant and a dust collector as it sits on the shelf unopened. But Jesus didn’t see the Bible that way – so today we will see, hopefully with fresh eyes, how amazing the Bible is and how personal it can become!


Gospel of LUKE: Peter

May 6, 2018

Luke 22:31-34, 54-62