We pray the Lord's Prayer every week but what are we actually saying? If we look closely enough, we see this isn't just any other prayer but one of the most important, revolutionary, and even challenging, things we can do.
The parable of the rich fool just may be one of the most challenging teachings Jesus ever gave because it reminds us of a really tough truth: you can’t buy or have your way into a meaningful existence. This week we explore how not to find the life we're looking for and hear some mantras to point us in the right direction.
Many of us learned it as children. We memorized and routinely recite it. Yet our familiarity with the prayer Jesus taught us to pray might blind us to its underlying and revolutionary message. If we really listen to what we are saying in the Lord's Prayer, we will no longer be able to merely "recite" it.
We all like the parable of the Good Samaritan, but what if we shouldn't? Turns out, the parable offers us some really really tough truths and wisdom. In this podcast, we rehear the parable and discover three scandalous things it offers us: the importance of drawing near, repaving roads, and finding God in things we don't like.
What does that ancient story about a guy named Naaman say to us today? A lot. It offers us wisdom on the importance of humility, on letting compassion guide us, and on why God is sometimes silent.
(You can read the sermon on Rev. Nick’s blog post: https://www.nickacoates.com/blog/3-things-about-naaman)
Ever wonder why spirituality is important? One reason is because it reveals how so many of the truths we tell ourselves about what we're worth & what we're capable of are just straight up lies. This week we hear 3 common lies we've all been told and 3 truths to counter them.
As we head into the season of Pentecost, we explore how being spiritual means being a seeker of wisdom.
What do we do with those painful parts of our stories we don't want to be reminded of? As much as we want to find healing by leaving them behind, Jesus offers another way forward: we have to take it with us.
This week Rev. Nick unpacks a super rad Jesus story and talks about crossing lakes, naming our demons, and being who we are where we are.
sometimes '$@#!' is the best prayer we can give
What does it mean to live life in Jesus’ name?
We mustn’t hold on to the pre-resurrection Jesus.
Palm Sunday is more than the account of a parade of well-intentioned people.
Living love is difficult. What happens if we get it wrong?
How do we see the world from God’s point of view?
Why do we spend so much time, effort and resources to reach goals that do not satisfy us?
What does it mean to stand firmly in this moment, now, as followers of Jesus?
What can we hold on to in our lives?
Jesus of mountaintop glory, I long to ascend with you, to behold your heavenly splendour. Yet my life seems locked in a deep valley shrouded by shadows and endless neediness. And so I pray that even here, especially here, you will make my life a window for your glory to shine through And a mirror reflecting your great love to all I meet.