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Who Are You Following?

According to Dictionary.com, the term “pure” refers to being untainted by evil, innocent, and ceremonially clean. It also means being free from guilt. While Jesus Christ is the only person known to be pure, as followers of Christ, what does it mean for us to strive for purity? How does it reflect in our daily lives? SCRIPTURE: 1 John 3:1-7 (NLT) 3 See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we…

Be Honest

We have just celebrated the resurrection, but what comes next? It’s time for us to take a step back and truly understand what it means to follow Christ. We need to take the time to learn what it means that God is love and to reflect on ourselves. SCRIPTURE: 1 John 1:1-2:2 1 We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning,[a] whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our…

Go and Tell It

“He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!” After Jesus was crucified, many people thought this was the end, but his resurrection proved that death couldn’t hold him down. We all know that Jesus has risen, but how can we experience the hope, power, and new life that his resurrection brings? In the base camp of our church community, near and far, we will wrap up our time in the Gospel of Mark. We will explore spiritual practices, keep the gift…

You Matter

“Holy Week,” aka “Passion Week,” is upon us! We come into this week shouting, “Hosanna, blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!”. The shouts of Hosanna go to “Crucify Him” and then to “He is Risen!” As we enter this Holy Week, we hear the story of a woman who took her alabaster box and anointed Jesus’ body.  What can we take from her story as we go into this week? SCRIPTURE: Mark 14:3-9 (NLT)…

Get Ready

In Mark 13, Jesus explained to the disciples the signs of the end of time and the destruction of the temple. From the Left Behind series to movies about the apocalypse, people have been wondering when the end times will happen. How does this connect to Lent? What can we learn from this passage? In the base camp of our church community, near and far, we will continue our series on the Gospel of Mark. We will explore spiritual practices,…

Love Talk

The greatest commandments are to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Let us be honest: This is easier said than done. Jesus is calling you and me to embody and live out what it means to be a beloved community, but how can we make this a reality, given this country’s history? Due to the history of harm that has been done? In the base camp of…

The Verdict Is In: Finding Grace in Accountability

Jesus is renowned for his use of parables, one of which involves a vineyard owner sending servants to collect profits, only to have them mistreated. Eventually, the owner sends his son, hoping for respect, but the workers treat him similarly. What lessons can we draw from this parable and others like it? How does it relate to our lives? In the base camp of our church community, near and far, we will continue our series diving into the Gospel of…

Speak Up!

As we continue in the season of Lent, we find ourselves in Mark with Bartimaeus. He was a blind beggar sitting in the roadside doing his normal routine, but one day, Jesus was near. Once he heard that, he yelled from the top of his lungs for Jesus to have mercy on him. Jesus met and told him how it was his faith that made him well and gave him back his sight. I wonder, what does it look like…

Mark 10:17-31

Here we are, in the season of Lent and we find ourselves in Mark with Jesus telling the young rich ruler to sell all he has to follow him. Jesus makes the statement “ It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” What does Jesus mean by this?  In the base camp of our church community, near and far, we will continue…

Change Me

Jesus transfiguring in front of his disciples as they see Him in his full glory amazes me still to this day. We hear about the transfiguration but how can we truly let it amaze us and transform our lives today? In the base camp of our church community, near and far, we will continue our series diving into the Gospel of Mark. We will celebrate Transfiguration Sunday. We will explore spiritual practices; we will keep the gift of Sabbath, learn…