Pastor Chris Seay continues our series of conversations on love; exploring love as the antithesis and antidote for fear. When we truly receive God’s love and embrace in faith that the saving work of Christ has liberated us from shame and condemnation, our hearts and lives open up to love vulnerably, boldly, and courageously.
Pastor Jim Doremus leads us to consider the willingness of Jesus to cross barriers to love people for who they are. In order to do this well, we should consider taking time to pray, place others first, and be committed to listen well. How might God be inviting you to take a risk to love someone for the sake of the gospel?
Pastor Sean Palmer continues our series that will unfold in the coming weeks as we consider our call to greater love, directed by the love we first receive from God. In a world that views many Christians as a core part of the problem, in a culture shaped by “me first”, the only solution is the tireless commitment to love first; even and especially when it’s not easy.
Ericka Graham invites us into a conversation on the rhythms of God’s expansive love. Our compassionate and loving God knows us, empathizes with us, and chooses to include us. In our most challenging moments, God lowers himself to join us. How can we choose empathy this week to fuel connection with a loved one?
As we prepare to enter into a new year, Pastor Wayne Brown invites us to remember that we can bring our authentic self before God and that he can forgive us and make us whole again.
God speaks to us saying, “I love you, I set you free.” As we reflect on the ups and downs of this year, what rhythms will help us grow closer to God?
On this final Sunday of Advent, Pastor Chris Seay teaches from the first epistle of John, and our call to live with a pattern of gracious love for all; evidenced by way we care for those in need. Whether in Argentina, Zambia, or here in our own city, and everywhere in between, we are to be the hands and feet of our Savior; the active presence of a love that has no boundaries. If you’re accessing this via our iTunes podcast feed, please view the full video portion at ecclesiahouston.org/liturgy
During this final week of Advent, we invite you to join us in a rhythm of pause and reflection as we continue to consider our call to be radically changed by the arrival of Jesus into the world. Join us as we reflect on what it means to love all; to widen our tables to reflect the expansive love of God and the incarnate example of our Savior. We pray that this collection of music, prayer, and meditation will be a blessing and encouragement to you this week.
Pastor Wayne Brown leads us in our continued journey through Advent as we anticipate the coming of Jesus. As we consider what it means to give more in this season, we are invited to remember that the best gift we can give is to show up and be present. When was the last time you were physically present, but your mind and soul were not?