“If you are too busy to pray… you are probably just too busy!” Listen into this conversation on listening to God.
Life is beautiful, yes, but it's also hard. You can't ignore that fact for very long and stay anywhere near emotionally healthy. But what do we do? What do we do with the questions, the frustrations, the guilt, the disappointment, and the incredibly joyful moments we experience? How do we navigate life together as God's people in God's world when it seems like things are broken. Not only things around us, but also things deep inside us.
We don't have all the answers, but we've seen the Psalms have some of the best guides possible for navigating life according to the gospel. These lyrics served as the songbook of God's people for generations and continue to resound with good news today. They highlight the mighty works of of God, but don't shy from the questions of our souls. They range from anthems of victory to emo-like anguish poems. They should not be overlooked, so we stop here each year to spend some time in these chapters.
Psalms 40, 63, and 131 are passages that wrestle with real questions for real life. They orient our hearts in worship while still allowing us to feel. Over the next three weeks we will dive into various psalms and linger in the presence of Jesus together there.
We hope to see you soon.
Missio Dei Mesa
Everybody experiences temptation. No matter how spiritual you are or how long you’ve followed Christ, you have been tempted. Sometimes this experience seems like a faint whisper, and other times it’s an unbearable shout in your mind.Regardless of how it sounds, you know just what temptation feels like.
Let is a double journey- a journey together (and alone) toward the mystery of God's redemptive embrace in the death and resurrection of Christ. At the same time it is a journey into the depths of our humanity. - Don E. Sailers
Each Lent we are asked to embrace a spiritual gravity, a downward movement of soul, a turning from our self-sufficiency and sinfulness. It is in this quiet turning that we are humbled and made ready to receive from God a fresh and joyous grace. -Bobby Gross
If you ask 3 people their thoughts on the “crisis at the border,” you are likely to get 4 different emotionally charged opinions. In this moment, the elders of Missio Dei would like to remind our Missio family of our allegiance to King Jesus and citizenship in His Kingdom. We want to say, the gospel is by nature political as it reaches into every dimension of creation; but it is not partisan. Our goal is not to divide but to unify our churches as a family of missionary servants who remember what story we are a part of and encourage each of us to faithfully take up our role in the missio Dei. Therefore, the question we want to wrestle with is: How does the True Story shape our understanding and consideration of the immigrant, asylum seeker, and refugee?