In this third part of #Christmas, The Untold Story, Martial looks at the Gospel of Matthew chapter 2 and the flight to Egypt. The first three or four years of the life of Jesus is not unlike our own journey of faith. It is messy, fully of danger and tragedy. But how do we deal with our disappointments when what we thought should happen simply doesn’t come to pass? Has the train gone off the tracks? how God abandoned us? The answer is so much greater than that.
Martial continues his series #Christmas, The Untold Story with unpacking the christmas message of God with us, but do we really know what it means? The message is a scandal. The God who created everything would now be limited to the care of a unwed teenage girl from Nazareth is the greatest display of God’s love and Glory. This is still what God does best in us.
We all know the Christmas Story. Its sweet, cute, warm, and has become almost inoffensive. But, for the first-century readers, Christ's origin story is scandalous, offensive and challenging. This is the first part of our series on Christmas focused on what was really going on when Matthew wrote his Gospel. It is literary genius at work and if you search a little bit, the revelations are shocking for those who heard it first. But what does it say to us? Join us on this incredible adventure.
What can a falling Christmas tree, failed attempts at getting a teaching ready, and men in the furnace, tell us about prayer? Joshua took some time to share with us his own pressure at performing in his prayer life. The question is what do you do when God doesn't answer your prayers? do you quit? Do you give up?
Doubt is something we all encounter on our Faith journey. The good thing is many Psalms give voice and language to our doubts and at the same time give us a structure on how to recover from such seasons. Is Doubt a bad thing? What do we have to do when all our held-beliefs do not match our current life experience? In #dialogue Teach us How to Pray, we continue to explore the tremendous blessing that are the Psalms for our prayer life. This episode focuses on the way Jesus prayed the Psalms in the more troubled time and how you can do the same.
Hannah was thought to be drunk as she was wide open in prayer. She had lost her own dignity while her honesty in prayer caused people to wonder about her. What can we learn from her? Melissa takes us on a journey to explore how honest we can be in prayer. Is God concerned with the things that we care about?
We all have our own personal way to pray. This is our liturgy. It is the way we have always prayed and most likely will continue to pray the same way. But what if we could expand our language of prayer? The Psalms are like a trellis, they give us a framework to pray through our emotions rather than stuff them or let them take the driver's seat. But how can we engage in this new formative language that are offered in the Psalms? Martial continues on our series #Dialogue, teach us how to pray, with a look at incorporating Psalms to steady our hearts in times of fear.
As disciples of Jesus, we are called to live a life of prayer. But what does it look like when our prayer life is influenced by the pressure of our western culture? Is it okay to pray for a parking spot closer to the shopping center? Or for the red light to turn green? What about the needs we have, will God take care of them if we don't pray? In part 4 of our series #Dialogue, Martial brings us back to the purpose of prayer. Our position to pray begins in the revelation of being a family first. He is our Father and He knows our needs. Our prayer life starts with a total abandonment in the heart of the Father. From this orientation, prayer become what changes the world.
Coming together at the Table of the Lord isn't just a nice idea; it is life changing. It was at the table that Jesus would bring sinners to encounter His love. It was at the table that Peter was restored. But what does it mean today? The centrality of the table is what God is about right now, bringing together divers people of different background and beliefs to connect them back to a community. This message was not planned but Martial felt the need to expand on the invitation that Jesus sets for us all as an example of building life together.
Have you ever seen a mountain move? Is prayer that powerful to move it? In this next episode of our Series #Dialogue, Martial continues to explore the basics of prayer from a the perspective of an apprentice of Jesus. All of us are surrounded by circumstances we cannot control, so how should we pray when we lose our jobs, face tragedy or have a terrible breakup? Give it a listen and be encouraged that in the midsts of circumstances there is something beautiful happening. Are you ready to move your mountain?
Jesus was so brilliant that He built within His prayer the essence of His message. His intention is for us to pray the Lord's prayer daily multiple times so that we are influenced and reminded of the importance of the Kingdom. But what does it mean to ask for bread? Why do we ask Jesus to not lead us into temptation? Is God setting up traps for us to fall? #Dialogue
Martial continues to delve into the Lord's Prayer. It is so much more than a simple reciting of noble sayings. It is loaded with power to change us. Prayer isn't so much about requesting things from the Lord, it is the very essence of formation. It gives access to the Lord to come inside our deepest fear and false concepts to change us from within. SO how do we enter into this formative time of prayer? Part 2 goes into more details and practical ways to understand prayer. #Dialogue
We are starting a new Series called #Dialogue. The art of communication with an invisible God creates some challenges since most of our human interaction is based on both verbal and non verbal queues. So what happens when we want to communicate with God? Prayer was designed so that we would enjoy the Father's presence as we learn to dialogue with Him through prayer. But was is prayer? In this series we explore the different types of prayers and what prayer really is about beginning with the Lord's prayer. This is part 1
We begin our new season with the topic of creativity. What does it me to creative and why is it important. Stephen Roach of Songs of Water spent the morning with us talking about God's creative heart and what it means to us today.
For the woman caught in adultery, the outcome looked pretty grim, there is no way out of the capital punishment, especially when you are brought half naked in front of Jesus. The law, as it does so well, exposes her for everyone to see how terribly wrong she is. But this is without counting on Jesus who once again brings dignity to a situation seemingly hopeless. The Pharisees thought by testing Him they would finally discredit Him, yet they left pierced by the beauty of the Gospel. In this episode of "Encounters", Martial speaks about the scandalous love that continues to restore a woman who should have been put to death.
What do you do when your concept of community is being challenged by Jesus? Most of us, like the Pharisees, would reject it, especially when our culture has molded our ways. We function under a bounded set community where rules and static attributes become the determining factor telling us if we are in or out of the community. Jesus is changing the rules with something so radical that it would eventually lead Him to the cross. This scandalous community is the kingdom of God. Are you in?
John the apostle illuminates the story of creation but this time from the perspective of Jesus, as Mary Magdalene meets Him after the resurrection. New creation is finally here and Jesus has the last word on our rebellion. But what does it mean for all the disciples who left Him and all those who gave up of faith? Will jesus rebuke them and force them to toe the line or will He gently reveal Himself to them and let them see Him for who He is?
Life starts in a garden and this is exactly where you will find the Gardener. Mary was looking for Jesus in the tomb but instead she found Him tending the Garden. It wasn't a case of mistaken identity, it was a prophetic sign that from now on Jesus would be cultivating new life in all of us who believe. This is the message of Easter, a God who is willing to get His hands in the humus of humanity and bring forth new life in our wasted land. This podcast includes Thom Avison sharing about his own resurrection from religious bondage.
When we start looking closely at the genealogy of Jesus, we notice that they are some less than worthy characters in His family. Along Abraham and the patriarchs, we find prostitutes, Gentiles, adulterers, idolaters, murderers and so forth. But what does that mean for you and me? How does our family tree affect our own lives and our identity? On this Palm Sunday, Martial explores the importance of being included in God's story. What does it mean for us?
Have you ever heard a voice on the radio and formed a picture in you mind imagining the person speaking only to find out they don't look at all what you imagined. Expectations have the same effect in us. They are like painters working on an image inside of us but would be far from the reality. If we stay attached to the image in our mind rather than reality, we run the risk of being offended. Jesus was, for the religious elites, an offense simply because the expectation they had painted inside was not even close to the revelation of the Image of God found in Jesus. Matt Peterson does a fantastic job at helping us navigate through our expectations without being offended. Enjoy!!!
When it comes to courage, once again the women in the Gospel are the highlight. At the end of His life, Jesus finds Himself deserted by the male disciples who for fear of being caught walked away from Jesus. Even after His body is laid to the tomb, none of the disciples dared to venture out. But Mary Magdalene isn't afraid of the consequence, and rushed to the tomb to prepare Jesus for a proper burial. It is there that she meets the Lord in a whole new way. In this episode of "Encounters" Melissa brings us a word about the need for grit in our lives and courage to face our greatest fear.
While Jesus was on a ministry trip far away from Bethany, He received a distressed message informing Him to come back because His friend whom He loved was dying. Instead of hurrying back to His friends' house, Jesus stayed two more days where He was instead of going where He was needed, to help the people He supposedly loved. This passage has always stumped mean people. Was Jesus callous about the plight of His friends? In this episode of Encounters, Martial Ferigo tackles what is really going on in this story, and the answer might surprise you.
When Jesus gets invited to spend dinner time with a family from Bethany there is always something to be learned.. This episode of our series Encounters focuses on two sisters named Martha and Mary. What can we learn from them? Is Jesus really elevating idle worship above dedicated work? The lesson might surprise you.
We continue our series "Encounters" with the story of a woman dealing with an issue of blood for 12 years. Her only hope is to touch Jesus and if she can touch His garment would be enough to heal her. However, to separate the encounter from the context would be missing the intention of story. It is while Jesus is on his way to heal Jairus' daughter who was 12 years old that the encounter takes place. Both stories are intrinsically connected as they both reveal our need for God whether you have been struggling with a long time struggle or you have followed the precepts of the law. How does Jesus heal both and what is revealed though this is powerful.
Do you see the Woman? This is the question Jesus asked Simon the pharisee at a dinner party. It is the question that we all need to ask ourselves in our perception of others. What religion does is strained our eyes on failures and shortcomings. There is a risk when we fail to see people the way Jesus sees them. In this part two of the Alabaster box, Martial breaks down the pitfalls of seeing differently than Jesus and how to overcome them.