Who inherits the earth? Is it the powerful, the intelligent, the beautiful? Jesus comes to begin something never seen before, something that doesn't agree with the systems of the world. For Him, those positioned to inherit the earth are not what you would expect. In this new episode of our series #NewGenesis, Martial examines how starting from a place of acceptance and blessedness changes everything. Are you ready?
If Jesus was to walk next to you today, do you think you would recognize Him? That is the question the disciples on the road away from Jerusalem had to face. What does it say about our own perception of Jesus? In this new episode of #NewGenesis, Martial breaks down the encounters Jesus had with people after His resurrection, and how each one of them speaks of our journey of Faith.
Jesus' message of hope is filled with controversy and completely counterintuitive. What does it mean to be blessed? Is He advocating a more pious financial life in order to inherit the Kingdom? Who are the poor in Spirit? In this next episode of our #NewGenesis series on the Beatitudes, Martial unpacks the meaning of blessings and the offensive, audacious message of grace.
Who is blessed? Do good people have the market cornered on the blessings of God with their morally upright living and their holy devotion? Are the broken, the sick, the lame and the divorced cut out from being blessed until they get their act together? In our new episode of #NewGenesis, Martial takes us into the culture of blessing and curse, and how Jesus changes everything with His Beatitudes.
Josh and Martial continue to explore the reality of the Kingdom of God. The idea of what the Kingdom is can be a hindrance to its reality. Is your concept of the Kingdom in need of change?
In this new episode of our series #NewGenesis, Martial continues to develop the new idea of the Kingdom of God. Whose Kingdom are we experiencing? Who is in charge? How does it look like? Jesus spoke of the Kingdom more than heaven and more than any of our western doctrines. Everything He ever did while walking this earth was based on His understanding of the Kingdom. But do we really understand it?
The central message of Jesus wasn’t social justice, community, or even love. It was the Kingdom of God. But what the heck does it mean? And how do we live it's reality, and what will the Kingdom do to reshape our life from the ground up? Martial continues to expand on the Gospel of Matthew in this series #TheNewGenesis.
What does a starving Jesus, a wilderness adventure and an ominous encounter have to teach us about life and trusting God? Everything! In part 2 of our new series, #New Genesis, Martial explores the significance of facing tests in our walk with the Lord. Whether on the roof of a temple or on the highest mountains, Jesus wants us to know how to succeed where everyone else before Him failed.
What does a starving Jesus, a wilderness adventure and an ominous encounter have to teach us about life and trusting God? Everything! In part 1 of our new series, #New Genesis, Martial explores the significance of facing tests in our walk with the Lord. Jesus wanted to make sure we knew how to face the voices in our heads questioning our own identity or the goodness of God. How did Jesus pass the test? What can we learn from His encounter with the tempter?
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.
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.
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
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?
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