The final episode of our series, #NewGenesis, on the Beatitudes looks at how Jesus lived by them and died by them. To live this counter-intuitive ethic will threaten any form of government whether secular or religious. How will you live as an apprentice of Jesus now, and what will it mean for you? Enjoy!
This is the last of the Beatitudes, and Jesus ends with a bang! Blessed are those persecuted for doing the right thing. One would tend to believe that if you live in obedience to Jesus, everything will be fine. But Jesus once again turns the tables on our understanding and commands us to rejoice when we face persecution. But what IS persecution?
"Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God." This is the seventh Beatitudes and Jesus is taking the world system head-on. What does it mean to bring peace from a kingdom perspective? How different is it from the world system? In this installment of #NewGenesis, Martial digs-in a little deeper to explain how peace is not only better, its more shocking and absolutely more extravagant.
Who can see God? Is it the morally pure who have lived a perfect religious life? According to the encounters in the Gospels, sinners had a greater ability to perceive God than those who had kept the Torah and followed the Law. In this episode of #NewGenesis, Martial continues to expand on the Beatitudes and breaks down the blinders that often keep us from seeing God.
The newest episode of our series #NewGenesis, continuing our study of the most counter intuitive message known as the Sermon on The Mount, Martial breaks down the concept of mercy and what it meant for the first century audience. Get ready to have a shift in your concept of mercy and how you can participate in the kingdom by living it out.
Jesus begins His ministry by bringing a counter-intuitive message about what The Kingdom of God is all about. The Beatitudes are His great reversal of the world's understanding about who has power and who is blessed. In this episode of #NewGenesis, Martial continues to break down this utterly challenging message by focusing on those who hunger and thirst for things to be made right.
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
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