Martial Ferigo, Genealogy Genius (Scandal in the Manger) Dec 03-17
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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
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?
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.
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 meany 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.
We often think that what we have done wrong in our past, whether it be sins too great to let go, or massive failures, have somehow kept us out of the presence of God. His holiness being such that He would not allow us to touch him with our filthy hands. It is quite the contrary with Jesus. Our sins are an invitation to experience His presence, a catalyst to open our heart to touch His heart. In part 3 of our series Encounters, Martial shares about the woman with the alabaster box barging in on a dinner party amongst religious elites. The contrast is staggering, but we all have an inner pharisee in us so Where do you find yourself at the dinner party?
We continue our series "encounters" with the woman at the well. It is easy to encounter Jesus in a very quiet place, but what if Jesus wants to be with us in the everyday life in the most irreligious places of our lives? This is exactly what the Samaritan woman found out. Melissa Capps brings us some fantastic points about meeting Jesus in the most unusual and most unlikely places in our lives. Enjoy.
We are kicking off 2017 with a brand new series called Encounters. Looking at Jesus with people in the Gospel narrative tells us about His heart for our humanity and our stuggles. We beginning with the woman crippled for 18 years. For this woman, life looks more like feet shuffling the dirt rather and an upright walk with confidence. For her, she goes through life unnoticed and mislabled until the Prince of Life calls out to her. What can one do when the weight of emotional and spiritual depression causes us to look down rather than into His eyes? The hope is always found in our restored identity.
Giving is at the heart of the Gospel. He loved the world beyond our wildest imagination and gave in order to redeem it. Giving is part of what Christians are called to do, whether financially or with our time or any other way to give. But there are obstacles to fully enter into an economy of the Kingdom of God. Paul Noble shares what hinders us from being more and more like Jesus in this message about Christmas.
At the intersecrtion of pain and beauty, Bethlehem has become the place where Christ is formed. The prince of Peace tends to choose places of turmoil, adversities and war to plant Himself and change the circumstances. We often think Jesus would want to be invited in a cleaned up heart, in the palace of our lives, but the reality is God chooses what is broken, contrite, and filled with sorrows to make His abode. What happens when we decides to receive Him in our lives? In this beatutiful story, Martial explains the process of becoming Bethlehem for Christ.
Maggie, draws from her own experience to teach about finding wholeness instead of separation from our daily humanity. From the example of the movie "Inside Out" to personal and practical ways to live in harmony with a life led by the spirit, Maggie brings perspective that will rearrange your thoughts about yourself. Give it a listen.
In part 2 of The Great Feast (part of the Parable series), Martial continues to unpack the importance of communion and what Jesus means to remember Him when we partake of it. It is in the breaking of bread that the disciples' eyes were opened. Yet, in our modern Christianity, the communion has become something of a relic of the past, a nice thing to do every now and then as we gather around a teacher or a worship style. What if the table of communion was the most important thing? What if our experience of the Christian life was centered around the rhythm of the table and breaking bread together?
The great feast set up by Jesus was always meant to be inclusive for the broken, misfits and rejects of society and everybody else. Religion has worked extra hard to bring division to the table by accepting only the saints to share the meal. But, the table Jesus sets is were enemies become friends and where betrayers are offered a covenant of Friendship. Martial continues his series on the parables with the feast. If you have wondered the importance of communion, give this a listen
In this election cycle, emotions have been high on both end of the political continuum. But with all the banter and the unbelievable blame and unrealistic hope, what are Christians suppose to do? Jesus found Himself in the midst of a similar caustic environment while He walked the plains of Judea. Nevertheless, He wasn't afraid to bring people together. This is the admonition that Martial is expressing with this message on Politics and Jesus. A quote from John Wesley at the end of the message summarizes the heart of Christianity in the midst of this election. Give it a listen.
Continuing our series on the parables with the second part of the Unforgiving servant. Martial elaborates on our tremendous ability to release people from debts against us and the privilege we have to demonstrate the kingdom of God. The power of forgiveness is exemplified with people sharing how much listening to the first part helped them be set free.
Part 6 of our series on the Parables deals with the concept of forgiveness found in Matthew 18. How many times should we forgive our brothers, 7 times? The answer is not so much the amount of time but with what kind of heart we forgive. The economy of merit we have been so accustomed to is being challenged with a higher system of economy based on mercy. In this new economy, what does it mean to forgive? Jesus changes the dependency on the legal demand and supersedes it with love. Can we forgive like the Lord?
This is part 5 or our series on the Parables. Martial dives into the importance of not losing heart when we pray with the parable of the widow and the unrighteous judge. With constant pestering she got the justice she deserved. Unfortunately for us, we oftentimes think that if we pester God long enough He would reluctantly answer our petitions. This is a far cry from reality as Jesus points us that God wants to answer our prayers swiftly. He is not detached from our plight and cares for us very much. So, the question is about having faith but how?
The story of the Good Samaritan has become synonymous with goodness and kindness, but to be quite fair it was one of the most shocking story Jesus ever told. We have become so familiar with it that we completely miss the message it conveys. It is a story of people we overlook, and a story about what Jesus ultimately does for us. But who are you in the story. This is part 4 of the series on the Parables.
In part 3 of our series on the Parables, Martial continues to look closer at the difference between the two sons of Luke 15. The older brother believes because of his perfect attendance record and his work ethic, he would deserve something more. Our attempt to impress God is met with a scandalous grace for those who do not merit the same grace according to us. Yet Jesus tells both sons that they are equally in need of the heart of the Father. Can you identify yourself in the parables?
Maggie Hoobler hits this one out of the park with this message on the importance of being relational. We have an extremely relational God and to know one another is to experience Him. But to grow in this revelation requires risk and investment. Awesome word.
We continue to explore the context of parables in Luke 15. Many times Jesus is scorned for eating with sinners, gentiles and tax collectors because of their questionable moral standings. To answer the religious concerns, Jesus told the story of a father with two sons. In Part 2, the details of the father's love is being manifested through cultural gestures that oftentimes escape our western understanding. What does it really mean to be given the best robe, new shoes and a banquet? The process of restoration is made evident by what the father does. Enjoy
Martial begins a new series on the parables as told by Jesus. The stories woven within the Jewish culture have a way to escape our grasps simply because we are so far removed from the societal and religious understanding of the time. If one was to study the parables within their context, one would find the Father's heart. In this first part, Martial breaks down the story of the younger son in Luke 15 by bringing into the story the context in which the parable takes place. The Father ran to embrace his son, but what did the community see? Enjoy
We oftentimes hear that God is so Holy that the presence of sin is repulsive to Him. This very concept has created a chasm between God and humanity resulting in a performance based relationship to earn His affection. But is this really how God is? Martial explores some very challenging and big ideas about the holiness of God and the heart of the Father. This message will either challenge you to rethink God or make you angry to protect an image of God that has been given in the past.
In part 7 of our series on The Good Shepherd, Martial expands on the significance of God's table and what it meant for Jesus to eat with people of lower social status by reversing the established rule of conduct. He not only invited the lowest of society but made them guests of honor at His table. In order help people engaged with the revelation of the Shepherd by synthesizing the past 6 weeks and having people share how it had changed them. This is a powerful series about the Heart of God for His people.
In part 6 of our series on the Good Shepherd, Martial continues to break down Psalm 23 with a focus on what it means to experience protection and hospitality in the midst of trials and struggles. God prepared a table by the hands of three bedouins in the very presence of David's enemies, but there is much more going on than simply a meal. In the Ancient Near East, eating with someone was the beginning of a covenant of friendship that would set the course for a lifetime of companionship. To be received as a guest revealed that the Father is including us in His house with all its benefits. Martial unveils what this meant for David and how we can trust God in all circumstances.
Phillip continues on his series about "Community, keeping it real". In part 2, Phillip shares about what community means. Authentic community requires people to be vulnerable and trustworthy. It is a nurturing process that takes time effort and courage. Our greatest obstacle to community is our expectation of perfection without any opportunity to make mistakes. In an authentic community, everybody has a responsibility to the sum of people. To make a community successful, it has to be christ centered. Phillip brings out the story of Mary and Martha and the importance of being hospitable. Give it a listen
Part 5 of our series on The Good Shepherd, Martial explores ways to handle difficulties in our lives. David faced death and exhaustion deep in the valley but something amazing happened in the midst of it. Shadows aren't the reality but simply the grotesque distortion of truths. David was restored in his soul and physical body by the goodness of the Shepherd. God has always provided comfort and sustenance in our valleys, but we oftentimes miss it because we expect Him to do it a certain way. Listen to this episode to find out how God works while darkness surrounds us.
In part 4 of our series on the Good Shepherd, Martial continues to break down the revelation of God's intention about His sheep. David faced his darkest time of his life while fleeing his own son Absalom. It was during this escape that he wrote Psalm 23. What can we learn from David when we are facing our own valley of shadow of death? The experience that transcended David's courage was to know that the Strength of God isn't removed from His closeness and nurturing. While confronted with fear, it is important to understand how much God is committed to our lives He will give us a strength beyond what the natural mind is capable of understanding. He is closer than a brother in all our circumstances.
How do we create a worship community? This is the question Maggie is answering with this amazing message about the importance of community. We all desire it but we oftentimes separate the worship team from the congregation. The reality is quite different. Maggie destroys this myth in a brilliant way as she says :"A worship community will trigger a desire for connection and connection thrives in the context of safety"
In every group social group, in every human being is the desire to feel connect. Whether it is going out to bars or being part of a team, people want to belong. So why is it so challenging to experience that in church and how can we change it? Phillip shares with us some of the wisdom about community. We highly encourage you to listen to this candid podcast.
Psalm 23 is probably David's most famous Psalm. It captures the relational aspect of God and His sheep and gives the reader some insight about what God is willing to do for the flock. But David wrote that in one of is darkest time. This is part 3 of our series about the Good shepherd. What does it mean for you today? how can you rest in His care? Come and discover His unrelenting love for us.
There are many examples in the Biblical narrative about the nature of the Father, There is however none like the revelation of the shepherd to fully understand the intricate involvement of God with each of our lives. He is more interested in our daily mundane things we do than the mystical spiritual highs that we search. God is with us. This is part 2 of our series the Good shepherd.
Jesus is once again stirring trouble with the experts in religious laws. This time, He is eating with sinners and tax collectors, something a man of his reputation should know not to do. But Jesus isn't concerned about their view of Him. Instead, He shares with them a parable about a lost sheep. How much are you worth to Him? What is Jesus willing to do for you that no religious leader has ever dared to do for you? Join us in this podcast about the amazing journey the Shepherd is taking with us.This is part one of our series on The Good shepherd.
John never wrote his Gospel for the historical value, rather he wrote in to be perfect in theology. He knows his audience are Jews who understood the Old Covenant quite well. It is in this setting that John began his message about Jesus. It is at a wedding and it is significant for us today.
When Mary Magdalene went looking for her teacher, she did not expect to find the Gardener instead. What followed was a life changing moment that we are all faced with. Are we looking for our preconceived ideas of Jesus or are we going let the Gardener change our perception of the Savior? Phillip Andrews breaks down this amazing encounter to reveal what Jesus is doing in our lives when our hopes are down.
Rick Joyner shares a great message about keeping our eyes on the things above rather than the fleeting struggles of our natural lives. As we are growing into the Lord in our identity, let us be mindful of the things around that so easily distract us, there are temporary.
Maggie Hoobler, our worship leader, shares a message of freedom about what Worship really is. Are we created for Worship and if so, what does it say about God? This is the most brilliant message about worship in a corporate setting, Get ready to have your paradigm of thinking challenged and upgraded.
Every Christian has been encouraged to read, study and meditate on the Scriptures. While for some this exercise in spiritual discipline produces great fruits, for others it is more about a reminder of our failures to live up to the standard of the Christian Faith. Martial breaks down the life giving method to understand the Scriptures and study them the right way for a positive outcome. Based on James 1:21-25. The Word is planted in all of us and wants to come out as our true identity when we look in the Mirror.
Most are familiar with the concept of Christ in us, but what does it really mean? In this podcast, Martial Ferigo digs deeper in the revelation of the incarnation and how Christ, the Word, became speechless to identify with us fully and to share with us the blessed life of being in relationship with God. God isn't turned off by our humanity, instead He embraced it.
God is always giving promises to His children. What we do we these is up to us. We can either sit down and wait for promises to come to pass or we can partner with the Lord. Paul Noble shares with us the difference between Mary and Elizabeth and what they did with God's promises to them.
If there is one truth that reveals the intention of the Father towards us, it would be the incarnation. God relinquished His own nature of immortality to join in humanity. But what does that mean for you and me? Is the message of Christmas a nice story or is there power in it for our everyday lives?
There are many conflicting ideas about what God would do to nations. Some say He will pour out His wrath on them in judgment, but in light of the New Covenant, God does not act this way. Is it possible that what we have done is relinquish our authority on the earth while the enemy brings destruction because of our false understanding of God's judgment?
Continuing our series on the New Covenant view of the end times, Martial explains historically the different views that have shaped beliefs about what is to come. The way you view the end is the way you live your life today. If you have a faulty understanding of the end, you will ultimately live your daily life with a false paradigm. Enjoy Hope and an Optimistic future.
Each year we see new prophetic predictions foretelling impending doom. But what if the lens through which people look through to tell the future of the earth is wrong? Are the blood moons a real sign of the end of the world and the rapture? Understanding Scriptures in context bring the focus back on Jesus rather than festivals, sabbaths and new moons. There is an optimistic eschatology shared in this message, be ready for a challenge.
In our series "From Temple to Table", Martial explains how Jesus is taking His disciples and ultimately every Christian through a magistral shift. We look through the lens of history to see the choice we have to either show our devotion to God through a temple mindset or through the table philosophy. Jesus has a clear idea which one is better, and He invites us to join Him. Suddenly the temple was at the table.
The Apostle John writes his Gospel differently than the Synoptic Gospels by starting the narrative with the first sign Jesus performed. This is the whole revelation of John as for him God is doing a new thing from water of purification into wine of celebration. But what does it mean to you? There are deep truths unpacked by Martial Ferigo in this first part series that will surely challenge you to find Jesus in a brand new light.
While Jesus was walking the earth, His reputation was anything but what we would expect. They saw Him as a friend of sinners more than anything. This made Him approachable to everybody. To become Jesus for others, we have to understand how Jesus treated people. His focus was not meetings or temple reunions, it was rather simple yet powerful. How can you measure your impact in the World? this answer might surprise you.
Grow up series Part 2 looks at our need for responsibilities when we grow up. When we make decisions, instead of praying for God to remove the problem what is the right approach to grow through our seasons in life? And Finally, when we love beyond ourselves, we get to grow in the fruit of the Spirit.
Martial starts a new series called Grow up. We reach different level of maturity in our walk with the Lord. Knowing where we are in our growth can make a huge difference. There are three distinct levels that the Bible talks about concerning our maturity. What are the dangers of staying on one level too long? Where are you? Give it a listen.
To be able to receive the inheritance of our new life, there has to be a death. The Old Covenant had to come to an end in order for the New to take place. The Testament is set for us through His blood. God made a covenant with His son and we are now in Him
The language of the New Testament is filled with imagery of the Old Covenant. How can we understand it without fully seeing the importance of Jesus in them. God desired that we fellowship with Him. In part 4, we look at the different covenants and what they represent.
in part 3, Martial looks at the overview of the Lord's desire to build relationship with men as he goes through the major themes of the Old Testament to bring clarity to the main story. From the Genesis to the Prophets, the narrative is very clear with the right lens.
The Revelation of the Scriptures is essential to our walk with the Lord. Unfortunately, most of the time we approach the Bible with an already made up mind influenced by our culture, past teachings and incorrect understanding of who God is. In this series, Martial goes through the importance of using the proper lens to see Scriptures through the Life of Jesus.
Martial Ferigo, Freedom from bitterness, Click to download There is a choice every time we have an opportunity to be bitter. We can either drink the poisonous cocktail or allow ourselves to be broken. God dwells close to the brokenhearted, and He will be close to those who choose not to be bitter but become better.
Rick shares a profound word about the purpose of real relationship in the Body of Christ. Jesus is not looking for a franchise but a place He can come and rest.
Martial and Paul: Defining the vision part 2 Seeking the Presence within a community purposely equipping and training others. How each member supplies for the life of the whole body. This is the vision of the church. November 5th 2013