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Have you ever been challenged to do something that feels very uncomfortable, awkward, and perhaps evening frightening? So much so, in fact, that you’d rather drop a large and gnarly rock on your toe, then actually follow through on the request? This happened to me this week. I was sitting in staff meeting on MondayMORE
On one of the sunny afternoon, as I drove to OAC to prepare for our upcoming ELL program, I was impressed by the Holy Spirit to take the route through Hastings. As I was making a left turn on to Main St., a strange view was caught by the corner of my eyes. A blondMORE
On Oct 31, 1517, a German Roman Catholic monk named Martin Luther could not hold it in any longer: the church’s practices and beliefs were corrupt and he had 95 points of contention that were being ignored. And so taking matters into his own hands, he nailed his document to the church door in Wittenberg.MORE
“Back to real religion”
Empty words, hot hypocrisy, and cold religiosity – these are things that can turn your stomach. But we are all people who struggle to practice what we preach. We are all hypocrites in need of grace. The message of Amos addresses these tensions and calls those who love God back to real religion.
This prophet challenged God’s people to give up on their fakery and plastic religion, and instead, invited them, and us, to embrace the real call of faith – to be a place where we worship God rightly, as well as really serving our neighbors. We hope this 4-week series will challenge all of us to strive for a faith that is humble and genuine.
Stevan Mirkovich, Lead Pastor