A man had been dealing with his illness for 38 years, sitting by a pool waiting for something miraculous to happen, when Jesus singled him out and asked him the question, “Do you want to be healed?” What initially seems like a ridiculous question provokes a deeper look into areas of brokenness in our lives that we may not even recognize are there.
Have you ever struggled to know how to forgive yourself? How to manage that nagging guilt? About your job, your family or your finances? What if you could be forever released from that?
In a time where generosity was a measured duty, the early Church followed Jesus' example of radical, overflowing generosity.
Under the pressure of power in a cut throat culture, the early church leaders shared their hope through their non-anxious presence. Where you find your identity is where you look for peace.
In a time when truth was used as a weapon, and grace was seen as weak, the early church constantly challenged themselves to hold grace and truth at the same time, especially for those who were new to faith.