BlogRants, Raves, and maybe some Wisdom

Have You Seen God Lately?

For the past few weeks, the staff here at 6:8 has been reading through a classic book on the Christian life: The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer. We've been taking a few minutes out of our day together at the office to talk through Tozer's ideas and how they are impacting our spiritual journeys. As we talked through chapter 5 "The Universal Presence of God" this morning, we realized how Tozer's thoughts really complement and help us understand the truth we've been learning in our current sermon series, Animate.

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May012013

It's Community Sunday!

We hope you'll join us this Sunday for a very special time of worship. What's so special you ask? It's Community Sunday!

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Apr172013

Communion for Community

During our worship service this week at Six:Eight, we’ll be celebrating the sacred act of Communion. This is something we do regularly: once a month on the first Sunday of the month. However, our Communion celebration will be a little different this week and in the months to come. Yes, we’ll still be taking a piece of bread and dipping it in a cup, we’ll still be praying and reflecting on our salvation through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, but we’ll be doing something else this week too: a food pantry collection.

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Apr032013

The Veil is Torn

We come to the final post in our Lenten series. We’ve been following the Gospel of Luke’s account of Jesus as he made his way to Jerusalem. We have now arrived. The crowds who had welcomed Jesus at the city gates shouting “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (Luke 19:28-40) have been scattered. A new crowd has formed outside the palace of the Roman prefect Pontius Pilate. Jesus has been arrested, whipped, and tried unjustly. The leaders of the Jews are demanding his death, but Pilate is reluctant – he sees no wrong.

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Mar272013

Seeing Jesus Outside Our Gates

Here we are at our 5th installment of our Lenten blog series following Jesus through the Gospel of Luke all the way to Jerusalem and to the cross. We’ve talked about fasting, lamenting, repenting, and what happens when we get lost in all of that. Today, we’re going to see an allusion to Jesus’ resurrection and find out a little more about what it means for us to follow Jesus to Jerusalem and keep following him as he goes outside Jerusalem to the cross.

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Mar142013

Lost... and Found

It’s the fourth week of Lent and Jesus continues his journey to Jerusalem, to the cross, and so we continue to follow. We’ve followed Jesus through his fast in the wilderness, his lament to the scribes and Pharisees over their rejection of God’s salvation, and his call to the crowds for their repentance. This week, we come to what is probably a familiar passage: Jesus’ telling of the 3 parables of “lost” things in Luke 15:1-32.

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Mar062013

The Kingdom Crossroads

It’s the 3rd week in our Lenten blog series and we’re continuing to follow Jesus through the Gospel of Luke as he makes his way to the cross. We’ve been with Jesus in the wilderness as he fasted and confronted temptation. Last week, we found him lamenting to the crowd over their rejection of God’s love and care. Fasting: facing our sin. Lamenting: feeling the brokenness of God’s heart.

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Feb272013

Hardcore Jesus: Learning to Lament

Welcome to the second installment of our Lenten blog series where we’re reflecting on moments from Jesus’ life as recorded by Luke’s Gospel. In our first post from last week, we looked at Jesus fasting and facing temptation in the wilderness as he began his ministry. Today we’re going to be building off some of the ideas from that post, so it may be helpful to go back and read it real quick.  

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Feb202013

The Fast Jesus Chooses

Today is Ash Wednesday – the first day of Lent – when we begin our journey of self-examination and repentance as we prepare to follow Jesus to the cross. Here on the blog, we’ll be reflecting each week on a moment from the life of Jesus recorded in the Gospel of Luke. We hope you’ll join us as we read and meditate on Jesus’ life. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. Let’s get started.

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Feb132013

Lent and the Practice of Holy Time

Have you ever wondered about the way we organize our time? We divide up time in all sorts of ways: seconds, hours, days, weeks, months, seasons, years, etc… Then we start naming things: each day has a number, each month has a name, and then there are all those special days – we call them holidays – where we celebrate something; all those days have particular names too. Seasons have names. Years have numbers. You get the point. When we take all of this organized time and write all down on a few sheets of paper, we end up with… a calendar!

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Feb062013