• Jan 23

    The Rhythm of Jesus

    by James Bryan Smith

    “Jesus gives us the best example of a well-paced life. In the Gospels we see Jesus retreating to be alone (nine times in the Gospel of Luke alone). Jesus lives...

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  • Jan 20

    Living in Our True Identity

    by Karen Bables

    “He [God] will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3: 17     I have always...

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  • Jan 16
    Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane
Heinrich Hofmann, 1890

    God as Abba

    by James Bryan Smith

    What does Jesus’ use of the word Abba tell us about his relationship with God the Father? Jesus said, “All things have been handed over to me by my Father;...

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  • Jan 13
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    Being Awake when the Sun Rises

    by Karen Bables

    “Sometimes I don’t even think I’m a Christian,” Joan wailed with tears in her eyes.  She had just described a toe-to-toe shouting match with her husband. “I’m trying so hard...

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  • Jan 09
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    How We Change

    by James Bryan Smith

    “Jesus understood how people change. That is why he taught in stories. He used narrative to explain his understanding of God and the world: “The kingdom of God is like...

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The Apprentice Series aims to help Christians develop a robust discipleship by helping them understand who God is, what it means to be a Christian and what it means to live in community as a part of God's kingdom. Throughout the series, Christians learn to discard the flawed narratives of our hearts and replace them with the truths God reveals in his word about himself, the Christian life and his Church.

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