January 7th, 2017

Flourishing: Overview and Study Guide

Overview Traditionally at Ecclesia, the Sunday morning services examine a portion of God’s Word and invite us to apply the ideas to our lives as individuals and as a community. For our first series in 2017, we are going to flip that format. We are inviting Ecclesia each week to explore one passage of God’s […]

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November 22nd, 2016

Advent Teaching Series: The Nativity Scene

Our Advent teaching series, The Nativity Scene, looks at the Christmas story as it was first seen and experienced from the unique perspectives of Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, the Magi, and Jesus himself.  A different Ecclesian will teach each week to bring the five perspectives to life for us as modern readers.  During each service we will light […]

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September 19th, 2016

Sent: Rediscovering the Priorities of Jesus

For the next 8 weeks, we will study the life of Jesus from passages in the four Gospels in our Fall teaching series Sent: Rediscovering the Priorities of Jesus.  Much is made of the profound teachings and the powerful miracles of Jesus, but what were the underlying priorities of his life that determined how he invested […]

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September 8th, 2016

Fostering a Loving Heart

This post was submitted by “Raquel” (an Ecclesian and foster mother) in response to the conclusion of our sermon series The Others. One of the hardest parts of fostering/adopting is reconciliation with the birth family. Whether your child is reunified with that family or officially becomes part of yours, you have to emotionally and mentally […]

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August 23rd, 2016

The Others Week 3: Notes and Quotes

Notes and Quotes from Week 3 “Our tribal identity is today asserting itself as a powerful force, especially in cases where cultural heterogeneity is combined with extreme imbalances of power and wealth. It may not be too much to claim that the future of our world will depend on how we deal with identify and […]

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August 13th, 2016

The Others Week 2: Notes and Quotes

The real journey inward in chapter 2 is not about going inside the fish, it is about Jonah’s personal journey into the depths of his own heart.   God is taking Jonah on a journey inward to reveal that in Jonah’s hatred of the other, he has failed to realize that he himself is the […]

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August 7th, 2016

The Others: Week 1 Notes and Quotes

On a recent Freakonomics Podcast Olympia Snow 34 year Congresswoman & Senator from Maine, said “We are experiencing the worst polarization since the end of Reconstruction in 1879.   Analysis shows that in 1982 there were 58 senators that came between the most conservative democrats and the most liberal republicans. Today, for the fourth time in […]

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July 30th, 2016

The Others: Learning from the Book of Jonah

It seems this summer has seen a categorical escalation in anger and resentment towards people who are not like “us”.  Whether it is our country’s racial tensions, the discourse around the presidential election or ongoing global terrorism, the news is filled with people who are suspicious, fearful or antagonistic towards others because of their differences.  […]

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