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Faith Like a Child: Play

The Practice Church Podcast

Release Date: 11/20/2023

Attached: Rupture and Repair with God show art Attached: Rupture and Repair with God

The Practice Church Podcast

We were made for joyful connection with God. The truest thing about us is that we were created to live in joy-filled communion with God and one another, but we think we can do better. We choose what is right in our own eyes and introduce disorder into the world. That disorder infects the world, and the pain, sorrow, and injustice leads us to question if God really loves us. In this series, we hope to become aware of what gets in the way of our attachment and deepen our capacity for attachment to God. In our third week, we reflected on the neuroscience of rupture and repair and how it impacts...

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Attached: Curiosity Instead of Shame and Fear show art Attached: Curiosity Instead of Shame and Fear

The Practice Church Podcast

We were made for joyful connection with God. The truest thing about us is that we were created to live in joy-filled communion with God and one another, but we think we can do better. We choose what is right in our own eyes and introduce disorder into the world. That disorder infects the world, and the pain, sorrow, and injustice leads us to question if God really loves us. In this series, we hope to become aware of what gets in the way of our attachment and deepen our capacity for attachment to God. Our series began by wondering if we might see salvation as "a new and active attachment with...

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Attached: What if God Actually Likes You? show art Attached: What if God Actually Likes You?

The Practice Church Podcast

We were made for joyful connection with God. The truest thing about us is that we were created to live in joy-filled communion with God and one another, but we think we can do better. We choose what is right in our own eyes and introduce disorder into the world. That disorder infects the world, and the pain, sorrow, and injustice leads us to question if God really loves us. In this series, we hope to become aware of what gets in the way of our attachment and deepen our capacity for attachment to God. Our series began by wondering if we might see salvation as "a new and active attachment with...

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Walking in the Wilderness: Wrestling in the Desert show art Walking in the Wilderness: Wrestling in the Desert

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In this recurring series, we are walking in the story of scripture, noticing the intricate way God’s story is woven together and shines a light on our own stories. After spending time in 2023 walking in (Genesis 1-11) and (Genesis 12-50), and , we now turn our attention to Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. What teaching can we receive from the story of Israel's journey from Sinai to the promised land? How is grumbling different from lament, and why does Moses tell the next generation over and over to remember their parents? For some additional resources, please visit our . If The...

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Walking in the Wilderness: Purity and Sacrifices show art Walking in the Wilderness: Purity and Sacrifices

The Practice Church Podcast

In this recurring series, we are walking in the story of scripture, noticing the intricate way God’s story is woven together and shines a light on our own stories. After spending time in 2023 walking in (Genesis 1-11) and (Genesis 12-50), and , we now turn our attention to Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. What is the story being told by the sacrifices of Leviticus? While burnt and purification offerings may seem outdated and maybe even primitive to our modern sensibilities, they actually offer important teaching about God and God's relationship with us. The teaching of Leviticus shows...

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Walking in the Wilderness: Leviticus Details show art Walking in the Wilderness: Leviticus Details

The Practice Church Podcast

In this recurring series, we are walking in the story of scripture, noticing the intricate way God’s story is woven together and shines a light on our own stories. After spending time in 2023 walking in (Genesis 1-11) and (Genesis 12-50), and , we now turn our attention to Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. In the first week of our series, we considered how God is with us in the details. Leviticus is full of details, and a part of the Torah (teaching) of this book is, as Casey said, "The good stuff of life is being in the weeds with God." For some additional resources, please visit...

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Advent: Longing for Jesus show art Advent: Longing for Jesus

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Advent is a season of waiting and longing. Through history, the church has identified the weeks leading up to Christmas as a time of preparation, a season to notice our deep and innate longing for Jesus. We anticipate the coming of the Christ child and his presence with us today, and we wait in hope-filled longing for the day when he will come again. As we journey together through Advent this year, we will seek to consider, welcome, and hold our longings as we anticipate the coming of Jesus. We hope for his presence with us today, and we look forward to the day of his return when everything...

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Advent: Longing for Jesus show art Advent: Longing for Jesus

The Practice Church Podcast

Advent is a season of waiting and longing. Through history, the church has identified the weeks leading up to Christmas as a time of preparation, a season to notice our deep and innate longing for Jesus. We anticipate the coming of the Christ child and his presence with us today, and we wait in hope-filled longing for the day when he will come again. As we journey together through Advent this year, we will seek to consider, welcome, and hold our longings as we anticipate the coming of Jesus. We hope for his presence with us today, and we look forward to the day of his return when everything...

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Practice: A Prayer to Welcome Our Longing show art Practice: A Prayer to Welcome Our Longing

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This guided practice is a part of our in 2023. We are seeking to consider, welcome, and hold our longings as we anticipate the coming of Jesus. We hope for his presence with us today, and we look forward to the day of his return when everything sad will become untrue. A tax-deductible gift can be given to The Practice Church at   

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Advent: Longing for Jesus show art Advent: Longing for Jesus

The Practice Church Podcast

Advent is a season of waiting and longing. Through history, the church has identified the weeks leading up to Christmas as a time of preparation, a season to notice our deep and innate longing for Jesus. We anticipate the coming of the Christ child and his presence with us today, and we wait in hope-filled longing for the day when he will come again. As we journey together through Advent this year, we will seek to consider, welcome, and hold our longings as we anticipate the coming of Jesus. We hope for his presence with us today, and we look forward to the day of his return when everything...

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In the Gospels, Jesus shows great affection towards children. In Matthew, he says “unless you turn from your sins and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom.” In her wonderful book, Faith Like a Child, our friend Lacy Borgo writes, “Our first and most natural inclination as children is to connect with God in deeply uniting and often ordinary ways.” In this series, we are asking how have we left these childhood aspects of ourselves behind. And more importantly, how can we get them back so we might once again attach to God with faith like a child?

This week, Kirsten Hitchcock gtaught us about the formational role of childlike play. Play ushers us into the freedom of Christ and invites us to be with Jesus.

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