My grandfather once compared breathing to God’s desire to be present in my life. As a self-centered teenager I may not have shown interest at the time, but his words had a lasting impression. He told me I was not ‘taking a breath,’ but rather that as I expand my lungs, the air instantly flows in. It’s the same with God’s presence: it isn’t that I bring Him into my life; I create a space in my life for His love and His wisdom to pour in without hesitation.
This issue of New Church Connection features the latest Journey Program, devoted to the idea my grandfather was trying to convey: making a place in our lives for God’s presence. This issue and the upcoming Journey Program challenge us to make space for God and to examine any barriers that prevent us from doing so. I believe making the effort will yield results in your life—sometimes subtle, sometimes enormous, and always beautiful.
& Creative Director
Articles in this issue
Exploring the Bible
Whether you know the Bible well or not, here is a framework to support your exploration in a meaningful way.
Seeking answers: The Bible? Jesus? The Trinity?
God and the Bible do not have to be mysterious. Explore questions regarding the nature of God and how He communicates with us.
Changing lives: "I never understood the strength of a church community."
Read one person's story of spiritual travels and the importance of community in the life of religion.
The Bible contains some of the most profound truths ever recorded. Yet its words can seem confusing. How do we make sense of these mismatches?
Is God angry?
The Bible contains images of a vengeful, jealous God. But is this image reality? Explore why God could seem angry, and yet is actually loving.