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Jesus Calms the Storm

Mark 4:35-41 The disciples thought they knew Jesus, but this story reveals his unexpected identity as the One who has power over the wind and the waves. No matter where you’re coming from, Jesus wants to expand your vision of who he is during your time at Western. Are you willing to let him reveal…

The Rich Young Ruler

Mark 10:17-22 The rich young ruler thought he understood the law, how to be right with God.  But Jesus gives him an unexpected answer.  Jesus calls for our allegiance above all else.  You have your whole life ahead of you – how will you decide what to do with it?  And who gets to make…

Give to Caesar & Give to God

Luke 20:20-26 The Pharisees tried to trap Jesus with a politically volatile question, but he gave an unexpected answer!  In his answer, we find help in figuring out how to be Christians at election time.  Jesus calls us to participate in the political culture appropriately (vote your values!), but to not put all our hope…

The Demon-Possessed Man

Luke 8:26-38 Everyone thought this man’s life was hopeless, but his encounter with Jesus set him free.  We want to use this story to talk about being set free from sin.  Sin causes all the same problems that this man experienced: isolation, rejection, not being in control, etc.  Jesus can save us, no matter what…