"The parable of the sower"

Mark 4:1-20

If God comes to you and tries to change your heart, but sorrow, hate, worry, or exhaustion stunt the process, it doesn’t lodge you forever into the category of “bad hearer of the word.” Failure isn’t final, it’s the way to healing.
— Andrea Hollingsworth

"Self-deception versus self-authenticity"

1 John 2:7-27

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The essence of John’s theology, which comes through his gospel and all three of his letters, is that love isn’t just from God, it is God. And if God lives in you, then love lives in you too, and vice versa.
— Andrea Hollingsworth

"Loves and Labors"

Philippians 1:3-11

May you know the glorious mystery that lives within the mundane. May awareness of this mystery grow in you, day by day, until the work is completed (Phil. 1:6) and you able to sense God always, a prayer without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17).
— Andrea Hollingsworth

"Where is God in my ordeal?"

1 Peter 4:12-19

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Let’s get real. If we’re in the middle of intense adversity, often the highest “good” we can reach is to try to stay open to the divine invitations that may be there within the fire. To be a hero in affliction is sometimes just to do your blessed best to hang on and not close yourself to the Holy.
— Andrea Hollingsworth

"Is that how it's gonna be?"

James 4:13-5:6

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Our lifetimes are not things to be clutched and controlled, but gifts to hold loosely, gifts in which to learn how to better and better relate to God and each other. When we become certain about and fixated on our private ambitions, we can so easily forget the gift character of life.
— Andrea Hollingsworth

"Some thoughts on mentoring"

Titus 1-2

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Sometimes faith can only flower in us when we feel the weight of our freedom and the grace of God’s out-of-the-wayness. The Spirit, the ultimate Mentor, does sometimes “leave us behind in Crete” (Titus 1:5) with a messy situation, some general guidelines, and a whole lot of unknowns. But the absence is never total.
— Andrea Hollingsworth

"The life that really is life"

1 Timothy 5-6

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We’ve got to be able to say, “Wow. Right here and right now – this is good. I’m so deeply thankful to God that I get to be a creature and to have the gift of this wonderfulness.” This grateful joy is the contented Christian’s ground zero.
— Andrea Hollingsworth

"Navigating Liminality"

1 Thessalonians 2 & 3

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We live “between worlds.” We’re citizens of grief’s country, for our Beloved is yet to come in fullness, and there is sadness and evil and worry and death all around. But we’re citizens of hope’s country, too. We declare this citizenship each and every time we turn our eyes, brimming with tears, toward the unknown horizon where we dare to trust that those tears will one day be wiped away (Rev. 21:4). And so here we are in the middle—between grief and hope, absence and presence. It’s been this way from the beginning. 
— Andrea Hollingsworth

"Having the time of your life"

COLOSSIANS 1:24 - 2:5

                                  Virtual church with Andrea Hollingsworth preaching!

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Christianity stays healthy, and we Christians stay healthy, when we’re “having the time of our lives” – that is, when we’re staying attentive to divine time, and to our own placement in it. This is perhaps especially important during times of struggle or suffering. We need to be able to place ourselves well, so we don’t get lost in the push and pull of our fears and sorrows, our longings and graspings.
— Andrea Hollingsworth

"Out of Breath in the Marathon Life"


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What does pressing toward the goal of the “heavenly call of God” look like for women who live their lives in a cloud of physical and mental exhaustion generated from the demands of their multiple and ever-proliferating daily responsibilities?
— Andrea Hollingsworth

"A Trembling Trust"

JOEL 2:1-2, 12-17

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I’ll say it again: The beautiful tragedy of God’s Livingness in our midst is that the encounter with it usually, maybe always, involves some form of undoing. Maybe the “fear and trembling” we’re supposed to have as we work out our salvation and pray for the Day of the Lord just means keeping this basic truth in sight.
— Andrea Hollingsworth