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"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." - Colossians 3:1-4 

 

May 8, 2016

Judges 11:1-7; 29-40
And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord and said, "If you will give the Ammonites into my hand, 31then whatever comes out from the doors of my house to meet me when I return in peace from the Ammonites shall be the Lord's, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering."

There is no doubt that violence against women and children is epidemic. Not just in the city, but in the church as well. As I'm writing there is a 3 year old Spotsylvania boy who's been abducted. He'll either be dead by church on Sunday or he'll be found with severe trauma. His mom was already beat up last night. What are we doing to train our boys and girls to live like Jesus? What are we doing to combat our own anger, power, and control issues? The story of Jephthah is not a perfect parallel but it is a story of a father killing his own daughter. It is a story of violence. It is a story of a young women who doesn't get the hero's parade that she deserves. The film Room brings to light the trauma and post trauma issues that surround violence against women and children. Join us as we seek to worship Christ and find him present with all of us in our time of suffering.