Preparing Them to Be Sent: Jesus Prays That We Would Be With Him

According to a former U.S. Surgeon General, loneliness is a "growing health epidemic." In a recent survey, 2 in 5 Americans said that they sometimes or always feel that their relationships aren't meaningful (43%) and that they are isolated from others (43%). Earlier this year, the U.K. appointed a "Minister for Loneliness" to try to address the issue. Loneliness and social isolation are a growing issue throughout late-modern societies. In such a context, what, if anything, does the church have to say and do? 

God's Hidden Hand in Our Commitment

Ruth 1:16-18, 2:1-7

One of the most important words in the Old Testament is the Hebrew word "hesed." It's often translated as "steadfast love" or "loving kindness." However, no single English word can fully capture its meaning. The word entails all that God is toward His people through His covenant(s) with them - loving, gracious, faithful, loyal, merciful, etc. As we continue our series in the book of Ruth, we see that one of the primary ways that He displays His hesed is through other people. This week, we consider what it means to reflect God's hesed through our commitment to one another.