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Living in the Light

12/11/2019
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What does it mean to live in the light anyway? Is that even a thing? And if it is, can it be done? Is there room for deliverance beside judgment? A message for advent week two from TSA-Napa!

Duration:00:38:20

Christmas Lights: The Light is Coming

12/4/2019
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As we enter the Advent season, please join us on a journey through the wonders of light in dark places. Even my dark, Scrooge-like heart can be lit up when the Light comes...

Duration:00:37:35

Thankful

11/27/2019
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Gratitude and praise are important parts of living a fulfilled life. And then there's the goat...

Duration:00:34:03

In the Service of Salvation

11/20/2019
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Jesus says it again and again: His followers are to be servants to one another and to all those around them. So why are we always clamoring to be leaders?

Duration:00:34:13

Gods, Gaps, and Gunk

11/13/2019
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That thing you just read in the Bible might not mean what you think it means. It might mean that and more. It might not mean that at all. And it might mean you need to engage your brain and do a little work rather than just letting the words flow over and around you. Sorry (not sorry). Most folks don't realize just how much is really packed into ancient scripture. A deeper reading of the first sentences of Genesis tells us more than we expect and - quite frankly - this message only...

Duration:00:28:19

Day of the Dead

11/7/2019
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Cannibalism, pigeon dung soup, and the living dead - Can the Bible get any weirder? All these stories and more weave together to focus on a very true promise which is extended to you and to me: God wants us to live lives of wholeness, and he's willing to put the work in to make it happen.

Duration:00:39:58

Ghost Story

11/7/2019
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When it seems that the ghosts of the past can tell you more than the God of the past, present, and future, your life has quite likely taken a wrong turn. Beware what shades may come to haunt you, if that comes to pass...

Duration:00:35:30

Horror Stories: The Disembodied Hand

10/23/2019
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Looking for a good horror story? There are hundreds of them in the Bible and over the next weeks we are going to look at a few of them. This week: While at a nice dinner party, the peace and celebration of the night is shattered by a shriek from the host announcing the appearance of a hand attached to nothing scribbling on the wall, leaving everyone in shock. What did it mean then and what could it mean for us today? Join us as we begin a journey into the darkness which happens when people...

Duration:00:41:04

Crazy Talk: A Harvest of Violence

10/16/2019
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In the last days before his arrest, Jesus told a story which would have left his hearers stunned and struggling for a response. The chief priests, scribes, and elders recognized that they were particularly targeted by his tale, but it would have stung just as much for the average listener as well. In fact, the whole idea behind it is so audacious, so challenging, so absolutely crazy, that we've spent about 1500 years trying to defang it by changing and obscuring its meaning. After all, a...

Duration:00:48:00

Crazy Talk: Talents

10/10/2019
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This parable isn't about what you think it is. It's also not about the same thing as that other one. It's its own thing. Your thing. Mine too. Ours. I know it sounds crazy; it's Jesus talking, right? He might be onto something here though. You should listen and find out.

Duration:00:43:54

The Overwhelming Storm

10/2/2019
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When the storms of life threaten, do you let them drive you on to the rocks? That's what I did this week, and it was wrong. Finding peace in a storm. This week's message from TSA-Napa.

Duration:00:44:38

Crazy Talk: Loyalty

9/25/2019
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Imagine it's October 1, 2001, and you are a Taliban member in New York opening a storefront selling Osama bin Laden shirts. Is that loyalty, or is it just insane? Jesus told a story where he described something very much like that. A parable about a hated man who might be king and the ten servants he gave an impossible task to.

Duration:00:34:07

Crazy Talk: Dogs

9/11/2019
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Then there was the time Jesus told a story about a man with fancy underpants and how dogs licked the sores of a man rotting outside his gate. Why do we care? Because it is a story which intimately applies to us. This week's message from TSA-Napa.

Duration:00:38:12

Crazy Talk: Justice

9/4/2019
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What can a morally ambiguous story teach us about true justice? Jesus tells a story about horrible people doing horrible things to prove the point that God is good. Fair warning: You'll need to think about this one...

Duration:00:36:30

Crazy Talk: A Living Wage

8/28/2019
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Jesus said some crazy things that upset a lot of people. He often used stories to say those things. One time he said that there was a man who paid people enough to live on. This made others very angry. This week's message from TSA-Napa

Duration:00:40:11

Crazy Talk: Righteous

8/22/2019
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Righteousness may not be what you think it is. Jesus made a suggestion about what it means to be righteous that made everyone who heard it uncomfortable - which is too bad, because it should really make us all a little relieved.

Duration:00:45:59

Crazy Talk: A Seed

8/14/2019
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More of the crazy things Jesus said and taught. Today: Why would he compare the Kingdom of Heaven to an essential condiment for hot dogs? Listen and find out!

Duration:00:30:15

Crazy Talk: The Pearl

8/7/2019
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This message has the worst starting line I've every used. Seriously. I'm shocked people didn't run screaming out as soon as I mentioned ancient economics. Of course, what Jesus ACTUALLY said? A hundred times worse. More shocking. And yet, this parable gets told repeatedly using allegories and literal truths which have little to no life in them compared to the story Jesus told. Seize the truth! Find your pearl!

Duration:00:35:30

Crazy Talk: Yeast

7/31/2019
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The shortest parable of Jesus seems easy to understand, but... It does come right on the heels of Jesus saying that he uses parables so that people won't easily understand what he's teaching. So we'd better look a little deeper.

Duration:00:37:54

Crazy Talk: Neighbors

7/25/2019
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Ethnic slurs are never acceptable, but that hasn't kept translators from naming this parable with one. We like to over-teach this one in modern times, and in doing so we miss how truly shocking what Jesus had to say actually was. Bend your ears to catch this one now, because it will matter to you before the end of the day. Who your neighbor is doesn't matter. Who you are a neighbor to does though.

Duration:00:30:19