What does a “fearful time” look like for you? Is it a personal crisis in your health or the health of a loved one? Is it a relationship crisis or a financial crisis? Is it about a pandemic, fires, floods, and earthquakes, rising food prices and a changing economy making financial security uncertain? The book of Revelation, the last book in the bible, is all about finding resilience and hope in fearful times.
Revelation has been read and misread for thousands of years. It is symbolic language and cataclysmic imagery has been interpreted as prophecy of the end of the world, as a map of things to come. Revelation is the darling book of fundamentalist evangelicals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, and numerous cults. Many throughout the ages have studied world events and tried to predict how the end will come as mapped out by the symbolism in Revelation.
But Revelation is also part of a larger genre of ancient literature known as “apocalyptic.” Through multiple symbols and dramatic imagery (which are also found in many beloved hymns and Handel’s Messiah (The Hallelujah Chorus in particular)), the book of Revelation seeks to breathe hope into those overwhelmed by fear and crisis; it seeks to shake up those lulled into complacent ease in their prosperity and imagined security; and it seeks to challenge those afraid to stand up for their faith and for justice under the pressure to assimilate and fit in rather than resist and protest, entrusting their fate to a higher power.
March 16, 2022 - Revelation 14-19 Scripture (pdf)Download
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March 9, 2022 - Revelation 12-13 Scripture (pdf)Download
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February 23, 2022 - Revelation 10-11 Scripture (pdf)Download
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February 16, 2022 - Revelation 6-9 Scripture (pdf)Download
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February 9, 2022 - Revelation 4-5 Scripture (pdf)Download
February 9 2022 - Revalation 4-5 Notes (pdf)Download
February 2, 2022 - Revelation 2-3 Scripture (pdf)Download
February 2, 2022 - Revelation 2-3 Notes (pdf)Download
January 26, 2022 - Revelation 1 Scripture (pdf)Download
January 26, 2022 - Revelation Intro & Chapter 1 (pdf)Download
“We are stardust” as the scientist Carl Sagan declared and Joni Mitchell sang. We’re part of the big bang and a process happening over billions of years called evolution. But is that all we are? Genesis is the first book of the bible, and as its name suggests, it’s all about the origins of life, life not just as a random accident or big bang, but life as a creation. So then, rather than the how questions that concern science, Genesis is more concerned to answer the why and what questions. Why are we here? What are we about as human creatures in particular? Is there a larger purpose for us to fulfill? When life becomes difficult, confused or broken, when we have lost our way in life, finding our way back to our existential and spiritual roots may also be a way to finding our destination toward wholeness.
How is this? Besides the stardust and the matter there is energy and “wind”, the wind of the Spirit, a wind that inspires goodness, beauty, delight… an energy and wind that is: love. This love is given a name: God. To understand ourselves we must open ourselves to the eternal mystery beyond the stardust and matter, the Spirit/wind/energy of love we name God. To find our purpose we need to understand how God as love creates, but also, how love can re-create and make whole again after life has broken in some way. This is the story of Genesis.
Through representative humanity – Adam/Eve and their family,
Through an effort to reset life after things have broken down – Noah and his family,
Through wandering nomads and their dysfunctional family – Abraham/Sarah and their generations,
Love is seeking a way… Will a way be found, even with broken human beings and their dysfunctional relationships?
Session 1 - September 22, 2021 - Genesis Intro & 1 (pdf)Download
Session 2 - September 29, 2021 - Genesis 2-3 (pdf)Download
Session 3 - October 6, 2021 - Genesis 4 (pdf)Download
Session 4 - October 13, 2021 - Genesis 6-11 (pdf)Download
Session 5 - October, 20 2021 - Genesis 12-16 (pdf)Download
Session 6 - October, 27 2021 - Genesis 17-20 (pdf)Download
Session 7 - November 3, 2021- Genesis 21-25 (pdf)Download
Session 8 - November 10, 2021 - Genesis 26-30 (pdf)Download
Session 9 - November 24, 2021 - Genesis 31-36 (pdf)Download
Session 10 - December 1, 2021 - Genesis 37-42 (pdf)Download
Session 11 - December 8, 2021 - Genesis 43-50 (pdf)Download
What does it mean to be a Christian? It means following Jesus. But what does that mean? What does that mean for us in our time and place? What does that mean for each of us specifically with all that makes our lives unique in all their challenge and possibility?
The Gospel of Mark is the first and oldest gospel. It provides the basic gospel storyline. It gives us a picture of who God is as Jesus proclaims and embodies God. It also reveals a Jesus who embodies what we are called to be as human beings.
March 17, 2021 - Mark 13-14 Scripture (pdf)Download
March 17, 2021 - Mark 13-14 Study Notes (pdf)Download
March 3 & 10, 2021 - Mark 9-12 Scripture (pdf)Download
March 3 & 10, 2021 - Mark 9-12 Study Notes (pdf)Download
February 24, 2021 - Mark 6-8 Scripture (pdf)Download
February 24, 2021 - Mark 6-8 Notes (pdf)Download
February 10, 2021 - Mark 4.35-5 Scripture (pdf)Download
February 10, 2021 - Mark 4.35-5 Notes (pdf)Download
February 3, 2021 - Mark 4 Scripture (pdf)Download
February 3, 2021 - Mark 4 Notes (pdf)Download
January 27, 2021 - Mark 2-3 Scriptures (pdf)Download
January 27, 2021 - Mark 2-3 Notes (pdf)Download
January 20, 2021 - Mark Chapter 1 Scriptures (pdf)Download
January 20, 2021 - Mark Chapter 1 Introduction & Notes (pdf)Download
The version you've grown up learning is not necessarily the story we get in our gospel accounts. What are these stories really trying to communicate? What background knowledge and understanding are necessary to really understand their radical message? Why not prepare for Christmas by learning the true story of Christmas? This two-part study of the Christmas story took place on Wednesdays, December 9 and 16, 7:15pm, and you can find the scripture readings and notes below.
This was an 8-week online study and discussion that took place Wednesdays, 7:15pm-8:30pm, via Zoom
beginning on September 23, 2020.
Introduction: THE BEATITUDES OF JESUS Matthew 5: 1-12 (pdf)Download
1)THE POOR IN SPIRIT-Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven Matthew 5:3 (pdf)Download
2) THE MOURNERS AND THE MEEK Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5: 4,5 (pdf)Download
3) THE MERCIFUL Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Matthew 5:7 (pdf)Download
4) THE PURE IN HEART Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8 (pdf)Download
5) THE PEACEMAKERS ‘Blessed are the peacemakers........’ (Matthew 5:9) (pdf)Download
6) THE PROPHETS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS Matthew 5:6 (pdf)Download
The Psalms of Israel have been composed to express the vast range of intense and traumatic experiences that make up human experience. They are created to provide a pathway to personal and corporate 'therapy,' as a means to rebuilding life and growing it toward greater fullness and peace.
But to tap into their power, we must learn their structure and how they work to heal and transfigure human experience.
It is no accident that the Psalms are not only the part of scripture most quoted by Jesus, but also the poetry and music of the church through the ages, recited not only during worship, but at weddings, funerals, the hospital bed and at celebrations of thanksgiving.
2020/04/07 - Psalms Session 11 (pdf)Download
2020/04/02 - Psalms Session 10 (pdf)Download
2020/03/26 - Psalms Session 9 (pdf)Download
2020/03/19 - Psalms Session 8 (pdf)Download
2020/03/12 - Psalms Session 7 (pdf)Download
2020/03/05 - Psalms Session 6 (pdf)Download
2020/02/27 - Psalms Session 5 (pdf)Download
2020/02/20 - Psalms Session 4 (pdf)Download
2020/02/06 - Psalms Session 3 (pdf)Download
2020/01/30 - Psalms Session 1 & 2 (pdf)Download
It’s been called the “spiritual gospel.”John’s gospel account of Jesus is intended to tell the story inviting the reader on a journey of personal transformation. The journey is intensely personal but also engages how we relate to others toward the formation of relationships of profound friendship and love. More than any other writing in the bible, this gospel uses the word ‘love’, and more than any other gospel, John presents a Jesus wanting to teach his followers how to form richly fulfilling relationships among each other. Out of such personal transformation,followers then become sources of light in a world of darkness.
Sept. 25, 2019 - John Intro and 1 (pdf)Download
Oct. 2, 2019 - John 2-3 (pdf)Download
Oct. 9, 2019 - John 3-5 (pdf)Download
Oct. 16, 2019 - JOHN 6-8 (pdf)Download
Oct. 23, 2019 - John 8-9 (pdf)Download
Nov. 6, 2019 - John 10-11 (pdf)Download
Nov. 13, 2019 - John 12-13 (pdf)Download
Nov. 20, 2019 - John 14-17 (pdf)Download
Nov. 27, 2019 - John 18-19 (pdf)Download
Dec. 4, 2019 - John 20-21 (pdf)Download
It’s a part of our lives and it confronts us in every news broadcast – human suffering. We suffer losses, live with chronic conditions, carry helplessness, fear and stress about how we will cope. What difference does it make that we reach out to “God”? Are there ways to understand and engage suffering that can make a meaningful difference in our lives? The biblical book of Job raises all these questions and more, and provides some ancient wisdom powerfully relevant to human living today. From visual art, plays, novels, philosophy, psychology, music and more, Job has inspired seekers and sufferers in search of deeper answers for thousands of years.
January 31, 2019 - Job Intro 1-2 (pdf)Download
February 7, 2019 - Job 3 (pdf)Download
February 14, 2019 - Job 4-7 (pdf)Download
February 21, 2019 - Job 8-10 (pdf)Download
February 28, 2019 - Job 11-14 (pdf)Download
March 7, 2019 - JOB 15-21 (pdf)Download
March 21, 2019 - JOB 22-31 (pdf)Download
March 28, 2019 - JOB 32-37 (pdf)Download
March 28, 2019 - JOB 38-42 (pdf)Download
April 3, 2019 - JOB 42. 7-17 (pdf)Download
At Armour Heights, we recognize that people have a spiritual hunger innate in all of us. In order to discover what can satisfy such hunger, we need to feel encouraged and free to explore, ask questions, discuss, share and learn. At Armour Heights we are committed to providing such opportunities for individual spiritual development or within group study. For more info, contact Dr. Harris here.