Bob Ekblad with Raquel Martinez: Advent. Jesus is Coming, Don't Be Anxious

Pastor Bob Ekblad and Raquel Martinez bring the message of Hope and Peace from the Lord, as we look to the coming (and return) of Christ our Savior.

Luke 21:25-36 (ESV)

The Coming of the Son of Man

25 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

The Lesson of the Fig Tree

29 And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. 31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

Watch Yourselves

34 “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

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Jail Ministry Share: The Centurion's Servant

This is our second Jail Ministry Share episode. We bring Bible Studies to our incarcerated brothers and sisters and share strategies, joys, struggles, and transformation at our monthly jail ministry meeting. This podcast is the testimonial portion of those meetings.

Contributing to this podcast:

Gracie Ekblad: TN Co-Founder, Co-General Director, Pastor, and Co-Director of The People’s Seminary

Emily Wilkes: TN Pastoral Advocate, Jail Chaplain, and FSC staff

Matt Malyon: TN Men’s and Juvenile Detention Chaplain, Director of Underground Writing

Kevin Riley: TN Pastoral Advocate and Head Pastor of Mount Baker Presbyterian Church

Mike Neelley: TN Executive Director, Pastor, and Jail Chaplain

Luke 7:1-10 (ESV)

Jesus Heals a Centurion's Servant

After he had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. Now a centurion had a servant who was sick and at the point of death, who was highly valued by him. When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue.” And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” 10 And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant well.

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Setting the Oppressed Free: Fall 2018 Newsletter

Our Fall 2018 Newsletter is titled Setting the Oppressed Free. Our staff compiled stories, exercises, and explorations on the many ways we celebrate liberation at the margins.

This episode is the one-stop for all five audio companions that we published along with the print newsletter. It includes Julio from Family Support Center, Pastoral Advocates Danielle and Kevin Riley, Executive Director Mike Neelley, and Underground Writing Director Matt Malyon.

Family Support Center: A Conversation with Julio & Jim

The Family Support Center is one of the main ministries at Tierra Nueva. We receive all kinds of people and offer prayer, warmth, hot coffee, advocacy, and basic supplies. In doing this, we hear incredible stories—stories that span 20-30 years of chaos in the Skagit Valley. The subject of this episode is Jim, one of our FSC participants and a regular member at Morning Gospels and Evening Psalms at our building.

In this episode, accompanying the piece in Tierra Nueva’s Fall 2018 newsletter, our Doorkeeper and FSC staff Pastor Julio speaks with Jim. 

Danielle Riley: Seeking Justice in the Justice System

Danielle Riley is the lead Women’s Pastoral Advocate at Tierra Nueva. She also heads up the women’s jail ministry, leading Bible studies at the Skagit County Community Justice Center, and directs Children’s Ministry for our Sunday Services. 

In her piece from Tierra Nueva’s Fall 2018 newsletter, she explores justice, liberation, and transformation to an individual in the context of systemic oppression and dysfunction. 

For privacy, we changed the name and some details of the person she’s talking about. 

After she reads her piece, she answers a few questions that I thought of while recording.