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Nov 11, 2018
A Better End Game
Series: Formed
We sang and prayed our faith on Sunday. We laughed and celebrated our veterans. We heard a difficult word from James but learned that we are privileged in comparison to the world's population and with that Jesus followers are called to live generously toward our neighbors. Have you had an opportunity to express generosity toward someone this week? Have you learned about an issue of injustice? What can you do about it? Have you discovered a ministry in Grand Rapids that is bringing hope, God's love and transforming lives? Can you partner with them through a financial gift?
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  • Nov 11, 2018A Better End Game
    Nov 11, 2018
    A Better End Game
    Series: Formed
    We sang and prayed our faith on Sunday. We laughed and celebrated our veterans. We heard a difficult word from James but learned that we are privileged in comparison to the world's population and with that Jesus followers are called to live generously toward our neighbors. Have you had an opportunity to express generosity toward someone this week? Have you learned about an issue of injustice? What can you do about it? Have you discovered a ministry in Grand Rapids that is bringing hope, God's love and transforming lives? Can you partner with them through a financial gift?
  • Nov 4, 2018The Life of Trust
    Nov 4, 2018
    The Life of Trust
    Series: Formed
    The psalmist writes, "My times are in your hands O Lord." Followers of Jesus affirm this and live their lives against the backdrop of deep trust in God's love and purpose for them. May we live each day of this week with a clear assurance of God's redeeming love for us and in response, gratefully offer our lives to Christ and his mission.
  • Oct 28, 2018War of My World
    Oct 28, 2018
    War of My World
    Series: Formed
    The book of James calls us to be formed for Jesus-shaped living. So how does this formation take place? Do we simply push our Avis Button and "Try harder"? No, the deep internal formation that transforms us into the image/character of Jesus is ultimately the work of the Holy Spirit. But we have a role to play with the Spirit. In our Wesleyan tradition, we talk about the Means of Grace, spiritual exercises that place us in a position to receive the Spirit and his work in our lives.
  • Oct 21, 2018Taming of the Tongue
    Oct 21, 2018
    Taming of the Tongue
    Series: Formed
    Sometimes God's word brings us a tough message. Sunday was like that. Our "tongue" can be a spark that lights a forest ablaze! Our words can hurt or heal. And God's people are to bring words of healing and hope. So how are you doing this week? What are you re-posting and forwarding on Facebook? Have your conversations and tones been seasoned with grace and mercy?
  • Oct 7, 2018No Favorites
    Oct 7, 2018
    No Favorites
    Series: Formed
    On Sunday we heard the challenge of Jesus, James and St. Paul to bulldoze barriers that exclude one group and favor another. This is hard for us to do when many of our barriers are assumed and completely justified but also when groups promote a culture that fears the "other". If you'd like to explore how we, the church, can live barrier free, join with other Christians on Thursday, October 25th from 7-9 pm @ Monroe Community Church for The Power of We: How can Christians love Everybody, Always?
  • Sep 30, 2018The Word that Transforms
    Sep 30, 2018
    The Word that Transforms
    Series: Formed
    Sunday's worship exhorted us to become "Hearers of God's word." 5 Quick Picks to increasing our capacity to hear the "word." 1. Pick a time 2. Pick a place 3. Pick a readable translation 4. Pick a book (I recommend the Gospel of Luke) 5. Pick a prayer (Lord here I am, speak to me through your word)
  • Sep 23, 2018Life is Hard & How You Handle It Matters
    Sep 23, 2018
    Life is Hard & How You Handle It Matters
    Series: Formed
     Trials, worry, anxiety...we all experience these. God doesn't "lay" these on us but invites us to see them as opportunities. God can use these to form our character. Key to this "allowing" is seeking wisdom. We looked at 4 ways to do this: Stay Close to Jesus; Let scripture guide; Seek out professionals; Stay in community. I'm hoping your life is smooth sailing but if the winds pick up, and they will, may you turn to the Potter who transforms lives.
  • Sep 16, 2018A New Identity
    Sep 16, 2018
    A New Identity
    Series: Formed
    Identity - who we are - what shapes your identity? On Sunday we discovered how God calls us his new Israel. As such, we are called to be priests, relational mediators, who help people discover and receive a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. In addition we are called to be a "holy nation." That is, we are called to develop a character that reflects the character of Jesus, and we know how people flocked to him. May you be a priest and show Jesus to those around you through your words, texts, tweets, FB posts, deeds and attitudes this week.

Sep 9, 2018
Jesus, the Greatest Hero
Series: Heroes
Jesus, our greatest friend and greatest forgiver - Question, "Have you heard Jesus say to you, 'Your sins are forgiven'?" Question..."Have you received this good news? Do you know deep in your heart that God has forgiven you of ALL your baggage, stuff, sin?" Question..."Have you allowed Jesus to liberate you from ALL your guilt and shame issues?" If YES to these questions than REJOICE! If NO or NOT SURE, what is holding you back?
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  • Sep 9, 2018Jesus, the Greatest Hero
    Sep 9, 2018
    Jesus, the Greatest Hero
    Series: Heroes
    Jesus, our greatest friend and greatest forgiver - Question, "Have you heard Jesus say to you, 'Your sins are forgiven'?" Question..."Have you received this good news? Do you know deep in your heart that God has forgiven you of ALL your baggage, stuff, sin?" Question..."Have you allowed Jesus to liberate you from ALL your guilt and shame issues?" If YES to these questions than REJOICE! If NO or NOT SURE, what is holding you back?
  • Sep 2, 2018Thomas…a 21st Century Guy
    Sep 2, 2018
    Thomas…a 21st Century Guy
    Series: Heroes
    Thomas gives modern day followers of Jesus permission to wrestle with doubts, to seek reliable data/information...a reasonable faith. While God cannot be distilled down to formulas, how wonderful that God has provided sign posts that point us to the assurance of faith in Jesus.
  • Aug 26, 2018John, Love & Thunder
    Aug 26, 2018
    John, Love & Thunder
    Series: Heroes
    John - Thunder & Love, his life invites us to ask, "How am I being transformed?" "How am I partnering with the Holy Spirit so I might be transformed?" With the Apostle Paul, we can ask, "What in my life indicates I have set my eyes on Jesus and the goal of becoming like him?"
  • Aug 19, 2018Matthew, the Successful Man
    Aug 19, 2018
    Matthew, the Successful Man
    Series: Heroes
    So Matthew the "tax collector" made some huge decisions about his life...What matters? What's worth the investment of my life? Who will lead my life? Hard decisions but important ones for all of us. Matthew made his decision: he followed Jesus and his life was never the same...
  • Aug 12, 2018Nathanael the Seeker
    Aug 12, 2018
    Nathanael the Seeker
    Series: Heroes
    Today we look at Nathaniel the God-Seeker. His life invites us to ask ourselves, "What kind of a Jesus-Seeker am I?"