Mar 31, 2019
I Live Out Grace
Series: Baptized
God's grace is amazing! But in our broken "ungrace" world do we really understand? Have we really embraced the unconditional love of God or are you trying to work hard enough to earn it? Christianity's unique claim in this ungrace world is GRACE, never earned, never deserved. It is the FREE gift of God through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. So Holy Spirit, Living breath of God, come breath this GOOD NEWS into the depth of our beings that we might live out grace to those around us this very day and week! Amen.
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  • Mar 31, 2019I Live Out Grace
    Mar 31, 2019
    I Live Out Grace
    Series: Baptized
    God's grace is amazing! But in our broken "ungrace" world do we really understand? Have we really embraced the unconditional love of God or are you trying to work hard enough to earn it? Christianity's unique claim in this ungrace world is GRACE, never earned, never deserved. It is the FREE gift of God through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. So Holy Spirit, Living breath of God, come breath this GOOD NEWS into the depth of our beings that we might live out grace to those around us this very day and week! Amen.
  • Mar 24, 2019I Live a Repentant Life
    Mar 24, 2019
    I Live a Repentant Life
    Series: Baptized
    So grateful for Sunday's worship experience. We heard God's invitation to invest in truly life-flourishing food from Isaiah 55 and the Gospel story pictured Jesus as the gardener who wants to nurture a fruit tree from ill-health to fruit-bearing flourishing. We laughed about Twinkies, those snack treats devoid of any nourishment. But they illustrate the question, What holy habits, means of grace am I cultivating? The means of grace position my life to receive the fullness of God's transforming grace. Living the baptized life means I will turn away from Twinkies and turn toward my relationship with Jesus and the ways of Jesus.
  • Mar 17, 2019I Work for Flourishing
    Mar 17, 2019
    I Work for Flourishing
    Series: Baptized
    God is into flourishing. Flourishing for you, for me, for our neighbors, communities, indeed all of creation. So draw near through scripture, prayer and song. Allow the Spirit to refresh and heal your inner-most being. And then step out and be instruments of God's flourishing to others.
  • Mar 10, 2019I Know Who I Am
    Mar 10, 2019
    I Know Who I Am
    Series: Baptized
    "We're invited/challenged by Jesus to root our identity in God's claim upon us in the waters of baptism...you are my BELOVED. With that as our core identity we live life saying YES to values, deeds, and systems that promote flourishing in our lives and communities. We say NO to the opposite...as they bring decay and deprivation to individuals and communities. So we live as people flourishing in God's grace and promoting that flourishing in our neighbors as well. May you be a source of flourishing to someone this week!