Sep 1, 2019
Excitement
Sunday concluded our Summer Series "Looking Forward." We ended on the high note of EXCITEMENT. God is a God who shows up in unexpected places and circumstances to do unexpected and amazing things on behalf of his people and mission. How do God's people respond to this? EXCITEMENT, "God has come to help his people!" Are your eyes, minds and hearts open to this work of God? Or, are you fixed only on the circumstances around you/us? Let's be praying for the Holy Spirit to open us to the new possibilities God is cultivating and inviting us to share in.
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  • Sep 1, 2019Excitement
    Sep 1, 2019
    Excitement
    Sunday concluded our Summer Series "Looking Forward." We ended on the high note of EXCITEMENT. God is a God who shows up in unexpected places and circumstances to do unexpected and amazing things on behalf of his people and mission. How do God's people respond to this? EXCITEMENT, "God has come to help his people!" Are your eyes, minds and hearts open to this work of God? Or, are you fixed only on the circumstances around you/us? Let's be praying for the Holy Spirit to open us to the new possibilities God is cultivating and inviting us to share in.
  • Aug 25, 2019Embassies of the Kingdom–Guest Speaker Mandy Fowler
    Aug 25, 2019
    Embassies of the Kingdom–Guest Speaker Mandy Fowler
    Kingdom embassies, making our lives, homes and relationships places where people encounter Jesus. This is actually incredible. God wants me/you to be a person through whom God becomes present, real and relevant to others. You/we through our day-to-day actions and interactions become the temple of God, the place where God dwells and is experienced. WOW! What a high calling and privilege we have as followers of Jesus. So let's intentionally invite the Holy Spirit to fill us anew each day this week. Let's sing in our hearts, "Here I am Lord," and freely offer ourselves to be vessels of our risen Lord. Let us examine our days and encounters to see if we have been faithful, confess and repent where we have stumbled, rejoice in grace that cleanses and empowers and rise up each day committed to being Christ's embassy to others.
  • Aug 18, 2019Fatigue
    Aug 18, 2019
    Fatigue
    On Sunday we listened to stories about fatigue. Sleeping disciples overcome with grief. A Martha Stewart of the New Testament feverishly working to create hospitality and in her fatigue complaining to Jesus about the lack of help. Grief and busyness...including church busyness can create weary, tired, bodies and souls. The answer? Sabbath resting. Sabbath is God's gift for renewal. How can you practice Sabbath rest this week? Is there something you can stop doing? Is there a relationship in need of renewal? It's okay to stop. It's okay to say, "No more." It's okay to say "yes" to rest and renewal.
  • Aug 11, 2019Failure
    Aug 11, 2019
    Failure
    Failure, not something we aspire to or want to admit. But the story of God's people is rife with failure and God's redemption. On Sunday, we looked at Peter's dramatic failure, his thrice denial of Jesus. One might expect that that event was the last time we'd hear about Peter for he would be cut from God's team. What we find though is a much larger story. This story reminds us that Christ CHOSE Peter, Christ CHALLENGED Peter, and Christ CALLED Peter to "Follow me." His story is our story as we too confess, "I have not loved you with all my heart nor my neighbor as myself."
  • Aug 4, 2019Fear
    Aug 4, 2019
    Fear
    On Sunday we heard the story of people frightened by change, fearful of what they might loose if God's preferred future happened for God's people. They sought to impede God's vision through ridicule and conspiracy theories. We can find ourselves in their shoes. When change happens, we fear what we might loose, position and status, familiar and favored things, even buildings and a sense of place.