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January 15, 2018

Mission Guilt

Mission Guilt

This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not […]

January 10, 2018

Being your Pastor’s Joy

Being your Pastor's Joy

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. | Hebrews 13:17 In the sermon Sunday, I spent some time going […]

January 3, 2018

Instruments

Instruments

This last Sunday of Advent, we read one final poem from Madeleine L’Engle. It captures the challenge of living in this time between Jesus’ comings, and the continued anticipation we have; it then channels that anticipation into something beneficial. Instruments (2) Madeleine L’Engle Hold me against the dark: I am afraid. Circle me with your […]

December 26, 2017

First coming

First coming

A good reminder of joy in the midst of chaos, which could be a description of the Christmas season! we tend to sanitize the Christmas story, and with it, we sanitize Christ. His coming is seen as clean and simple, when in reality the incarnation was an act of great power to create joy in […]

December 20, 2017

VISION 2018

VISION 2018

One of the most difficult things about putting together a VISION for the church is simplifying it. The reason this is hard is because the church is not a simple thing. You can’t just decide that we are going to focus on and ignore everything else. As the church, we are called to: WORSHIP Gather […]

December 14, 2017

The birth of wonder

The birth of wonder

This is the ADVENT poem we read Sunday to open the service. The Birth of Wonder | Madeleine L’Engle As I grow older I get surer Man’s heart is colder, His life no purer. As I grow steadily More austere I come less readily To Christmas each year. I can’t keep taking Without a thought Forced […]

December 13, 2017

The reason

The reason

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without […]

December 6, 2017

Random acts of honor

Random acts of honor

Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the […]

November 21, 2017

Good Grief

Good Grief

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. | Romans 8:18 In the sermon this Sunday we talked about God’s use of suffering. We said that avoiding suffering is not possible in this life, and that it isn’t God’s […]

November 15, 2017

Guard against hopeless

Guard against hopeless

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that […]

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