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Messages from 2019

Messages from 2019

Missionaries of Charity

2 Timothy 2:8-15 God is reaching out with a crazy notion of love and all he wants is for us to say “yes.” And then he asks that we share that love so others might know him. Mother Theresa received the Nobel Peace Prize 40 years ago this week. Her legacy lives on in continuing mission and ministry that she began in such humble ways. One of her key teaching is that we, too, are called to share in that…

The Center Piece ~ Holy Communion

Through the simple act of sharing bread and juice, we connect – commune with Christians around the world and across time. Often through the time of sharing we experience God’s presence because of the holiness, the quiet, the fellowship, or simply because God is there.

God Lessons from Brazil

Hearing the experience of those on short-term or long-term missions whose lives have been dramatically changes and shaped in new ways can help us grow closer to God and in turn, we become more missional.

Making Your Life Count

We discover through Paul’s words in I Timothy 2 the ways in which we as Disciples of Christ learn to make our lives count. Paul guides us to focus our knowledge of God as the FOCAL EFFECT of our faith. The power of being focused upon a single world-changing task glorifies God. Paul’s task was to be the apostle to the Gentiles.

Grape Wine in a Mason Jar

Many challenges come our way in the course of our lives, but we are not defeated when we exercise the power of God’s Holy Spirit that lives within every Christian.

Making the Most of Our Regrets

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 Regrets can be an instrument of God’s grace and learning that God’s presence never leaves us can bring us strength to empathize with others, forgive sooner, and live more fully. We all have regrets, both for the things we missed doing but should have done and those things we know we shouldn’t have done and now we have regrets for doing. Sometimes our actions have hurt others. “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing…

What Do You Labor For?

Our labor isn’t just the work we do to make a living when we dedicate everything we do to God’s glory. Brother Lawrence, a lay brother serving in the Discalced Carmelite Priory in Paris where he served in the kitchen and he said, “I forgot myself and was willing to lose himself for God.” Consider what motivates you in work, in service, in washing dishes.

What the Spirit Reveals

1 Corinthians 2:9-10, 12, 16 God is speaking to you through music and word, are you hearing him? Through sharing some of our favorite hymns and the background on some of them, we can gain insight, refocus our hearing on the words, and in the process, open ourselves to hearing from God. Sometimes it is simply a tune which brings peace or presence and sometimes it is a word or phrase that touches a sensitive spot in our soul. God…
Bible Stories For Grown-Ups

Bible Stories For Grown-Ups

Luke 24:13-16, 25-27, 30-32 Luke 24 recounts the two disciples walking back to the village of Emmaus when they are joined by the resurrected Jesus whom they do not recognize. In their discouragement, they were not thinking about their history and didn’t yet understand. By recounting the stories, Jesus encouraged them and they realized the true message; “their eyes were opened.” We need to hear over and over about God’s great love for us. Story is powerful. Story draws on…
Called Out of the Country

Called Out of the Country

This is Western Sunday and as we have fun doing something, a bit different than normal we can draw attention from the lyrics of Country Western songs and their authentic perspective of life and hope in the human condition. Then, we can see the authenticity of a God incarnated in Jesus who comes from humble beginnings to deal with the reality of our lives.