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Through the Eyes of Jesus: Restoring Dignity

Through the Eyes of Jesus       Restoring Dignity  John 4: 1-2, 13-30             Well, friends, today we continue our 40-day journey through the Season of Lent. This year, we’re inviting Jesus to help us see again, to see with new eyes, to see the world as Jesus sees it. My hope is that God’s Spirit will challenge us, convict us and grow us as we do this work together. To kick off this series, we’re going to spend some time looking at an important conversation Jesus has with a woman at the well, a story of restoring dignity and worth.  If you have your Bibles… There was a story making the rounds a few months ago on Facebook, written by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho. I can’t tell you if the story is factually true, but what I can say is that the story speaks a lot of truth. Coelho tells the story of a young couple who recently moved into a new neighborhood, and every morning, the wife would sit at her kitchen table, with coffee in hand, looking outside her window at her
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The Mountain or the Mud

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Lessons From the Cross- To Know the Crucified Christ

Lessons From the Cross           To Know the Crucified Christ  Scripture:  1 Corinthians 2: 1-9             Well friends, I’m grateful to be back in worship with you. And I hope that you came prepared to meet Jesus in new and powerful ways. Today we’re going to take one more look at life from underneath the cross. One of the great challenges we have as a people of faith is keeping God’s great story at the forefront of our minds. As a people of God, we believe that God is always up to something good, calling people to experience new life with Jesus, to be forgiven and set free, to be transformed. But this can be a difficult story to embrace when we see so much ugliness and evil in the world. It can be challenging to press into our faith when there’s so much evidence of division, hatred and chaos. Yet part of what makes us Christian, part of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, is our stubborn belief that God is making all things new. And quite simply the best evidence that

Lessons From the Cross- The Weak Made Strong

Feb. 9, 2020                Lessons From the Cross:   The Weak Made Strong  1 Corinthians 1: 18-31 Friends, today we’re going to a turn to a topic that I believe demands our best thoughts and attention- the cross. For the next two weeks, we’re going to sit under the reality of the cross and let God teach us about its power. In a divided world, in a divided country, in divided homes, and in our distracted lives, the cross has some important things to tell us.  Would you read with me?  A few years ago, I decided I needed to get away and spend some time with God. It was fall, and was struggling to know what to preach over the next few months and thought maybe a retreat would do the trick. So I packed up some resources and drove an hour and a half south to Jumonville, one our Conference camps, which sits high up a mountain. I stopped in at the office, got my cabin keys, then pulled the car up to the cabin, where I prayed and asked God to reveal himself to me. And then I opened

Real ID: God Made Me

Real ID: God Made Me           1/26/20 Psalm 139: 13-18 Good morning friends. Thanks for choosing to be with us on Sunday. I know on cold winter days it can be hard to find the motivation to do anything. But I’m grateful that you’re here. Today we’re continuing our sermon series called Real ID: Discovering the Real You. We’re exploring the words of Psalm 139 as we counter the lies of our world with God’s truth, specifically what God says about us. And today we consider the truth that God made us.  Would you read with me?  Several years ago I ran my first ever youth retreat. It was a surreal moment for me. I had grown up attending spring youth retreats, and they were instrumental in helping to shape my life and faith. In fact, it was at a youth retreat where I led my first devotion, and afterwards, the main speaker for the morning, as well as several adult mentors, began to speak words of encouragement into my life, claiming the gift that God was planting within me. And so

Real ID: God is With Me

Read ID: God is With Me  Psalm 139: 7-12              Well friends, it is another tremendous day to gather for worship. I hope that you experienced God’s presence and blessing this week. I also hope you’re ready to hear from God’s Word this morning. Today we’re continuing our sermon series called Real ID, which is our humble attempt to discover the real “us” in a world full of lies. Last week, we learned from Psalm 139 that God knows us and accepts us. Today we’re reminded that God is with us.  Would you read with me?              There’s been a lot of attention given over the last several years to something known as the  Loneliness Epidemic . If you were to do a quick Google search, you could spend hours upon hours reading the latest research on the topic of loneliness in our world. For instance, in a recent survey in the United Kingdom, a large percentage of respondents listed the fear of being alone as their number one fear. More than death. More than cancer. More than