Is it a Miracle?

Matthew 14:13-21 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so…

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Aftershock: We Follow After

Matthew 28:1-10 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do…

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Sermon for the 4th Sunday in Lent

Ask God to bless everyone who mistreats you. Ask him to bless them and not to curse them. When others are happy, be happy with them, and when they are sad, be sad. Be friendly with everyone. Don’t be proud and feel that you are smarter than others. Make friends with ordinary people. Romans 12:14-16 (CEV)  I really liked playing sports when I was growing up. I was on swim team, soccer, and basketball teams. I don’t know what it…

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Who is Jesus For Us?

Sermon for Christ the King Sunday: Nov. 20, 2016 Over the past few weeks we have been unpacking together what it means to be a citizen. We have immersed ourselves in the words of the Beatitudes, considering this upside-down kingdom of God together, hearing that God blesses those who depend only on him, those who grieve, those who are humble, those who want to obey him (even more than they eat or drink…that’s a lot of obeying!) Jesus…

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Reign of Christ Sunday

Submission to Modern Metanoia for Reign of Christ Sunday: Luke 23:33-43 Last weekend, I sat with a 12 year old boy that desperately wanted to die. In reality, it wasn’t so much that he wanted to die, he just really didn’t think he deserved to live. He actually used those words. It was absolutely heartbreaking to hear the depths of his emotion and pain leave him with the conclusion that he did not deserve to be alive anymore. As…

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Love Beyond Measure

September 25, 2016 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Thought for the Week: Psalm 146 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long.  I was born with a song in my heart. This probably has a lot to do with the family I come from – a family of musicians and artists. Music was always playing in the background, if not being created and…

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Living a Legacy of Love

Luke 12:13-21 A man in a crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to give me my share of what our father left us when he died.”Jesus answered, “Who gave me the right to settle arguments between you and your brother?” Then he said to the crowd, “Don’t be greedy! Owning a lot of things won’t make your life safe.” So Jesus told them this story: A rich man’s farm produced a big crop, and he said to himself,…

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Unexpected Gifts, Unexpected Faith

Luke 7:1-10 After Jesus had finished teaching the people, he went to Capernaum. In that town an army officer’s servant was sick and about to die. The officer liked this servant very much. And when he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish leaders to ask him to come and heal the servant. The leaders went to Jesus and begged him to do something. They said, “This man deserves your help! He loves our nation and even built us a meeting place.”…

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Resurrection Vessels

Dust, dirt, muck, clay. These are the places of creation. These are the places of life and death. These are the places where we we come from, find ourselves, and are called to be co-creators and caretakers. It is easy to weighed down by the death that surrounds us. Whether expected or not, peaceful or violent, quick or slow, death comes to us all and happens every day. We can spend our lives visiting tombs, carrying burial spices…

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Life Love Death Love Life

The essential goal of life is to accept death. As long as we fight death, we do not have energy for love. As long as we fear death, we have no room for love. And what is love, with all of its nuances, other than true life? The more we accept death, the more life we have to love.

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