Jun 17, 2018
Conversations with the Creator – Joining the Conversation
As Deuteronomy says, our attitude towards the sojourner is shaped by remembering that we were once sojourners that God welcomed in.
Greeting - an announcement of the space, who belongs in it, what happens while we are here, and what shall we do after we leave the space.
The book of Deuteronomy stands as the primary example of the dynamism of the Torah tradition whereby old memories are endlessly re-presented, rearticulated, and reimagined in new ways that keep the main claims of faith pertinent and authoritative in new circumstances.”
Walter Brueggemann
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  • Jun 17, 2018Conversations with the Creator – Joining the Conversation
    Jun 17, 2018
    Conversations with the Creator – Joining the Conversation
    As Deuteronomy says, our attitude towards the sojourner is shaped by remembering that we were once sojourners that God welcomed in.
    Greeting - an announcement of the space, who belongs in it, what happens while we are here, and what shall we do after we leave the space.
    The book of Deuteronomy stands as the primary example of the dynamism of the Torah tradition whereby old memories are endlessly re-presented, rearticulated, and reimagined in new ways that keep the main claims of faith pertinent and authoritative in new circumstances.”
    Walter Brueggemann
  • Jun 10, 2018Whiff – The Smell of Sacrifice
    Jun 10, 2018
    Whiff – The Smell of Sacrifice
    Series: Whiff
    The summer time brings a new season, and a new season comes with its own look and smells. It is incredible what we can learn from our sense of smell. As a matter of fact, reading the Bible through a sense of smell may open our eyes and freshen our understanding of the scriptures, perhaps seeing them in a new light as we do the summer season.
     
    A Living Sacrifice (Romans 12:1) Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
  • Jun 3, 2018Whiff – The Smell of Decay
    Jun 3, 2018
    Whiff – The Smell of Decay
    Series: Whiff
    John includes only seven of the signs (miracles) performed by Christ. The first is at the wedding at Cana, a joyful time of celebration. The last is the funeral at Bethany, a time of mourning. This is how the world is being recreated, among the songs at wedding and the tears at funerals. Jesus is present for it all.
  • May 27, 2018Whiff – The Smell of Perfume
    May 27, 2018
    Whiff – The Smell of Perfume
    Series: Whiff
    Matthew 26:7-9 7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. 8 When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. 9 “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”
     
    This woman did what she could, with what she had, even if it frustrated the social order of the community. Like the disciples we tend to have an "educated opinion." We need people like the woman to reminds u of "uncalculated devotion."
  • May 20, 2018Whiff – Charcoal Fire
    May 20, 2018
    Whiff – Charcoal Fire
    Series: Whiff
    He cleared the way for us to live for Him through faith, empowered by the Holy Spirit to live like Christ, offering His love and hospitality as we go. We call that "The aroma of Christ." We are made to be "smelly" now for all the right reasons this morning. May we continue to find avenues to promote the loving and redemptive aroma of Lord wherever we go.
  • May 13, 2018Psalm 128
    May 13, 2018
    Psalm 128
    Series: Psalms
    Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
    who walk in obedience to him.
    You will eat the fruit of your labor;
    blessings and prosperity will be yours.
    Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
    within your house;
    your children will be like olive shoots
    around your table.
    Yes, this will be the blessing
    for the man who fears the Lord.
    May the Lord bless you from Zion;
    may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
    all the days of your life.
    May you live to see your children’s children—
    peace be on Israel.
  • May 6, 2018The Fruit of Friendship
    May 6, 2018
    The Fruit of Friendship
    "Here we are, you and I, and I hope a third is among us: Christ"
    - Aelred of Rievaulx
  • Apr 29, 2018Friendship Flowering
    Apr 29, 2018
    Friendship Flowering
    Friendship flowers by increased awareness
     
    "I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you." - John 15:15
     
    Friendship flowers because we are committed
     
    "You are my friends if you do what I command." - John 15:14
    "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you." - John 15:16
  • Apr 22, 2018Friendship Watered
    Apr 22, 2018
    Friendship Watered
    "Jonathan loved David; such love transcended JOnathan's own self-interest. His love for David was indistinguishable from that of his own life."
    - Bruce Birch
  • Apr 15, 2018Fruit of Friendship – Friendship Planted
    Apr 15, 2018
    Fruit of Friendship – Friendship Planted
     
    Life is sweet just because of the friends we have made
    and the things which in common we share;
    We want to live on not because of ourselves,
    but because of the people who care;
    It's giving and doing for somebody else-
    on that all life's splendor depends,
    And the joy of this world, when you've summed it all up,
    is found in the making of friends.
     
    (an excerpt from The Making of Friends)
    Edgar Albert Guest
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