Sep 16, 2018
Listening to God
Isaiah 6:8 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”
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  • Sep 16, 2018Listening to God
    Sep 16, 2018
    Listening to God
    Isaiah 6:8 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
    8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”
  • Sep 9, 2018Grooves – Second Third
    Sep 9, 2018
    Grooves – Second Third
    Series: Grooves
    Genesis 29:1-35:15 and Ruth 2:1-3:18
     
    Loss doesn't necessarily mean "the end." Loss can actually be a grace. For the Feminine Path, this phase of life is the beginning of redemption. Identity is shaped, authority and power is discovered.
     
    The second third of the Masculine Path involves a crisis of limitation. The gains one had in the first third of life are taken away or compromised. Gains are hard to come by, even illusive. It might seem that God’s judging someone during this time, but God wants to teach them the way of the cross, the low road. The first half of life was easy for Jacob, he was able to trick others. His time in Paddan Aram was filled with challenge, deception, and struggle.
     
    The second third of the Feminine Path involves the beginning of the climbing. Rohr calls it “The work of Body and Soul” when one begins to develop a solid self, a loving community, and an enduring purpose. Naomi’s unique knowledge of the intricacies of Judean culture allowed Ruth to work her way towards Boaz, Naomi’s kinsman redeemer.
  • Sep 2, 2018Grooves – First Thirds
    Sep 2, 2018
    Grooves – First Thirds
    Series: Grooves
    The first third of the Masculine Path is a Heroic Journey, filled with discovery of power and the formation of the self. The first third of the Feminine Path is a Descent Journey, where one develops a permeable self through the process of waiting and loss.
     
    This is particularly important for raising our children; in their early faith formation, two different operating softwares might be at play in the different children of our household.
  • Aug 26, 2018Grooves – Necessary Losses
    Aug 26, 2018
    Grooves – Necessary Losses
    Series: Grooves
    Genesis 11:27-12:9
    Abram was called out and to be on the move and to manage life in tent camp settings. Instead of moving towards being more settled, Abram embraced the life of the pilgrim.
     
    Contrary to our cultural operating software, the life of faith advances by both determined wins and necessary losses. The way of the Christian is the way of the cross, depletion. Before we can have a lifelong vision for discipleship, we must embrace God's goodness in our ups and downs.
     
    Will we trust that God is sovereign when we are in the midst of descent?
  • Aug 19, 2018Grooves – Shrunken Stories
    Aug 19, 2018
    Grooves – Shrunken Stories
    Series: Grooves
    Luke 16:19-31 A mismanaged life leads to a shrunken story.
    As we take account of our lives, would we conclude that we are living with genuine faith? Have we yielded to God’s leadership in our lives? Do we prop up our own salvation projects?
  • Aug 12, 2018Gestures of Righteousness
    Aug 12, 2018
    Gestures of Righteousness
    Simple gestures can make a big difference in someones life. The simple act of recognizing someone, taking the time to notice them and to know them is profound. In that moment they feel welcomed and we can welcome them into the body of Christ. Through these gestures of righteousness that person can be changed and so can we.
  • Aug 5, 2018Psalm 8
    Aug 5, 2018
    Psalm 8
    Series: Psalms
    Have we allowed ourselves to be anchored in the midst of God's purposes no matter what form or shape that might take?
  • Jul 29, 2018Conversations with the Creator – Defining the Relationship
    Jul 29, 2018
    Conversations with the Creator – Defining the Relationship
    Ezekiel 37:21-28
     
    The sacraments of baptism and communion are the warp and woof of our conversation with God as we relate to Him ever through covenants fulfilled in Christ.
     
    Sacraments bind God to us, us to God, and us to each other. They are the glue that holds the conversation together. Our conversation with our Creator takes place within the fabric of covenant, the signs of which are baptism and communion.
  • Jul 23, 2018Conversations with the Creator – Learning to Listen
    Jul 23, 2018
    Conversations with the Creator – Learning to Listen
    I Samuel 3:4-14
     
    It is important for us to include children in our service with a children's message because in it our children are learning to listen to God and we learn to listen to God through our children's faith. We miss out on the truth and blessing of being God's covenant community if we do not emphasize and train up our children. Contrary to the world, we declare that our children are just as much a part of our community as an adult. In a children's message, our children learn to listen to the conversation with the Creator just like Samuel. At the same time, we, like Eli, learn to listen to God's message to us through the faith of our children.
  • Jul 15, 2018Conversations with the Creator – Learning the Language
    Jul 15, 2018
    Conversations with the Creator – Learning the Language
    Exodus 14:26-15:2
     
    Singing as an especially corporate activity of the church teaches us the language of our faith, giving our minds and hearts freedom to express love to our Savior.
     
    On the great day of salvation for the Israelites when the LORD finally and completely delivers them from the Egyptians through a miracle in the Red Sea, the Israelites prove our Creator-given response by singing praise to God. Imagine this vast sea of people learning the lyrics that their leader Moses wrote for them and then shouting them out. This song was passed down from generation to generation as the people of God learned the language of their soul's salvation. When we sing, we are giving our minds and hearts the pathway to express our gratitude for God's saving work in us and around us. Music has a unique way of calling our whole being into action to respond to God. When we sing, we join with the angels' already ongoing song around the throne of God.