Jul 8, 2018
Conversation with the Creator – God Speaks
Preaching calls for change by reminding us of what we know, by providing a subversion story, and by steering us towards meaningful work.
 
We see in II Timothy 4 that Paul describes the sufficiency, power, and inspiration of God's Word and its role in Timmy's life. Paul shapes the purpose of God's Word among God's people. This is God speaking into our lives with a power that He breathed into our nostrils at our creation. Immediately following this description, Paul is giving us the main method for delivering this life-giving Word to our hearts: through preaching. Through the hard work and Spirit guidance of the messenger, preaching has power to speak through our minds to our hearts and convict, encourage, rebuke, and equip.
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  • Jul 8, 2018Conversation with the Creator – God Speaks
    Jul 8, 2018
    Conversation with the Creator – God Speaks
    Preaching calls for change by reminding us of what we know, by providing a subversion story, and by steering us towards meaningful work.
     
    We see in II Timothy 4 that Paul describes the sufficiency, power, and inspiration of God's Word and its role in Timmy's life. Paul shapes the purpose of God's Word among God's people. This is God speaking into our lives with a power that He breathed into our nostrils at our creation. Immediately following this description, Paul is giving us the main method for delivering this life-giving Word to our hearts: through preaching. Through the hard work and Spirit guidance of the messenger, preaching has power to speak through our minds to our hearts and convict, encourage, rebuke, and equip.
  • Jul 2, 2018Conversation with the Creator – We Speak
    Jul 2, 2018
    Conversation with the Creator – We Speak
    Acts 4:23-31
    Prayer is our Spirit-provoked reply to God's grace in which we pour out and align our hearts with the Great Listener.
  • Jun 24, 2018Conversations with the Creator – Giving
    Jun 24, 2018
    Conversations with the Creator – Giving
    We are a part of the body of Christ, we are His representatives on Earth. We are to give back. We are to share, not only our gifts, we are to share our life, our treasures, our time...everything we have. We give as a response as Moses called us to do. We respond with generostity as Paul called us to do. We give because god has touched our lives. He not only made us but he lost us and bought us back again. We give because we are two times His.
  • 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