By this point in the month of December, it may be too late to buy the perfect Christmas present for a friend or family member. But it is never too late to accept the unexpected gift that God is offering you: the gift of Jesus as Immanuel, Savior, Messiah and Lord. All you need to […]
At Christmas we celebrate how God stepped toward us in Jesus. The question we must ask each day is: Will we step toward God? Will we be reconciled to God? The whole welkin is ringing with praise to God for what God did by coming in person in Christ. Let’s join the song!
While “The Magnificat” may not be on the hot list of Christmas music played on the radio during this season, it is the song that reminds us who Jesus is and what he is about. It reminds us, too, that we are called to follow him in lifting up the lowly, filling the hungry with […]
Zechariah is struck speechless because he needs to stop and listen. Perhaps we need to once again be struck speechless by the power of this story; to be silent and listen for what God, who came to us in person in Jesus and continues to work through the Holy Spirit, is up to in our […]
Even if we work hard to fight injustice and do the hard work of reconciliation, we are going to make bad choices and crazy, stupid mistakes. Life is chaotic and complicated, and no one can live it without sin. Some of us will even feel as guilty as the criminal on the cross, who said […]
There’s a truism that says that you can do anything you want if you’re willing to pay the price. The problem is that too often we do not know the price. The call in this text, one that echoes the call to the first disciples, is to follow Jesus. We can do this, but do […]
The church has its sights on far loftier goals: nothing less than the restoration of creation, fair provision and God’s justice for all people, and the attainment of real and lasting peace. Such goals oblige us to remember that we are personally and corporately works-in-progress; to drive together in the carpool lane; to avoid spiritual […]
The problems of this world are not part of God’s vision and they are not our ultimate reality, but until God’s promised Kingdom comes, our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims and squarely rooted in God’s love and grace and mercy.
So, maybe it would be better to shut our mouths and open our hands to show the love and grace and mercy of Christ reaching out to a fallen world. Christ calls us to be people who say, “I can follow Jesus today. I can Christian today.” We don’t need more squabbling Christians in the […]
Strategic Faith Development is also one of our FOCUS goals over the next two years. We believe it is important to dedicate ourselves to God’s ways, seek God’s guidance, in order to lead a purposeful and purpose-filled life. Our Strategic Faith Development goals are: • 20 new kids in Sunday School • 20 new kids […]
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