May 5, 2015
What About the Children?

Sometimes it is amazing how children will think and ponder about an issueor a question that has them perplexed. Perhaps we can learn from that. Our scripture from the very first Psalm (Psalm 1) urges us to  “meditate”  or “think” on the things of God because when we do,  the scripture goes on to tell us, we become  “like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in season, and it’s leaves do not wither.”

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  • May 5, 2015What About the Children?
    May 5, 2015
    What About the Children?

    Sometimes it is amazing how children will think and ponder about an issueor a question that has them perplexed. Perhaps we can learn from that. Our scripture from the very first Psalm (Psalm 1) urges us to  “meditate”  or “think” on the things of God because when we do,  the scripture goes on to tell us, we become  “like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in season, and it’s leaves do not wither.”

  • Apr 28, 2015Becoming Followers Who Follow
    Apr 28, 2015
    Becoming Followers Who Follow

    In today’s scripture,  Jesus says, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.”  If we are serious about being  followers  of Jesus  who really follow, then….we must become a community of faith that is not afraid to think and ask questions, and explore doubt, and experiment with faithful living. Sheep follow their Shepherd,  and our Shepherd leads us into depths of life we’ve never experienced before.

  • Apr 20, 2015See There!
    Apr 20, 2015
    See There!

    Easter is about the resurrection of Christ.  On that we all agree.  However, according to the Gospel writers,  Easter is about what the disciples SAW  when the risen Christ appeared to them.  What do you  think would happen if we as a church dedicated itself to helping people SEE the risen Christ at work in this world?  In us?  After all, isn’t that really what Easter is all about?  Working toward the  day when “every eye will see him!”

  • Apr 13, 2015Opening Closed Doors
    Apr 13, 2015
    Opening Closed Doors
    Those first followers of Jesus,  cowering behind locked doors even after news of Jesus’ resurrection had reached them,  represented the first Church of the Christian faith.  Granted, soon the Holy Spirit (Pentecost) would come upon them and things would change, but until then what?  What did they have going for them?   They had the PRESENCE of the living Christ!   Here is a serious truth: without the presence of Christ,  we ARE NOT the church!
  • Mar 22, 2015“The Super-Sized You: A Battle with Pride
    Mar 22, 2015
    “The Super-Sized You: A Battle with Pride

    Often we super-size our self-perception.  By comparing ourselves to  others, we make room for pride….either real or false…to take hold of our lives and control. Truth is, the only comparison we should ever make with our lives  is over and against our Lord Jesus Christ.  To quote the Apostle Paul,  “let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”   Many, if not most, of us would benefit from allowing the Holy Spirit to peel back the many layers of our super-sized pride so that God can bring healing to us and change us to become to the  “real” people He wants us to be.

  • Mar 8, 2015“How Depressing Is It?”
    Mar 8, 2015
    “How Depressing Is It?”

    It is a documented fact that  Depression affects some 14 million adults each year in America.  Some depression can come from sin, but not all depression.  Depression can often be attributed to damaged emotions that run deep and are quite complicated, relating to many aspects of our lives including our temperament, physical makeup, body chemistry, glandular functions, emotional patterns and learned behavioral feelings and concepts.  Depression can lead us to God…or away from God.

  • Mar 1, 2015The Cure for Perfectionism: A Clearer Understanding of the Cross
    Mar 1, 2015
    The Cure for Perfectionism: A Clearer Understanding of the Cross
    Today we focus on the cure for Perfectionism.  The running of THIS cure will be to Jesus and His marvelous grace upon the cross.  The clear truth is….the one truly perfect person was crucified on the cross with the weight of our  sins on his shoulders.   It is only in his grace and love that we are “made” perfect.
  • Feb 15, 2015O Lord It’s Hard to be Humble: The Lie of Perfectionism
    Feb 15, 2015
    O Lord It’s Hard to be Humble: The Lie of Perfectionism
    Perfectionism is the constant and nagging feeling  of never doing well, never being good enough.   It carries with it deep self-depreciation and anxiety, and is often accompanied by a great legalism.  However, the Good News is  the way to God is not the path of perfect performance.  Instead, it is a way of grace.
  • Feb 8, 2015The Cure for Low-Self Esteem: God’s Transforming Joy
    Feb 8, 2015
    The Cure for Low-Self Esteem: God’s Transforming Joy
    What does healthy self-esteem look like?  The first component is a sense of belonging, a sense of being loved.   The second component: a sense of  real worth and value.  The third: the inner feeling of  “I can do this.”   If we allow ourselves to be transformed by the Holy Spirit,  God will enable us to see ourselves as He sees us: as His greatest JOY!
  • Jan 25, 2015Life is Too Short to Feel Guilty: A Look at Guilt and Grace
    Jan 25, 2015
    Life is Too Short to Feel Guilty: A Look at Guilt and Grace
    The emotion of guilt plays an important role in our lives. What pain is to the body, guilt is to the spirit.  Sin brings about guilt because sin is a wrong we have committed against God or someone else.  Sometimes people become prisoners of guilt which not only wreaks havoc on our relationships but leads to stress, anxiety and resentment.   Only God’s saving grace can free us from guilt, helping us to receive God’s forgiveness and practice that forgiveness toward others.