Jan 26, 2020
Freedom in Rest (Exodus 20:8-11)
God did not create us to be on the go 24/7/365. We all need rest. Not just a three week vacation once a year, but a regular rhythm of work and rest. When we operate within a rhythm of work and rest, we are healthier, more productive, and just easier to live with. Consider your own rhythm of work and rest, where does God come into your routine?
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  • Jan 26, 2020Freedom in Rest (Exodus 20:8-11)
    Jan 26, 2020
    Freedom in Rest (Exodus 20:8-11)
    God did not create us to be on the go 24/7/365. We all need rest. Not just a three week vacation once a year, but a regular rhythm of work and rest. When we operate within a rhythm of work and rest, we are healthier, more productive, and just easier to live with. Consider your own rhythm of work and rest, where does God come into your routine?
  • Jan 20, 2020What’s in a Name? (Exodus 20:7)
    Jan 20, 2020
    What’s in a Name? (Exodus 20:7)
    Sometimes we just skirt by the third commandment and assure ourselves that we are okay because we don’t swear. But the third commandment is more than just a prohibition against uttering profanity. It is a reminder that in all of our words and deeds we are to remember that we represent the person and character of God on a daily basis.
  • Jan 13, 2020Staying Focused (Exodus 20:4-6)
    Jan 13, 2020
    Staying Focused (Exodus 20:4-6)
    The temptation of the Israelites was to worship other gods. In their mind other gods offered more options. We are tempted in the same way, maybe not with stone or metal idols but with so many distractions. Yet when we refuse to let anything or anyone interfere with our relationship with God, there is a stability that is indescribable. There is freedom and security in staying focused on our God.
  • Jan 5, 2020A Holy God Who Delivers (Exodus 20:1-3)
    Jan 5, 2020
    A Holy God Who Delivers (Exodus 20:1-3)
    We begin a new series today as we will examine the 10 Words; also known as the 10 Commandments. We will find that these are not prohibitions as much as they are “guardrails” that provide freedom and security for an enjoyable life. In the first word we find that there is stability, hope, protection, and provision when we remember that there is only one God.
  • Dec 29, 2019Make a Difference (Matthew 5:13-16)
    Dec 29, 2019
    Make a Difference (Matthew 5:13-16)
    We find ourselves on that Sunday between two years. It is a time to look back and reflect and a time to think ahead. How will we individually and collectively represent our God in the this coming year? What image of God do people see in the way we live our lives? We will look at Jesus’ word picture of “a city on a hill” and consider what that word picture could mean for us collectively as well as individually.
  • Dec 22, 2019Bathsheba: Victimized yet Victorious (2 Sam. 11-12; Matthew 1:6)
    Dec 22, 2019
    Bathsheba: Victimized yet Victorious (2 Sam. 11-12; Matthew 1:6)
    For anyone who has ever in any way been a victim of the sin of another this story is for you. Jesus came to give life to all. He was announced to lowly shepherds who were marginalized in the society. He was born to a poor couple who were ostracized from their community and eventually fled as refugees to Egypt to escape danger. He was worshiped by magi from the East. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus this week, we need to remember that he is Lord for all of us. The story of Bathsheba and her inclusion in the genealogy of Jesus if nothing else reminds us of God’s grace and healing for all.
  • Dec 15, 2019Ruth: Faithful and True
    Dec 15, 2019
    Ruth: Faithful and True
    The book of Ruth is one of the more tender stories in the Bible. First we, see this woman who is a foreigner, who is marginalized by those in Bethlehem, and who even describes herself as not even having the standing of a servant. But we see her as faithful to one who had no means of providing. Willing to trust the word of her mother-in-law, and courageously placing herself under the care of a man who was a stranger to her. God rewards the faithfulness of this marginalized foreigner and welcomes her into his family. Something for us to consider.
  • Dec 8, 2019Rahab: Daring and Defiant (Joshua 2)
    Dec 8, 2019
    Rahab: Daring and Defiant (Joshua 2)
    Daring, defiant, and unrefined. All terms that could describe Rahab. Her profession was the only one available for a single woman in 1400 BC. And yet God still used her to help his people. Her faith was raw and unrefined but it was real. She is not just one listed in the genealogy of Jesus, she is considered by the writer to the Hebrews as a hero of the faith (Hebrews 11:31). Consider what we can learn by this woman that while eschewed by others was chosen by God to show us the power of simple, unrefined faith.
  • Dec 1, 2019Tamar: Forgotten and Desperate (Genesis 38; Matthew 1:3)
    Dec 1, 2019
    Tamar: Forgotten and Desperate (Genesis 38; Matthew 1:3)
    Forgotten. If you have ever felt forgotten and neglected, then you can begin to understand Tamar. But there is more to her story. The covenant hung in the balance. Judah's sons are men of evil and sin and God takes both their lives. Tamar is forgotten and takes action in to her own hands. It is unorthodox, unwise, and ill advised. But in his grace, God sometimes works through the forgotten and the desperate.
  • Nov 24, 2019Elements of Living in True Community (James 5:12-20)
    Nov 24, 2019
    Elements of Living in True Community (James 5:12-20)
    Integrity, honesty, communication, humility, and accountability.  All are terms that are loaded with meaning.  All are words that when lived out to the fullness of their meaning lead to a deep sense of wholeness.  These are terms that describe a healthy community.  We will examine some elements of a healthy community as we complete James 5.