Encouragement


12
Aug 2019
Tools for Interpretation: Ask & Imagine

After talking about Biblical Interpretation this past Sunday, I want to offer you some practical tools to use in your Bible study than can aid in your interpretation of scripture. To begin, I want to return to the image I used on Sunday about studying and interpreting scripture. Scripture should be studied as though it were a precious gem. When you look at a gem, the light refracts off of every face of the gem. And every gem has many, many faces. So, as you study it, you turn it around and......

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05
Aug 2019
The Bible: Something More

Ancient words ever true Changing me, and changing you. We have come with open hearts Oh let the ancient words impart. –Michael W. Smith Reflect & Practice: Spend 10 minutes each day this week reading from a different book in the Bible. With each reading ask yourself: Are these words poetry or prose? Are they directions from a manual or symbols from a metaphor? Are they literal or figurative? How does your answer to these questions affect the meaning of the passage? Reflect: It’s easy to say the Bible is God’s Word.......

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30
Jul 2019
Learning to Love

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. -John 15:12 As some of our children are at camp and we are looking towards the fall, I have been reflecting on all the wonderful opportunities of service our children have had this summer to reach out to our community.  Our children, in many ways, are really learning what Jesus meant we he said “love one another.” Our children are learning to love people they don’t know or haven’t met yet.  They are learning to show love to......

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22
Jul 2019
Salvation: Something More

The Lord is my light and my salvation;     whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life;     of whom shall I be afraid? -Psalm 27:1-2, NRSV Reflect:  What does salvation mean to you?  Is it something about this life, the  afterlife, or both?  How might salvation be a process that is happening within your life everyday? Reflect:  Have you experienced Christians who use fear tactics in evangelism?  Reflect on some of those experiences.  How did/does fear of not being saved affect you?  Can relationships based on fear be truly authentic?  What is a healthy......

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16
Jul 2019
Buoyancy

Faith is more than believing in ideas or statements about that which is beyond human knowledge and certainty. Faith is more than beliefs about God, Jesus, and the divine. Faith is trusting in someone through a tried-and-true relationship. Faith is more than believing that God exists, that Jesus died and was resurrected. Faith is beloving God through a relationship with Jesus. That’s the general gist of this past Sunday’s message – Faith: Something More Than Belief. There is a beautiful story that illustrates this kind of faith which is something more than what......

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04
Jun 2019
Kids at Hood Memorial Lemonade Stand

but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. -Isaiah 40:31 You know, I continue to be amazed at how much children can teach us about our relationship with God if we pay attention!!  During the 301 Yard Sale, our children will be selling lemonade at their Lemonade Stand.  Our children are reaching out to help other children in need.  What a mission…what a way to share God’s love–being there for young people and......

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03
Jun 2019

Movie Night This Friday! This Friday we are having an old school movie night and watching Disney animated Aladdin from 1992! This was one of my (Pastor Jason) favorite movies from the ’90…I know all the words! I hope you will join me this Friday at 8:00 pm and sing along to the feat songs from Disney’s Aladdin! We need volunteers to help set up the movie screen at 6:00 pm! Miss Sunday’s Message?  Read or Listen to it here…The Door Will Be Opened: It May Take An Earthquake Next Steps from......

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30
Apr 2019
My Soul Cries Out

Tonight, my soul is crying out.  I am mourning the death of two more at UNC-Charlotte this evening.  My soul aches, my brain is confused, and my whole body is scared.  When we lived in Charlotte, we saw young people that we worked closely with and loved fall victim to gun violence.  We walked beside families in picking up the broken pieces and their confusion.  So the news of more gun violence strikes a nerve.  The past few weeks have brought too many shootings.  My soul is wondering how can I turn......

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29
Apr 2019
Welcome Baby Harley!

Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast – Thursday, May 2, 7:00 am Thursday, May 2 is National Day of Prayer and each year in Dunn we have our annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast at 7:00 am. Please join churches from our area for a full breakfast at 7:00 am followed by a Service of Prayer for our community, state, and nation. This year, our focus is on the many organizations and agencies that serve people throughout our community. Spiritual Gifts Inventory If you know that you have not yet taken our church Spiritual Gifts Inventory or......

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15
Apr 2019
Hosanna!  Save Us!

Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,  “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David. Hosanna in the highest heaven.” -Mark 11:9-10   Reflect: What in your life feels like it is pressing down upon you? Are there outside forces? Are there ideas, thoughts, or beliefs within you pressing you down? What forces can you see that are pressing others down? And could there be some you do not see? Reflect: What does rest and......

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