Encouragement


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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10
Apr 2019
Lent 5 - Prayer Chair

Settle into the chair and breathe deeply. For losing touch with the creation of which we are a part… forgive me. For the times when I don’t let things unfold in their own time… forgive me. Help me slow down when it is the season of my life for doing so. Help me celebrate and embrace the ebbs and flow of life. Give me the ability to sense the balance so that I might take pleasure in the toil of my life and enjoy the fruits of my labor. In this moment......

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08
Apr 2019
Need Balance? Just Breathe!

Sunday’s message is right here, just in case you missed it! Un-busy: Balance Next Steps from Sunday’s Message Reflect: What did you hear differently today about “timing” from today’s sermon? How does the context of Ecclesiastes change or shape your reading of the Ecclesiastes 3 passage? Reflect: What is your understanding of “the breath of God”? How can the “breath of God” breathe into your daily routine and sense of balance? Practice: Take time to read Ecclesiastes 3 again. What is something new that stands out to you?  Write it down.  Reflect......

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03
Apr 2019
Living Light - Prayer Chair

Settle into a chair, breathe deeply, and make the following prayer your offering to God. For striving for material things just to fill a void… forgive me. For times when our unburdening burdens the earth… forgive me. Help us lay down the “shoulds” that dominate our lives, O God. Help us let go of any unhealthy drive to succeed and seek the journey of true fulfillment. Help us to seek your kin-dom by focusing on that which sustains love and justice, for this is the real treasure of this world. In this......

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01
Apr 2019
Lighten Your Load

 Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. -Luke 12:32-34   Reflect: Life can be cluttered with all kinds of things. What physical or material clutter are you living with? What mental, emotional, or spiritual clutter are you living with? Reflect: Sometimes clutter is......

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25
Mar 2019
Focus

Reflect: Being busy can cause us to lose focus. How does busy-ness impact your focus? When you lose focus, how do you refocus and tune-in to God and to the big picture? Reflect: Who are the people in your life who help you tune-in to God? Who are the people who help you discover the big picture? Do you have a discipline or practice in your life that that encourages you to seek out those persons when you lose focus? Practice: Each day this week, seek out one person you trust to......

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20
Mar 2019
Too Busy To Be Present...?

On Sunday I asked a question in worship: Have we been too busy to be really present with one another? In our society which believes that time is a commodity, this is an important question for all of us, not some of us. About a month ago when preparing a sermon based on the gospel stories of Jesus feeding thousands of people with only a few loaves and fishes, I came across this unique verse in Mark’s version of the story: “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they......

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19
Mar 2019
Lent 2 Prayer Chair

Settle into a chair, breathe deeply, and make the following prayer your offering to God. For the times when I have put the to-do list before reaching others… forgive me. For the times when I isolated myself to “just push through it”… forgive me. Help me find the place of balance, O God. Help me be mindful of my need and others need-to be in relationship. Help me stop and find that relationship with you as you invite me to beautiful and serene moments of life like this one. In this moment......

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13
Mar 2019
Lent 1 - Prayer Chair

Settle into a chair, breathe deeply, and make the following prayer your offering to God. For the times when I have run myself and others ragged… forgive me. For the times when I have asked of myself too much or too little… forgive me. Help me find the right tempos for the right times, O God. Help me be gentle in my learning and growing–with myself and with others. Help me step back when the toxic and overbearing pace of life that I believe I must adhere to in order to live......

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