Encouragement


12
Mar 2019
Adjusting Your Tempo

Sunday morning in worship, I encouraged you to think about the tempo of your life. Is the pace of activity in your life too fast, too slow, or just about right? It would be easy to simple think about being busy or idle, but the truth is our feelings about life have more to do with tempo at any given moment than whether we are busy or not. Sometimes I can be busy and feel energized. And, in contrast, I can be well rested but restless. If you begin paying more attention......

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11
Mar 2019
Tempo

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.    Reflect:  What is your tempo? We discover that each of us has a tempo that fits well, that energizes us. What tempo gives you life and energy? What tempo of life feels toxic to you? What is the cost? Reflect and Practice: In worship, we have begun......

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05
Mar 2019
The View from the Top

Luke 9:28-43 And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Reflect: Consider some of the mountain top experiences of your life. What was the mountain you climbed to get there? How did your perspective, your life, your faith change at the top of the mountain? Did you come down and share your experience? Did you come down changed? Have you lived as a changed person since then? Reflect and Practice: Are there places in your life where you have remained on the mountain......

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26
Feb 2019

God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit. (1 Corinthians 10:13, The Message) Lately, I have sure felt pushed past my limits. I’ve been overwhelmed…working hard, volunteering, helping other people, planning, training, leading workshops, reading, watching children, writing….this list could go on and on. I’ve been on this roller coaster of tired and energized and tired again. I’ve been anxious and contented. I’ve been disappointed and surprised. I’ve been overwhelmed and underwhelmed. I’ve been both happy and sad…and often at the same time! Well intentioned......

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25
Feb 2019
You Can't Fall Up

Read Acts 9:1-19 Reflect: Since you cannot fall up, you have to climb up. When it comes to the mountains of your life, what has climbing been like for you lately? What external obstacles and internal hurdles have you faced? How are you getting through them? Reflect and Practice: As you climb up the mountains of your life right now, are you finding that your perspective changes as you get higher and higher? If so, what looks different to you? If not, are you caught up in looking down at the path?......

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18
Feb 2019
Supplies, Support, and Sharing

Matthew 15:29-39 After Jesus had left that place, he passed along the Sea of Galilee, and he went up the mountain, where he sat down.  Great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the mute, and many others…  Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.”  The disciples said......

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22
Jan 2019
Lift Your Eyes

I encourage you to listen to this beautiful piece by Mendlessohn as you keep reading:  Lift Thine Eyes. Psalm 121 is one of my favorite scriptures.  It has personal meaning to me, having grown up in the Roanoke Valley of Virginia and being surrounded by glorious mountains.  Each year, on my parents’ anniversary, we took a special trip to the Peaks of Otter and spent the evening there enjoying nature.  In college, I learned the art of climbing mountains, and learned to appreciate them even more.  When I moved to Richmond for......

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21
Jan 2019
Mountains We Have Climbed

Psalm 121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.  The Lord shall preserve thy going out and......

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14
Jan 2019
Water, Wind and Fire

Try reading these two scriptures Isaiah 43 & Luke 3 together…in a new way.  What do you hear differently? Below, the Luke text is italicized. Isaiah 43:1-7 f Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. The people were filled with expectation, and everyone wondered whether John might be the Christ. John replied to them all, “I baptize you with water, but the......

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17
Dec 2018
Draw Near to Justice, part 2

Read Luke 1:46-56   Reflect: God’s justice is different than our justice. It’s about making the world right!  Where do you see God’s justice being birthed this Christmas? in your life? in the lives of others? Reflect & Practice: “Jesus became light for our darkest decisions, peace for our self-centered wars, and love for our life-draining animosity towards others.”  How is this becoming true in your life this Christmas? Practice: Uses images and poems from this week’s bulletin and the Advent Guide this week in your devotional time to draw near to......

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