As we mentioned and brought before God on Sunday, our church community and the community of Dunn have experienced a lot of loss lately and there are many among us that are on the journey of grief. The journey of grief was not foreign to the psalmist. Though sometimes less familiar, many of the psalms in the Bible are psalms of lament. Some of these psalms share vivid imagery of one’s sorrow and grief. Take Psalm 6, for example, O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger, or discipline me in......
-1 Kings 19:11-12 A few days ago a church member sent us this article that was both comforting and encouraging to us and we wanted to share it with you. This is an article entitled Listen Carefully by Sue Kidd. It is taken from the Guideposts publication Fragile Moments:When God Speaks in Whispers. Not long ago I heard a story about a young man and an old preacher. The young man had lost his job and didn’t know which way to turn. So he went to see the old preacher. Pacing about the......
In the spirit of Acts and in honor of rereading Paul’s letter to the Romans, I was inspired to write my own letter to the people of the land where I live and work and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. As I have finished rereading the Acts of the Apostles, I have been more struck this time with all the many difficult challenges that the apostles and other early believers faced. I have been overwhelmed by the power of the political and religious authorities against the early Christians and how......
Touching someone’s life is powerful. Prayers, visits, phone calls, cards of encouragement, meals, sitting together, singing together, listening together…these all have tremendous power to bring healing into our lives. This is part of the message I shared on Sunday. And I threw some research and data at you all that showed exactly how powerful touching someone’s life within a community of faith can be. But numbers and research can be a bit overwhelming when it is just spoken. So, I want to share that with you again today in writing. Power of......