He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God......
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. -Luke 4:18-19 Reflect: Prayerfully consider this week: In what areas of life is Jesus ahead of you beckoning you to step forward? Are there places, situations, issues in the world in which you are lagging behind Christ? What is needed......
Reread Paul’s personal dilemma in his letter to the Romans. Does any of his inner conflict feel familiar to you? I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is......
What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship,......
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......
Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!” -Genesis 28:16 What do you want in life? Really deep down? What is your deepest longing? Your purest purpose? What is that inescapable drive within you? What is at the center of your heart and mind and soul? Read Genesis 28:10-17 again. This is a story about waking up. Waking up to purpose, and joy, and meaning and calling. Waking up to more, to the more that is all around us, all the time.......
This Sunday we celebrate Father’s Day. In our worship we will celebrate all the men in our church for the ways they are committed to our God and teach us through their example. We recognize and pray for all fathers and men: new fathers fathers who have lost a child fathers who never had children of their own, but lived as an example men who served as teachers and mentors men who struggle on their journey and still remain faithful men who offer questions and thoughts that remind us all to lean......
Reread the Resurrection story in John 20: 1-18 Reflect: What does that story mean to you? How does story speak truth into your life? Reflect: How has God saved you? What did it take for you to see that God had saved you? Where have you experienced resurrection? Think about experiences in your life when your cries of Hosanna (save me) turned into shouts of Hallelujah (praise God)? Practice: Offer your Hallelujahs to God. Identify times when you cried out and God saved you. Specifically thank God for the resurrection, the new......
Read: John 18:33-38 Reflect: Is Jesus your savior? …your king? Or both? Consider times in your life when you have come to Jesus for help. And consider how you follow Jesus as your Lord and King each day. Reflect: Do you ever feel confused like Pilate when it comes to the answers Christ gives to you through scripture, prayer, or your church family? Do you “give in” or “give up” when you are confused (like Pilate)? Or do you try to discover a deeper truth? Practice: This week, focus your attention on......
Did you know that two of our members will be island jumping and dancing with flamingos next weekend (October 26-28th)? That sounds like an exotic vacation, doesn’t it? On the contrary Lisa Willis, Emily Barefoot, and their friend Darlene Parker will be working tirelessly to raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatments through the Pledge the Pink Event. Over three days, this team of women from our area will join hundreds of others who will be walking/running 30 miles in 3 days covering 3 islands. They begin on Fripp Island,......