Inspiration


16
Apr 2018
Missing Details

Our Church Board has approved the refurbishment of 13 Stained Glass Windows in our sanctuary. Today, I got word that the company doing the work will come to remove the first of those windows – the large window featuring the story of Mary and Martha from Luke 10. It’s pretty exciting to get this work underway after so many months of discernment. As I sat thinking about the removal, refurbishment, and reinstallation of this first window, I realized that for several weeks there will be plywood in the space of that large......

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30
Jan 2018
Waiting for Renewal

Do you feel tired? Stretched too thin? Is there a place in your life where you feel as if you are at the end of your rope? Has your strength faltered? Is your perseverance waning? Are you searching for courage? As I think back to my thoughts and feelings in the midst of times in my life when I have answered Yes to all these questions, a couple of things stand out: I prayed a lot; raw, tearful, humble, and passionate (sometimes angry!) prayers for help and strength I had lots of......

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02
Jan 2018
A Spiritual Shower

Joanie and I recently purchased my grandmothers home in Angier and this past week we started renovations. We’ve begun pulling out all the old cabinets in preparations to completely remodel the kitchen, dining and living rooms. Everything in the kitchen dates back to the 1960s when my grandmother and grandfather built the house. So, needless to say, there was some good old 1960s dust behind the old stove and underneath the old cabinets. While it wasn’t the dirtiest job I’ve ever done, it most definitely left me with a dusty, sticky, 1960s......

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11
Dec 2017
Belonging to Love, Joy, Peace & Hope

Yesterday during worship, I asked our church family to consider how Christmas is about belonging. Immanuel – God With Us – is a message of belonging. As I said in a blog article last week, Immanuel is a phrase that connects God and us through the little word with (im in Hebrew). To summarize, the Hebrew word im can mean: Being by or beside someone (approaching) Dwelling in a place or with someone (inhabiting), or Being together with someone (belonging). This third meaning is all about belonging. And when we look at Immanuel......

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04
Dec 2017
God With Us

Immanuel. A simple Hebrew phrase we say and sing during the Advent and Christmas seasons to remind us of the real reason for the season. Immanuel (sometimes written Emmanuel) literally means “with us is God,” or, more simply, “God with us.” The meaning of Jesus birth is essentially immanuel. That is, the baby Jesus is literally God coming in human form to be with us. Immanuel first appears in Isaiah 7: Isaiah said, “Listen, house of David! Isn’t it enough for you to be tiresome for people that you are also tiresome......

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14
Sep 2017
This Is Your Life

Freeway: Invitation – A Prodigal’s Party If you missed Sunday at Hood MCC,  listen to or read the message that started the Freeway journey. Devotion 3 Remember that old TV show This is Your Life. Maybe not. But what if your life was a TV show. What would the show be called? Does a TV show you are familiar with describe your life? If so, which one? If not, make one up and give it a name. What would it be called? What genre of TV show would it be…comedy, drama, sci-fi,......

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13
Sep 2017
Stuck

Freeway: Invitation – A Prodigal’s Party Listen to or read the Message from Sunday to get us started on Freeway – a not so perfect guide to freedom Devotion 2 In what areas of life do you feel kinda stuck? (Get out some paper and start writing!) Stuck in the past? Stuck in pain? Stuck with someone? Stuck with some habit? Stuck with a job? Stuck with a feeling? Stuck with being stuck…!? Write any and all of your thoughts about these questions down. Look over what you’ve written. What do you......

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06
Sep 2017
God Welcomes Everyone . . . And So Do We

One of the phrases used in our church since before I arrived is this: “God Welcomes Everyone” I admit that I had a part in adding to the end of this phrase: “…And So Do We.” We have been using this tagline a lot over the past year and a half.  It sums up some important pieces of our mission and vision statements in a very concise way. So it is a great one liner to put on our brochures, signs and website. Welcome is about greeting and receiving someone with kindness......

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04
Sep 2017
Something More

This coming Sunday we launch Freeway, a 7 week series through which we will look deeply at ourselves and our spiritual journey to freedom. We start this week with stories of Prodigal Sons. That’s right, I said sons with a plural “s.” You see, there’s not just one prodigal son story in scripture. In fact, I’d make a case that there are dozens and dozens of stories about people who wander off because they want something more in life and then later try to find a way to come home. There’s Jacob,......

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14
Aug 2017
A Mile In My Shoes

Jerry is an occasional guest on Sunday mornings with our church family. According to him, our family of faith has shown him welcome when other churches have not. And I have heard many within our congregation share how much Jerry has to offer to our community. For example, he shares valuable insights during Bible Studies or in Small Groups and adds a beautiful voice to our singing. From talking with Jerry, he is very aware that many people see him only as a person in need. Yes, he is disabled and on......

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