Inspiration


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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28
Jun 2017
Being Available

My family has a special call when a meal is ready and on the table. In a swooping, high-pitch voice, one of the ladies of the family will call out, “Whoop, whoop!” We all know that this is the signal that we are to stop whatever we are doing and make ourselves available to eat. A second call might be given if a family member does not show up promptly. Rarely is there a third call. Instead, either someone goes looking for the absent person or dinner just starts without that person.......

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27
Jun 2017
Pray Twice

Imagine yourself a musician.  Imagine that you take on the task of writing music to with this week’s Psalm: Psalm 13. As you read the text for Psalm 13 below…imagine that it is set to music or there is music playing while you are reading.  What would the music sound like?  What instruments do you hear? Is it loud or is it soft?  Does it have a driving beat or does it sound more like its floating? How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from......

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22
Jun 2017
Somehow, Someway

If you stopped by or called the church office this week, then you have probably noticed neither I nor Joanie have been there much. We apologize. It has been a week of the unanticipated. The stomach flu has run its course through our entire family. Joanie has been the latest victim (we are praying that she is well by Friday morning). This bug has completely thrown our schedule out of whack as we have had to care for the children and one another. We’ve both spent time working from home with sick......

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