Life Lessons


24
Jun 2019
There's Something More

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.......

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13
Jun 2019
Foundation of Fathers, Part 2

This Sunday we celebrate Father’s Day.  In our worship we will celebrate and pray for all the men in our church for the ways they are committed to our God and teach us through their example. During this 130th anniversary year, we remember some of the men that have laid foundations of ministry at Hood Memorial Christian Church and have demonstrated a life devoted to Christ. Today we here from Karen Tart Krueger about her father, “Tittle” Tart. Daddy loved this church.  William S. “Tittle” Tart was born in 1925 and Hood......

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11
Jun 2019
Foundations of Fathers

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......

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28
Jan 2019
We Make the Path by Walking

Take a moment and think of some of the people in Scripture and how they had to take a step of faith on their journey.  They had to make the first step on the path up some pretty significant mountains.  Think about the mountains these people climbed… Moses David Isaiah Jesus the disciples John, charged with documented visions and dreams in Revelation From Genesis to Revelation, God’s Word is full of stories of how people had to make the first step on the mountains in their life they must climb. Reflect:  Where......

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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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24
Oct 2018

On Sunday, I encouraged everyone to read Ecclesiates 7. It has some great advice. Want to know if the way you smell will affect your reputation? A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume. And the day you die is better than the day you are born. (v.1, NLT) Should you go to the wedding or the funeral? Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties. After all, everyone dies—so the living should take this to heart. (v.2, NLT) When you hear that bad joke and you want to......

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25
Jun 2018
Better Together

Have you ever tried to tackle a problem by yourself? I have a history of doing so. In school instead of studying in a group, I would typically do things on my own. I have always liked to take projects on by myself. I like the satisfaction of doing something with my own hands from start to finish. I sometimes feel bad about inconveniencing others by pulling them in to my work. I often underestimate the real amount of work needed to complete a task thinking I can handle it quickly only......

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13
Jun 2018
Fatherly Advice

Father’s Day is just a few days away. And this year it’s a tough one for me for several reasons. First, I lost my father just a few months ago. Second, my dad’s birthday is always close to Father’s Day. In fact, it’s today – June 14. I am remembering my dad a lot this week. My anniversary was just two days ago. Joanie and I flipped through our wedding pictures. I paused each time I saw my dad. I remembered how handsome he was. I cherished his smile. I wished to......

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12
Jun 2018
K(no)w Wonder

Have you ever felt a bit of surprise mixed with admiration, curiosity, amazement and awe because of something beautiful, unexpected, unexplainable, or unfamiliar? How often? A couple times a year? Once a month? Once a week? Everyday? The feeling I’m asking about is wonder. How often to do have a sense of wonder? Do you wake up in wonder of a new day? Do you embrace the day with a sense of wonder at the world around you? Do you greet people in pure wonder about their life and experiences? Do you......

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31
May 2018
The Stories in Acts

For those of you who are reading through the New Testament with me, how is it going?  I have been a little slow, but will start the book of Romans next week. So, I spend a little time reflecting on Acts. Reading through the book of Acts has given me an idea.  What if we compiled a book of stories from members of Hood Memorial Christian Church?  What if each member shared a story of one of the most raw, life-changing spiritual experiences you have had?  How much could we learn from......

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