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Jan 2018
A Rocky Relationship

All lovers of contemporary Christian artist from the 80s and 90s, Sandy Patti, this one’s for you!  As I was reading Jesus’ words to Peter in Matthew 16:17-18, I couldn’t help but start humming her song “Upon this Rock“.  I read a few more verses and then I came back to v. 17-18.  And even as I finished chapter 16, I kept coming back to Jesus’ words “You are Peter (Petros), and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” Those are......

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16
Jan 2018
Faith in a Hurry

I have made it through the first 11 Chapters of Matthew (the first 9 days of reading through the New Testament).  Here are a couple of things that have stood out to me over the past couple of days of reading: Matthew seems to write in a fast pace.  It almost feels like Jesus is in a hurry.  As soon as he was baptized, his teachings, healings, and other parts of ministry begin with a lot of momentum.  After reading through the Sermon on the Mount, it felt like Jesus was on......

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08
Jan 2018
Matthew: Jesus Fulfills

The journey has begun.  Admittedly a few days late, but I have made it through the first three chapters of Matthew.  This year certainly hasn’t started off as I had hoped, but that’s why I have you all on the journey with me…holding me accountable. During the first three chapters, Matthew spends a lot of time building Jesus’ credibility.  Matthew almost seems like a lawyer setting up all the reasons we should believe him. He spends the first 17 verses of his Gospel detailing Jesus’ lineage so we will be reminded of......

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01
Jan 2018
A New Year

Happy New Year!! I have a confession to make.  I am not very good at the practice of setting New Year’s Resolutions.  I don’t like setting myself up for failure.  If I make a resolution…I usually try to make it a simple goal that I know I can accomplish or something that I REALLY, REALLY want to do! For 2018 I have decided to challenge myself a bit with one of my goals.  And…I extend that challenge to you!!  Sometimes it is easier to reach a goal if you have someone or......

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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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09
Oct 2017
Chasing Answers

If you missed Sunday’s Sermon Read or listen to Forgiveness – Holding On Keeps Us From Moving On (Freeway, Week 4) Devotion 1 Mike Foster writes: Pain often puts us on a chase similar to the ones are on. Our minds are flooded with the slight possibility of finding those hard-to-locate answers to our suffering. We wake up in the morning thinking, Maybe today is the day it all makes sense. We hunt and chase the most elusive question known to hurting hearts: the “why.” Why did this happen? Why did......

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12
Sep 2017
This Is My Life

Devotions are always great, right? It is a great spiritual practice to begin or end your day with a a short, inspirational message that helps you focus on things that really matter. Well, if you were at Hood this past Sunday, then you know the next 6 weeks are going to focus on things that matter in our lives as part of the process of coming home to God and the freedom God wants us to have. So, naturally it makes good sense to offer you some devotions to help you focus,......

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31
Jul 2017
Mercy

When I think back to some of the most difficult moments of my life, I constantly question myself. Was I truthful? Did I show compassion? Have I gotten to a point where I can look back with forgiveness and mercy? The latter of these can be really tough. I want to be merciful, and yet it can be so hard. Mercy can be both one of the easiest and one of the hardest of actions to show other people. It can be easy to show mercy when working through a small, insignificant......

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17
Jul 2017
Growing Together

My brother, sister-in-law, and I planted watermelons in one of our fields recently. The melons had been sowed in containers by members of The Gateway Clubhouse who have brain injuries as part of their work and skill development program. Typically, folks sow a few melon seeds per container to ensure that at least one plant per container spouts.  Once the plants have sprouted, the best plant is kept while the others are pruned away. When we got the containers, they had not yet been pruned. So each container had 2-3 melon plants. We......

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12
Jun 2017
Vote for Movie Night

Movie Night at Hood is just two weeks away! As preparation are being made, we want to spread the word by inviting folks around our community to choose what movie we will show. Below is a poll for you to vote for your favorite movie choice from one of three movies: Sing!, The Secret Life of Pets, or Zootopia.  These are all great family movies full of fun, excitement and laughter for everyone. Please invite friends and family to visit our website to vote on their movie choice for our June 25 drive-in Movie......

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