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Aug 2018
Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene.  She is probably one of the more well-known characters from the New Testament.  However, I wonder how of her popularity is due to her appearances in the gospel stories and how much of her popularity is contributed to artwork and ideas and fictional stories that have appeared over the course of the last few centuries. On Sunday, we return to the Biblical accounts of Mary Magdalene. So in preparation for Sunday, get your wheels spinning.  Think about Mary Magdalene. Reflect on what you really know about her. Who is she? ......

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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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15
May 2018
Mother God-giving birth

You were unmindful of the Rock that bore you; you forgot the God who gave you birth.  Deuteronomy 32:18 For a long time I have held my peace, I have kept still and restrained myself; now I will cry out like a woman in labor, I will gasp and pant.  Isaiah 42:14 Amy Marga, associate professor of systematic theology at Luther Seminary, suggests that the motherly images of God in the Bible–take us through all the motions of a mother’s work—beginning with the labor pains of birthing a child.  And I am......

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07
May 2018
The Struggle

This week we have been finishing up the gospel of John in our sixth month New Testament reading journey. One of the things that has stood out to me this time I have read through the gospel of John is how much Jesus seems to struggle.   Think about these images of struggle in John’s gospel: Chapter 2 – Jesus struggles with his mother: “My hour has not yet come.” (v.4) Chapter 2 – Jesus struggles to make the temple pure again: “Stop making my Father’s house a market-place!” (v.16) Chapter 5 –......

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30
Apr 2018
I Am...

The gospel of John is full of “I am” statements.  Jesus’ use of metaphors and vivid imagery helps his followers find a way to connect to him.  If you are hungry–you might connect to Jesus being the bread of life.  If you are lost, you might connect to Jesus being the way.  If you are a farmer, you might connect to Jesus being a shepherd or a vine.  Here are a few examples in the first 15 chapters of John (a few we have visited during sermons on Sunday morning). I am......

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19
Apr 2018
A Little Behind

My sixth month reading plan is looking more like 7 to 8 month reading through the Bible now.  I confess that I have gotten a little off track over the past few weeks. However, my commitment remains and my journey continues.  Today, we move into the fourth gospel. After reading the first couple chapters of John, here are a few things I’ve noticed: The Word became flesh and called his disciples!  John wastes no time.  We have this great philosophical beginning, the preaching of John the Baptist and then bam-John sees Jesus......

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17
Apr 2018
Jesus Doesn't Want Your Belief

Jesus wants your trust. And that is a good deal more than belief! Belief is a tricky thing. Belief for many is something they stake their lives on. For others belief is an honest and vulnerable journey of discovery traveled throughout a lifetime. Sometime we believe what we say and say what we believe. Other times we say we believe in something, but sure don’t act like it. And sometimes we deny we believe even though our actions say otherwise. For example… I believe in free speech. But there are some forms......

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20
Mar 2018
Remembering Luke

After reading the next five or so chapters of Luke, I am having lots of memories.  There have been some very familiar passages in Luke 9-14: the parable of the Good Samaritan, the sending of the 70, the Lord’s Prayer, the “do not worry” passage, the Pharisees testing Jesus, the light on the lampstand, Mary & Martha welcoming Jesus, etc. It is good to engage scriptures and to think about the stories that you are the most familiar with. Today, spend a little time reflecting on the scriptures in Luke that are......

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13
Mar 2018
Luke--From Fear to Praise

For those reading through the New Testament together, how is it going?  What are you learning/re-learning by going through the book of Luke?  How are you being changed? I have made it through the first 8 chapters of Luke.  I realize that I have missed out on a lot of Luke’s passages before.  We dwell a lot of the popular stories of Luke such as the stories of Jesus’ birth, Jesus as a boy in the temple, John the Baptist, the temptation in the wilderness, and the healings.  As I have begun......

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06
Mar 2018
Buddy Backpacks

On Wednesday, March 14th, our children will be sorting and packing bags for Buddy Backpacks of Harnett County.  Below is information about the efforts of Buddy Backpacks and what schools they serve in Harnett County.  This information is taken directly from the website: Buddy Backpacks for Harnett County. About Buddy Backpacks Program For Harnett County, Inc. Purpose The program is designed to provide nutritious food to school children who have little or nothing to eat over the weekend.  The program recognizes that study is not the primary concern of a hungry child.......

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