Remember the Centurion that asked Jesus to heal his slave? He built a synagogue for the Jewish people in his community, but considered himself unworthy to have Jesus in his home. Look closer at Jesus’ response. Jesus judges the Centurion, but not in the way you might think! The ONLY judgment Jesus placed on the centurion was that he is worthy and faithful. The centurion did not believe himself worthy to have Jesus come to his home. But, Jesus saw his faithfulness and did find him worthy. Even though the centurion didn’t......
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matt 7:7) Brothers and sisters, I am afraid that when the world hears those words and comes knocking on the doors of the faith – of Christianity, of the church -to find out just what Jesus has to offer, the church closes the doors that God has promised shall be opened. And in so doing, we are fighting against the will of God. We are disobeying. We are standing in......
Sunday’s message is right here, just in case you missed it! Read or listen to Following Fish. And here’s an except from the sermon: After the resurrection, Jesus found the disciples once again fishing for fish…even though Jesus had called them to fish for people. So, Jesus appears and asks Peter three times: Do you love me? Three times Peter says, “Yes!” And three times Jesus responds to Peter with a call from words to action. Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words. Jesus asks Peter and He asks us: Will you......
Sunday’s message is right here, just in case you missed it! Un-busy: Balance Next Steps from Sunday’s Message Reflect: What did you hear differently today about “timing” from today’s sermon? How does the context of Ecclesiastes change or shape your reading of the Ecclesiastes 3 passage? Reflect: What is your understanding of “the breath of God”? How can the “breath of God” breathe into your daily routine and sense of balance? Practice: Take time to read Ecclesiastes 3 again. What is something new that stands out to you? Write it down. Reflect......
Last year about this time, we kicked of a series called Freeway and encouraged everyone to participate in a small group during the series. We had great feedback from folks about small groups. In fact, one of our new small groups kept meeting all year long! Many of you have been asking about joining an ongoing small group. So, here we go! This Sunday, September 9 at 6:00 pm, Pastor Joanie and I are hosting a small group kickoff gathering at Hood. Anyone and everyone is invited. Maybe you already are part......
The Harnett County Partnership for Children (HCPC) recently approached our church with an immediate need for space to host its Ready to Grow Play Group in the Dunn area. We had to make a quick decision with little time to spread the word within our church family. So, this week we are thrilled to share the news that the HCPC is now leasing space on our third floor and this amazing new ministry is now happening on our church campus! Ready To Grow Playgroups are free and provide fun opportunities for children to......
You and I are dirt creatures. Scripture describes us as dirt sculptures made alive by the spirit of God. The Lord God formed the human from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the human became a living being. (Genesis 2:7) It’s not all that different from frosty the snowman. You know, you build a human form from snow, you give it facial features, and then something magical animates good old frosty! In the snowman’s case, it was an old silk hat. In our......
Join us Sunday mornings as we explore popular sayings that miss the point. They are simple phrases, such as: Everything happens for a reason God helps those who help themselves Love the sinner, hate the sin and others. They sound Christian – like something you might find in the Bible. We’ve all heard them. Maybe we’ve even said them. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. Discover the whole truth by comparing Christian cliches with the wisdom found in Scripture.1 From 10:00 – 10:30 am......
Stories bring people together. Stories teach us. Stories comfort us. Stories challenge us. Stories inspire us. Our lives are literally made up of hundreds and thousands of stories. There are lots of stories from our faith and we tell over and over again. Some you may know by heart. But there are also dozens of stories that get overlooked, forgotten, or set aside. This summer we are going to turn back to some of those great but often unknown stories of faith! Announcing our Summer Worship Series at Hood – Faces of......
Joining hands across our community is a powerful act. It symbolizes our longing to live in unity with one another. It enacts our belief that we have much in common. It embodies our hope that together we can make a difference in our community. And in a time when dissension, division, and disunion is rampant within our society, joining hands across the distance of our communities and in spite of our differences speaks to a core hope of our Christian faith and practice: “that they may all be one,” as Jesus prayed......