Today, I invite you to tell yourself something very important. This could be the most profound thing you tell yourself today! It may change your life! It could alter the course of your existence! Are you ready? Here we go…repeat after me. Begin with your name: “<name>, lighten up!” I’ve been telling myself this for sometime now: “Jason, lighten up!” This week as I was reflecting on our Lenten Theme (Un-busy) I came across the following statement that really struck me: “Many of us live with the tyranny of measuring-up that keeps......
I have a question for you this morning. Take out your bulletin or a sheet of paper. How do we end poverty in our society? This is a hard question, isn’t it?! Maybe we need a more basic question: Can we end poverty? Can we create a society where no one is poor? What do you think? Better yet, what does Jesus think? What did Jesus say? There’s that verse from the gospels (Matthew, Mark, and John) that inevitable comes up when we turn our focus to poverty, to people who are......
You know how in the difficult, dark moments of life, people try to lift your spirits? You lose a job and someone says, “Cheer up! It’s not so bad. You still have your health!” You make a huge mistake with a dear friend, and someone says, “Why not look on the bright side? You still have tons of other friends.” You lose a family member, and someone says, “You know she’s better off now. After all, God just needed another angel.” If you are like me, then you appreciate the sentiment, but......
Since the new year, my life has been going at a break neck pace. There’s been the work of being a pastor, spending time with my family, kids involved in sports and music, a house renovation, and most recently a busy workshop/training schedule. Now, I know. Some of you are going to come straight to me after service and express your concern, tell me I need to slow down, stop helping so many people, stop doing extra things, focus on what is most important, and so on. Well, the truth is that......
Last week we kicked off Freeway by looking st two things: Freedom and Invitation. Using the metaphor of a train on tracks, we recognized that Freedom is about becoming who we are in the image of God…..not jumping off the track to do whatever we want because that just makes us a free wreck of a train. True freedom is not about insisting on our own way, but about being free from the kinks in our lives – free from the things that keep us from becoming all that God made us......