Stop right now and think of the first three things that some to mind when you hear the word Church. Don’t hold anything back. Be honest. Be sincere. Be vulnerable. Be authentic. Be real. What are your first three thoughts? Maybe feelings? Maybe experiences? Maybe ideas? There was a study done about what people feel when they go to a church for the first time. Here are the five most common emotions from the survey: Fear Confusion Regret Hope Distracted Out of all those words, there are a lot of kinda negative......
For the past several weeks we have come across stories that have had a different meaning than we may have thought they had. There’s the story of Jacob which is more about a family’s struggle to accept this revolutionary idea that God is about love and grace and mercy and provision and blessing when the world had told them that gods were not like that. There’s the story of mustard seeds which aren’t really about the smallest becoming the greatest, but instead about the kingdom of God being like an invasive weed......
This past Sunday, we talked about how the heart of resurrection is change. Change from one state to another, from death and despair to life and hope. That is the very essence of resurrection…a change that takes place in someone, something or someplace that restores him, her or it to life…and not just any old life, but to new and abundant life. I mentioned that change can be hard…uncomfortable. But that discomfort and unrest is exactly where God meets us and finds us. Change is where we experience the new life that God......