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......
During our family lake vacation each year we water ski. Leading up to our vacation this year, I got myself in a little bt of shape. My brother and I went out several times to ensure the boat was working and get our “ski legs” ready. Thigns were going great during the first part of the vacation But one day about halfway through, i just couldn’t get up on the slalom ski. I felt fine, but something just didn’t seem right. So I struggled and struggled, fought and fought to get up.......
Our mission is to serve Christ by mutually serving one another and embodying God’s love and grace for all. I’m sure you recognize that statement as our church mission statement. At our board retreat last weekend, we talked about how we have been living into this statement. We actually spent time evaluating every one of our ministries in light of our mission statement. And it was wonderful to see how each and every activity we engaged in this past year tied into the mission that we discerned together over 2 years ago.......
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......
Do you live as if today is just another day in your life? Well, it’s not. Today is the one day that is given to you. It is a gift. It is grace that you are alive right now at this moment. What will you do with this gift? You can ignore the gift and take this day for granted. Or you can live this day as though it has been granted to you, given to you as a gift. When we take things for granted, we live as people entitled to something that was......
I want to give you a 50% chance to win 500. But the other 50% chance is that you must pay me $500! Will you take that gamble? Most likely, you said, “No way!” How about this gamble: a 50% chance to win $1500 or a 50% chance to lose $1000. Are you willing to take that one? Again, most people answer, “No, thanks.” In the first example, the amounts of gain or loss are equal. However, there is within us an emotional response to the potential loss which is significantly larger......
Summary of Back In The Day Series Week 1 – Back in the day, we walked to school 12 miles barefoot up hill both ways. We discovered the ethic of hard work in this phrase and we wrestled with the fear behind the saying that our society has lost that work ethic today in spite of the fact the people work more hours, longer and more on their weekly agendas than ever before in the last 75 years. And we found guidance for managing that fear in the the story of Moses as we......
Read with me the Story of Simon’s Mother-In-Law from Mark 1:29-31. It’s kinda sad that in over 2000 years when a couple of guys walk into someone’s home they have no clue how to fend for themselves. So they have to go to such lengths as miraculously healing the sick lady of the house to get anything done. Some of you ladies out there are thinking this woman was pretty smart. She knew as soon as those guys walked in that they couldn’t do anything for themselves….so she comes down with a......
There’s an iconic scene from movies and tv shows: some force is threatening a group of people and a hero holds back the danger to save the day. Sometimes is a superhero show and there is something threatening the entire world. Sometimes is a spy show, mystery or drama, and there’s something threatening a small group of folks, members of a team trying to solve a puzzle. It’s even in military shows where a city or community or nation are threatened. But whatever the type of story, some character steps up to......
Have you ever thought to yourself: cant things just go back to the way they used to be? You make a mistake, hurt a friend hurt, and realize trust has been broken and you just wish to yourself: Can’t we just go back to the way it used to be? That little girl who you swung over your shoulders and sang lullabies to and rode the carousel with is now dating boys and wearing makeup and – lord knows what else! And you think: Can’t we just go back to the way it used......