Tag: faith


16
Jul 2019
Buoyancy

Faith is more than believing in ideas or statements about that which is beyond human knowledge and certainty. Faith is more than beliefs about God, Jesus, and the divine. Faith is trusting in someone through a tried-and-true relationship. Faith is more than believing that God exists, that Jesus died and was resurrected. Faith is beloving God through a relationship with Jesus. That’s the general gist of this past Sunday’s message – Faith: Something More Than Belief. There is a beautiful story that illustrates this kind of faith which is something more than what......

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07
May 2019
Mothers and the Church

Today’s blog serves to honor God in two ways.  In honor of upcoming Mother’s Day, we are going to be sharing stories of mothers along our faith journey–women and mothers in our church family who helped shape the faith of their own children or others around them. In honor of our 130th year of ministry in Dunn, the anniversary planning team wanted to collect stories and memories of people whose legacy and influence of faith lives on through the ministry and work of our church family.  We wanted to share these stories......

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12
Feb 2019
Prayers in Action

An important aspect of climbing any mountain in our life…is prayer!  Communing with God and leaning on God’s guidance can not only get us up the mountain, but can also give us new perspective. I have found prayer a theme in my life lately.  What I mean is that, I have been drawn to prayer in new ways.  The first book that I have begun reading in 2019 is C. S. Lewis’ Reflections & Essays on How to Pray.  I have engaged in a personal prayer journal for the new year.  In small......

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12
Jun 2018
K(no)w Wonder

Have you ever felt a bit of surprise mixed with admiration, curiosity, amazement and awe because of something beautiful, unexpected, unexplainable, or unfamiliar? How often? A couple times a year? Once a month? Once a week? Everyday? The feeling I’m asking about is wonder. How often to do have a sense of wonder? Do you wake up in wonder of a new day? Do you embrace the day with a sense of wonder at the world around you? Do you greet people in pure wonder about their life and experiences? Do you......

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04
Jun 2018
The Question You Are Being Asked Everyday

Imagine for a moment that your future was in jeopardy…your career, your retirement, your marriage…all of it. And the thing standing in your way was a question: Who are you and what are you doing? The answer you give to this question will either set everything positive and good in motion…or it will set off disaster in your life. Maybe it’s your boss asking you this question. Maybe it’s your spouse. Maybe it’s your financial adviser. It could be anyone. The point is that person is standing in your way and holding......

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22
May 2018
Faces of Faith - New Summer Series

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......

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01
May 2018
Love is Connecting the Dots

  I love God. I don’t just believe in God. I love God. And I’m pretty certain that love is more important than belief. After all, one of the most significant and celebrated passages of the Hebrew Bible (which Jesus quoted when asked about the greatest commandment) is Deuteronomy 6:4-5… Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. (NIV) Yet even on the best of days, I tend to question my love for God. I ask myself, How do I......

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11
Apr 2018
Faith & Doubt

About this time of year after Easter, we traditionally read the story from the gospel of John about Thomas. We like to call him Doubting Thomas. And most often pastors set up Thomas as a man whose doubt made him a persons of weak faith. These pastors say that we need to heed Jesus words and believe even though we do not see because doing so makes us blessed. The essential message is that doubt implies lack of faith. So do not doubt. Instead trust and believe what you may not see.......

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22
Jan 2018
A Rocky Relationship

All lovers of contemporary Christian artist from the 80s and 90s, Sandy Patti, this one’s for you!  As I was reading Jesus’ words to Peter in Matthew 16:17-18, I couldn’t help but start humming her song “Upon this Rock“.  I read a few more verses and then I came back to v. 17-18.  And even as I finished chapter 16, I kept coming back to Jesus’ words “You are Peter (Petros), and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” Those are......

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16
Jan 2018
Faith in a Hurry

I have made it through the first 11 Chapters of Matthew (the first 9 days of reading through the New Testament).  Here are a couple of things that have stood out to me over the past couple of days of reading: Matthew seems to write in a fast pace.  It almost feels like Jesus is in a hurry.  As soon as he was baptized, his teachings, healings, and other parts of ministry begin with a lot of momentum.  After reading through the Sermon on the Mount, it felt like Jesus was on......

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