Genesis 1:26-31 Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth......
This Sunday we celebrate Father’s Day. In our worship we will celebrate all the men in our church for the ways they are committed to our God and teach us through their example. We recognize and pray for all fathers and men: new fathers fathers who have lost a child fathers who never had children of their own, but lived as an example men who served as teachers and mentors men who struggle on their journey and still remain faithful men who offer questions and thoughts that remind us all to lean......
On Sunday I asked a question in worship: Have we been too busy to be really present with one another? In our society which believes that time is a commodity, this is an important question for all of us, not some of us. About a month ago when preparing a sermon based on the gospel stories of Jesus feeding thousands of people with only a few loaves and fishes, I came across this unique verse in Mark’s version of the story: “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they......
We often think of 1 Corinthians 13 as the Love chapter of the Bible. But 1 John 4 is a pretty good love chapter as well. Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God......
Psalm 121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and......
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......
For those of you who are reading through the New Testament with me, how is it going? I have been a little slow, but will start the book of Romans next week. So, I spend a little time reflecting on Acts. Reading through the book of Acts has given me an idea. What if we compiled a book of stories from members of Hood Memorial Christian Church? What if each member shared a story of one of the most raw, life-changing spiritual experiences you have had? How much could we learn from......
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......
German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was part of the confessing church in Germany that stood in resistance to the Nazi regime. And he wrote this in a letter to his brother-in-law, a letter that was in part about the Bible and how we read scripture: If it is I who determine where God is to be found, then I shall always find a God who corresponds to me in some way, who is obliging, who is connected with my own nature. But if God determines where he is to be found, then it......
For those reading through the New Testament together, how is it going? What are you learning/re-learning by going through the book of Luke? How are you being changed? I have made it through the first 8 chapters of Luke. I realize that I have missed out on a lot of Luke’s passages before. We dwell a lot of the popular stories of Luke such as the stories of Jesus’ birth, Jesus as a boy in the temple, John the Baptist, the temptation in the wilderness, and the healings. As I have begun......