Tag: God


11
Jun 2019
Foundations of Fathers

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......

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20
Mar 2019
Too Busy To Be Present...?

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......

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13
Feb 2019
Love is...

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......

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21
Jan 2019
Mountains We Have Climbed

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......

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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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31
May 2018
The Stories in Acts

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......

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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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25
Apr 2018
That's Not Comfortable

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......

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13
Mar 2018
Luke--From Fear to Praise

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......

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01
Mar 2018
A Mission of Love

To participate in mission is to participate in the movement of God’s love toward people, since God is a fountain of sending love. David J. Bosch As we continue to reflect on mission this Lent, consider this quote from missiologist and theologian David Bosch. He reminds us that mission begins with God as a movement of love, specifically the divine sending love towards humans. Let’s explore this for just a few moments. God’s love is understood by Christians in a specific way. It’s not just an abstract love. Instead, it is a......

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