What do you do when you are busy, over-worked, stressed, anxious, depressed, feeling down or just plain worn out? Is your first instinct to reach out to someone for support, encouragement, comfort, and companionship? Or do you tend to hunker down, keep to yourself, and trudge through whatever life has thrown at you until you can make it to the other side? For whatever reason, I’ve noticed a tendency among people throughout our community towards isolation when life gets tough. That is, when we feel down or depressed, we isolate ourselves. When......
Come all who are weary… Have you experienced a loss over the past few months or year? Sure, you’re trying to move on through the daily routine of work and busy-ness. Yet, do you have a sense that deep down you are still trying to recover from an experience of loss or hurt? Maybe you – like me (Pastor Jason) – need to tend to your heart, mind, and soul. Maybe healing is still needed. Maybe there are still some seeds of hope that need planting. Maybe there is a place of......
Generally, when we consider the writings of the apostle Paul, we think of letters that are harsh and straight to the point. At times, Paul has a very aggressive style of writing as he tries to persuade his listeners. As a matter of fact, when I read the writings of Paul, I have come to expect his intensity. There are moments in the book of Romans that are no exception. As I reread more of his letter to the Romans, I was encouraged by messages of hope, grace, and God’s righteousness. In......
God has made a fresh decision, and this new one does not come as threat but as child. He does not come as victory but as helpless child. He does not come in pride but in a way almost unnoticed by the world. But he is king. He is not robed in splendor but in baby clothes. He is not in the royal nursery but in a barn. None of it makes any sense. At least it does not make sense to people who think they have all of life reduced to......
Yesterday during worship, I asked our church family to consider how Christmas is about belonging. Immanuel – God With Us – is a message of belonging. As I said in a blog article last week, Immanuel is a phrase that connects God and us through the little word with (im in Hebrew). To summarize, the Hebrew word im can mean: Being by or beside someone (approaching) Dwelling in a place or with someone (inhabiting), or Being together with someone (belonging). This third meaning is all about belonging. And when we look at Immanuel......
If you missed Sunday’s Sermon Read or listen to Freedom – Rescued To Be A Rescuer (Freeway, Week 7) Devotion 2 What brings you joy? What activities replenish you? God’s Words for This Week Isaiah 61:1-3 – The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners… (NIV, v.1) John 4:4-29 – Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks from the water that I will give will......
A Christmas Eve Service for Everyone with Songs, Reflection, and Candles Whether you are Christian or not, this gathering will be a time of peace, love, hope and joy as we come together to sing, remember, tell the Christmas story and lift up the spirit of Christmas through candlelight. All are welcome!...