Tag: love


11
Dec 2017
Belonging to Love, Joy, Peace & Hope

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......

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19
Oct 2017
Loving Yourself as God Loves You

If you missed Sunday’s Sermon… Read or listen to Acceptance – Finding Beauty in The Broken (Freeway, Week 6) Devotion 4 Make a list of the people who love you…                                       Make a list of the people you love…   Revelation 2:17 (NIV) says, “I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.” What is your new name before God?......

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18
Oct 2017
How does God Feel?

If you missed Sunday’s Sermon… Read or listen to Acceptance – Finding Beauty in The Broken (Freeway, Week 6) Devotion 3 How do you feel? When you wake up in the morning? When you make a mistake? When you hurt people? When you are late to a meeting? When you run over a cat or other animal? When you have difficulty in relationships? When your joke isn’t funny? When you underperform at work? When you lose your temper? When you sin? Now, think again…how does God feel… When you wake up in......

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27
Sep 2017
Scary Monsters Inside

If you missed Sunday’s Sermon Read or listen to Discovery – You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are (Freeway, Week 3) Devotion 3 We all have things in our lives – things inside of us, things that affect us – that we don’t really want to face. Take some time to consider those things that you don’t want to think about, talk about or deal with. Imagine each of those things as a monster inside you. And consider them one at a time. Does this monster have a name? (consider fears, secrets,......

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10
Sep 2017
Freeway: A Not So Perfect Guide To Freedom - Series Launch Sunday

We begin an exciting new series at Hood MCC on Sunday, September 10 – Freeway: A Not So Perfect Guide To Freedom! Freeway is a way to be free. It’s a six-step guide built upon God’s amazing grace, conversations with friends, and a personal exploration of our pain and loss. This series is a guide to experiencing God’s love and freedom in your life. Sundays at 11 am the theme and message of our service will look at six steps along the journey: Awareness, Discovery, Ownership, Forgiveness, Acceptance, and Freedom. During the week,......

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31
Jul 2017
Mercy

When I think back to some of the most difficult moments of my life, I constantly question myself. Was I truthful? Did I show compassion? Have I gotten to a point where I can look back with forgiveness and mercy? The latter of these can be really tough. I want to be merciful, and yet it can be so hard. Mercy can be both one of the easiest and one of the hardest of actions to show other people. It can be easy to show mercy when working through a small, insignificant......

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14
Jun 2017
Faith of Our Fathers

Psalm 116:1-2; 12-19 I love the Lord, because he has heard     my voice and my supplications. Because he inclined his ear to me,     therefore I will call on him as long as I live. What shall I return to the Lord     for all his bounty to me?  I will lift up the cup of salvation     and call on the name of the Lord,  I will pay my vows to the Lord     in the presence of all his people. Precious in the sight of the Lord     is the death of his faithful ones. O Lord, I am your servant;......

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14
Jun 2017
Poured Into Our Hearts

Pain, struggle, hurt, grief, challenges, adversity, anguish, difficulty, suffering are all part of the journey along the road of life. Sometimes we seem to be on a stretch of road defined by these words more often than not. At other times, the road is clear, straight and easy-going. But even in such times, you can be sure that there will be more difficult terrain ahead at some point. One helpful perspective that people of faith have relied upon during times of struggle for centuries comes from Paul in the book of Romans:......

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29
Mar 2017
Meet People Where They Are

On Sunday, I spoke about God’s call to welcome all people without conditions. (If you missed the sermon, listen here.) In the story of the man at the Pool of Bethesda, Jesus stops, pays attention to, and helps a man who was judged and ignored by the rest of society. I asked us all to consider this question: Will we follow Jesus and offer unconditional welcome, unconditional service, unconditional love, and unconditional grace to all people? I want to answer this question with a resounding, “Yes!” And yet I know how easy......

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15
Mar 2017
Affirming Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to… serve Christ through mutually supporting one another & embodying God’s grace and love for all We envision… a diverse church led by Christ to open its doors in love and service to all This coming Sunday, we will have a church-wide conference meeting directly after worship to vote on several items. Among those items is a final vote on our proposed Mission & Vision Statements. As we prepare for that vote on Sunday, I wanted to share a few thoughts on these statements. Our Mission is to… serve Christ......

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