On Sunday, the choir sang these words from Heather Sorenson’s anthem “These Walls“: Let these walls tell the story of Jesus lifted high. Let our praises rise above this roof and reach to heaven’s sky. Let this Church show the power of broken lives made whole, of families restored with faith in one accord within these walls. Our hearts are swollen with joy after our Homecoming celebration. It was a joy to be together to celebrate the 130 years of life of Hood Memorial Christian Church. On Sunday our church family was......
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. -John 15:12 As some of our children are at camp and we are looking towards the fall, I have been reflecting on all the wonderful opportunities of service our children have had this summer to reach out to our community. Our children, in many ways, are really learning what Jesus meant we he said “love one another.” Our children are learning to love people they don’t know or haven’t met yet. They are learning to show love to......
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......
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matt 7:7) Brothers and sisters, I am afraid that when the world hears those words and comes knocking on the doors of the faith – of Christianity, of the church -to find out just what Jesus has to offer, the church closes the doors that God has promised shall be opened. And in so doing, we are fighting against the will of God. We are disobeying. We are standing in......
You are invited by the Christian Men’s Fellowship to join us for an evening dinner at 6:30 pm on Thursday, February 14, 2019. The menu features steak, baked and sweet potatoes, salad (and perhaps a little communion wine ;-)! Bring your spouse or a date ($20 per couple) or come just yourself (free – because the men of the church love you so much)! It’ll be a great evening to celebrate our love for God and one another. RSVP Required – Call or Text Pastor Jason at 919 – 417 – 0179....
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......
Church Family, Merry Christmas! Our worship has centered around Drawing Near to God through the life of the Christ Child. I was most moved by the Sunday that we focused on Drawing Near to Wonder. We adorned our sanctuary with beautiful decorations and when we were finished, the worship space was truly a “wonder to behold.” And the beauty of our sanctuary pointed us to sit in wonder Jesus Christ coming to earth again. Advent is a time of preparing for Christ to enter our lives again and so we are left......
When Christians want to know what the Bible says about money and stewardship and investments, we typically look to the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25. I cannot tell you how often I have heard this parable used to explain to me how God is displeased when we do not save and invest our money to multiply it. And I have always been troubled by that line of thinking for two reasons: There are so many other passages in the Bible that teach us differently. For example, Luke 18 says: Sell everything......
“Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.” – Song of Solomon 8:7 (NRSV) In addition to meeting the needs of folks in our own community, we continue to pray and reach out to areas of our state closer to the coast that were devastated by Hurricane Florence. Earlier this week, I wrote about our church’s efforts to assemble clean-up buckets for Church World Service to deliver to counties in our state that need them most. Check out Tuesday’s blog with a checklist of items needed for these buckets. Today,......
This has been a season of grief for many members of our church family, in various ways. Grief is natural and grief is heavy. Some are experiencing the death of a friend way too early. What do we do with the emptiness? Some are trying to figure out what happened to their loved one. Why so quickly? Some are experiencing the loneliness of not being able to reach out to one they loved one more time. Where are you? Some are remembering the way things once were. How do you handle all......