Tag: love


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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18
Feb 2017
Valentines Brunch

Love wins…help us share that message with our community!! We will have a Valentine’s Brunch at the Cellar children and families on Saturday, February 18th from 9-11AM. Bring a can of food for a local food pantry and enjoy brunch and hot chocolate. We will sing and dance, make notes of love for members of our community and have a great time together!!...

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15
Feb 2017
There Are Always Exceptions

Some folks really like rules.  I am not really one of them.  But there are some folks who see rules as a guide or compass that makes life straightforward and easy enough to manage.  The basic idea is that if you follow the rules, you will be safe and have opportunity for a good life. My trouble with rules is that there are always exceptions.  Its like learning spelling or grammar in school.  You can learn a general rule, but there are always a number of words that simply do not fit with......

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31
Jan 2017
Hope from Hood - Week of Jan 30, 2017

Searching for Your Best Self This past Sunday, I talked about God as the one who searches for each of us. I love this image: God searching diligently within you and me all they way to the very depths of who we are looking for how we, in the words of Micah 6:8, act justly, love mercy and walk in humility. Well, the searching image shows up again this week. And it is not about you or I searching and not about God searching…well, at least not simply about God searching. In......

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25
Jan 2017
Scripture Answers Scripture

The psalmist begins the 15th Psalm with the question “O Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill?” Essentially, “Who can live in God’s sanctuary?” Before reading the responses in v. 2-5, wouldn’t it seem that our lectionary reading from Micah is already a very poignant answer to the question. Question: “Who can live in God’s sanctuary?” Answer: “those who do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.” A deeper look at v. 2-5 of Psalm 15 seems to be the same answer, just a......

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