February 24, 2020
As we close out this series now we turn to what the deeply rooted life produces in the world. Gratitude is what Paul says should be obvious in the believer's life. Where does gratitude come from?
February 17, 2020
As we continued our series we are now learning what it means to live into the life given in Christ. This faith jourey is about discipleship and community and one aspect of that is growing in knowledge and wisdom of the mysteries of faith. Paul says that this is critical to maturity.
February 10, 2020
The next part of this series is about being "built up" in Christ. This is an ongoing process that includes the importance of community and the church. Too often we consume church rather than participate. Maybe this is an opportunity for us to take the next step.
February 4, 2020
This week in our series, we examine what we are called to be rooted to and how being intertwined with Christ and each other brings us new life now.
January 27, 2020
In this second week of the series we discuss what it looks like to live the life that Christ has provided. There are promises that are given for those walking with Jesus, but how do we live into those promises?
January 23, 2020
When we think about "putting down roots" we are emphasizing an orientation towards some place or season of our life. This can mean making new relationships, commitments, and focusing on what is right around you. In Colossians, Paul is challening the early Christians to "put down roots" in the faith and the Christian community. The first step of that is baptism and receiving what God is given in Jesus Christ.
January 13, 2020
John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, employed a covenant service that became a beginning of the year opportunity to recommit faith in God. Covenant is an important aspect of faith, understanding that God has done something quite significant in Jesus. Today we renew our commitment to the covenant of Jesus Christ.
January 2, 2020
Christmas is full of expectations and pressure for things to fall into place. The Christmas story is not different in that respect from our own. Also, the Christmas story is full of some failed expectations and important surprises. The proclamation of our faith is that the good news has come, a savior is born. Now, our response to this proclamation is critical.
December 23, 2019
Sometimes peace can be the most elusive reality in our live, particularly during the holidays. We also have a lot of bad expectations and definitions for peace. What if peace was more than just a moment of rest or a cease-fire in an argument? Jesus is the promised Prince of Peace in Isaiah 9, and we will look and see what that means for our life.
December 16, 2019
Joy is a gift that God gives us and that we must practice. Biblical joy was always deeper than some emotion. It was more like a commitment trusting that whatever the circumstances, God is faithful. We consider this promise of joy for God's people and in this advent season.