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March 17, 2015

Give Me a Willing Heart

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to [Jesus]. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”  Mark 10:32-45 Would you even think of praying such a thing as James and John do here?!? Of course not! They are asking Jesus to give them whatever they want! And […]

March 16, 2015

Chosen

Every high priest is selected from among men and is appointed to represent them in matters related to God… No one takes this honor upon himself; he must be called by God…  Hebrews 5:1-10 There was an old saying in politics (before women’s suffrage and before the modern advertising age): “The man does not seek […]

March 16, 2015

A New Deal

“The time is coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers… because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them…”  Jeremiah 31:31-34 I’m constantly getting notices that some “privacy policy has changed” […]

March 11, 2015

Congregation Self-Study Results

This summary report comes to you from our self-study committee. Many of you, in groups or as individuals, filled out questionnaires or discussed them in groups, and for that we thank you. After collecting the results, the self-study group met several times to assemble and reflect on your responses. The attached report summarizes the comments […]

February 23, 2015

Filled With Victory

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?  Psalm 22:1 Are you ever depressed? The World Health Organization estimates that 350 million people are generally depressed. In some states, almost 15% of adults suffer from depression. In others it is […]

February 23, 2015

True Identity

On the way [Jesus] asked them, “Who do people say I am?” …”But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”  Mark 8:27-38 Jesus asks his disciples what other people are saying about him. Was Jesus having an “identity crisis?” We sometimes ask similar questions. “Does this dress make me look fat?” […]

February 23, 2015

I Will Rejoice in ALL Circumstances

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith… we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings…”  Romans 5:1-11 You may find this song of suffering encouraging… Last week the letter from James said we should “consider it pure joy” when we face trials. […]

February 23, 2015

What’s in a Name?

“You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham… As for Sarai you wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah…”  Gen 17:1-7, 15-16 When I was a kid, most people called me “Donny.” Of course, there were […]

February 18, 2015

Congregation Self-Study Results

This summary report comes to you from our self-study committee. Many of you, in groups or as individuals, filled out questionnaires or discussed them in groups, and for that we thank you. After collecting the results, the self-study group met several times to assemble and reflect on your responses. The attached report summarizes the comments […]

January 26, 2015

Your Rights – God’s Will?

  Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak… Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.   1 Cor. 8:1-13 “I have my rights.” That is […]

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