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The First Noel
Posted January 3, 2017
 
Matthew 2:1-12 - Worship is our life's work. Like the wise men's journey, worship takes work, and the liturgy (which means "work of the people") helps us do the work of worship every day of our lives.
Posted December 29, 2018
 
Luke 2:1-7. The meaning of the manger is that Jesus gave up his rightful place in order to take our place, so that we could then join him in his rightful place as daughters and sons of God.
Posted December 29, 2018
 
Luke 2:8-20 - God doesn't put on a show for everyone. Instead, God fills our lives with signs of Christ's presence in the midst of our ordinary routines. Jesus arrives precisely where we are.
Posted December 29, 2018
 
John 18:32-38 & Romans 3:21-26 - Jesus is a real King of a real kingdom, and we are saved through allegiance to him alone. Pledging allegiance to our King enables us to love our country without …
Posted December 29, 2018
 
Matthew 5:12 - Jesus' life IS the blessed life. The Beatitudes aren't just Jesus' version of the blessed life, they are HIS life, which he gives us freely by his grace. As Paul said in Galatians …
Posted December 29, 2018
 
Matthew 5:10 - Some reject righteousness (right relationships) because it can be threatening to the status quo. When persecution comes - when people functionally revoke our citizenship because of …
Posted November 16, 2018
 
Matthew 5:9 - Making peace (not just having it) is life at its most blessed. Peacemaking is God's family business, and we are His children when we follow Jesus' model of sacrificial love in order to …
Posted November 16, 2018
 
Matthew 5:8 - The purpose of purity is to see God clearly. A pure heart is one that is made whole in the love of Jesus Christ.
Posted November 16, 2018
 
Matthew 5:6 - Righteousness is right-us-ness. It's a right relationship with God and with others. You don't have to have it to hunger for it, and when your appetite is for righteousness you will be …
Posted November 16, 2018
 
Matthew 5:5 - The meek are blessed because they make themselves at home with God. Whenever we make ourselves at home with God, we are already living on holy land.
Posted October 1, 2018
 
Matthew 5:4 - Mourning is a method that channels our grief toward Jesus Christ and the promise of eternal life with him. It's also part of our ministry to a hurting world. Those who mourn are …
Posted October 1, 2018
 
Matthew 5:3 - The Beatitudes are Jesus' version of the blessed life. Those who have God's approval are the poor in spirit (i.e., those who humbly depend on God), something the materially poor are …
Posted October 1, 2018
 
Isaiah 65:17-25. Heaven is for real people doing real and meaningful work. If heaven is for real, then heaven is for YOU.
Posted September 11, 2018
 
Isaiah 64:1-12. Jesus is God's answer to our most desperate prayers.
Posted September 11, 2018
 
Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12. In this famous passage, Isaiah gives us one of the clearest pictures of Jesus and his entire ministry from start to finish... 500 years before he walked the earth.
Posted September 11, 2018
 
Isaiah 40:1-5. The desert is where we learn to prepare for God's arrival. God will find us either way, but being prepared is a wonderful gift that reveals His glory all around us.
Posted September 11, 2018
 
Isaiah 40:1-5. The desert is where we learn to prepare for God's arrival. God will find us either way, but being prepared is a wonderful gift that reveals His glory all around us.
Posted September 11, 2018
 
Death has no place in heaven. In a world without death, competition is replaced by communion because the fear of death no longer blinds us from seeing God and each other truly.
Posted September 11, 2018
 
Isaiah 13:1-8, 17-19. Jesus said, "In the same way you judge others, you will be judged." We like it when that happens, when people get what's coming to them. We call it karma, and it's deeply …
Posted September 11, 2018
 
Isaiah 11:1-9. In heaven, God isn't going to just sweep the sad things in your life under the rug and pretend they never happened. God KNOWS what you've been through, and will honor it by taking the …
Posted September 11, 2018
 
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Posted June 18, 2018
 
Isaiah ch. 1 - God wants righteousness, not religion. When we cover up our rebellion with religion, we are only fooling ourselves. Thanks be to God that Jesus gives us his own righteousness!
Posted June 7, 2018
 
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Posted September 13, 2017
 
Posted September 13, 2017
 
Matthew 15:21-28. We all carry hidden prejudices that can prove downright evil when they are exposed for what they are. Prejudice is when we think we already know everything we need to know about …
Posted August 23, 2017
 
Walking on water is a lonely job. When people need you, it's hard for them to love you, and that makes your job as a parent/teacher/coach/leader lonely. We DO need Jesus to be our Savior, but Jesus …
Posted August 15, 2017
 
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Posted April 11, 2017
 
2 Timothy 2:20-26. Holiness isn’t about what we do for God; it’s about what God does with(in) us. Holiness means being used, and sometimes used up, for God's purposes.
Posted April 3, 2017
 
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Posted February 27, 2017
 
Sandy Salyer is still collecting items, and there are a number of ways to donate to the cause. Please see the bulletin board for updated information.
Posted December 2, 2015
 
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