Time for Fear and Wishing is Over

It is time for us to quit living in fear.  It is time to stop wishing for better.

When did we fall into the trap that said nothing can really change?

When did we let apathy and discouragement become our Affirmation of Faith?

In 1 Peter, this word comes to us…..”You are given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.”

WE ARE BORN INTO A LIVING HOPE!!!!!!

This hope lives in as as we trust it, act on it and witness it in the world.  Tomorrow I ask you to join me in worship as an act of defiance to the world that is fearful.  Come and be part of a community that needs you and stands with you as we dare to live in Hope that changes our lives, the lives of others and the future.

It is time to offer a Prayer of Hope together.  Come and let us release the power of Christ.

See you tomorrow.

 

 

The Prayers We Offer – A Deeper Look

Genesis 12: 1-3

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.

Scripture Introduction

The first 11 chapters of Genesis read like a divine-human reality show. It all begins with a couple beautiful creation stories and then unravels quickly. As much as God wanted the Garden of Eden to continue, humans seemed intent on creating a world of brokenness and hurt. It seems almost out of desperation, God choses to start all over again. The Great Flood comes and Noah is the main hero by being faithful to God and building an Ark. (The tragedy of this story removes it far from the children’s Bible story we often think of with cute giraffes looking out of the window of the ark. On this weekend of Hurricane Matthew, we can get a taste of the anguish in this passage. While the story is more imagery than accurate historical reporting, is does send a clear message.   God is starting over.

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Lunch on the Porch – One More Look

Luke 5: 27-32
After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up, left everything, and followed him. Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house; and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting at the table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

 

Recently, in a conversation with some other faith friends, it was commented we must be careful when we say we want Jesus in our life.  Because there are times the Jesus we want in our life that answers our questions, meets our needs and generally acts like a God of our own creation.

One friend said, “The truth is we need to talk about the Jesus we do not want”.  That led to a much deeper conversation and will likely emerge as a sermon series in your future.   But scripture for this past Sunday points to a Jesus who certainly does things in an unconventional way.

Jesus calls unlikely people, (tax collectors, sinners, you and me) to become those who will carry out his mission in the world.  He called a despised person named Levi to be a disciple and in the open enjoyed being at a party with people who religious leaders of his day could only refer to as sinners. Continue reading “Lunch on the Porch – One More Look”