Simple Relationships: In

Reading: Romans 12:9-21 Dear Friends, Relationships can be very, very  complex.  What we will consider in this three week set is much more simple.  Jesus lived a life in balance.  His relationships were balanced.  He had a relationship with His Father (UP).  He had a friendship with His  disciples (IN). He frequently spent a bunch […]

Simple Relationships: UP

Reading:  John 15:1-17 Dear Friends, Relationships can be very, very complex.  What we will consider in this three week set is much more  simple.  Jesus lived a life in balance.  His relationships were balanced.  He had a relationship with His Father (UP).  He had a friendship with His disciples (IN). He frequently spent a bunch […]

Unlocking Your Heart And Mind

Readings: Acts 3:11-21 & Luke 24:36-49 Dear Friends, Are you closed up?  Is your mind and heart locked and plugged?  As we work through our text in Acts today, we will have a chance to walk as if we are one of the people in the crowd, observing and participating in the events that begged to open […]

A Little Experience

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Reading: John 20:19-31 Dear Friends, Mary needed it. The 10 disciples did too. Thomas? Yep, he needed to experience Jesus. Until they saw Him they just weren’t convinced. But when they see Him, everything changes. Today we want to celebrate our Jesus experiences. We also want to talk about that season of waiting. Waiting to reconnect with […]

EASTER – He Is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!! – Give Up, Giving Up

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Readings: Luke 24:1-8 & 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 Dear Friends, ”We do not loose heart!”  These are not sugar coated words.  It’s not a vague hope.  Paul is being brutally honest in these verses: things break. But the resurrection!?? Well – that changes everything.  It doesn’t prevent the breaking here on earth but it certainly changes our understanding of the breaking.  When […]

Good Friday – You Know

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Readings: Mark 14:32-41, John 18:1-8;12-15, Matthew: 26:69-75, 1 Peter 1:17-19, parts of Luke 22 & 23, Luke 23:44-49 Dear Friends, Paul says “you know”.  You know that you’ve been ransomed with the precious and perfect blood of Jesus from your futile ways. Tonight is a night to be comforted by that truth.  We have been […]

Holy Thursday – Giving Up Entitlement

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Readings: Luke 22:1-13, John 13:1-17, John 13:31-38 Dear Friends, In John 13 Jesus has one of those moments where everything becomes crystal clear.  He knows exactly who He is, He knows where He has come from and He knows exactly how powerful He is.  How powerful is He?  Well He’s the most powerful man—ever.  What […]

Giving Up Compromise

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Reading: Luke 19:28-44 Dear Friends, Holy week is filled with folks that compromise.  They go against their gut, go against their character or allow fear to change their behavior. Pilate compromises.  The disciples compromise.  The religious leaders compromise.  Jesus?  He’s determined.  He’s convicted.  He knows exactly what this day, this Palm Sunday is all about. […]

Giving Up Temporary

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Readings:  2 Peter 3:1-14; Luke 12:16-22 Dear Friends, Temporary.  Eternal.  We know that our hearts, minds and eyes should be focused on eternal things.  But boy, we get distracted, don’t we?  The everydayness of life sometimes fools us into focusing on this world instead of what is to come.  That’s the bad news.  The good news […]

Giving Up Enemies

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Reading: Matthew 5:43-48 Dear Friends, Ok, if we are honest, we will never be able to “give up enemies.”  As long as we are alive on earth and in relationship with others, enemies will happen. But, Jesus does have some challenging things to say about enemies.  Let me give you a hint: giving up on […]