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Let Your Light Shine

Let Your Light Shine

2019-12-0900:16:19

Jesus said both "I am the light of the world" (In John 12) and "You are the light of the world" (in Matthew 5). In Matthew 5, after telling his listeners they are the light of the world, he tells them to let their light shine.  We believe Jesus tells us to let our lights shine.There were no floodlights in Jesus' day, and he clearly meant our lights to help light the way, not to blind others. Let your light shine in ways that light the path for others!
Pay Attention to the Light!

Pay Attention to the Light!

2019-12-0200:18:10

If Jesus had spoken his words we find in Matthew 24 today, he very well might have mentioned the Zombie Apocalypse.  He didn't but, like some post-apocalyptic literature and media today, Jesus spoke those words to offer hope. Jesus offered then and offers now the light of hope in the darkness. Can you see light, even if only a sliver, from the darkness of your world?
Have you ever had the experience of seeing something from someone else's perspective? There may not be much difference. I'm the only one in my family who can see on top of the refrigerator without a stool. Of course, perspective is not only what we see with our eyes.Thanksgiving is the same way! Learning to give thanks for God's faithfulness rather than results is life giving!
This week our Lay Leader Alan Moffatt fills in and invites us to think about, and practice, actually giving thanks. Being thankful is good, and good for you, but actually actively giving thanks is even better!
According to Torah, a man whose brother dies married but childless is to marry the widow and provide a child to the brother's lineage. What happens if there are 7 brothers and all die before a child is born? To whom is the 7X widow married in eternity? This is a question brought to Jesus. The motivation of the question, though, was to trick or trap Jesus. It's like they thought they could outwit Jesus.Most of us have wanted to prove ourselves right to God, but today we invite you to consider, as Thanksgiving approaches, that maybe you can either be right or thankful. And you know you cannot always be right, right?
First in our "In Everything Give Thanks" series, we face the challenge of learning to give thanks IN all things rather than FOR all things. We trade in our desire or expectation to know and understand everything learning to trust in God's faithfulness to be with us.
Generosity

Generosity

2019-10-2800:20:57

Concluding our Upon This Rock Series, we present Josiah, King of Judah and Peter and John. Josiah attempted to restore God's people to their former faithfulness after the Instruction Scroll was found in the Temple. Peter and John didn't have the gold a beggar requested, but they gave him what they had - the healing power of Jesus!God is generous and invites us to live generously as well. 
Gratitude

Gratitude

2019-10-2100:18:13

"Give thanks in every situation," the bible says. It's not always easy. Giving thanks is good for us, but only if and when we give thanks out of genuine gratitude, not for being shamed into it. Stewardship starts with thanksgiving; with the recognition of all the ways God has blessed us, and our expressions of gratitude in return.
Witness

Witness

2019-10-1500:22:04

How do you make sense out of the story in Genesis 31 where Jacob and his father-in-law Laban part ways sharing a trust in God but without trusting each other? But considering Peter's confession of Jesus as the Messiah. Witnessing helps us move part pettiness and toward following Jesus a bit better today than yesterday.
A brief reflection on symbols of power and communion
Remember

Remember

2019-10-0800:13:30

We start our annual stewardship series with "Remember," looking back at Jacob's dream of the stairway to heaven and Jesus' call of Peter.
Whose Neighbor Am I?

Whose Neighbor Am I?

2019-09-3000:24:39

Concluding our Love Where You Are: The Art of Neighboring Series brings us back to the  story of the Good Samaritan. Jesus "flipped the script" on the legal expert, and how Jesus flips the script on us.
Our Invisible Neighbors

Our Invisible Neighbors

2019-09-2300:21:26

We have to see our neighbors to love them. Who are the people around you that you most easily overlook or see right through?  Who blends into the background? Even these are our neighbors. And followers of Jesus are commanded to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. 
In the first 4 sermons of this series, we focused on various answers to the "who is my neighbor" question. Today we look at what it means to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
Love Where You Are

Love Where You Are

2019-09-0900:46:30

Some of us want to be or live or worship someplace beside where we are. Sometimes this is because we feel out of control or unappreciated. The world around us doesn't seem to value what we believe God calls us to value. Into this situation, the prophet Jeremiah speaks, and tells us to "Promote the welfare of the city where God has sent us into exile." The hardest part of this for American Christians is recognizing that we live in exile - in a place we don't control. God doesn't call us to control, though, but to trust God, and promote the welfare of the place where we are.
Do I have to be a neighbor?

Do I have to be a neighbor?

2019-09-0300:20:12

If you are a follower of Jesus you have no choice but to be a neighbor to others. To everyone. The bible teaches that God's people are commanded to "love your neighbor as you love yourself."  As a result, people ever since have been choosing who they have to consider a "neighbor." Jesus loves your neighbor as much as Jesus loves you, so do the same! Jesus' story in Luke 18 offers an awesome twist, convicting us when we try to decide that some people just don't count as "neighbor." Hint: they ALL count!
Have you met MY neighbor?

Have you met MY neighbor?

2019-08-3000:16:55

Some neighbors are harder to love than others. For some people, we are the hard to love neighbors!  Followers of Jesus don't just love the easy-to-love neighbors, though.
Who Is My Neighbor?

Who Is My Neighbor?

2019-08-1900:21:00

A 'legal expert' asked Jesus "Who is my neighbor?" trying to catch him saying something wrong. Jesus answered with the story we know as the Good Samaritan. Jesus taught 2 things with this story: that your 'neighbor' may not be who you think it is and that his followers view everyone as their neighbor.  Go and do likewise.These images may be helpful as you listen.
Hymn of Promise

Hymn of Promise

2019-08-1300:19:17

Rachel Heyduck preaches on how one of her favorite hymns, Hymn of Promise, gives her hope and assurance in challenging times of life. 
Where is the love?

Where is the love?

2019-08-0500:18:23

I quoted the Black Eyed Peas' "Where is the love?" on social media a few years back, and instantly received replies from people offering encouragement.  I wasn't depressed; I was empathizing with the message of the song. On this Sunday morning when we worship less than 24 hours after 2 separate mass shootings.  Our response as Christians to "where is the love?" is "Right here!"  Then we show others the love Jesus has shown us.
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