In this series, we explore how we are sent to show people that they are loved by god.

Watch previous messages and see what's coming.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

We are exploring what being a disciple of Jesus Christ can really mean for us.  It's one thing to show up for church each Sunday.  It's quite another to LIVE as a disciple of Jesus.  We are invited to experience how God's power can work in us and through us to change the world around us.

Following the Model Without Fear

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Being a follower of Jesus is different than being a fan of a team, idol curiosity or even admiration.  It involves our complete commitment to a life where Jesus is the model.  Jesus warns us about the trouble that comes from being a follower and encourages us to face that without fear.

Discovering Real Rewards

Sunday, July 2, 2017

We live in a society that places a great emphasis on rewards and punishments.  We like to stress the rewards that can be gained by any person who works hard and diligently.  This is part of the great American myth of “Rags to Riches Rugged Individualism."   It is hard to imagine ourselves as American without at least a hint of this myth in our minds.  So, what do we make of Jesus’ conversation about rewards in today’s reading from Matthew?

Dancing with God

Sunday, July 9, 2017

For much of Christian history, the church has been the instrument of class control; it has been used to hold the moral line on the seeming excesses of those who are not the elite social trend setters.  But this is not how Jesus conducted his earthly ministry. Matthew includes the interesting passage we will hear this morning in which Jesus tells us that he is considered by the proper people to be a drunkard, a glutton and low-life type.  What does this tell us about how Jesus would have us live today?

Knowing our Context

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Usually, when we consider the parable of the sower and the soils, we are focused on other people and why they are not good enough.  I do not think that this was Jesus’ thinking.  He was asking his listeners—the people who were his followers—to look at the inner and outer context of their faith.  He asks us to do the same.

Knowing How Grace Comes from Evil

Sunday, July 23, 2017

We often hear people ask how could a loving God allow evil in the world?  Our faith is all too often weakened by these notions that God is the bearer of evil. Many people today will say that, if there is a god, and he causes such evil, I do not want to believe in him.  So true!  Where does evil fit into your faith?  Listen then to Jesus tell us another parable on this subject.

From Small Things Come Greatness

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Our God is great!  Jesus is inviting us to find this awesome God in the little things, the details, in ordinary daily life.  We don't need to look on mountaintops to find Him.  Listen to Jesus's parables to hear this message.

Meeting Others' Needs

Sunday, August 6, 2017

As you hear the story about Jesus feeding a great many people, ask yourself what would Jesus do today where there are many people relying on food pantries, where we are not able to grow our own food anymore, where we eat cheap junk food to get by.

Facing Challenges with Faith

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Have you faced serious challenges, strong headwinds against you?  And you wished God would help?  Or were afraid God would? Felt helpless, alone?  Wondered if God cared about you? punishing you? Was God unconcerned? Listen to the story of the disciples blown by high winds and ask how you have been in a similar situation.

Changing the Mirror

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Most folks want to be perceived as good by at least some standard. How do you measure yourself? How do you decide what is good? What is the mirror you use to check out yourself? These are questions that Jesus raises in the text we hear this morning.

Knowing the Messiah

Sunday, August 27, 2017

As 21st century Christians, we are a long way from the Jewish notion of the Messiah.  The Greek word “Christ” is taken to mean the same thing, but who was this person to Jews of the 1st century.  And does that matter to us today? 

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