Spirit grown: part 1

February 11, 2019

Looking at Galatians 5 we begin to think about how the Holy Spirit generates the character of God in our lives. We spend most of this message thinking about why this is important when we could just instead gather a list of rules that would guide our lives. Why do we need the Spirit?

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Washing Feet: John 13

February 4, 2019

We consider the humble work of helping each other deal with the daily challenges of life, especially by being an active listener.

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Mature Community 2: Ephesians 4

February 2, 2019

Pastor Phil continues the series on mature community from Ephesians 4, considering the ways that we are called to "be" and to "do" as people sharing a common life of the Spirit and mission.

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Called To Adventure: Timothy

February 2, 2019

Guest deacon Justin Thumhart opens I Timothy to talk about finding the courage to step into God's calling. Using an example from Lord of the Rings, he challenges us to let go of our comfort and find our place in a larger world of mission and blessing.

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Mature Community 1

January 17, 2019

Starting off the new year we think about Ephesians 4 and the goal of a mature Christ-like community. This is different from thinking individually about our personal Christian life. Rather it is to recognize that our ability to work with each other towards maturity is a sign to the world of the reality of Christ's presence among us and a support to the truth of our message in a world of competing life choices.

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New Years: Forgetting What Lies Behind

December 31, 2018

Thinking about New Years we take up Paul's personal reflection in Philippians 3 on his own spiritual journey from an inward concern for establishing his own righteousness to an outward life based on the gift of righteousness from Christ. 

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Christmas Eve: Good News

December 27, 2018

A brief reflection from Christmas Eve, thinking about the angels announcing good news of great joy for all people. The Scrooge story is noted as an example of this transformation.

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Advent 4: The Gift of New Life

December 27, 2018

John 3:16-17 and 1 John 3:16-17 remind us that the gift of Christ brings us to a new life with God that is at rest, not ruled by condemnation that comes from outside or inside. Scrooge is an example of someone who is transformed from an inward self focus to an outward others focus, freed to live a new life.

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Advent 3: The Gift of Children

December 19, 2018

Jesus came as a baby and as a child. God works through ordinary processes to bring extraordinary blessings. How can we welcome children as gifts to be developed and nurtured so they too grow to love God and neighbor, as Jesus did.

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Advent 2: The Leader We Need

December 9, 2018

We look at Isaiah 9:6-7 about the child who will be Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. The leader we need is wise, compassionate, available and committed to creating a peace that is more than an absence of conflict,  but a restoration of wholeness where each works for the benefit of all. Christ is the leader we need. As those who bring the kingdom of Christ, we are the leaders our world needs.

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