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1 Corinthians 2:6-16                This Sunday marks week two of our series called “Securely Us: Unwrap the Secret Gift of Being You.”  And in this series, we have one goal in mind: to help you overcome your insecurity by discovering the gift that God has made you to be. That’s it. Overcome your insecurity by

04 Sep 2019

A Picture of Partnership

            Today we’re starting off a new series called Securely Us: Unwrap the Secret Gift of Being You. And before we jump right into things, I need to let you know that this series is going to feel very different to most of you.  Typically, I tend to stay pretty close to the story in

28 Aug 2019

They Covered Their Ears

Before we get to our reading for the moment, I want to invite you all to reflect on a very common, very human phenomenon.  And I want us to reflect on this because I think it will help us see what’s going on both in the bible passage and in our world, in a new

28 Aug 2019

Settle Down, Stephen

Acts 6:8-15, 7:51-53             In our reading from last week, we saw how the early Christian community approached problem-solving.  There was a complaint that arose because some women were being overlooked at mealtime.  And the way the apostles responded to this complaint was by calling a meeting.  All the disciples were gathered together, and they

14 Aug 2019

Another Kind of Rising

Acts 6:1-7             Since the middle of June, we’ve been reading from a book in the Bible called The Acts of the Apostles (Luke, part II).  And this book is filled with miracles.  The first miracle we shared about was the Pentecost miracle: where suddenly the disciples of Jesus were able to speak new, intelligible

09 Aug 2019

The Insecurity of Power

Last week, we read about how the Apostles Peter and John had stepped up in Christ’s place to continue on the ministry of Jesus.  While they were on their way to the temple, they came across a man who had been unable to walk since birth, and they extended healing to him in the name

31 Jul 2019

The Family Surprise

Acts 2: 29-37             This morning’s reading picks up where we left off last week: the Apostle Peter is preaching to a diverse crowd gathered for the Festival of Weeks in Jerusalem.  The Holy Spirit has been poured out on the disciples of Jesus, empowering them to proclaim the wonders of God in new languages.

26 Jun 2019

If it got any better, would we even notice?

Acts 2:14-24             We’re continuing on with our Pentecost reading.  Please turn with me to Acts, chapter 2.  A great wind is rushing through the city of Jerusalem, while the disciples are gathered to celebrate the Festival of Weeks.  Tongues of fire alight on each of them, and they start speaking new languages, empowered by

20 Jun 2019


Today we celebrate the miracle of Pentecost.  In most churches today, we tend to focus on two of the grand historical miracles throughout our liturgical year.  And these are the miracles we give most of our energy and attention to. They’re the miracles that change the inner faces of our homes, and raise our blood-sugar

13 Jun 2019

Sinners Make the Greatest Lovers

Since Easter, we’ve been focusing on the call of the resurrected Christ to preach ‘a new knowing for the forgiveness of sins’ to all nations. And to help us grow in that call, we’ve been going back to take a second look at a few of Jesus’s teachings about forgiveness, in order to grow a

05 Jun 2019