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July 28, 2019 – 7th Sunday After Pentecost – Or Else

Malachi 3:6-12, Acts 4:32-5:11             And now, we come to the “or else.” Except it really isn’t an ‘or else.’ It’s more of a ‘follow through.’ In Malachi God wants to know why we aren’t following through on our giving. God asserts that we’re actually robbing God of what is God’s (and it’s all God’s). God asserts that we’re shortchanging God by…

July 21, 2019 – 6th Sunday After Pentecost – Just Stuff?

Micah 6:6-8, Matthew 23:23, Deuteronomy 14:22-29             What we return to God isn’t all tangible goods, though. Everything doesn’t have a value that fits on a 1040, or that we can make an insurance claim for. What does God expect of us? Even if we tithe spices, what does God want us to offer from…

July 14, 2019 – 5th Sunday After Pentecost – How Much?

Mark 12:41-44, Luke 21:1-4            There is a huge church debate about how much we’re supposed to give to God. Usually this debate circles around the idea of tithe and 10%. Is that 10% before taxes? Is it gross or net? Does it include gifts? Is it 10% of everything, or just 10% of our salary?            You’ll notice that this discussion…

June 16, 2019 – Trinity Sunday – The Holy Trinity

James 2:14-29, Mark 12:28-31, John 10:11-18         On Trinity Sunday, we think about the Trinity, that really tough and vague doctrine that is somehow essential to our understanding of God. We’ve talked about three leaf clovers, and many other metaphors over the years. All of them fall short of the understanding of the whole.           …

June 9, 2019 – Pentecost Sunday – A Spirit of…

Acts 2:1-4, Romans 8:14-39            What Spirit are we blessed with on Pentecost? Slavery, or adoption? Fear, or Glory? Hiding in the upper room, or confronting the crowd? Speaking a powerful story that overcomes the barriers of language, national origin, or hiding for fear of the crowds?            Are we gifted with a Spirit that…

May 26, 2019 – The Sixth Sunday of Easter – In Depth

Romans [3:28-30] 5:1-11            Weakness, suffering, endurance, hope, and love. What a range of descriptions. What a range of adjectives. We end up focusing on being justified by faith, or by this string of poetic phrases, or that hope does not disappoint. This passage is filled with catch phrases and memorable lines, and yet filled with even more content.            So what’s…

Coming Home

The GVD family is on their way back from Klaipeda, Lithuania where they are serving as faculty at LCC International University. They’ll be leading us in worship on Sunday, June 2nd, at 10:30 am. Join us to welcome them home on furlough, and to hear how God has been guiding them, leading them, and using…

May 19, 2019 – The Fifth Sunday of Easter – In This Together

Romans 1:1-17            In this letter, in the beginning of this letter, we hear the introduction of Paul as an apostle, and powerful Good News of Jesus Christ. From there, the letter continues into something we might take for granted. Paul asserts that he prays for them, that he thanks God for them and that he hopes to strengthen them, and that…