Sermons

“Be Careful What You Ask For”

Date: October 17, 2021

Passage: Mark 10:35-45, Psalms 104:1-9

Does Jesus have it backwards? Jesus says that in order to lead well we must first serve well. He uses phrases to describe unethical leadership styles such as “rulers lord it over them” and “great ones are tyrants over them,” in order to criticize the methods of the current leaders. What does it mean to be servant-leader?

    “Perplexed”

    Date: October 10, 2021

    Passage: Mark 10:17-31, Psalms 22:1-15

    If I were a rich person, this Gospel message would perplex me. Jesus says to his disciples being wealthy will make it impossible for the rich to enter the kingdom of God. He also says the first will be last and the last will be first. What is Jesus really saying to rich and the poor?

      “Jesus, Son of God”

      Date: October 3, 2021

      Passage: Hebrews 4:12-16, Psalms 26:1-12

      Jesus is the Son of the Almighty God! Wow! This statement should make us pause and consider the mystery and miracle of Jesus. If you live believing in this mystery, then something within you should get stirred up. This is good news. You and I are in relationship with the Son of God! Wow!

        “Do you accept the Word of God?”

        Date: September 26, 2021

        Passage: Acts 8:14-17, Psalms 124:1-8

        God's word is not always easy to accept. Accepting the word of God means that we must accept the people of God in all forms and varieties. Peter learned this valuable lesson in Acts 10 at the home of a Roman soldier. He states: I truly understand that God shows no partiality,  but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him—even the Gentiles are acceptable to God! What lessons have you learned from God’s Word?

          “A Welcoming Place”

          Date: September 19, 2021

          Passage: Mark 9:30-37, Psalms 1:1-6

          Jesus was not interested in who was the greatest. He was interested in the least of these. He was more concerned with being a welcoming Messiah than an unreachable and unavailable king. He was more concerned with having real, true and honest relationships with people, than coming across as distant, detached and perfect.

            “How Do You Relate?”

            Date: September 12, 2021

            Passage: Mark 8:27-38, Psalms 63:1-8

            In our common life as Christians, we hear – and might also use – the phrase, "be in relationship with God". For some, it presents an attractive possibility, while for others, it can be confusing, even off-putting. Nevertheless, a loving, trusting relationship with God is foundational to Christian discipleship and discernment, and is the means by which God promotes Kingdom changes in us, our communities, and, by extension, our world. God invites us to draw close and discover the treasures of faith God desires to give to all his children.

              “The Hard Stuff and the Good Stuff”

              Date: September 5, 2021

              Passage: Mark 7:24-37, Psalms 146:1-10

              The Gospel text for September 5 tells two stories, one that has often unsettled those who read it, and a second that has inspired them. Taken together, they begin to paint a picture of the fullness of the ways and teachings of our Savior. The September 5 sermon will explore.

                "Getting Ready"

                Date: August 22, 2021

                Passage: Psalms 84:1-12, Ephesians 6:10-20

                What does it mean for you to be fully prepared or prepared as humanly possible? Being prepared spiritually is probably one of the most important steps we can take on a daily basis. How do you start your day? The Apostle Paul has a great way to get us started every day. Let’s get ready!

                  “We Need God’s Wisdom”

                  Date: August 15, 2021

                  Passage: 1 Kings 2:10-12, 1 Kings 3:3-14, Psalms 111:1-10

                  I often describe prayer as The Great Conversation. Talking with God can be very similar to having a conversation with a friend. Often when we pray, we do so on behalf of others as well as asking for things we want and outcomes we desire. But, what do we need? Have we asked God for what is most needed in our life? What does God want to give us?

                    “Learning to Wait in a Culture of Hurry”

                    Date: August 8, 2021

                    Passage: John 6:35, John 6:41-51, Psalms 130:1-8

                    Waiting can be very difficult. We are not a waiting society. We prefer instant and immediate responses. Because we are addicted to speed, waiting on God to move on our behalf can also be very difficult. Patience is something we want other people to have for us. Yet, we struggle to have patience with others. What if I told you that impatience is a form of unbelief and immaturity? As Christians learn to wait, we recognize more and more that instant gratification is rarely the answer.

                      “Is Jesus enough?”

                      Date: August 1, 2021

                      Passage: John 6:24-35, Psalms 51:1-12

                      Have you tried Jesus? Really tried him for yourself. I’m guessing many people wonder is Jesus enough? What is there about Jesus that makes him the answer? There are Christians who claim that there life would be nothing without him. And there are others who have not experienced him at all. But, have you tried him?

                        “Feeding the Hungry”

                        Date: July 25, 2021

                        Steve Bingaman bears witness to the work being done with the Outdoor Church in Cambridge. "Founded in 2003, the Outdoor Church is an ecumenical Christian church for homeless and street-involved men and women in Cambridge, MA. Each week, through worship services held outdoors and extensive programs of street outreach and pastoral visiting, we share a message of hope and unconditional love with those who need to hear it most.  Staffed by clergy from different denominations and supported by over 40 local churches and organizations, the Outdoor Church has become a Cambridge institution. The hallmark of our ministry is consistency: our worship services and street outreach take place year round, in all seasons and all weather."

                          “One”

                          Date: July 18, 2021

                          Passage: Ephesians 2:11-22

                          Hopefully, at some point in our lives we come to the recognition that hate is taught. We have been taught to be guarded, and at times hostile, around those we perceive a threat even if the threat is unfounded. Where did we learn these beliefs? What have we unknowingly passed on to our children and grandchildren about other human beings?

                            “Caring for the Earth”

                            Date: July 11, 2021

                            Passage: Psalms

                            We are so blessed to live on a planet that provides for all our human needs. The earth is filled with beauty, nature and unexplained wonders. Have we taken all those benefits for granted? How can we express our gratitude for the majesty of God’s amazing creation?

                              “Leaving the Building”

                              Date: July 4, 2021

                              Passage: Mark 6:1-13, Psalms

                              After teaching in the temple on the Sabbath, Jesus also spent many of his days teaching in the towns and villages. He took his message to the streets. As followers of Jesus, shouldn’t we be doing the same? How will those who never make it into the building receive the good news?

                                “Ask for Help!”

                                Date: June 27, 2021

                                Passage: Mark 5:21-43

                                Do you have a list of people that you consistently pray for? Do you pray for yourself? What would change if you began to intercede on behalf of yourself and others? In this text, one person prayers for a family member and another seeks Jesus for herself. Do you struggle to ask God for help

                                  “Now Faith!”

                                  Date: June 20, 2021

                                  Passage: Mark 4:35-41, Psalms 9:9-20

                                  What keeps you up at night? Experts recommend 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. In Genesis 2, God rested on the seventh day and said it was holy. In Mark’s gospel the disciples are unable to sleep because they are worried about the storm. What storms are keeping you awake at night?

                                    “For Your Ears Only”

                                    Date: June 13, 2021

                                    Passage: Mark 4:26-34

                                    When Jesus speaks, at times, it can be very confusing. I often wondered why Jesus spoke in parables. Wouldn’t make sense to give instructions to the lost in simpler terms? But, we’re all different and we interpret and learn differently. There are also times when the Lord has something for your ears only.

                                      “Spiritual Friendships”

                                      Date: June 6, 2021

                                      Passage: Mark 3:20-35, Psalms 138:1-8

                                      Do you have a person in your life that gets you inside and out? Many of us have best friends or life-long friends. But, do they really know us on a deeper level? As spiritual beings created in the image of God, we were designed for spiritual relationships. Because we share God’s spirit, we are spiritually connected. Do you have a spiritual friend—one who is connected to their faith and internal compass?

                                        “Isaiah: Stepping Up”

                                        Date: May 30, 2021

                                        Passage: Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalms 29:1-11

                                        God has a mission and is looking for those who will go where they are needed. God’s aim since the beginning is to invite humanity into partnership. We don’t have to worry about the “what” and the “how.” We are to be ready to step up when God calls. Are you ready to go?

                                          “Peter: Stepping Up”

                                          Date: May 23, 2021

                                          Passage: Acts 2:1-21

                                          It’s takes courage in today’s world to preach a gospel message birthed over 2000 years ago. Peter, the rock on which Jesus will built his church, has stepped up to preach his first sermon. He is teaching on the powerful work of the Holy Spirit. He is setting the record straight to the hearers and proclaiming salvation through Jesus Christ. Have you stepped up to share your faith lately?

                                            “Barsabbus: Stepping Up”

                                            Date: May 16, 2021

                                            Passage: Acts 1:15-17, Acts 1:21-26, Psalms 1:1-6

                                            What most people fail to realize is when you get promoted in the church, your level of service increases, widens and deepens. Being chosen to become one of the 12 apostles of Jesus is an honor, but it is also comes with a great deal of responsibility and requires commitment. Have you considered stepping up to be a leader in the church?

                                              “Friends of Jesus: Stepping Up”

                                              Date: May 9, 2021

                                              Passage: John 15:9-17, 1 John 5:1-6

                                              The One who loves us unconditionally has placed some conditions on his friendship. Jesus says, “I have called you friends because you do what I command.” Why is obedience so important to Jesus? Is Jesus asking us to do something that he himself was unwilling to do? Friendship with God is very different that friendship with any human being.

                                                “Philip: Stepping Up”

                                                Date: May 2, 2021

                                                Passage: Acts 8:26-40, John 15:1-8

                                                The first century church is expanding. During a time of persecution, Philip continues to follow the teachings of Jesus by sharing the good news to non-Jews. Instead of allowing his fear of rejection or his fear of imprisonment or worse to paralyze him, Philip steps us and steps out in faith. How are you stepping up in your faith lately?

                                                  "Have You Wandered from the Fold?"

                                                  Date: April 25, 2021

                                                  Passage: John 10:11-18

                                                  Human beings have a need to belong. We were not designed to live our lives without human connection. How do you know when you belong? What are the signs of truly belonging and not just tolerated?

                                                    “You Were Part of the Plan”

                                                    Date: April 18, 2021

                                                    Passage: Acts 3:12-19

                                                    Have you ever said or done anything you later regret? Have you felt as if your actions were unforgivable? In the aftermath of the death and resurrection of Jesus, his followers tried to reconcile all that happened and their rejection of Jesus during the most difficult day of his life. They had regrets about their behavior not realizing that it may have been part of the plan

                                                      "The Reason for the Bible"

                                                      Date: April 11, 2021

                                                      Passage: John 20:19-31

                                                      The end of the Gospel of John tells us why we have the Gospel of John, and, by extension, why we have the Bible itself. The end presents the purpose, and it is this purpose of Holy Scripture, and the Gospel of John, in particular, that the sermon on April 11 will explore.

                                                        “We Didn’t Believe; But He Still Came Back!”

                                                        Date: April 4, 2021

                                                        Passage: Psalms 118:1-2, Psalms 118:14-24, John 20:1-18

                                                        After the others left the empty tomb of Jesus, Mary remained outside the tomb weeping. When Jesus appeared, she did not recognize him and he asked her “why are you weeping?” It appears that Jesus was surprised by Mary’s tears and surprised that she did not expect to see him alive after all that he had taught her and the other disciples.

                                                          “All Will be Well”

                                                          Date: March 28, 2021

                                                          Passage: Psalms 31:9-16, John 12:12-16

                                                          When things in our life become difficult, we often forget about all that God has done in Jesus Christ. It seems farfetched or some sort of mystical nonsense. When things are good in our life, we get lost in what we view as our success and forget about all that God has done in Jesus Christ. Whether things are difficult or good, we are reminded at the start of this Holy Week that all will be well.

                                                            “Freedom from (name your sin and redemption)”

                                                            Date: March 21, 2021

                                                            Passage: Psalms 51:1-5, John 12:20-33

                                                            Psalm 51 is David’s acknowledgement and confession of his sin with Bathsheba. In verse 3, he states that he knows his transgressions and his sin is ever before him. Are you aware of your transgressions? Can you name them? Knowing our weaknesses is just as important as knowing our strengths.

                                                              "Freedom from Greed"

                                                              Date: March 7, 2021

                                                              Passage: John 2:13-22, Psalms 19:7-14

                                                              Jesus displayed anger and frustration when he saw the house of God turned into a marketplace or a modern day shopping mall. He considered the temple sacred and others had turned it into a money-making venture. Their need to make money superseded respect and honor for the temple of God.

                                                                “Endurance”

                                                                Date: February 28, 2021

                                                                Passage: Mark 8:31-38

                                                                Being a disciple of Jesus is filled with triumphs and challenges. It will involve the undoing of our lives, leaving behind the world’s view of success and gaining a godly perspective. Through it all, there will be a combination of pain and joy, and good days and bad days. Following Jesus means we must lose our life in order to save it.

                                                                  “Humility”

                                                                  Date: February 21, 2021

                                                                  Passage: Psalms 25:1-10, Mark 1:9-15

                                                                  Following the path of Jesus requires humility. Jesus was fully human and fully divine. At any point during his life on earth, he could have pulled the God-card and destroyed humanity or abandoned the mission to redeem us. Instead, he remained humble and exhibited self-control throughout his time on earth beginning with his 40 days in the desert while tempted by Satan.

                                                                    "Be Real with God"

                                                                    Date: February 17, 2021

                                                                    Passage: Matthew 6:1-6, Matthew 6:16-21, Psalms 51:1-12

                                                                    Do you have things on your mind that you have not shared with anyone, including God? How much of your day are you pretending or even deceiving yourself and others? God is aware of all we do, think and feel. God has made it so we can speak directly to him. 

                                                                      “Listen to Jesus”

                                                                      Date: February 14, 2021

                                                                      Passage: Mark 9:2-9, Psalms 50:1-6

                                                                      The story of the Transfiguration of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark, chapter 9, is an extraordinary story for many reasons, not least God's pronouncement from the cloud, "This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!" The Feb. 14 sermon will explore the implications of this pronouncement for the Church and for us, individually, as followers of Jesus.

                                                                        “Clarity of Mission”

                                                                        Date: February 7, 2021

                                                                        Passage: Mark 1:29-39, Psalms 147:1-11

                                                                        Have you ever felt pulled in many directions? We are often asked by others to assist them with fulfilling their agendas. But when you are finally focused on your path, these favors can distract you from the main mission. Are you able to say no in order to remain on the path set by God for you?

                                                                          Serious about the Word of God

                                                                          Date: January 31, 2021

                                                                          Passage: Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Psalms 111:1-10

                                                                          God raises up preachers from among everyday people. God uses the ordinary people to proclaim an extraordinary message. The consequences for those who make false proclamations and credit it to God are serious. They are held accountable by God for all that they say. How can we discern if what we say is from God? 

                                                                            God, I Disagree!

                                                                            Date: January 24, 2021

                                                                            Passage: Jonah 3:1-5, Jonah 3:10-, Psalms 65:5-12

                                                                            God always knows more about a situation than we do. The minute we think we know what God will do, we usually end up bewildered. There are times when God will have mercy on those we believe are undeserving of it. How do we continue to trust God’s leading when we disagree with the plan?

                                                                              Are You Willing?

                                                                              Date: January 17, 2021

                                                                              Passage: John 1:43-51, Psalms 139:1-6

                                                                              God has something special planned for each and everyone of us. And at the appropriate time, God calls us to follow the way that will bring us the most satisfying and fruitful life. It’s not a question about if God is calling you; the question is are you willing to follow?

                                                                                What Pleases God?

                                                                                Date: January 10, 2021

                                                                                Passage: Mark 1:4-11, Psalms 29:1-11

                                                                                In general, most of us believe that we are not holy enough. Even if we do our best and try our hardest, we often doubt that God is pleased with us. More often, we believe the opposite is true. How might your life be different if you believed God is pleased with you just the way you are? How might that truth impact your daily life?

                                                                                  Intuition

                                                                                  Date: January 3, 2021

                                                                                  Passage: Matthew 2:1-12, Psalms 72:1-7, Psalms 72:10-14

                                                                                  After the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph were visited by three wise men. When they were about to leave for home, they were warned in a dream not to return home by way of Jerusalem. How often do we heed the warnings of our gut? How often do we trust in that still, small voice coming from the inside?

                                                                                    Change Came to Change Us

                                                                                    Date: December 27, 2020

                                                                                    Passage: Luke 2:15-20

                                                                                    2020 has been a year of learning how to make adjustments. We were forced into change
                                                                                    and we have been changed. On our worst days, God reminds us to hold on to the the hope, the love, the
                                                                                    peace and the joy that is found in Jesus. As his followers, we seek to embody and spread these spiritual gifts
                                                                                    that have kept us through a wilderness year.

                                                                                      A Savior is Born

                                                                                      Date: December 24, 2020

                                                                                      Passage: Luke 2:11-14

                                                                                      Join us for an evening of music and celebration as we anticipate together the newness that the birth of the Savior will bring to a world in need. As we learn to live into our new reality, God reminds us to hold on to the the hope, the love, the peace and the joy that is found in Jesus. As his followers, we seek to embody and spread the hope, love, peace and joy that has kept us through a wilderness year.

                                                                                        Needed Change

                                                                                        Date: December 20, 2020

                                                                                        Passage: Luke 1:26-38

                                                                                        Mary questions how these things can be since she is a virgin. That the Holy Spirit will come upon her calls to mind Isaiah 32:15 which sings of the spirit coming upon the community as part of the restoration of justice, peace and abundance. The angel models the way Luke would like the people to respond to the news of the manifestation of God’s realm through Jesus. Mary has repented of her doubt and trustingly seeks to serve. By making Mary a model believer, Luke signals in the divine realm the situation of women will be fully restored. Where else is restoration needed? What other situations need change in our world?

                                                                                          Changing Our Focus

                                                                                          Date: December 13, 2020

                                                                                          Passage: Isaiah 61:1-4

                                                                                          Scholars have been puzzled over the identity of the servant in Isaiah. But to worry about that question is to miss the larger point that the servant is not named is deliberate. Many within Israel could be the servant in different times, places and circumstances and it is utterly appropriate that Jesus is also regarded as the servant. With all of our knowledge and wisdom, we have a tendency to focus on the wrong thing and miss the main thing. As a person of color, one who grew up in the inner city, who attended public schools which lacked funding and resources, whose parents struggled to make ends meet; when I read this text, my mind and heart go directly to those who are the object of the servant’s mission—the poor, the captives, the oppressed. My initial concern is not the identity of the one being sent to help. From the perspective of the one in need, it doesn’t matter if the servant is black or white, male or female, Jew or Gentile—the servant has come to offer compassion.

                                                                                            Children of Light

                                                                                            Date: November 15, 2020

                                                                                            Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

                                                                                            We are living in difficult days. In these past months we have witnessed the worst of humanity and the best of humanity. We have seen death, depression and despair. We live in uncertain times and the future contains many mysteries. But even with all of that, we still have the power to control how we interact with others. Through it all, we are still able to encourage and build each other up.

                                                                                              Is God an option for you and your family

                                                                                              Date: November 8, 2020

                                                                                              Passage: Joshua 24:1-3, Joshua 24:14-25

                                                                                              There are many in our society who have given up on faith or some define themselves as atheist or agnostic. What many fail to realize is that human beings operate in this world based on some level of faith and faithful practice. We all believe in something and follow some sort of value system. Like Joshua and the Israelites, we will all come to different crossroads in our life and it will require us to make a choice and that choice will be based on some degree of uncertainty or based on some level of faith in the unknown. Might God be an option?

                                                                                                Blessed are they who Mourn

                                                                                                Date: November 1, 2020

                                                                                                Passage: John 3:1-3, Matthew 5:4

                                                                                                Grief is a natural response to loss. It is emotional suffering which occurs when someone or something is lost to us. Most common causes for grief are the death of a loved one, divorce or a breakup. Grieving is important because when we do so we make space that is bound to the lost person, object or experience. This enables us to reinvest that energy that is lost to us in deep grief. How’s your grieving going?

                                                                                                  Change is Inevitable

                                                                                                  Date: October 25, 2020

                                                                                                  Passage: Deuteronomy 34:1-12

                                                                                                  It’s interesting how the concerns of our parents, grandparents and even great grandparents are exactly the same concerns we have today about this next generation—music, fashion, relationships, etc. I often hear people say; “this is the worst generation of them all. We never did what they’re doing; we weren’t that bad!” Well, here’s a new flash for all of us; God has not forgotten or overlooked this next generation. God did not give up on us and we should not give up on them.

                                                                                                    God’s Mercy is Far and Wide

                                                                                                    Date: October 18, 2020

                                                                                                    Passage: Exodus 33:12-23

                                                                                                    We desire God’s presence because without it we are lost; and without it we may not even know we are lost. Moses says to God “If your presence will not go, do not carry us up from here.” If you don’t have plans to see us through this process, then leave us here to die in the wilderness. Moses is seeking God in a most powerful way because he understands the significance of the moment.

                                                                                                      Excessive Force

                                                                                                      Date: October 11, 2020

                                                                                                      Passage: Exodus 32:1-14

                                                                                                      People often remark about the excessive violence in the Old Testament. However, it is becoming increasing difficult to distinguish today’s violent culture from the ancient world. In the case of the Old Testament, God not only listened to the prayers of his servant Moses, but moved on behalf of Israel and in doing so has given us a formula to be used in our current context to help us deal with our anger, our road rage, our angry outbursts, our verbally abusive language, with our desire to get even by using violence.

                                                                                                        Resting in God

                                                                                                        Date: October 4, 2020

                                                                                                        Passage: Exodus 20:8-11

                                                                                                        Finding time for Sabbath in our lives has become a more urgent matter in 2020. The idea that we have to find time for Sabbath indicates to me that it is quite possible that we may have lost this practice along the way. And if we have lost Sabbath, then chances are we are neglecting to meet God and neglecting to enjoy our life. Is joy still possible?

                                                                                                          Change your Mindset

                                                                                                          Date: September 27, 2020

                                                                                                          Passage: Matthew 21:23-32

                                                                                                          When we change our mind, our thinking, our decisions and our direction, this is what’s known as repentance. It means that we have turned away from a harmful path and turn towards God’s path. Are you ready to turn and move towards the direction of God?

                                                                                                            Working or Waiting for Work

                                                                                                            Date: September 20, 2020

                                                                                                            Passage: Matthew 20:1-16

                                                                                                            Do you ever find yourself disagreeing with God? There are some occasions when the Word of God seems unfair, backwards and confusing and you simply want clarity. As human beings living in what we believe is a just society, we expect just treatment. Is Jesus’ idea of justice the same as ours?

                                                                                                              The Gospel of Forgiveness

                                                                                                              Date: September 13, 2020

                                                                                                              Passage: Matthew 18:21-35

                                                                                                              Forgiveness is a foundational principal of the Body of Christ. Yet, it remains a struggle for followers of Christ to both give and receive forgiveness. We judge harshly the sins of others and we make excuses for our own bad behavior. Have you forgiven all?

                                                                                                                God Came Down

                                                                                                                Date: August 30, 2020

                                                                                                                Passage: Exodus 3:1-15

                                                                                                                God will use some of the most unexpected people to teach us and prepare us for the next transition in our lives. God sent Moses to deliver Israel from Egypt’s oppression. Moses, who was once a slave master, has now been sent to liberate the ones he formerly enslaved. Is it possible for someone to change their entire belief system in order to do the will of God?

                                                                                                                  Unlearning the Lessons of Slavery

                                                                                                                  Date: August 23, 2020

                                                                                                                  Passage: Exodus 1:8-2:10

                                                                                                                  The Book of Exodus depicts exactly what the word exodus means — a way out. And, for Israel, it was a way out of bondage and oppression which they suffered for 400 years at the hands of the Egyptians. Israel spent centuries absorbing Egypt’s pagan beliefs Now they would have to unlearn them. Unlearning will prove to be just as important and learning about the One true God. What lessons have we learned from our past that we now need to unlearn?

                                                                                                                    Is it good and pleasant?

                                                                                                                    Date: August 16, 2020

                                                                                                                    Passage: Psalms 133:1-3, Matthew 15:21-28

                                                                                                                    In the Psalm, we hear that it is good and pleasant when people live together in unity, and yet in the gospel story, we hear Jesus liken a woman from another region to a dog. Can we live in unity when, deep in our hearts, we hold bias and prejudice that comes out when we least expect it? How can we be more like Jesus who, when confronted with his derogatory comment, understands that he was wrong and changes his actions?

                                                                                                                      The Living Lord - Walking With Jesus

                                                                                                                      Date: May 17, 2020

                                                                                                                      Passage: Luke 24:13-35

                                                                                                                      Sometimes it feels like we are so in the trenches and overwhelmed, that we don't realize that Jesus is right there with us, walking with us and breaking bread with us..

                                                                                                                        Have you Drifted from the Fold?

                                                                                                                        Date: May 3, 2020

                                                                                                                        Passage: John 10:1-10, Psalms 23:1-3

                                                                                                                        The Shepherd says that his sheep will come in and go out. Coming in and going out describes the two-sided activity of human life. The one side is the contemplative life of interior union with God. The other side is the active life of practical obedience in the field of work or service which God provides for us. How do you balance coming in and going out? Have you been out too long?G

                                                                                                                          Is Dying to Self Necessary?

                                                                                                                          Date: March 29, 2020

                                                                                                                          Passage: Isaiah 43:18-21

                                                                                                                          Isaiah reveals that God is doing a new thing and we can discover it during wilderness times. The dry days can become times of refreshment for our souls. Things also die in the wilderness. What are the benefits of allowing some things die?

                                                                                                                            How Do We Survive in this Valley of Death?

                                                                                                                            Date: March 22, 2020

                                                                                                                            Passage: Psalms 23:1-6

                                                                                                                            In the life of Christians, the valley is often used to describe a time of difficulty, sorrow and pain. It is a low season in one's life where both believers and non-believers struggle with invisible concepts such as faith and hope. It's a time when we are desperate for tangible evidence that God is real and with us. Have you experienced God's presence in this Coronavirus pandemic?