Today I begin a new series inspired by the music around the story of Christmas. This week is “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” written by Charles Wesley to remember the waiting of Israel for the messiah fulfilled in Jesus and our waiting today for Jesus to return.
There is so much more beauty in the world than we typically see. God makes all things beautiful in the end, even that which is dark and ugly now. Are we willing to see life through the eyes of God and recognize beauty in its unusual forms?
God is a God of innovation. If we really examine the scriptures it seems God is always up to something new. God is doing something new now. Are we open to seeing the new thing God is doing and join it?
Often we get stuck in nostalgia when we look back to our past. God calls his people to look back regularly but never in a desire to go back to the “good ol’ days” but to see how God was always faithful in the past so that we can trust him today.
Every year I explore the life of two prominent Christians from History. One during the Fourth of July weekend from the USA, and another on Reformation Sunday from somewhere else in the world. This year we are taking a look at Mother Teresa.
Guest speaker Rev. Isaac Chung finishes our series on mission by exploring what would happen if we did the whole mission Jesus gave to us and not just one part. Come see with us what Balanced Mission may look like.
Rev. Isaac Chung shares with us in our series about mission. What role does providing for those in physical need play in what God has Sent us to do? As we care for the physical needs of others we show we care for people holistically and earn the right to be heard when we share God’s love with our words.
I continue to look at our mission as the Church. Jesus was Sent into this world and has Sent us to join in that mission. In this sermon we look at Jesus’ care for those most vulnerable and our responsibility to care for those at risk of being oppressed by the world.
There is a lot of hurt and pain in the world. In my opinion, Christianity should be a place of healing, wholeness, and forgiveness for that hurt and pain. Unfortunately this is often not the case. I can’t even count the number of people I have encountered in the last twenty years who had deep wounds caused by those who wear the name “Christian.” Lately I have been thinking about this and pondering what message might be helpful to my fellow Christians who have experienced pain at the hands of their brothers or sisters in the Church or the organization of the Church. I am not sure I have any easy answers or the perfect answer but read on if you want my perspective.
In the second week of my mission series I examine how we are sent to proclaim the good news of Jesus to those around us. Jesus saw part of his mission being proclaiming the kingdom and so he sends us with the same mission. When we miss this part of the mission, we may do lots of practical things for folks, but they may never know the abundance of God’s love that we enjoy without hearing that good news.