A look at the Beatitudes and and who gets to be blessed in God’s world…from Matthew 5
We live in an age of identity. Identity theft, identity politics, identity confusion…What gives?
Jesus is attacked by Satan in the wilderness and it has much to do with identity.
What can we learn from Jesus?
Well, for one thing, our true identity…
Sermon on Matthew 4:1-11
At the baptism of Jesus, our identity as sons and daughters of the King is declared, as we join him at the waters.
A sermon on the baptism of Jesus…
Sometimes God uses amazing miracles to draw us to Jesus. Think about the angel appearing to the shepherds on Christmas Eve, “I bring you good news of great joy!”
Other times, God just uses what is there right in front of us. Then, we don’t need a miracle, we just need the facts.
Or , then again, are the facts themselves miracles?
What can we learn from the Magi this Epiphany Sunday? Let’s find out
Thank you to TC Christopher for delivering this sermon at short notice when I came down with a bug. He did a great job!
At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus, to be sure. But, as Martin Luther says:
“We see here how Christ, as it were, takes our birth from us and absorbs it in his birth, and grants us his, that in it we might become pure and holy, as if it were our own, so that every Christian may rejoice and glory in Christ’s birth as much as if we were born of Mary as was Jesus.”
So, Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday!
Promises of Advent Week Three: A Promise Each of Us Is Invited Into
Each day is an opportunity to get a little less terrible living between the expectations we have and the hope things will get better. We are called into a life of tiny little steps where we compare ourselves to who we were yesterday not who someone else is today.
Living in the Kingdom of God isn’t as much about being a monk or a spiritual pilgrim as much as it is you being you under the power of the Holy Spirit through the ordinary circumstances of your life.
Insights by David Lose, Jim Wilder, Jordan Peterson, John the Baptist…and Jesus
We will serve a full Christmas dinner@ 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 25th, Christmas Day.
There is a signup board for the meal@ LIFEhouse.
If you would like to serve, we will be preparing, beginning 10:30 a.m., serving@ 2, and cleaning up afterward.
Come to IMPACT on Wednesday Night, December 19@ 6 p.m. as we will put together decorations and place-settings.
We are collecting toiletries and new socks, along with clothing, outerwear and shoes in good condition. You can bring these to LIFEhouse on Sunday or during the week.
We will gather@ 5 p.m. on Monday, December 24th, to celebrate the birth of Jesus! Our worship will include drama,The Great Manger Mystery, children’s Christmas, carols and band and organ and bells and trumpet- wrapped up in the gospel message of God breaking through to us in the Christ child come to earth!