Seek to be inclusionary

February 1, 2019

Ever had to pick team members for a game in gym class? Ever been the one standing in line with others, hoping that this day you'll be chosen sooner than normal? Your day can be made or you can be devastated based on when you were chosen in the line-up! We humans use this system to select people quite often. But does God? Who would God pick for God's team?
Gospel reading: Luke 4:21-30

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Seek Assurance

January 12, 2019

What does it mean to belong to God?  To have God us call "my own"?  It's pretty incredible that God, who created the Milk Way and countless other galaxies, wants us, calls us to be in relationship with God. And yet, that is exactly what God wants!
Bible readings:  Isaiah 43:1-7, Luke 3:21-22

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Seek the Angel’s message

December 23, 2018

When angels and humans meet in the Bible, what are the first words the angels say?  How are their words good news to us? 

Gospel reading:  Luke 2:1-20
A Blessed and Merry Christmas to you!

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Seek to be impressed

November 16, 2018

What human structures do you find impressive? Why? The disciples are easily impressed by the temple in Jerusalem, until Jesus shares with them what lasts forever.
Gospel reading: Mark 13:1-8

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Seek to become generous

November 9, 2018

 Have you ever given your very last bit of food away?  How about your very last pennies?  In today's readings, two different widows, separated by many hundreds of years, do just that.  Given their example, how can we be less than generous?

Bible readings:  1 Kings 17:8-16, Mark 12:41-44
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Seek to join Isaiah’s feast

November 2, 2018

How do you imagine heaven? The Old Testament prophet Isaiah speaks of a feast, a banquet, of delicious things spread out for all...and there's still more...the end of tears and death itself. Pretty amazing, isn't it!! This is our future.
Bible reading: Isaiah 25:6-9

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Seek God, our refuge and strength

October 26, 2018

Psalm 46 reminds us that, in all times, God is with us, a refuge and strength. These words spoke clearly to Martin Luther almost 500 years ago as he struggled with critiquing the church of his day. Even now, the words of the Psalmist speak to us too, reminding us, that in all times, God is with us, ready to embrace us and to be our strong rock.

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Seek to give it all away

October 12, 2018

Our culture bombards with the message that we will find life by consuming...just look at the thousands of commercials we see and hear during a year's time. Jesus counters this message by inviting us to find life by divesting for the sake of the other.
Gospel reading: Mark 10:17-31

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Seek Community

October 6, 2018

  When and where have you felt lonely? When Adam cannot find a partner, when he is alone in the newly created world, God says that "it is not good". So what does God do? God creates a life partner, a companion for Adam.
Genesis 2:18-24

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Seek Greatness

September 22, 2018

    How does the world define greatness? Fame, fortune, athletic ability? But, how does Jesus define greatness? As you might guess, he doesn't follow the world's definition!

   Gospel reading:  Mark 9:30-37

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