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Message Supplement (13 April 2014) Palm Sunday

We emphasize Jesus’ final week on earth, the beginning of which is heralded by Palm Sunday, a time of great celebration before the typically dour Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Cultivate joy as we welcome Jesus. Palm Sunday marks the commemoration of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Jesus knew...
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Message Supplement (6 April 2014)

The stakes are high because today’s lectionary theme is that of life from death, of the triumph of God’s spirit over desolation and destruction. From Ezekiel to Romans and on into John’s gospel we explore the pervasive power and promise of spirituality. Do you feel that you are a...
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Message Supplement (30 March 2014)

The context of today’s message from John 9:1-41 involves Jesus healing a blind man in an unusual manner. What makes the episode one of the strangest in scripture is how Jesus accomplished the healing. Jesus spat on the ground and made a paste of saliva and dirt, creating some...
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Faith Fitness (25 March 2014)

As I experience Faith Fitness I am reminded of the power of sharing. Each time we gather we share what God is doing in our lives. We convey both the challenges and the triumphs of God’s presence. Our recent meeting was no exception to this pattern because we fed...
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Message Supplement (6 April 2014)

The stakes are high because today’s lectionary theme is that of life from death, of the triumph of God’s spirit over desolation and destruction. From Ezekiel to Romans and on into John’s gospel we explore the pervasive power and promise of spirituality. Do you feel that you are a...
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Faith Fitness (18 March 2014)

What a neat group! We met as usual today and our discussion centered on creating a mission statement. Our church is making strides in strengthening itself for the future. Part of our task is laying a solid foundation upon which the church will reinvent itself and grow. Therefore, each...
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April Newsletter Article

We’re Getting Serious Well, at least as far as getting close to spring. Seriously? Winter will die, and most of us are hoping that it will be sooner rather than later. Yes, the worst winter in our lifetime will probably, hopefully, be waning itself into oblivion. Okay, we’ve acknowledged...
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Message Supplement (23 March 2014)

Today’s message from John’s gospel illustrates Jesus’ boldness in speaking with a Samaritan woman. The context of this was Jesus’ visit to Sychar, a town north in Samaria. Tired from his journey, Jesus sat next to a well and spoke with the Samaritan woman who had come to obtain...
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Message Supplement (16 March 2014)

Everybody who reads this has been born. Sure, we can playfully call attention to the obvious. But the next topic, spiritual birth, isn’t as obvious. John’s Gospel reveals a great story about Jesus meeting a man named Nicodemus, someone described as “a leader of the Jews” (John 3:1). Jesus...
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Message Supplement (9 March 2014)

Jesus’ temptation is quite the scene. The up-and-coming Messiah had no sooner finished being baptized than he was driven by the Spirit into the wilderness. The text (Matthew 4:1-11)  indicates that Jesus ate nothing for forty days, a feat that would leave most ordinary humans emaciated or worse.   feel...
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