O PRISONERS OF HOPE

Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67, Zechariah 9:9-12, Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Nate Hosler Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!     Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you;     triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey,     on a colt, the foal of a donkey.  He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim     and the…

THE HARVEST IS PLENTIFUL

Genesis 18:1-15 & Matthew 9:35-10:8 Micah Bales   This morning, I want to tell you a story about Stephen Grellet. Stephen Grellet was a French-born Quaker minister, one of the best-known Quakers of the early 1800s. He traveled extensively and preached to thousands. One day, as he was in prayer, he felt that God was…

THREE. ONE.

Genesis 1:1-2:4, John 1:1-5, Psalm 8 Nathan Hosler A few weeks ago, I was waiting for a session of Christian Citizenship Seminar to start. We were holding the event at a church downtown but the door was still locked and they didn’t have any bench or place to sit, so I sat on the front…

WE ARE PEOPLE OF THE SPIRIT

Numbers 11:24-30, Acts 2:1-21, & 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 Micah Bales “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” The Spirit of God was hovering…

UNKNOWN AND UNSEEN

Acts 17:22-31, John 14:15-21 Jeff Davidson Today’s reading from Acts is about Paul’s visit to Washington, DC. Okay, it’s not about Paul’s visit to Washington, DC – but it could be. Let’s set the scene and step back to a few verses before our Scripture reading begins. Paul is in the Greek city of Athens…

What is the Spirit of Life?

Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17 Micah Bales Throughout his ministry, Jesus speaks of a mystery that can only be described in parables and metaphor. We heard a lot of these last month as we went through the Sermon on the Mount together. Jesus tells us that we are the salt of the earth. We’re the…

WE’RE ALL IN THE WILDERNESS NOW. WHAT COMES NEXT?

 Psalm 40:1-12 & John 1:29-42 Micah Bales   The wilderness beyond the Jordan river is where God appeared to Moses in the burning bush. It’s where the Hebrew people wandered for forty years after their escape from Egypt. In this same wilderness, Elijah heard the still, small voice of God. The wilderness is a place…

DAY ONE

Matthew 2:13-23 Jeff Davidson I work at a 911 center that dispatches emergency and non-emergency calls for police, fire, and medical. Sometimes units will do what we call self-dispatching on a call. If an officer runs across a traffic accident before anyone has called us, they will self-dispatch, which means to enter their own call…

THINGS ABOVE

Colossians 3:1-11    Luke 12:13-21 Jeff Davidson I was here two weeks ago, and at that time I talked about how Christ is in each of us. I spoke from Colossians chapter 1 and said that one of the things that Paul was trying to do was to combat the Gnostic heresy. That’s a heresy that…

THE HOLY IN YOU

Colossians 1:15-28 Jeff Davidson Yet another week, yet another massacre of one kind or another. France suffers their third mass-casualty incident in the last year and a half, with more than 80 people killed. Hundreds are killed and thousands arrested in a coup in Turkey that has religious undertones, although it was conducted by the…