Preacher: Rev. Stephanie Lendt

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New Again: What Is Happening

In the season of Lent, we want to take a genuine, honest, prayerful look at our lives, and the life of the church. It may be uncomfortable, but that's OK;…
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What Other Gods?

What does it mean for our hearts to turn away? What does it mean to be led astray, to bow down to other gods and serve them? Bowing down to…
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Humanity, Humility, and Hope

The Season of Lent can be a refreshing time of discovery. It's a time to step out of the fog of routine, take a deep breath, and make a change…
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God’s Expectations

How often do we ponder God's expectations of us? Does that feel risky? And let’s face it, you never know what God might ask of us. Maybe it’s better to…
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Picking Teams

To be part of something that matters, to be included, to be part of a team, a family, a neighborhood, to feel cared for, loved and supported…this isn’t just kid…
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Out of the Mud and Mire

If our lives have gotten away from us, if we’re not living in a healthy way, body, mind and spirit, a pit might be the safest spot. But, it is…
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Close Encounters of the Holy Kind

Close encounters, of the holy kind, occur regularly. Described by some as 'thin places;' sometimes we notice; more often we don’t. Life is like that, holy moments, come and gone.…
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Do Not Be Afraid

God entered this world as a baby, grew up in a family, and worked as a carpenter. God knows what it is to be human. God knows what you need.…
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When Souls Magnify the Lord

When souls magnify the Lord, there is clarity, there is purpose, there is joy! How is it with your soul?
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Remember, And Be Thankful

The Season of Advent is a powerful and sensory time, full of memories and meaning. Where is your heart and mind leading you? Take time to remember, and be thankful.
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Be Still, And Know That I Am God

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Always has been, always will be.
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Not Me

Arrrgh! The Apostle Paul can get pretty angsty when he’s busy, busy, busy setting an example that folks aren’t following. Are you an idler? Not sure? (uh-oh).
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Children of the Resurrection

When we leave this world, we are not leaving home. We are going home. Heaven could be something of a homecoming.
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An Ordinary Saint

“All Saints” is about God still at work in the world, and in our lives. And how all people have the potential in this life to be continually transformed.
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Dandelion Bouquet

When it comes to prayer, what is beautiful and true is in the eye of the Beholder and the HEART of the giver.
Defying Gravity

Tethered to God Intentionally

Being tethered to God keeps us focused. People who give generously of their talent, time, and treasure know that all those require intentionality. Generosity does not happen by accident.
Defying Gravity

Breaking Free Now

It's time we break free. The Apostle Paul says the movement from the kingdom of self to the kingdom of God is the greatest gravity-defying moment of life. It is…
Defying Gravity

Discovering Financial Gravity

“It has been the Lord’s intention from the beginning of creation that we live in the kingdom of God. Jesus is the force that leads us there.” -- Tom Berlin…
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It’s A Gift

What's the best gift you've ever received? How did you express your thanks?
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Spread Thin? Or All In?

Folks are in all stages of their faith journey. It’s not a race or a competition, IT'S A RELATIONSHIP. Are you in it for the long haul? Are you spread…
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Extraordinary Love

Compassion shared is to fill and be filled. Compassion withheld is to suffocate. Jesus is Compassion. Jesus is “Extraordinary Love.”
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Live Like You Believe

If you were to genuinely LIVE LIKE YOU BELIEVE, how would your life look different that it currently does? To be a Christian requires courage and community.

And We Weep

“O God, what has happened to your creation? What kind of world is this that the innocent die? Where is your hand that it does not stop the killing?...” (From…
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Embrace A New Day

Every morning we have the opportunity to awaken and embrace a new day, and regardless of what happened the day before, good or bad, the new day gives an opportunity…
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Teach Us To Pray

What if prayer is more about relationship than about any specific outcome? Loving God and loving neighbor…what if?
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The Choice is Yours

The choice is yours. My sister is calling me to the kitchen. But, Jesus is in the dining room telling stories! Fuss in the kitchen? Or listen to Jesus’ stories?…
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Can’t Make Me

Tell the truth, if loving our neighbors as ourselves were easy the world would look very different. We feel compassion to the point of being drained, but it’s not enough.…
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Not Yet

Sometimes scripture, and the disciples, and Jesus don’t sound the way we want them to. We want what we want. We want to be in control, to be coddled, comforted,…
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Love and Suffering

“For Christians, hope is ultimately hope in Christ. The hope that he really is what for centuries we have been claiming he is. The hope that despite the fact that…