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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Can we hear the caged bird sing? And having heard the cry, do we know why? The church of Jesus Christ must learn how to recognize the structures that are…
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On the Pulse of the Morning

Our connectedness to God, to the earth, and to one another, is a source of hope and assurance. It's what we seek as we head toward the horizon.
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Reboot the System

Baptism initiates and incorporates us as the Body of Christ; when we renew our baptismal vows we are re-incorporated, the body is renewed.
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The Fourth Gift

There was a fourth gift brought by the Wise Men at Jesus' birth that's even more important than the gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Artwork of the flight from Egypt.

The Rest of the Christmas Story

The Christmas story doesn't end on December 26. There's so much more to learn from what happens immediately after the birth of Christ.
Art depicting Isaiah the prophet.

And On Earth, Peace

The birth of Jesus is the inauguration of a reign of endless peace. It is not a culmination; it is a beginning, the beginning of the reign of the Prince…
The Nativity; artwork by Gari Melchens.

Emmanuel

Jesus is the embodiment of peace, “God with us.” Within the startling simplicity of a sign, the birth of a child, we get the Prince of Peace.
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Weak Hands, Feeble Knees, and Fearful Hearts

God's peace is embodied, physical, and something we can feel. It's not just spiritual reality.
Peaceable Kingdom painting by Edward Hicks

Tender Wolves, Tenacious Lambs

The image of tender wolves lying down with tenacious lambs implies both have changed: the wolf has become more gentle and the lamb has become bolder.
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Swords Into Plowshares

So profound will be the peaceful reign of the coming Messiah that there will be no need for weapons or for learning about war at all.
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Again I Say, Rejoice!

To “rejoice always” is not to live with an artificial happiness or to pretend everything is okay. It is to live with faith in God’s goodness.
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Press On!

Earthly gains are nothing; we must press on, leave them behind, and actively purse the heavenly call of God.

Joy Complete

The grace of God not only allows us to see God's vision for what this world should be, it also empowers us to do it, i.e. to act upon that…

Good Work

God can work through any circumstances, good, bad, or otherwise.

When We Get It Right

When we get it right, generosity is both a response to God’s good gifts and a way we participate in God’s work in the world. We discover the joy in…
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Tethered to God

Giving generously aligns your life more closely with God. But, it takes planning for generosity and intentionality of giving to break free from the cycle of consumerism.
Painting of Prodigal Son by Jorge Cocco

Breaking Free

Breaking free and aligning your life with Jesus is the most gravity-defying thing you can do. To break free is to allow God’s priorities to shape ours.
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Discovering Gravity

There are forces in the world that pull us in many different directions, and not all of them are in the direction of God. Often, there’s a gap between the…
Painting by Sara Beth Baca depicting Lydia of Thyatira.

Live Like Lydia

Lydia welcomed Paul, Silas, and Timothy into her home, an example of extending hospitality beyond the superficial into relationship. We are all called to hospitality.

Who Are You Callin’ “Wee?”

The story of Zacchaeus shows how hospitality can change the host. As Zacchaeus welcomed Jesus into his home, he himself was transformed.
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There Is Still Room

Invitation and hospitality are ongoing practices of discipleship; the church is never “full” – there is still room at the table.
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Give

Followers of Jesus give with extravagant generosity in order to express gratitude and joy for all God has given to them.
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Grow

One generation may not share Christ like the previous one did, and sometimes older generations have to get out of the way in order to allow the church to grow.
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What’s Your Posture?

Our physical posture has a huge impact on our health. Similarly, our spiritual posture strongly shapes our faith journey. Explore the importance of practicing a posture of love, humility, and…
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Worship

The core practice of Christian discipleship is worship, centering everything else that we do on God. Worship is the heartbeat of the church.
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Where To?

Christ has made us free, but he doesn't insist that we follow him, he invites us to. We are free to go where God is calling us … or not.
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Living a New Life

"There is a new life available to us, a better life, our true life, a resurrection life that we were created to live in the first place. In order to…
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Eyes on the Prize

A compelling vision for the future motivates us to action as the church moves, changes, and grows together toward God's vision for the world.
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Get Up and Go

Living faithfully requires motion, growth, change. The Bible is full of stories of change and new beginnings. What is their relevance and can we learn from them today?
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Christian Life and Transitions

Inevitably life brings changes and transitions. They can be scary, but they don't have to be. These can also be times of reassurance and discovery. Find out how.
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Serving Life

Problems don't always have to derail life. If we move to re-frame them, we can discover how to "serve life."
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When You’re Afraid

When fear grips your life, there are three things you can do. Pastor Greg shares each in this message filled with hope.
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A New Language of Love

There is a language of love that fills the yearning in every human heart for sacred space with God. Jesus recognized this and gave us ths ‘language'on Pentecost.
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Their God Is My God

As Christians, we can’t get tangled up in doctrine. Instead, our focus needs to be on real people. Compassion the common thread that makes us one.
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Writing Your Own Doxology

You can write your own doxology! We get so caught up in worries and problems that we forget that God loves us. Every day we can praise God regardless of…
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Playfulness

Playfulness puts a smile on God' face. Worries lessen. We connect with friends. We make new friends. Playfulness is an obligation of faith. Here's why.
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Intimacy

The 'vulnerability of intimacy' is something we need to develop. Children have no problem naturally hugging others. We shouldn’t either. Jesus didn’t.
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Toughness

Children display a resilience and hope that is much stronger than adults who’ve felt despair and defeat. But, God calls us to act on faith and believe something can happen.
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Tenderness

We can learn a lot about God if we return to experiencing life through the eyes of a child.
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The Big Empty

We encounter emptiness throughout life. If that's you, put your trust in God's power to break open the empty tomb and fill it with light, angels, and the Good News.
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Threatening the Powerful

Jesus got angry at those who were threatened by the message of love and forgiveness. What can we learn about anger from his reaction?

Social Order

Jesus was a carpenter’s kid without education. He wasn't among the socially elite. Some were offended by him because he acted above his place in society. Who offends us if…
Person praying in anger towards God.

Moving Past Anger: Week 1

Jesus provoked people to anger; in fact, he might provoke the same feeling in us. Here's how to move past anger, both with Jesus and others.

Cling to Jesus

In today's do-it-yourself (DIY) culture, there are some things we can't, in fact must not, do by ourselves, but rather in connection with others.
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What Are You Praying For?

What are you praying for? The Lord's prayer has three distinct sections. Let's break them down and find out how our prayers can become more effective.
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Uncluttering

Uncluttering our lives is a major focus of Lent. Jesus said to 'get our house in order.' The example we set with our lives impacts others. Let's take stock and…
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Getting In Alignment

In times like these, we often feel clueless, confused, and in need of direction. But, God is calling us to be transformed. Nicki Reinhardt-Swierk explains.
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Spirit-driven Disruption

Spirit-driven disruption can happen anywhere, anytime. If fact, it may be happening right now. Pastor Greg Weeks explains with a bowling parable.
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How Do People Know You’re a Christian?

Find out why living our faith is much more powerful that 'preaching' our faith to others.
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Trust and Tenacity

Do you tend to 'rescue' loved ones from poor decisions? Over time, have you found it to be fruitless and exhausting? Of course you have, and there’s a reason for…