Topic: Jesus

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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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Tenderness

We can learn a lot about God if we return to experiencing life through the eyes of a child.
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Known By My Scars

After the resurrection, Jesus was recognized by his scars. We too, are often known by what has marked us. Our wounds matter; they are a witness to the redeeming power…
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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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Holy Time

Holy Time. It's limited and precious time, often spent in despair, not knowing what to do. It can be a time when we hold our breath and hope against hope.…

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…
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Give Up: Part 3

In Part 3 of the Give Up series we ask, "What does it mean to recognize the Bible playing out around us? How does that awareness impact our decisions?
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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.
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Doing the Work Today, and Tomorrow

We must continue doing our work. The evil of this world wants to exploit our differences...it's not the person sitting on the other side from you. We cannot believe the…
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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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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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Gone Fishing

Remember the first time God seemed real? Really real? And came close? Or maybe too close? Yikes! The disciples know how you feel.
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WHAT Did He Say?

Stop and really think about this…the same Holy Spirit, so crucial in the life and work of Jesus, is available to YOU and ME. The very same one.

Sprinkle, Pour, or Dunk

Whether we sprinkle, pour, or dunk, the Sacrament of Baptism is “an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.” Learn more.
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A Light That Will Never Go Out

When do you seek Jesus...in times of crisis or when there's an illness or a loss? It's time to realize that the light of Jesus is with us always. We…
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The King of Fear & The King of Peace

We can't take seriously what the depth of redemption means until we take seriously the suffering of the world the King of Peace, and we, are born into. Learn why…
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Gifts With A Message

Reflect on God's gift to you while you unwrap the others this Christmas. What gift will you give back to God, and what will that message be?
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Christmas Grace

'Grace is the gift of God all around us everyday', says Pastor Greg Weeks. 'We only need open our eyes.' Learn how in this Christmastime message.
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Worthy of Love

"As children of God, we are worthy of love. No matter who we are, God knows us. God loves us intimately and deeply." -Rev. Stephanie Lendt.
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Christ the King

In celebration of Christ the King Sunday, let's expand our understanding of the phrase 'Christ the King.' In doing so, we may become more aware of how to interact with…
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Seeking Courage

This has been an emotionally and spiritually exhausting time in our country. Look no further than the daily news. It is easy to despair. Seeking courage? Let’s do that together.
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Clickbait

Sometimes, we are 'clickbait.' We indulge in stuff online we wouldn’t do in public. Discover how to overcome that tendency.

More Than Meets the Eye

There's so much more than meets the eye in life. Jesus sets an example throughout the Gospels to pay attention. Life is happening all around us.

All Saints Sunday

All Saints Sunday is a special time that is set aside to reflect on all those who have passed before us. Let us honor and celebrate their lives and the…
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Generous God

To know God’s love is to overflow with God’s love. It all begins with God.
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Common Possessions

The Acts 4 church held everything as common possessions. They demonstrated why we can’t separate the way we live from the one who claims our heart. If Jesus is the…
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Common Purpose

You are where you are to fulfill a higher purpose. We as a church are where we are for a higher purpose. We need to see clearly why we are…

Generous People

Manchester UMC is full of generous people, says Pastor Stephanie. 'They are the most gracious, loving people I have ever known.' Many things may attract worshipers to this church, but…

It’s Not About Me

Does God exist to please me, or do I exist to please God? The answer makes all the difference in the journey we call life. Pastor Jim offers some insights.

What’s On The Inside?

It's what's on the inside that counts, not outward appearances. We can't take ourselves so seriously that we begin to think we are superior and stop learning from others. Our…

A Kingdom Book, Not A Political Book

The Bible is a kingdom book. It clearly says three things about politics and government. Find out what they are, and how you can stay on track in the political…

Living In The Present

God lives in the present, and so should we. In fact, we are always in the presence of God, says Pastor Stephanie Lendt. But, we are often distracted and unaware.…

A Love Book, Not A Law Book

The Bible is a love book that reflects God’s love for us, then God’s requirements of us. And, those are for our own good and for God’s kingdom.

Embracing the Future

It’s your future. Where do you want to be 5-years from now? It’s good to have a plan, but what about those opportunities we never imagined would come along? Often,…

Honoring the Past

Where do you spend most of your time: the past, the future, or in the here and now? God lives in the present, says Pastor Stephanie. Here's why you should…

Choosing Healthy Boundaries

Setting boundaries is important. But, how do you do it without fear of how people will react, or keeping yourself from feeling guilty. Pastor Jim explores why setting boundaries might…

“…forever and always, Amen”

There's a God spark in all of us says Pastor Stephanie in her new sermon. But how do we kindle it and experience God's love more fully? Listen as she…

Everyone Has A Backstory

What's your backstory? For many of us, there are some things we’d just rather leave in the past. Yet, when we come to understand the power of our backstory, we…

Generosity of Heart

Merriam-Webster defines 'Generous' as: One characterized by a noble or kindly spirit. As in a ‘generous heart.’ What's that all about?

Abiding in Patient Hope

We get impatient when we don’t see progress in ourselves, in other Christians, and in the world. But patience and hope are inextricably tied together.

Grace in Vain

Perhaps the standard of what 'success' looks like in the world is not what it looks like to God. Maybe the way we’ve done things before, is not the way…

Loving the Oppressor

The church should embody a heart of peace, even for those viewed as oppressors. How is this even possible? Sr. Pastor Greg Weeks explores some thoughts.

Who’s In Charge Here?

Who really is in charge? We strive to master our lives and our world, but there are some things only God can make happen. Here are some inspiring thoughts.

You Want Me To Do What?

We are all sent to share with those we meet. You never know how much impact you'll have, if you only go.

Breaking Glass Walls

Christ has broken down ALL human distinctions. Will you embody this by caring for others who are unlike you in age, race, sexuality, gender, wealth, education, etc.? Find out how.

Following the Rules

Jesus’ ministry is full of examples of how practicing Sabbath would benefit us all. Rest is holy. Renewal is essential. Whew! What are we waiting for?

Things Are Just Plain Wrong

Jesus’ simple 'love your neighbor as yourself' is a clear way of determining right from wrong. Your neighbor, by definition, may have differing experiences, background, views, but they are still…

Love and Other Heavenly Things

Why do we try to take love, and other heavenly things, and explain them, tame them, make them bow to us? Are we so fearful of wonder, awe, and the…

Are We Crazy Enough?

On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended and the Church of Jesus Christ was born. Since then, Christians have been the craziest, most counter cultural people in the world. But, are…