February 7, 2021
February 9, 2020
As Christians, we know that real power – the power to forgive, heal, and bring life from death belongs to God, is reveled in Jesus, and even given to us through the Holy Spirit. As ones who carry that good news to others, we have power – to be light in the darkness, to cast out fear, and to share the heart of Christ. The real power we wield is knowing that the love of God in Jesus has freed us from despair, from our own failings, and our selfishness. That power is engaged and put to use in acts service to our neighbors, in listening to the needs of those around us, in speaking on the behalf of people in need, in caring for the world God loves.
January 19, 2020
We know the story of the cross and the part after too – Jesus doesn’t stay in the tomb. Spoiler alert – it’s still the season of Epiphany but we are Easter people – Jesus is alive and the Word is among us! We have been fed, watered, and given the gift of growth through the Holy Spirit, called and sent, planted to grow and produce that good juicy fruit that feeds the world. We don’t know it all. It’s why we can hear these stories over and over again, and they have meaning for us in that we wrestle with the Word, we gather together to hear what it can say to us here and now. We wonder about the future, about what God is doing in our world, and when all else fails, trust that God’s grace is enough, hold onto faith, and keep our eyes on Jesus.