All Around Us…

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God’s grace is at work all around us and in us.  Are we looking for the signs?  Are we seeing God’s handiwork?  When we see God at work, are our hearts filled with gratitude? The apostle Paul writes to the Philippians to give thanks.  Come and be with us Sunday as we Sarah shares her insights in living gratitude.  Let’s … Read More

Grace…

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God’s grace flows from who God is to move in each of us and in our world.  God’s love and grace makes all things new — including us.  As people of faith, we know about God’s grace.  We believe in God’s grace.  We trust in God’s grace.  Have you ever wondered about how, when, and where do we actually engage God’s grace?  … Read More

Hope…

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Fear has its own way of disrupting our lives whether it is unreal fear, fear of the other, fear of the future or even fear of loss and dying.  The swirl of fears can just overwhelm us and turn our lives upside down.  We seem to be further and further from just being in God’s presence which is the calm … Read More

Fears of the Future…

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We’re looking at fear in our lives.  I’m guessing that if you took a piece of paper and jotted down your fears that you could list 20 or more in less than 3 minutes.  I did 23 in 1 1/2 minutes with naming fears for the well-being of my family members.  This week we look at our fear for the … Read More

Failure and Struggle…

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When we’re getting on in life, it is likely that we will have experienced failure, disappointing others, and feeling insignificant and loneliness once in not several times in our lives.  After those experiences, our fear of having them happen again probably increases.  We just don’t want to go through that again.  We may work to avoid at all costs the … Read More

Crime, Violence, Racism, Terrorism…

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This week’s look at fear is one that I approach with fear and trembling.  We’re going to face what are the giants of fear for all of us.  It’s the fear we have of what comes from outside of our lives — crime, race, terrorism, and politics.  With remembering 9/11 this week, reading about the shooting of an unarmed black … Read More

Fear…

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We all have fears.  Some are real and many more are imagined.  Sometimes our fears paralyze us from living and loving. The Bible uses the word fear over 400 times.  We find “Do not be afraid” 140 times.  Faith is not the absence of fear but living courage in the midst of fear.  Isaiah 41: 8-10 offers us faith in … Read More

Called to Engage…

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When we read about the disciples in the gospels, we automatically think of the twelve disciples who are named.  But in Luke 10 we find that Jesus sends out 72 (or 70 in some manuscripts).   It’s obvious that more are included in “disciples.” It’s easy for us to think that someone else is called to meet and relate to new … Read More

Art of Receiving…

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So many of us have kind and caring hearts.  We like to give and we enjoy helping others.  Often when someone wants to help us, we say “You didn’t have to do that.”  We like to be independent and take care of ourselves.  Sometimes the best gift to give is actually to receive a gift from another person. Jesus went … Read More

Starting Small…

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Jesus took five small barley loaves and two small fish, blessed them, and fed the multitudes. Being a good neighbor starts with something small like looking someone in the eye and smiling. What small step might you do today to be a good neighbor? Come be with us Sunday at 11 am! Living into God’s grace, Debbie