The Joy of Advent

December 17, 2017
Joy doesn’t necessarily equate to happiness of a whimsical nature but rather a deep heartfelt gratefulness that comes from understanding pain. Isaiah 61 magnifies Gods plan and intention of salvation…

The Peace of Advent

December 10, 2017
It's hard to imagine that true peace might be something we don't really want - but when considering the evidence of the world's ongoing strife and the ongoing tumult in…

The Hope of Advent

December 3, 2017
Hope is not just an optimistic attitude about one’s circumstances - it is a certainty of well-being which tracks with reality. The prayer of Isaiah reflects the agony of maintaining…
David’s lament is and example to us for how to process suffering and pain. Ultimately we can have hope in the midst of suffering because we have a God who…
As we near the end of the Christian year we are taking time to gather up some of what we've learned in the liturgical seasons which have guided us through…
Because the Church is just another name for a series of friendships created by God’s own great offer of friendship in Christ, there’s no relationship unaffected by its equalizing power.…
The relationship between older and younger was, in Paul’s mind, the one necessary thing for a young church plant to have any hopes of reaching its culture. It was the…
Macedonian churches like the one in Philippi were founded, hosted and led by several leading women in the community. It's not a surprise then, that Paul should admonish them not…
Last week Sharad talked about how, contrary to the wisdom of the world (since basically forever), opposite gender friendships are not only healthy and beautiful expressions of the Kingdom, but…
From the earliest explorations of friendship in literature and philosophy people have asked whether men and women can really be friends. The conclusion is almost unanimous - probably not. Traditional…
American society makes it very difficult to keep and maintain the sort of friendships scripture calls us to. In order to have friends until you die, we have to be…
The principles of finding friends tend to be the same priorities which maintain healthy relationships. The proximity that began the friendship also maintains it through regular visits. The mutuality which…
Friendship is deeply rooted in the foundations of our faith, in the nature of God and in the center of our spiritual pilgrimage toward him. But finding friends - in…
Friendship is fraught with difficulty, yet we seem tragically built for it. Even though all human relationships at some level disappoint, once we understand that they are meant to grow…
Friendship is modern society's forgotten art. What was once the highest possible relational achievement is now so casual as to be solidified by a few friendly clicks on a website.…
The life of faith is not a serene walk in the park. The way it looks in a real life is more like a heated battle in which the self…
The family business for God's people is "blessed to be a blessing." The story of Jacob and Rachel illustrates the complication of the calling, as blessing others depends on securing…
Most of the details about our fathers and mothers in the faith focus on Abraham and Jacob's families. Outside of Isaac's near sacrifice, this is the longest story recorded about…
This sermon puts Israel's moment of greatest despair in the fall of Jerusalem in 587 B.C. into the context of God's salvation history. It shows God's foreknowledge of their upcoming…

Prayer Service

July 16, 2017
The great patriarchs and matriarchs in our family history provide examples of what it means for broken people to respond to God. Taking our cues from Isaiah 6, we spent…