Living Generously

This past Sunday in our series, “The Church Is…” we learned that the Church is generous! We strive to live lives of generosity because: 1) to live generously is to be obedient to Jesus, who taught that we are to give to anyone in need and who preached good news to the poor 2) to Read More …

Pure Hearts

“I need your undivided attention!” Did you ever have a teacher who said that? “Undivided” is the meaning of “pure” in this week’s scripture: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. God wants us to have hearts that are undivided, focused and devoted to God. This is the only way that we Read More …

Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

This week we talked about Jesus’s pronouncement that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be blessed, because they will be satisfied. We thought about what it means to “hunger and thirst” for anything- to have a passion for something that means it is the highest priority in our lives, what all our energy Read More …

Those Who Mourn

Yesterday we talked about Jesus’s statement that “blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” We discussed the fact that we often mourn loved ones who have died, but also mourn more abstract things like dreams that did not come to fruition, an “ideal” family life, the career we wanted, etc. Perhaps more Read More …

Happiness

On Sunday we began a new sermon series about happiness. What is it? How do we get it? What does God have to do with happiness? Many of you were able to recite by heart along with me when I read the preamble to the Constitution: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Read More …

Palm Sunday

Today on Palm Sunday, we celebrated the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem to begin what would ultimately be the final week of his life. During the sermon portion of worship I talked about what it means to say, “I’m with Jesus,” and align yourself publicly with Jesus, much as the disciples did when they Read More …

Christians, Evil, and God’s Power

Yesterday in worship we discussed the final lines of The Lord’s Prayer: “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil./For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.” I preached about Christians’ willingness to identify and confront evil, both the evil inside our own hearts and in the world around Read More …

Forgiveness

This past Sunday we talked about forgiveness. Here are some main points: What forgiveness IS: -Letting go of the feelings of anger and hatred that we drag around with us (sometimes we call this “carrying a grudge”) -Starting over in a relationship, so that something new can grow and take place -Leaving judgment to God, Read More …