Apr 20, 2020
Easter Changes Everything
Series: (All)

Easter Sunday

John 20:1-18

The Empty Tomb
 

John 20:19-21

Jesus among His Disciples
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  • Apr 20, 2020Easter Changes Everything
    Apr 20, 2020
    Easter Changes Everything
    Series: (All)

    Easter Sunday

    John 20:1-18

    The Empty Tomb
     

    John 20:19-21

    Jesus among His Disciples
  • Apr 10, 2020Good Friday service
    Apr 10, 2020
    Good Friday service
    Series: (All)

    Good Friday

    Luke 22:48-23:56

     
     
  • Apr 9, 2020Maundy Thursday service
    Apr 9, 2020
    Maundy Thursday service
    Series: (All)

    The Last Supper

    Luke 22:7-23

  • Apr 5, 2020Lust – Ginger
    Apr 5, 2020
    Lust – Ginger
    Series: Cast Away

    CAST AWAY Lust - A Movie Star (Ginger)

    2 Samuel 11:1-17 11 In the spring,[a] when kings go off to war, David sent Joab, along with his servants and all the Israelites, and they destroyed the Ammonites, attacking the city of Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem. One evening, David got up from his couch and was pacing back and forth on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful. David sent someone and inquired about the woman. The report came back: “Isn’t this Eliam’s daughter Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” So David sent messengers to take her. When she came to him, he had sex with her. (Now she had been purifying herself after her monthly period.) Then she returned home. The woman conceived and sent word to David.  “I’m pregnant,” she said. Then David sent a message to Joab: “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” So Joab sent Uriah to David. When Uriah came to him, David asked about the welfare of Joab and the army and how the battle was going. Then David told Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king was sent after him. However, Uriah slept at the palace entrance with all his master’s servants. He didn’t go down to his own house. 10 David was told, “Uriah didn’t go down to his own house,” so David asked Uriah, “Haven’t you just returned from a journey? Why didn’t you go home?” 11 “The chest and Israel and Judah are all living in tents,” Uriah told David. “And my master Joab and my master’s troops are camping in the open field. How could I go home and eat, drink, and have sex with my wife? I swear on your very life, I will not do that!” 12 Then David told Uriah, “Stay here one more day. Tomorrow I’ll send you back.” So Uriah stayed in Jerusalem that day. The next day 13 David called for him, and he ate and drank, and David got him drunk. In the evening Uriah went out to sleep in the same place, alongside his master’s servants, but he did not go down to his own home. 14 The next morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. 15 He wrote in the letter, “Place Uriah at the front of the fiercest battle, and then pull back from him so that he will be struck down and die.” 16 So as Joab was attacking the city, he put Uriah in the place where he knew there were strong warriors. 17 When the city’s soldiers came out and attacked Joab, some of the people from David’s army fell. Uriah the Hittite was also killed.  
    We humans are obsessed with sex. And if not obsessed with the having of it ourselves, we are obsessed with analyzing and critiquing others' bedroom activities. The inclusion of Lust among the Seven reminds us of the relational impact of sin. Sex as an act of consumption, of personal gratification, rather than for the benefit of the relationship and society as a whole is a matter of Pride, Greed, and perhaps Envy, pouring fuel on the fire of our most selfish tendencies. We think of Lust as a private sin, but it is in pursuit of virtue in this most intimate area of our lives that we honor and seek the holiness of a God who wants every part of us, who is concerned not only for the actions of people and affairs of this world, but also for our thoughts and feelings, these sins of the heart and mind that bear fruit in our actions.
    Reflect On:
    1) What makes our passion a good thing or a bad thing? 2) In what ways does the church make it difficult for us to think about our sexual desire in a Christian way? In what ways does the church
    encourage us to think about our sexual desire in a Christian way?
     

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  • Mar 29, 2020Greed and Gluttony – the Howell’s
    Mar 29, 2020
    Greed and Gluttony – the Howell’s
    Series: Cast Away

    Cast Away                   Greed and Gluttony

    Luke 12:13-21
    13 Someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 Jesus said to him, “Man, who appointed me as judge or referee between you and your brother?” 15 Then Jesus said to them, “Watch out! Guard yourself against all kinds of greed. After all, one’s life isn’t determined by one’s possessions, even when someone is very wealthy.” 16 Then he told them a parable: “A certain rich man’s land produced a bountiful crop. 17 He said to himself, What will I do? I have no place to store my harvest! 18 Then he thought, Here’s what I’ll do. I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. That’s where I’ll store all my grain and goods. 19 I’ll say to myself, You have stored up plenty of goods, enough for several years. Take it easy! Eat, drink, and enjoy yourself. 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool, tonight you will die. Now who will get the things you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 This is the way it will be for those who hoard things for themselves and aren’t rich toward God.”
    In our Western culture of relative luxury, it can be hard to tell the difference between needs and wants. Is a functional computer a need or a want? What about shoes for different types of occasions? We are driven to succeed and hope that, when we do, we will use our status and wealth to advance the kingdom. But are our motives really so pure? Rather than wishing and working for more, we should strive to cultivate gratitude for what we already have.
    Philippians 3:17-21 17 Brothers and sisters, become imitators of me and watch those who live this way—you can use us as models. 18 As I have told you many times and now say with deep sadness, many people live as enemies of the cross. 19 Their lives end with destruction. Their god is their stomach, and they take pride in their disgrace because their thoughts focus on earthly things. 20 Our citizenship is in heaven. We look forward to a savior that comes from there—the Lord Jesus Christ. 21 He will transform our humble bodies so that they are like his glorious body, by the power that also makes him able to subject all things to himself. Jesus himself was accused of this sin, called a glutton and drunkard by his critics, and whether or not he took pleasures of eating and drinking to excess, he generally did not embody the aceticism (extreme self-denial and austerity) many other holy men and philosophers have embraced throughout history. Gluttony is an odd sin to number among the Seven, seeming to harm only the glutton himself and hardly so damaging as anger and greed, but for the early monastics among whom the list of Seven originated, Gluttony signified overall preoccupation with matters of the flesh. It is as much a sin to obsess over the minutiae of what one eats as it is to lustfully consume an entire feast.
    John Wesley’s four priorities for how to spend our money 1) provide necessities for yourself and family (1 Timothy 5:8)
    2) Be content with necessities (1 Timothy 6:*) 3) One’s only debt should be to love each other (Romans 13:8)
    4) Take care of others as you are able (Galatians 6:10)
     
    Reflect on...
     1) When I spend money, do I act more like I own it, or am I acting like God’s steward?
     
    2) What in our culture encourages greed and gluttony?

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  • Mar 22, 2020Sloth – Gilligan
    Mar 22, 2020
    Sloth – Gilligan
    Series: Cast Away

    CAST AWAY Sloth - Gilligan

    John 5:1-9

    5 After this there was a Jewish festival, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 In Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate in the north city wall is a pool with the Aramaic name Bethsaida. It had five covered porches, 3 and a crowd of people who were sick, blind, lame, and paralyzed sat there. 5 A certain man was there who had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, knowing that he had already been there a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” 7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I don’t have anyone who can put me in the water when it is stirred up. When I’m trying to get to it, someone else has gotten in ahead of me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 Immediately the man was well, and he picked up his mat and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath.  
    Sloth is an interesting challenge for us to address, given our "Protestant work ethic" that condemns laziness, and our need for Sabbath rest, which too often we refuse to take. But in keeping with the nature of the Seven Deadly Sins being more about our heart than our actions, we should define Sloth here not as laziness or the lack of productive work, but rather as apathy toward spiritual matters to which we should devote ourselves. Sloth is not caring enough about God to wrestle mightily with Scripture and spiritual disciplines that would challenge us.
     
    Reflect on...
    1) How would your day be different if you followed Bonhoeffer’s admonition “The first hour of the day belongs to God in worship, the other hours of the day belong to God in work.”?
     
    2) In what ways have you failed to avail yourself to God’s means of grace and thereby committing the sin of sloth?

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  • Mar 15, 2020Anger-the Skipper
    Mar 15, 2020
    Anger-the Skipper
    Series: Cast Away

    Cast Away            Anger - The Skipper

    Psalm 137

    137 Alongside Babylon’s streams, there we sat down, crying because we remembered Zion. 2 We hung our lyres up in the trees there 3 because that’s where our captors asked us to sing; our tormentors requested songs of joy:“Sing us a song about Zion!” they said.  4 But how could we possibly sing the Lord’s song on foreign soil?  Jerusalem! If I forget you, let my strong hand wither! 6 Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I don’t remember you, if I don’t make Jerusalem my greatest joy. Lord, remember what the Edomites did on Jerusalem’s dark day: “Rip it down, rip it down! All the way to its foundations!” they yelled.  8 Daughter Babylon, you destroyer, a blessing on the one who pays you back the very deed you did to us! 9 A blessing on the one who seizes your children and smashes them against the rock!
    Anger has many redemptive qualities. We speak of "righteous anger," that drives people to correct many wrongs in the world. Even Jesus displayed anger when confronted with unrighteousness. Anger is a natural response to knowing the world is not as it ought to be. The infamous Psalm 137 is a sincere cry from people in pain, asking God for justice as they would define it. But misdirected, anger can lead us to resentment, depression, and violence. It ferments into bitterness and unwillingness to take any responsibility to change things. Forgiveness enables us to move beyond the immediate wrong to proactively work for justice and rightness in the world.
     
    Reflect on:
    1) What are the ways you normally express anger?  Are they healthy or unhealthy?
     
    2) How can/will you express your anger to God so your anger is not expressed in unhealthy ways?
     
    3) What do you think about Jesus being angry?

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  • Feb 23, 2020Walk Humbly
    Feb 23, 2020
    Walk Humbly

    The Cost of Discipleship                        Walk Humbly

    8 He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,2 and to walk humbly with your God?
     
  • Feb 16, 2020Embrace Faithful Love
    Feb 16, 2020
    Embrace Faithful Love

    The Cost of Discipleship               Embrace Faithful Love Micah 6:8

    8 He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,2 and to walk humbly with your God?
     
     
    Hesep - devotion grounded in love which goes beyond (normal) obligation and can be depended on to the utmost.
     
    "Love is the greatest force in the universe.  It is the heartbeat of the moral cosmos.  He who loves is a participant in the being of God." ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
     
    Reflect on:
    1) How have you or do you express utmost mercy (faithful love) in your relationships?
    2)When is a time you were a recipient of utmost mercy? (faithful love)
     
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  • Feb 2, 2020A Different Kind of Lawsuit
    Feb 2, 2020
    A Different Kind of Lawsuit

    The Cost of Discipleship        A Different Kind of Lawsuit

    Micah 6:1-5

    The Indictment of the Lord Hear what the Lord says: Arise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice. 2.Hear, you mountains, the indictment of the Lord, and you enduring foundations of the earth,          for the Lord has an indictment against his people, and he will contend with Israel. 3 “O my people, what have I done to you? How have I wearied you? Answer me! 4 For I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery,           and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. 5 O my people, remember what Balak king of Moab devised, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord.”   Reflect on: 1) What are some ways that you remember to make present God’s mighty acts of salvation?
    2) What is special to you about celebrating the Lord’s Supper?

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