Contributed on Sep 4, 2015
The Israelites were so fearful of change as they approached the Promised Land, they felt it would be better to return to slavery. In the midst of change, we must learn to let go of our fear and lean upon God to find the new life that comes through change.
I spent this past week in Nashville. I was at the United Methodist Church’s Discipleship Ministries Office along with about thirty others to be trained as a Discipleship Coach. We are piloting a new program called Building HOPE. HOPE is an acronym for Hospitality, Offer Christ, Purpose, and ...read more
Contributed on Sep 11, 2015
Our lives are fundamentally changed simply by being in relationship w/ God the Father through Jesus Christ. But if the church is to continue to offer that life-transforming relationship, we have to run to the people who need relationship, love, and life.
I don’t know if there’s another story in the Bible that tells of such radical change as this story of the Prodigal Son. We will unpack the story more as we go along today, but here is this young man who, in the height of selfishness and stupidity, essentially steals his inheritance, ...read more
Contributed on Sep 17, 2015
We love to come to church, to sit in this wonderful place, to bask in God’s special presence here. But Christ calls us beyond these walls. This place is not the destination of our spiritual life, but the launching point for our work in God’s Kingdom.
These days, if I have a few minutes to enjoy a TV show, my go-to is either some sort of home improvement show the likes of which you find on HGTV, or a cooking show, like “Chopped,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” or “MasterChef.” Though, I must admit, my favorite is ...read more
Contributed on Sep 23, 2015
To thrive is “to grow vigorously.” The opposite of thrive is “failure to thrive,” which is often the predecessor to death. It’s only when we fully embrace change that we can thrive.
What comes to mind when you hear the word thrive? It’s a really positive word, isn’t it? (That is, unless is has to do with weeds…). If someone or something is thriving, that means it is doing well, right? Full of life! To thrive is to grow vigorously. Plants can thrive, ...read more