How Can I Overcome This Next Obstacle?

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Let’s face it, we are all dealt our fair share of challenges in life. We have overcome some obstacles and we can be sure that there are more ahead. And sometimes we find that we face the same obstacle over and over and that it seems that we can’t get over it or past it.

There is a story in the gospel of Mark about a man that couldn’t walk on his own and had to be carried from place to place by his friends. One day the answer to his problem appeared – Jesus was in a house nearby and all he had to do was get in the house and be touched by him. When they got there there was a huge crowd in the way preventing him from getting inside. His friends carried him on his bed up on the roof of the house and they broke through it and lowered him down to where he was able to be healed by Jesus and also have his sins forgiven.

How do we break through the barriers that keep us from healing and hope? We will dig into this on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. See you there!

 

With God: Mission Possible

mission-impossibleSome Bible stories catch our attention more easily than others because the character faces a danger or an enemy where the odds of survival or victory are not good. In fact it seems completely hopeless. Yet, because we get to read the story through to the end, we know things turn out okay in spite of the impossibility of it.

These stories are put there to display the power of God and to challenge us to put some of our faith in His ability to lead us through improbably odds to victory or success and to invite us to, in spite of perhaps not knowing the end result of our own challenges, to believe we are being led to happiness and peace.

“Peace holds within itself trust in the Lord, the trust that He governs all things and provides all things, and that He leads towards an end that is good. When we believe these things about the Lord we are at peace, since we fear nothing and no anxiety about things to come disturbs us.” (Secrets of Heaven 8455, Emanuel Swedenborg)

Join us for worship this Sunday at 10:30 am as we explore this together further.

Courage

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Daniel is one of the most courageous characters in the Bible, but not for the reason we usually think.

When telling the story of Daniel most people focus on Daniel’s courage in the lions’ den itself. But there are actually no verses in the Bible explaining what he experienced or did while in the lions’ den. Why? Because Daniel’s courage in the lions’ den isn’t the point. Once Daniel gets thrown in the lions’ den, what is he really going to be able to do? Disempowering the lions was something that God did, not Daniel.

Daniel’s courage was shown in the way he lived everyday. His enemies made up a law forbidding prayer to anyone but the king so they could catch him praying to God and so have him thrown into the lions’ den. And yet he still prayed. That’s real courage.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear. ~Ambrose Redmoon

See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Funky Bible Stories, Part 1

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This week we will talk about an odd little story about Joshua and the Children of Israel making a covenant with a tribe within the land of Canaan that they were supposed to wipe out–the Gibeonites. The Gibeonites dressed up in old clothes, worn out shoes and carried moldy bread with them and told Joshua that they were not from within Canaan but had travelled from a far away land. They looked at their bread and believed their story and made a pact with them, rather than asking the Lord if this was a good idea or not.
When they found out the truth they didn’t kill them, because of their agreement, but kept them alive and made them their servants – drawing water and chopping wood for them.

Come and see what this story has to do with our happiness and spiritual awareness.

Sunday 10:30 a.m.

 

So, You Want To Be REALLY Happy?

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“When you desire your neighbor’s good without thought of reward you have heaven within yourself. This brings happiness as great as that enjoyed by the angels, which is
indescribable.” Secrets of Heaven 8037, Emanuel Swedenborg

If we want to be really happy, indescribably happy, then we ought to work on wanting what is good and doing what is good for others without thinking of what we will get from it. Nice idea, but how are we going to arrive in that noble place? Well, it is a process. That process is described in a parable in the New Testament about the people that were hired at different times throughout the day to work in a vineyard, yet given the same wages regardless of how long they worked. This Sunday we will talk about the spiritual or inner meaning of this parable. Maybe it will nudge us all a little more in that direction of giving with no thought of reward.

See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Freedom: Vital To Our Salvation

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We all want freedom for ourselves. Freedom is actually essential to our spiritual lives. Nothing can become truly part of our spiritual life unless it is chosen freely. And so God protects our freedom with great power.

Here is the challenge: do we value other people’s freedom in the same way recognizing how important it is to everyone else too?

See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Happy Independence Day!

No Worship Services June 14th or June 21st.

There will be no services of worship on these two dates in June.

You are invited to come on the 14th and help out with beautifying the church.

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Come add your touch to making our church building and property more beautiful. This Sunday, June 14th from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. there will be donuts, coffee and opportunities to serve. There will be sandwich makings for lunch afterwards (feel free to bring a potluck type something as well).
You can cut tall grass, trim trees, weed, clean windows, beautify the teen space and all kinds of other fun things.
This project will take the place of the worship service on Sunday. Come use this dedicated church time for dedicated work time with your friends.
Please bring any tools that will help with the job you would like to do. Thank you!

Don’t Sell Out

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One of the things that temps us is the desire to modify or change what we know to be true  – our ideals or hopes for our life. Holding to our ideals can be difficult. But giving in and accepting a less than ideal way of being leads to further difficulty and unhappiness. This part of the Elijah story (Naboth’s Vineyard) challenges us to not sell out, to not give up or give in but to keep on fighting for our higher ideals. The positive results will show up and are illustrated in the conclusion of the Elijah story (June 7th).

See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Listen For The Gentle Whisper of God’s Leading

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If we want to be led by God what should we listening or looking out for? We might be inclined to expect dramatic answers to our queries or flashy shows of the hand of God when we are in need. The truth is that the messages come in a more subtle and gentle way. Will we be alert to them?

This Sunday we will further explore the story of the prophet Elijah and see in his story how we are led and what signs to look for of God’s presence and leading.

Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. The Holy Supper (communion) will be offered this week.