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Lenten Journey

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Like other emotions, anger is accompanied by physiological and biological changes.  When you get angry, your heart rate and blood pressure go up, as do the levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline. Your rate of breathing increases and your body's muscles tense. Anger will not help you live a good life as God wants…put out of your life every evil thing and every kind of wrong you do. Don’t be proud but accept God’s teaching…This teaching can save your souls. [1] Anger feeds anger. Beware of cultivating perpetual rage. There's much to be angry about; So much to lament over.Our souls cannot bear the strain of endless seething.  On this year's Lenten journey I choose to be ...



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The Tribulation

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It’s important that we pay attention to the Bible’s prophetic passages and study God’s plan for the future. Though we won’t know the date, time or hour of our being caught up to meet the Lord in the sky or Jesus’ Second Coming, we can be aware of all that is going on around us so that we are living the life God intended for us in Christ. Our first priority as the church is not to correctly connect all the political and social dots of world happenings,  but to be a prophetic witness to the hope of a world remade according to the Christ. So let's ponder and discuss and maybe even disagree with each other, in love, about futuristic terms like Rapture and Tribulation and Second Coming ... Join us Wednesday March 20th @ 7pm for an  interactive conversation about the 'End Times'
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Life Rattled

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What do you do when something really rattles you, when your daily routine, when your mind, is confused and unsettled? Together this Lent we are journeying with Jesus to the cross; then from the cross to the grave and ultimately from the grave to the sky… But even during the beauty which is Lent, our lives can get rattled. Ranging from annoyances to simple delays to the worst a person could contemplate, like the loss of a loved one or the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness, disrupted, ruffled lives, threaten our journey, our peace even our identity and homeostasis. When we experience disruptions of any kind, we naturally, almost automatically, seek to recreate a consistency that was present before the unsettling occurred. Maybe we need to learn to embrace these disturbances and give them some space. Ugh. Character after character in both the Hebrew and Greek Testaments encountered God, and it wasn’t unheard of for Him to jazz-up their lives.  What we do when the Lord of Hosts inter…

End Times

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Some of us long for Jesus to return and heal everything; While others are looking forward to him coming back  and kicking some unrepentant ass. Is this accurate or just craziness?
Join us Wednesday March 13th @ 7pm for an  interactive conversation about the 'End Times'
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Subtraction By Addition ➖➤➕

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During Lent we are journeying with Jesus: a triumphant entry, his death, burial and ultimately his resurrection.Like so many non-orthodox Christians, my view of Lent has been tarnished by evangelical teachings claiming that the time leading up to paschal season is not really all that relative; Lent is not found in the New Testament; that it is dogmatic. It’s true, the Lenten period is not biblical; it can often seem like an empty ritual; it can be misunderstood as a season to earn God’s favor by good intentions or good works (this thinking is a theological problem for a later discussion). The 40 days of Lent is usually associated with“giving something up” – luxuries like meat, sugar, or social media. It’s almost like a New Years Resolution reboot - I didn’t accomplish something in January, so now I’ll try again, but with a spiritual spin.  Lent offers us so much more than a redo or abstention. The forty days between Ash Wednesday and Easter [not including Sundays] affords us space for …

Apollo, Assassin's or Apostle's Creed?

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Apollo Creed; Assassin’s Creed or Apostle’s Creed: 
Which Do You Know Best? Personally I’m much more familiar with the Apostle’s Creed versus Apollo Creed, a fictional character from the Rocky films, played by Carl Weathers. I know little to nothing about the Assassin’s Creed, an action-adventure video game set in Ancient Egypt near the end of the Ptolemaic period (49–47 BCE). The Apostle’s Creed, is a series of statements about our basic Christian beliefs. The term ‘creed’ comes from the Latin credo, meaning I believe.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.  On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father,  He will come again to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit,  the holy Chri…

Genesis of Shame

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In Genesis, the first couple chapters of the Pentateuch, we read a chronicle of the beginnings: Earth; Man; Woman; Creation of all things. We read of perfection and Goodness. In stark contrast to the previous two chapters,Genesis three appears, an intentional eye popping account of failure, shame and dismissal. Genesis two tells us that Adam and Eve were naked and unashamed. Chapter three records that the couple was “open eyed” and in the buff. They had listened to a snake and acted in disobedience to their Maker. The Genesis story tells us about the moment humans first realized they were naked, quickly followed by the moment they were first ashamed. Suffice to say shame doesn’t originate from God’s voice. It originates from voices who errantly say they are speaking for God. Shame, according to Brene Brown, is defined as ‘the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging – something we’ve experienced, done, or failed…