Category Archive: Pastor’s Message

Inspirational messages from our Pastor

Feb 05 2012

Making It Real

“Interestingly, forgiveness can only occur because we have been given the gift of the ability to make choices. We have the choice to forgive or not to forgive and no one can force us to do either. Conversely, if we want to forgive someone no one can stop us no matter how poorly they may …

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Jan 01 2012

Creative Maladjustment, Divine Joy

Luke 2:41-52 Romans 12:1-2 Confirmands are among my favorite theologians. Since we are “between” Confirmation Classes this year, I have been recalling and appreciating my learning from classes in the past. “Theology” is an academic term, but for each of us our concept of God is deeply personal and essentially formative. How each of thinks …

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Dec 04 2011

A Season for Receiving

Luke 1:26-38 Imagine! God loves the world so much that he interrupts life as we know it, giving us in a way that is vital for the world’s salvation. God comes to you (in a dream, by an angel, even in a worship service) ans says, “Hello, Gifted One!” You are more than a little …

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Sep 29 2011

Sowing New Life Through Giving

stewardship

“God’s grace doesn’t work on a budget!” –One of our longtime church members “Stewardship is not a program. It is not another of the many projects and activities making up the church’s life. It is a way of life. It defines how we understand who we are and what we have; it motivates and molds …

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Sep 08 2011

A Time of Anticipation

September is a time of anticipation and undertaking. Rally Day inaugurates a new Sunday School year. Students and teachers alike embrace fresh learning and opportunities to grow together. The Senior Choir, Children’s Choir, and Bell Choir begin their practices, the fruits of their dedication sure to bless God, and us, again and again. As the …

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Jul 07 2011

Granting Prayer

Birth of Jacob and Esau

“The LORD granted Isaac’s prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived. The children struggled together within her and she said, “If it is to be this way, why do I live?” – Genesis 25:21a-22 Philip Ratner’s sculpture, “Birth of Jacob and Esau”, offers a powerful image of what we might call “original rivalry”. As the firstborn …

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