Wisdom from above is . . . full of mercy and good fruits
When we focus on what we don't have, we focus on ourselves. We'll never find eternal life if it's only our own interests that concern us. Read the sermon here.
Added by Becky on October 14, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments
This past week was tough; it dredged up a lifetime of memories. These memories teach us to be angry and afraid to the point that we know exactly what Jesus meant by the hell where the worms don't die and the fire never goes out. Yet we Jesus-followers are people of hope. Rather than hope for a quick death, as Moses did, we need to discover how to be filled with all joy and peace in faith, overflowing with hope in the power of the Holy Spirit. Read the sermon…Continue
Added by Becky on September 30, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Which way do you want it? "The one who dies with the most toys wins," or "The first shall be last and the servant of all." Take your time to decide. Just know that trying to do both simply won't work.
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The ones we're so ready to make eat off the floor - are we sure that's where God wants them to be? Or, is it just more comfortable for us if they know their place, keep quiet, and leave us to be alone with others who think like we do? Find the sermon here.
Added by Becky on September 9, 2018 at 2:30pm — No Comments
When we die, other people get our stuff, often arguing about it. But the stuff doesn't care who owns it. And most stuff disappears sooner or later, anyway. So why would anyone live just to get more and more stuff? There's a better way to answer the question of what to do with our lives. Find the sermon…Continue
Added by Becky on September 2, 2018 at 2:15pm — No Comments
The systems of the world seem to be encouraging people to get meaner and meaner. You can almost smell the brimstone. The Church has one job: disrupting this hellish system by incarnating the Holy Spirit of love, giving others a glimpse of the Reign of God by the way we live. Read the sermon here, listen to it…Continue
Added by Becky on May 20, 2018 at 4:59pm — No Comments
"Love isn't something you feel, it's something you do." That bit of pop psychology is actually really good theology. In other words, love works. Love rolls up its sleeves and gets busy, and love is effective, it changes things. Yup. Read or listen to the sermon here; watch the service here; the Gospel reading begins at…Continue
Added by Becky on May 6, 2018 at 10:30pm — No Comments
Have you ever had your inner Pharisee rise up, that religious Olympian focused on winning, besting all others? I sure have. But . . . why are we even in a competition for God's regard and grace? Read the sermon here, listen to it…Continue
When we can find ways to celebrate even the adversity that has marked our lives, we will discover that the Lord is able to use all of our experiences - the mistakes and hardships as well as the gifts and successes - to fit us for the service of the Reign of God. Read the sermon here, listen to it…Continue
Added by Becky on April 22, 2018 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Whether we are conscious of it or not, our lives speak. Does your life speak to others of hell or of heaven? The sermon offers a simple - but hardly simplistic - way to ponder which power governs your life. Read the sermon here, listen to it…Continue
Added by Becky on April 15, 2018 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Added by Becky on April 8, 2018 at 8:30pm — No Comments
The women came back from the tomb, and the disciples thought they were spouting nonsense. Just shows that it's often the things that don't make ANY sense that end up changing the world. Read the sermon here or listen to it…Continue
Added by Becky on April 1, 2018 at 3:44pm — No Comments
Spending 5 minutes on what happened on Palm Sunday just isn't enough. So, here at Good Shepherd, we go through not just the story of Palm Sunday, but the entire prophetic and theological context. We weave together passages from the Old and New Testaments, with reflections (basically, the sermon broken into a bunch of sections) and songs into a tapestry of meaning. That's why we do it a week early. Read the sermon+…Continue
Added by Becky on March 18, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments
God loves us just as we are, but also calls us to our truest, best self. Deep down, most of us already know how that truest, best self would act. Jesus helps us discover and live into that. Listen to the sermon here or watch the service…Continue
Added by Becky on March 11, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments
Do we really trust God's Grace? If so, why do we think this gift is limited? That it's only for people who are "good"? And what is "good," anyway? Who gets to decide that? You? Really?
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Added by Becky on March 4, 2018 at 9:00pm — No Comments
America doesn't have a problem with gun violence. America has a problem with violence, period. It is shredding our common life, our hearts, and spirits. Jesus did not have a problem with violence. So, to whom should Christians in this country be listening? Read the sermon here, listen to it…Continue
Added by Becky on February 25, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Will the carnage ever end? First, we need to be very clear what we actually want. If we like the system we have, where it's all about us and we get what we want when we want it, no change is necessary. If we want to be part of God's mission for the world, the mission of being good news to the poor, freeing prisoners, healing the blind and ending oppression, everything must change. Read the sermon…Continue
Added by Becky on February 18, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments
This Ash Wednesday, we begin our journey through Luke and Acts. But, we start with the traditional psalm of Ash Wednesday, Psalm 51. At one point, the psalmist prays: Make me hear.
The prayer to be able to listen, with our ears as we hear, and with our eyes as we read, is our guiding prayer this Lent, and the perfect segue from last week's "advice" to "Listen to Jesus."
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Added by Becky on February 14, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments
The path forward during Lent is discerning to whom we should listen, and when it might just be best to keep our own mouths shut. Joining Pope Francis, Deacon Cindy encourages us to spend this Lent doing as God told Peter, James, and John to do: "Listen to Jesus." Read the sermon here or…Continue
Added by Becky on February 11, 2018 at 8:30pm — No Comments
One of the most important dimensions of being human is the quality of our relationships. A Church community fosters both our relationship with God and our connections with each other. This Lent, we are inviting everyone into The Good Book Club, reading Luke and Acts together from the Sunday before Lent to Pentecost - February 11 to May 20. The hope is that in doing this, we will become Partners in the Good News that we are loved by the Love that will never let us go, and that all…Continue
Added by Becky on February 4, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments