It is one of the deepest, most terrifying questions we can ask. "Is God with us or not?" It is asked when things seem to be the darkest. But even deeper is the question, "What kind of God is with us?" Those were the questions facing the Hebrew children. Those are the questions facing us.
In the midst of perilous times we need to pause for times of prayer, time to reconnect, to reorient our lives, to remember whose we are. But it can't stop there. We have to move to action. There are times when our prayers will be interrupted. How will we respond?
So often we are focused on getting rid of the weeds in our lives. What if we were more focused on celebrating the flowers that are there?
We were honored to have Tina Bailey preach for us this morning. Tina and her husband Jonathan are long time friends of Providence and live in Bali.
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After a long and hard chapter where we have heard Jesus tell us to heal the sick, cure lepers, raise the dead and cast out demons, this week it is easy! Just share a cup of cold water. Just be hospitable! Small things, but sometimes the little things are the biggest things!
There are Sundays where something special happens--like yesterday. Charles Taylor, 90+ years old offered our special music. THAT is what you need to hear...well, stay for the sermon too!
And just think. When you are 90 you can sing like that too!
Trinity Sunday. It is the only Sunday of the church year dedicated to a theological doctrine. We know it, but what do we do with it?
We can hear a passage of scripture so many times. We can have it emblazoned on our minds and in our hearts. But if you leave out two important words, the whole meaning is changed. Hearing them opens us to seeing Jesus in a new way.
He gets a bad name every year, right after Easter! Doubting Thomas! But is it deserved? What did he doubt? Who did he doubt?
Maybe we need a Doubting Thomas to wake us to faith!
If Easter doesn't scare you, you aren't paying attention!" But fear isn't the last word. The women left the tomb with "fear and great joy." May we experience both this Easter Day!
The only way to get prepared to cross the bridge is to get moving. But many times we just settle for what is. God is always calling us to be "unsettled." That was the call to Abram, and to us!
Lent is a time of preparation. But before we can even begin we have to recognize where we are. We have to remember our basic story, the one that starts way back in the garden. It is a parable. It is true. It is our story. It is where our journey to the passion begins.
What happens when we hear a story in its context, rather than just a snippet? Could we discover that the story isn't about a woman, but about us?
Crocus don't just happen! They take a lot of planning, planting, mulching, watering, work. The same thing is true for our lives. If we want flowers in the spring there is work to do before the ground freezes! What are we doing to make sure we have crocus?
Is there room in your faith for growth? Is there room in your faith to say, "I was wrong?" Is there room in your faith for humility?
One of the great Christian myths is that we should just know how to pray. But we don't! Prayer is something we need to learn. If we want to be disciples, we need to humble ourselves and ask the disciple's question, "Lord, teach us to pray!"
Mary and Martha--the two sides of our faith. At least that is what we've been told. but is it really an either/or? Can we learn from both? Can we be both?
Throughout the Bible we read of dreams--Abraham, Joseph, Ezekiel, Joseph (the New Testament one.) But perhaps the most world changing were those of Peter and John--two dreams that changed everything...maybe even for us!
As we finish our series on the Ten Commandments, we also remember the beginning of Holy Week. How did not bearing false witness lead us here?