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August 25 – God Who Is Beyond Us

Drawing on Jeremiah's rhetorical questions, we find three aspects of God's character that distinguish God from all humanity.  God who is mighty and majestic control of all life; of our life, no matter how hard we might try or invincible we may think we are, no one can manipulate God's infinite plan for the world. (Jeremiah 23:16-24) About the AuthorSteve Albers…
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August 29, 2019
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August 18 – Over Cause & Effect

There's something satisfying about watching a string of dominos fall over on each other.  It gives us a sense that the world might be predictable, that the effects we navigate might have a cause behind them.  If we can understand then we can predict, and if we predict we can avoid, and if we can't avoid, we can at least…
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August 19, 2019
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August 10 – Because We’ve Lived This Life Before

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's…
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August 15, 2019
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August 4 – Because We Have Names

After the great seven-stanza hymn of creation, the early painters of Genesis move closer to home with another perspective on the beginning.  One that's a bit closer, a little nearer and more intimate.  God breathes into our nostrils.  He has a name and so do we.  This Sunday, we'll explore how we are and how we came to be as a humanity living to…
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August 5, 2019
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July 28 – Reclaiming a Balanced Life

"The Sabbath is a gift for over-scheduled people," Jesus says in Mark 2:27.  It's the freedom to say "enough" in response to too many demands on our time and too much emphasis on what we produce.  This Sunday, we'll explore the gift of Sabbath, and uncover a few practical ways to reclaim a peaceful, restful life of balance. (Deuteronomy 5:1,…
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July 29, 2019
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June 30 – The Ruins of Shattered Walls

When you see a gate somewhere along a fence-line, it’s a signal of welcome vulnerability. A fluidity. People can pass through from one side to the other. Walls don’t work that way.  Walls are permanent.  They insist on a non-negotiable divide between people based on whatever prejudice can masquerade as piety.  Overflowing from the mystical core of the Gospel of…
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July 1, 2019
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June 16 – In Search of a Simple Faith

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:16 About the AuthorSteve Albers is a devoted husband, father…
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June 24, 2019
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June 9 – Focus, or: Decluttering the Mind

Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, "What does this mean?"  Some, however, made fun of them and said, "They have had too much wine."  Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd:  "Fellow Jews and all o you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I…
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June 10, 2019
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June 2 – Patience, or: How to Stop a Train

The faster you're moving, the harder it is to stop.  Between stacked calendars and never-ending to do lists, family to take care of and careers to balance, there's not much time to just. sit. and. wait.  Before Jesus ascends into heaven; before he tells his disciples to Go! he tells them to Stay. To refuse to act until God does. …
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June 3, 2019
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May 26 – The Lord Listens

The Lord had had enough of His people's constant whining and complaining, so He sent a bevy of snakes as both a punishment and a reminder of who's in charge.  They repented.  There's nothing like repentance to stir the soul of faith.  The Lord listens to the beat of our hearts and listens to our cries of contrition and confession. …
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May 28, 2019