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May 19 – This Work in Progress

Though we can't keep the birds from flying over our heads, we can likely prevent them from building a nest in our hair.  This weekend, we'll explore the mindful work of God as the Spirit guides our emotional compasses toward transformation and peace.  Chances are pretty good we're already there... (John 16:12-13) About the AuthorJosh Hatcher is a devoted husband and…
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May 20, 2019
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May 12 – Worship: In Pursuit of Happiness

It's usually just a few yards away. Refracted waves of sunlight that bounce of the sand and project just like water. Happiness is a mirage that looks always just a few adjustments away until we chase it down and realize it's still just out of reach. We'll be happy once we just get through this season of life and into…
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May 13, 2019
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May 5 – Worthy of Worship

This Sunday, we'll begin the observance of our 180th anniversary as a congregation with a "Festival of Song."  Using Revelation language, "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain o receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise" (5:12) In the best and worst of times our God is worthy of our worship, worthy to…
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May 9, 2019
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April 28 – Even Though We Doubt

It's not enough for us to know things mentally. Hypothetically. Facts and historical data buried in the recesses of memory.  If we're going to be honest about our need for Emotional Knowlege, Holistic Integration of the things that change who we are, we're going to have to come to terms with our deep-seated Doubts about God, and about ourselves.  This…
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April 30, 2019
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April 21 – God in the Graveyard

God works all things for the good of those who are loved by him. That’s the promise, difficult as it is to hold on to while you’re standing among the tombstones. This message explores the nearness of God in resurrection and in death; that we might recognize the Spirit in seasons of blessing and when God is hidden in the…
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April 23, 2019
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April 14 – Everything Short of Perfection

Expectations.  A crowd of thousands shout hosanna and lay their palm branches at the feet of Jesus as he rides into Jerusalem balancing humility and power on a donkey's colt.  Don't you wonder what they expected in the days to come?  Perfection is the enemy of Improvement, of Better-ment. Of Transformation.  This Sunday, we'll follow the cross-borne footsteps of our…
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April 15, 2019
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April 7 – Love as Connection to God

God is a verb.  A relationship.  When a river is disconnected from its source, its water becomes stagnant; it becomes toxic and unable to support the ecosystem that depends on it.  In order for streams and souls to stay healthy, they have to be connected to the wellspring that gives them life.  This Sunday, we'll dive into the many ways…
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April 9, 2019
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March 31 – Life in Balance

It seems like an oversimplification, particularly when we're being pulled a thousand different directions all at once.  For days that are already over-stretched, any sense of spiritual practice can seem like just another empty checkbox on an already over-crowded to-do list.  This week, we'll devote ourselves to the calm balance of life together with each other and life in solitude…
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April 1, 2019
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March 24 – Shadow of a Doubt

Doubt.  Ingrained in us through human experience, unmet expectations and constant disappointment.  We doubt our leaders.  We doubt each other.  We doubt our faith.  And well we should, fragile as it is; our faith is as inconstant as we ourselves or anybody else.  This weekend, we'll talk honestly and openly about our doubts, and the real meaning of faith; the…
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March 25, 2019
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March 17 – Ghosted by God?

Hit the send button and your text message, DM, email floats out into the universe.  Hours go by. Days. Weeks.  You begin to wonder if your message went through, wonder if it was ever read, or if you're just being ignored. Ghosted.  This Sunday, we'll examine our "answered" and "unanswered" prayers; our needs we float out into God.  After the…
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March 20, 2019