On this Ash Wednesday, Pastor David spoke about the “Jesus Prayer,” an ancient Christian prayer that has its roots in the parable Jesus told in Luke 18:9-14.
The path of discipleship requires us to imitate God: as Micah 6:1-8 instructs us, to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God. What does this look like in today’s world? Listen to Pastor David’s sermon.
Luke 18:9-14 tells the story of the Pharisee and the tax collector. With which one do you identify? With which one did Jesus identify? Listen to Pastor David’s sermon on this important passage.
In Luke 4:7-14, Jesus teaches us to humble ourselves before God and others. Listen as Pastor David tells the stories of a man and a congregation who did just that. How then should we approach the Lord’s Table?
There’s nothing like a well-told story. In this final sermon on the topic of “God Space,” Pastor David challenges us to tell our stories – as part of God’s story. Listen to this message on 1 Corinthians 15:1-11.
LAST DAY AT THE TRACKS! Today was going to be our last day of working at the Tracks. Over the years this has been an emotionally tough day with many tears and hugs. In my travels here during the past nine years, I have learned it is all about the attitude and how we think about our work and friendships that have been made. My approach now is one of celebration; we know we will probably return at another time to renew our friendships and see the progress the community has made over the years. Its fun now because kids we met when they were 7 or 8 years old are now 15 or 16, growing up right in front our eyes. This brings us to our devotion for the day: the green paper is for growing in the Lord” (2 Peter 3:18). But grow in the special favor and knowledge of the Lord. I think back over the past nine years and the life experiences and growth in the Lord we have experienced throughout those years. And its the same with the Guatemalan people: they are maturing in their faith, and their community has had constant change and growth. So as we leave each year, we prefer to say “Te amo,” “Salud!” and “Hasta la vista amigo.”
We were tying up loose ends today as we sought out the people we wanted to see. Our groups artist, Josh, painted a beautiful mural on the wall of Lucy’s daughters’ bedroom. We finished the installation of the stairs at Sonya’s house. We took lots of pictures of friends, our group, and the blessings of the Tracks we wanted to remember. Some of us we knew it was the last time they would visit; others knew they would return later. Some knew they would be moving to Guatemala in July. Fortunately, with the advent of Facebook, our communication and interaction with the people of the Tracks has increased tenfold, and we feel much closer than we have ever been. We felt excitement, satisfaction, blessings, and so many feelings as we said good-bye to the Tracks.
This Sunday is Valentine’s Day. Will our service be all about love? Nope. This is the first Sunday in the season of Lent. We will begin to follow Jesus on his journey to the cross.
The theme this Sunday is “finding our home in God’s presence.” Being rooted in our relationship with God is what helps us make sense of our lives and the world around us. “Home” is a powerful concept, a metaphor for all that is (or should be) right, safe, true, and lasting in our lives. It is in the presence of God that we can find our best and most perfect home. Continue reading