Jesus experienced a moment of spiritual formation when he prayed at Gethsemane, just before he was arrested and then crucified. How does his prayer lay the foundation for our prayer lives? Listen to Pastor David’s sermon on Matthew 26:36-46.
Adam and Eve’s temptation is the same as Jesus’s temptation, and it’s the same as our temptation: to become more like God. Listen to Pastor David’s message on Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7 and on where God’s story began.
Kenosis: Jesus emptied himself, poured himself out for our sake. On this Palm Sunday, as we anticipate Jesus’s final steps toward the cross, we consider the beautiful description of Jesus’s work found in Philippians 2:5-11. Listen to Pastor David’s sermon on this text here:
Today is “Super Tuesday,” a day in which some presidential candidates will vault ahead in their pursuit of their party’s nomination, and others will experience great disappointment. As a nation, we are waiting with bated breath to see what happens next.
Today is also the day of another snowstorm here in central Michigan. We are projected to see 6-10 inches of snowfall by this evening. Looking outside right now, I see a snow-covered road and beautifully dusted pine trees. It’s beginning to look a lot like winter. Time will tell how much today’s snowstorm will affect people’s lives, in terms of cancelled events, power outages, and auto accidents.
Today is March 1, as well – the first day of a new month. Who knows what this month will hold? The presidential race will surely change; hopefully our weather will, also. As one Facebook friend wrote today, “March truly comes in like a LION.” An old adage suggests that if March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb. If the weather looks horrible on March 1 (like it does today), then in a few weeks it will look much better. One can hope, anyway.
But I see another layer of meaning in that saying. On this “Super Tuesday,” we are focusing our collective attention on a few individuals whose names appear on ballots in thirteen states. Many lions are competing for supremacy in the power struggle of our political system.
If March begins like a lion, how will it end? Continue reading
Jesus compared himself to a hen who wants to gather her chicks close to her for safety and life. But the people were not willing. What does it mean that Jesus came home to Jerusalem, only to find an empty nest? Listen to Pastor David’s sermon on Luke 13:31-35.
Our series this Lent explores how Jesus poured himself out, even to death, for our sake. In this first sermon, Pastor David helps us walk into the story of Jesus’s temptation in Luke 4:1-13, a story in which Jesus empties himself of unfulfilling dreams.
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