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Blog Archives: April 2016

Resurrection and Doubt

April 28, 2016
Don Ward
24Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe." 26Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."  27Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and ...

Word of the Week

April 28, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Mature Are you willing to do some homework before this week’s sermon?  It’s very simple.  I want you to think about what the word “mature” means when referring to a follower of Christ. If it helps, consider these questions: 1) What adjectives describe a mature Christian?  2) Do I know anyone that meets that, to some level?  3) How do I decide what makes someone mature? 4) What do you think about your own maturity as a Christian? For extra fun, read our passage for the current sermon series - Ephesians 3:14-21 - and see ...

Didn’t you get my text?

April 22, 2016
Tag Tuck
Didn’t you get my text? These five words often leave me speechless. We can bemoan the fact that we are too connected to our mobile devices and computers, or we can understand that in a different era we might well have said a similar phrase: “Didn’t you get my note?” Either by note or by text the idea is that we should have picked up a vital piece of information that would make better sense of our current context. For example, a spouse comes in the door from work and is greeted with this phrase: “Can you go ahead and chop the broccoli ...

Word of the Week

April 21, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the Week: System Several of you asked about or were intrigued by a quote I used Sunday: “Your system is perfectly designed to give you the results you are getting.” This was from W. Edwards Deming. I can’t find which book or talk he said it in, but it isn’t ever attributed to anyone else. It is a profound statement - so profound I offered a free ice cream cone for the person who finds the verse in proverbs which says essentially the same thing! So many things in our lives are the results of systems we design - either ...

Resurrection and Redirection

April 13, 2016
Tom Breeden
Family can be difficult. Family are the ones who have seen you at your best and worst. They have seen you when you reached the big milestone, like getting that new job or promotion that you really wanted. They have also seen those things that did not work out the way you had hoped, like the time you tried out that new haircut or moved to a different city. Family can be our greatest supporters and our toughest critics. Jesus had a family just like you. They saw him in the midst of the day to day. And, like many siblings, Jesus’ brothers were ...

Word of the Week

April 13, 2016
Don Ward
Questions - that is the word of the week. I had the privilege of spending time with the middle school Foundations class on Sunday, and I gave them a chance to ask me some BIG questions - the stuff they hear their friends talk about, or in other cases, their own deep questions about things. Not surprisingly several were about Christian sexual ethics versus the modern view of sexuality. Several were about good and evil in the world and how God can still be good. Some were specific bible stumper questions. Questions reveal a lot. They tell us ...

Resurrection and Appearances

April 07, 2016
Don Ward
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally ...

Word of the Week

April 07, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the Week: One! Week one is behind us! We had our first communion service at 8:30 this past week.  Attendance was noticeably affected by the fact that many families were either at the end of, or in the first Sunday of spring break.  I walked away personally encouraged by what transpired.  I appreciated all the people who made the effort to pull this off.  We learned some things and will make adjustments as time goes on.  We hope to have a pretty good idea of how to make this approach work well this fall.  Thanks to all who helped, ...

Stories of Jesus - Tag

April 01, 2016
Tag Tuck
Reading to Win The first time I read the Bible it was to win a fight. Okay, so it wasn’t the very first time I read the Bible, but it was the first time I read the Bible paying really close attention to the words, themes, and overall concepts contained in it. It was the first time I read the Bible with an eye to see how all those little segments called verses connected together across all those larger segments called books. I wanted to prove to my best friend what I already knew: I’m just as much a Christian as he is. My friend had ...