Pastor Lori takes over after the 4-part sermon on the Mount series. After such a moment of wisdom and clarity and reverence for God's word through Jesus, we now embark on the often difficult path of Lent towards Easter.
A difficult request that seems one-sided, but when looked at in contrast to how hate can eat away at the self, this commandment from Jesus during the sermon on the mount is vital for the health of those who feel hate.
Turning the other cheek, taking the high road and doing more than just turning away. Jesus confronts his followers to do better than passively forgive.
People are the salt and flavor of this world to God and they are also the light reflected by God. These two ideas are explored by our two pastors.
The opening of the sermon on the mount has 9 blessings with distinct groupings of ways in which Christians can lead their lives in grace.
If you can't be the light that spreads amongst the land, then be the mirror that reflects that light.
Jesus, now baptized, begins to speak the word. In the scripture from John, he tells those who are to be his disciples to come and see. Pastor Greg talks about the weight of those words and the meaning of the Lamb of God.
Baptism of the Lord Sunday sees the sacrament upon the savior, but it also sees God descending like a dove from the heavens and hears his voice. Paired with Psalm 29, which looks at the majesty of Earth as God's creation, Pastor Greg looks beyond to the stars and heavens which have opened up to us by technologies advances.
A scripture of darkness and unchecked power grasping to maintain itself is what follows in the days directly after Christmas. As the rush and flush of the holidays pass, Pastor Lori looks at what we are left with.