What's more important....following the Bible or following love? Are there times when we need to put aside sacred tradition and even biblical commands to follow the law of love? In this story of Jesus sharing the ancient law of loving God and loving neighbor, he and the Scribe agree.
Looking again at the Good Samaritan Story we find a deeper conversation on "Faith without works is dead." Belief and faith matter greatly (yes!) but in this parable Jesus reminds us that what we DO has the greater impact. Talking ABOUT God, Jesus, Scripture, Love is important...but never enough. We wonder about eternal life...but Jesus suggests another question....
Over the last few months, representatives from MCCC have done life-transforming mission in the world. Hear some stories from those that went on service trips to Florida and the Midwest and how it's made a difference in people's lives.
On our annual Day of Kindness Sunday, we explore Jesus' words from the sermon on the plain. These teachings challenge our common conventions and raise the bar for how we are to treat each other as part of the Realm of God. What kind of world does God want us to imagine and create?
Happy Easter! Today we reflect on the place between despair and the rumor of resurrection. With a little help from the women at the tomb, the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, and a Resurrection Plant...we hear the Good News on how God calls us to be a Resurrection people.
Hear parts of Jesus's story between the Triumphal Entrance into Jerusalem and the Upper Room. In this recording there is a homily and poem about Palm Sunday, readings from scripture, and several special pieces of music by the choir, quartet, and solos. Begin Holy Week reflecting on these powerful stories that give shape to our lives of faith.
This is the closing sermon for our FLAME Lenten series.
We start with a throwback song from DC Talk called "What if I stumble?" which taps into a fear that many of us carry with us. While we may worry about whether we have what it takes to follow, Christ reminds us with a simple (yet profound) action the extent of God's love for us and a call to be an example of that love in the world...
Fourth sermon in 5-part series of FLAME - Becoming Followers, Learners, Apprentices, MENTORS, and Examples.
This week a shorter homily on the story of Jesus welcoming the little ones. Do we think of mentoring as part of our walk? Who are we walking alongside as they grow in discipleship?
The second part is hearing from our youth about three questions posed to them: (1) What do adults on the church need to know? (2) What do you hope for the future of our church? (3) What would a good mentor do in the church? It was great to hear their wisdom.
How does the story of the Feeding of the Five Thousand(+) teach us about being in apprentice of Jesus? Pastor Len explores the scriptural context of the story and what it teaches us in growing closer in our walk with Christ.
What got into the Disciple who wanted Jesus to teach them to pray? Is there something we can learn from this curious Disciple? Jesus stands at the ready for our eagerness to grow and learn...what would we ask?