8/21/16 – Community in Unity, 4: The Church & Passionate Faith

What is the greatest miracle in the Christian faith (besides the resurrection of Jesus!)? Many answers could be offered. I thought . . . why the church! The church has existed for nearly 2,000 years. Think about how the church came about. God called Moses to go to Pharaoh, but Moses said, “Who me?” I can’t do that! But God was with him. God called Jonah to preach to Nineveh, but Jonah hated Ninevah and ran the other way. When in “deep waters” he reconsidered and God rescued him! Jesus went to John the Baptist to be baptized but John said, “I’m not worthy!” Jesus said, “You are the one, so let’s do this!” When Jesus was crucified, the disciples scattered. But later, the Holy Spirit empowered them and the world has not been the same since!

Paul wrote a letter to the churches in Rome. Yes, it was one letter to all of them. They knew each other well. At the end of his letter Paul said “Embrace this person, and that person because I love them for their passionate faith!” We are still in the game after all these years because God is good, and God makes our faith stand. Join us Sunday–9:15 for Sunday School and 10:30 for Worship. JANET STAHL TELLS THE STORY. I can’t wait to hear it!

READ: Romans 16 and Isaiah 43:5-13

READ the SERMON:  The Unifying Power of Passionate Faith

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8/14/16 – Community in Unity, 3: Humility

Once President Kennedy presented Bob Hope with a gold medal for service to his country. Mr. Hope replied, “I feel very humble, but I think I have the strength of character to fight it.” It’s hard to be humble! Ted Turner agrees: “If I only had a little humility, I would be perfect.” Phyllis Diller offers her advice, Just get a mirror!

We continue our series on what it takes to become a Community in Unity. Jesus’ disciples have been with him a while now, but there continued to be many rough edges in their understanding of Jesus’ ways. Seeing their struggles makes the Bible so real–real people with the same problems as us! Join the discussion. Sunday School at 9:15 and worship at 10:30. The choir sings “The Majesty and Glory of His Name.” I can’t wait to see you!

READ Mark 9:33-41 and Isaiah 57:15-21

READ the Message:  It’s Hard to be Humble!

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8/7/16 – Community in Unity, 2: Keep a Civil Tongue!

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me!” My brother and I used to say that to each other and then stick our tongues out at one another when we were children. The truth of the matter is that the saying is untrue! Words indeed hurt, sometimes wounding for years. When we think about unity we must consider the power of the tongue. And, as this Turkish proverb says: “Keep the tongue in your mouth a prisoner.”

This topic seems like it might be one of those “should” and “ought to” sermons, but actually the Bible might surprise you. If we seek out its lessons, we are like the wise man whose civility worked to his advantage. Join us Sunday for a lively message. Sunday School at 9:15 and Worship at 10:30. See you there!

READ Proverbs 15:1-4 and James 3:5-18

READ the Sermon: Keep a Civil Tongue! 


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