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Best Summer Ever: May 31

by Neal Windham, Spiritual Formation Pastor Scripture “When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me.” –  John 15:26 Advocacy In 2016, Stephen Offutt edited a book entitled Advocating for Justice . In it, Offutt, a professor at Asbury Theological Seminary, argued that it’s time for Christians to take the next step in caring for people who are at... Read More

Best Summer Ever: May 28

by Anita Oldham Scripture “You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” - John 15:14-15 Reflection Some friends don’t get our best, do they? They text us, and we forget to text back. Or we are so wrapped up in what we are doing, that we never get around to having... Read More

Best Summer Ever: May 27

by Lydia Robbins, Young Women’s Ministry Intern Scripture Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. – James 4:8 Reflection Think of deep friendships or relationships with the people around you. These could be family, friends, or co-workers. To keep and pour into these relationships would be hard, almost impossible, to do without communication. As you think about these close relationships,... Read More

Best Summer Ever: May 26

by Neal Windham, Spiritual Formation Pastor Scripture And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. – James 2:23 God’s Friend My grandson Stephen (he calls himself “Steen”), now two, is becoming God’s friend, Jesus’ friend. As online church began last week, he offered a glimpse of this emerging friendship with the following... Read More

Best Summer Ever: May 25

by Neal Windham, Spiritual Formation Pastor Scripture “If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” - John 15:10-11 Joy Made Complete Tonight, my dear friend and mentor George Ross is hosting Finishing Well , a call to spiritual growth and adventure for people 55 and then some, in the Centrum at 6:30pm.... Read More

Best Summer Ever: May 24

by Neal Windham, Spiritual Formation Pastor Scripture “The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.” – Exodus 33:11 Reflection 2020 will go down as the “Year of Zoom and Masks.” Hardly any actual face-to-face encounters for people who weren’t on the front and back lines. A year many would as soon forget. In the midst of it all, friendships were tested. Some faded; others were strengthened. What made the... Read More

Best Summer Ever: May 21

by Neal Windham, Spiritual Formation Pastor Scripture “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” –... Read More

Best Summer Ever: May 20

by Neal Windham, Spiritual Formation Pastor Scripture “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” – John... Read More

Best Summer Ever: May 19

by Neal Windham, Spiritual Formation Pastor Scripture “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” – John... Read More

Best Summer Ever: May 18

by Neal Windham, Spiritual Formation Pastor Scripture “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” – John... Read More

Best Summer Ever: May 17

by Neal Windham, Spiritual Formation Pastor Scripture “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” - John 15:5 Abiding & Abounding The premise of John 15 is really quite simple: those who abide abound. That’s it. Disciples who remain committed to Jesus, faithfully serving him over time and in circumstances both good and bad, eventually see results. The key is remaining... Read More

Identity Theft: May 14

Scripture Jesus, speaking to the Woman at the Well: “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband.” - John 4:18 About “Indecent Conversations” She came to the well in the heat of the day, not early or late when the other women would be there, so as to avoid being seen and talked about. Gossip has a way of eating into the very fabric of your soul, after all, and she’d... Read More

Identity Theft: May 13

by Jacob Bales, Student Ministry Pastor Scripture A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.” - John 21:17 I am Peter In the summer prior to seventh grade, my dad did something bold and courageous: he got blonde tips in his hair. If you are unaware of what that is,... Read More

Identity Theft: May 12

Scripture And when he (Manasseh) prayed to him the LORD was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD is God. - 2 Chronicles 33:13 Hope for the Hopeless There are actually two accounts of Manasseh’s reign over Judah in the Bible–2 Kings 21 and 2 Chronicles 33. In the 2 Kings account, he ascends to the throne as a twelve-year old kid who follows all the detestable practices of the... Read More

Identity Theft: May 11

Scripture Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” - Genesis 32:26 Fighting with God? I love this text. Jacob is a real mess. He deceived his dad, cheated his brother, and evaded his father-in-law - quite the family man - and he’s one of the “good guys” in the Bible! (Maybe there’s hope for me, after all.) And now here he is, on the eve of an encounter with his estranged brother and 400 men accompanying him, wrestling with an angel... Read More

Identity Theft: May 10

Scripture Adam lay with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man.” Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. - Genesis 4:1-2 It’s a Family Affair What comes to mind first when you hear the name Eve ? Mother of all humanity? The first woman? Adam’s wife? I’m guessing that for many it’s that fateful encounter with a crafty snake in the garden. Forbidden fruit. The Fall.... Read More

Identity Theft: May 7

Scripture If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless. But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. – Philippians 3:4b-7 The Kingdom Comes as a Gift, Not an Achievement Sometimes our... Read More

Identity Theft: May 6

Scripture Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. “What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.” – Matthew 20:20-21 It’s a Family Affair Momma’s boys. Can’t you hear her? “How ‘bout you make James the point guard? He’s quick, can think on his feet,... Read More
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Identity Theft: May 5

by Anita Oldham Scripture As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.” The Master said,... Read More

Identity Theft: May 4

Scripture What had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like cattle. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird. – Daniel 4:33 A Parable Enacted Nebuchadnezzar was the most powerful and longest-reigning Babylonian king of his time, a capable leader but incredibly cruel. Well known for great building projects, particularly to his god,... Read More

Identity Theft: May 3

Scripture Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” - Genesis 11:4 The First Humanists? These remarks sound a lot like something you would expect to hear from people who’ve rejected God altogether and decided to rely upon themselves instead. “Let’s build ourselves a city … to make a name for ... Read More