Sunday, September 25, 2011

At Our Best

Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 Ten commandments
Matthew 7:24-29 The one who hears these words and acts on them

What does it take to be at our best? And what difference does it make in our lives; in the lives of the people with whom we share life? In the life of the world? We are given the wisdom and direction that is needed -- and the choice to live it out or not -- our choice!

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Manna Management

Exodus 16:2-15 Bread from heaven
Matthew 6:25-33 The birds of the air

We live in a world that is obsessed with "security", yet our anxiousness only makes us less secure. In the wilderness, Moses' people learned a new way of security, based on trust instead of storage. Jesus taught his followers to see God's care for all creation. Today, we are still learning that we have everything we need for the fullness of life for which we all long and which is God's purpose for all.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Liberation Power

Exodus 14:19-31 Crossing the sea
Exodus 15:1-18 Song of Moses

The story of the Exodus defines life as emergence from captivity which can be understood in a myriad of ways. In what ways are we captive ourselves? With whom do we feel called to stand in solidarity in their freedom struggle? How is the church called to be a channel of God's liberating power in the world?

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Soul Survivor

Exodus 12:1-14 The passover
Romans 13:8-10 Love for one another
Matthew 18:15-20 Reproving one who sins

Behind the legalistic sound of the story of the passover lies a celebration of life emerging from disaster and captivity. Even though in a different form, we live in a world of disaster and captivity still today -- emotional and spiritual, as well as physical. And so we also look to our faith for a way to cultivate true life and the strength and wisdom to follow. What brings life to fullness for you?

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