Sunday, October 30, 2011

Occupy Basileia

1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 Lead a life worthy of God
Matthew 23:1-12 The greatest one will be the servant

Paul pleads with the people of Thessalonia to lead a life worthy of God. What does a life worthy of God look like? Have we become preoccupied with things that are not important? Are we simply preaching the gospel of God or are we living it? In our day to day decisions are we carrying the load so as not be a burden on others? Or are we like the Pharisees placing heavy burdens on others? The movement has begun are you occupied or ready to occupy? And where will you choose to occupy?

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Holy Love

Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18 Ritual and holiness
Matthew 22:34-46 The greatest commandment

Holiness, Torah, justice and love come together in these biblical teachings from Matthew and Leviticus. Justice and love are the way to live holiness. And justice is no more that "love writ large". Love is also the focal point of torah. It is all about living according to the direction of the Spirit. All of this is so practical and rooted in real every-day life.

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

We Are Not Alone

Exodus 33:12-23 Moses' intercession
Matthew 9:35--10:4 Harvest is plentiful

The Exodus series over the past few weeks has taken us with the Hebrew people from their bondage in Egypt to the promise of a new life. It is a time of wilderness, a time of hope and promise, a time of jouneying where we have never been before. The message this moringing will be in dialogue form, with Karen Bridges and Jim Allan reflecting together on Robertson-Wesley's exodus journey: the promise and the challenge.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Turn Around - Hearts Transformed

Exodus 32:1-14 The Golden Calf
Philippians 4:4-9 Rejoice in the Lord always

Today is a day to give thanks, but not simply for all that we have. The scriptures today remind us that our actions have consequences, like the Israelites there are times when we become restless and begin to doubt that God is truly with us. At times we fall victim to the allure of success and possessions, but Moses and Paul remind us that if we repent, if we turn around and walk in a different direction, if we turn back to God, our hearts and our lives will be transformed - we will experience peace. What new direction awaits you - awaits this congregation?

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