May 4, 2015

John 15: 1-8 “All Things New”

John 15: 1-8 “All Things New”  Rev. Vicki Loflin Johnson When we experience relationship with God through Jesus Christ, we are set free to be in relationship with others. We are enabled to accept our flaws and failures because God first accepted us. We can then turn and seek to accept one another. Our relationships…

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April 27, 2015

1 John 3: 16-24 “All Things New”

1 John 3: 16-24 “All Things New”  Rev. Vicki Loflin Johnson Even the Christian heart needs reassurance. There are times when our own hearts condemn us. But “God is greater than our hearts, and knows everything.” (v. 20) When we love actively, we receive assurance and confidence through the indwelling presence of the Spirit. Thanks…

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April 20, 2015

“All Things New” Luke 24: 1-12 Jeremy Knight

“All Things New” Luke 24: 1-12    Jeremy Knight “Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”  Luke 24:39 The resurrection can all-too-often become a ‘100 pound infant’. It’s big, cumbersome, important and…

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April 6, 2015

Mark 16: 1-8 “All Things New”

Mark 16: 1-8            “All Things New”     Rev. Vicki Loflin Johnson In Mark’s gospel, everyone failed Jesus.  But God redeemed the betrayals, the weakness, the misunderstandings…and raised Him up! We don’t have to resurrect ourselves.  The power of grace overcomes all fear, doubt, and failure. The God who created us is still creating us! What…

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March 30, 2015

John 12: 2-11 “Lift High the Cross”

John 12: 1-11 “Lift High the Cross”  Rev. Vicki Loflin Johnson Out of love and gratitude, Mary of Bethany offers hospitality to her friend just before he enters Jerusalem for the last time. Unwittingly, she prepares Jesus for burial. God transformed her simple act of devotion and beauty into a symbol for all of us…

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March 23, 2015

John 12:22-30 “Lift High The Cross”

John 12:22-30 “Lift High The Cross”  Rev. Vicki Lofton Johnson The call of Easter is not just to new life–but to surrender, to loss of life that we control and manage, and to rebirth into a life that is attuned to God.  We, almost by instinct, look for every opportunity to not surrender and die…

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March 16, 2015

John 3:14-21 “Lift High The Cross” Jeremy Knight

John 3:14-21 “Lift High The Cross”  Jeremy Knight

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March 16, 2015

John 3:14-21 “Lift High The Cross”

John 3:14-21 “Lift High The Cross”  Rev. Todd Watson As we continue into our Lenten season, I am called to remind us of what Lent is about. Lent is the time, when we as a church are reminded of our own sinful nature and humanity. It is a time when we remember that we will return…

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March 9, 2015

I Corinthians 1: 18-31 “Lift High the Cross”

I Corinthians 1: 18-31    “Lift High the Cross”  Rev. Vicki Hughes We make assumptions about how God works in the world.  We look for God’s presence when there is victory–when my team wins, when my loved one gets well, when I achieve personal success.  The apostle Paul says we are looking for God in all…

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March 2, 2015

Mark 8:31-38 “Lift High the Cross”

Mark 8:31-38                         “Lift High the Cross” Rev. Todd Watson Peter’s definition of Messiah does not include rejection, pain, struggle, or death.  Neither does ours.  We want a Messiah who will make our lives easier and better.  Jesus sets the record straight.  The definition of Messiah includes suffering and death.  And since Jesus came to…

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