Coming This Sunday February 26

February 26: To be a character entails an author.  To be a creature implies a creator.  We are to God as characters are to their author and creatures to their creator.  It is inevitable that we find ourselves or feel ourselves  to be on a search for our Author.  The search itself asserts that success is possible.  Our theme for Lent is “Characters in Search of their Author.”  Join me Sunday as we explore Jesus’ encounter with the Devil in the wilderness and what the temptations revealed to Jesus about his identity as the Son of God.

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Coming This Sunday February 19

February 19: Humankind’s first domicile was a garden.  The garden was planted by God, the first gardener.  Every garden that follows in scripture, and every garden that has ever been, is on some level an imperfect copy of Eden.  The prophet Jeremiah saw gardens as a means of coping with grief.  To the grief-stricken Israelites he wrote, “Plant gardens and eat their produce.”  He foresaw solace in the creative work of gardening.  Join me Sunday as we look at the possibilities available to us for coping with grief. —Pastor Steven

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The preacher in Ecclesiastes says that to everything there is a season. He uses “seasons” and “time” interchangeably.  “Time” here is not a specific moment or “clock time.” It is an occasion that is right for something. When he speaks of a “time for laughing” he is not designating a date but the right circumstances, say a Super Bowl party, rather than the Intensive Care Unit.

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February 12: In New Testament Palestine disease was mysterious.  Well before the germ theory of disease, illness for the people Jesus encountered was never just illness.  In the first chapter of Mark, Jesus encounters a man with an unclean spirit, a woman with a fever and a leper.  What gets encoded in the diseases Jesus cured is largely left up to the reader.   Join me Sunday and revisit the story of the Lord, the leper, and the law.  It seems the scaly skin disease is rarely just leprosy in the presence of Jesus. —Pastor Steven

Coming This Sunday

February 12: In New Testament Palestine disease was mysterious.  Well before the germ theory of disease, illness for the people Jesus encountered was never just illness.  In the first chapter of Mark Jesus encounters a man with an unclean spirit, a woman with a fever and a leper.  What gets encoded in the diseases Jesus cured is largely left up to the reader.   Join me Sunday and revisit the story of the Lord, the leper, and the law.  It seems the scaly skin disease is rarely just leprosy in the presence of Jesus. —Pastor Steven

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February 5:  Have you not known? Have you not heard? The prophet addresses the affliction of spiritual amnesia in this poetic passage from Isaiah 40 that offers strength to the weary. Join us this Sunday as we remember our incomparable, tireless Creator. —Pastor Tambi

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