12/14/14 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

Sermon Notes The Glorious Disruption of the entering Savior, Lk 1:26-38 I Often thought my work was being interrupted- Until I discovered my interruptions were my work… Henri Nouwen They are going to ruin the grass Angels bring Disruption Jesus and the Gospel bring disruption Who is in Control Embrace the Disrupter  Intergenerational Question What…

12/11/2014–A Second Look

Mark 8:1-38 Somehow the idea of love at second sight isn’t that exciting. Movies, books, and songs are built on instant attraction. There’s a reason we sing “Just one look/that’s all it took” and not “we met multiple times and developed a slow and deep friendship that grew romantically until it led into a lifelong…

12/8/14 – Mark 6

note:  I’m taking a short break from blog writing, as I’ve got a few other projects right now.  Feel free to read last week’s post, or just talk to me, if you’d like to learn more.  Here’s the text for today, in the Message.  Enjoy!     He left there and returned to his hometown….

12/7/14 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

Sermon Notes John’s Prologue Fruit Categories: Citrus, berry, drupe, and pome Jesus Categories- Fully God and Fully Human John’s Prologue Incarnation We know God better We know better what it means to live fully human Communion Intergenerational Question When do you long for light? Branching Out Read John 1:1-14. The word is a way of…

12/03/2014 – One Day In Capernaum

Mark 2:1-28 Which is easier to say to the paralyzed man?  “Your sins are forgiven” or “get up, take your mat, and walk.” Both are easier to say than to put into action.  I have always known the right answer; since the first time I heard this scripture…It’s harder to forgive sin.  However, I’m recognizing…

12/1/14 – Writing about other things for a few weeks.  

  Friends,   I’m afraid I’m going to have to take a break from writing the blog for a few weeks. I will be back as soon as I possibly can, but I’ve got two things going on which are taking up all the energy I have to give towards writing. I would love to…

11/30/14 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

Sermon Notes- The First Disciple Mark 1:1-8 Rooted Memory Verse- Mark 1:1 John the baptizing one Prepare the way A Baptism of Repentance and Forgiveness Simple Prophet He points to Jesus The First Disciple Intergenerational Question Who in your life pointed you to Jesus?  Branching Out Read Mark 1:1. This verse sets the tone for…

11/28/14 – Puzzling out Proverbs 31

Pop quiz! A. What’s the longest word you can type, using only the top row of letters on a standard QWERTY keyboard? (Hint: it’s ten letters long.) B. Too easy? Okay, what word contains all of the vowels (A, E, I, O, U, and Y) exactly once, and in order? C. “May I have a…

As iron sharpens iron…

11/26/14-Proverbs 27-30-As iron sharpens iron… I’ve always found the book of Proverbs a difficult one to study. In its pages, in apparently random order, we find wise sermons,  beautiful poetry, advice (some of it unbelievably banal) and a wicked wit. The sayings don’t seem to be organized in any recognizable fashion. Many are eminently forgettable,…

11/24/14 – Welcome to Proverbs!  

  Proverbs 19 – Proverbs 22   This is the Proverb of Matthew, son of Michael, son of Emmett, who is not a poet, prophet or king, just as his father and his father’s father are not poets, prophets or kings. This proverb has been written, not so that you would read it as you…