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Shameless Audacity

Jesus also said to them, “Imagine that one of you has a friend and you go to that friend in the middle of the night. Imagine saying, ‘Friend, loan me three loaves of bread because a friend of mine on a journey has arrived and I have nothing to set before him.’ Imagine further that…

Believe or Trust

Jesus came into Galilee announcing God’s good news, saying, “Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust/believe this good news!” -Mark 1:15 Is there a difference between believing and trusting? The gospel writers use a Greek word, pisteuō, that can be translated as “believe” or “trust.” Two weeks ago Pastor…

Listening

“Call to me and I will answer you, and reveal to you marvelous secrets you never would have known.” -Jeremiah 33:3 Prayer is conversation with God. But my conversations get very one-sided. It’s mostly me talking and God listening. Growing in our prayer life means growing in our skill at listening to God as well…

Prayer of Examen

Lent is a time of intentional spiritual formation in the way of Jesus. You are invited to use the prayer of examen, an ancient prayer that can help us listen to God’s voice in our daily lives. It is intended to be prayed at the end of the day. Here’s a guide: The Prayer of…

Humility

Maintaining humility can be like holding a pool of water in your hands—elusive. There is a complex mix of embracing how God blesses and lifts you up, and how God reminds us to consider ourselves lifted up above others. In the the stories of Jesus’ interactions, much is made about sources of honor and situations…

Giving Something Up

  “I consider everything a loss in comparison with the superior value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have lost everything for him, but what I lost I think of as sewer trash, so that I might gain Christ and be found in him.” -Philippians 3:8   Barbara Brown Taylor writes, “In a culture of…

The Security Guard

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. -Luke 6:38 Yesterday we offered ashes in seven locations across our city. When we began this two years ago,…

Happy? Ash Wednesday

“I have indeed spoken about things I didn’t understand,     wonders beyond my comprehension. My ears had heard about you,     but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore, I relent and find comfort     in dust and ashes.” -Job 42:2-3 It’s such a weird and wonderful day. It’s Ash Wednesday, when Christians receive a cross drawn…

Teachers the Miracle-Workers

Pastor Dawn wrote this column last week for our local newspaper, the Odessa American, to encourage our public schools: Our Texas public schools do so much, from feeding malnourished children to inspiring gifted students to excel on college prep tests. Right now they are doing it all with less, after 5.4 billion dollars in budget…

Good News

Our congregation is celebrating “Good News” with our current sermon series on the first chapter of Mark’s gospel. Mark says that Jesus came proclaiming the good news of God, which is that “the kingdom of God has come near!” (Mark 1:15)  What does the kingdom of God look like? According to Mark’s first chapter, it…

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