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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…

Body Pump

“I’m sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus. I have good reason to think this way about all of you because I keep you in my heart. You are all my partners in God’s grace, both…

More Light for All

Jesus said, “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” –John 12:46 My friend Sarah Lund wrote a book about her experience being a Christian dealing with mental health struggles in her family. It’s called Blessed Are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence…

New Year, New Routes, New People, New Allegiances, New God!

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the territory of Judea during the rule of King Herod, magi came from the east to Jerusalem. They asked, ‘Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We’ve seen his star in the east, and we’ve come to honor him.’” -Matthew 1:1,2 We’re almost to Epiphany. Epiphany is…

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