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Category archive: Pastor’s Blog

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…

A Prayer for a New Year

A prayer for the New Year: A blank slate, a fresh page, a perfectly empty canvass . . .2017. Good God, thank you for new beginnings. Without second chances, none of us would stand a chance. As the calendar extends your grace to us, help us extend such grace to each other. Let us leave…

Christmas Homily

“Two Stories” Luke 2:1-14 Rev. Dr. Dawn Darwin Weaks First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Odessa TX The story of Christmas is really two stories, happening at the same time. The first story perhaps seems quite familiar. A young, pregnant woman and her fiancé, both devoted Jewish people, travel to the husband’s hometown.  While they…

A Christmas Eve prayer

Great Giver, Merciful and Mighty God, Our hearts are full this night. Full of gratitude, for your grace upon grace, gratitude for the gift of another Christmas Eve. Our hearts are full of praise, for you have kept all your promises and come to be with us in Jesus Christ. Our hearts are full of…

Ready for Baby

read: “While they were there, the time came for Mary to have her baby.” -Luke 2:4 reflect: Have you ever been involved with a birth? You can do absolutely nothing but that birth. If you’re in the room, you’re timing for the next push. If you’re the waiting family, you’re pacing and praying. If you’re…

Advent Love

Read: “Produce fruit that shows you have changed your hearts and lives. And don’t even think about saying to yourselves, Abraham is our father. I tell you that God is able to raise up Abraham’s children from these stones. The ax is already at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce…

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