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Inspired: Stories Of War

The antidote to hostile texts of the Bible is more Bible. As Christians we read all stories through the lens of the cross. As Rachel Held Evans describes it: If God became flesh and blood in the person of Jesus, the cross proves that “God would rather die by violence than commit it.” Jesus bore the brunt of human cruelty and remained faithful to the God of love.

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Love Languages

The church is a community that gathers “altogether in one place.”  The church is a community that opens itself up and allows the Holy Spirit to enter.  The church is filled with all kinds of people who get caught up in the power of the Spirit so that they begin dreaming dreams, big dreams, God dreams.  The church is a place where God’s dreams and visions are proclaimed.


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SermonAaron Manes
Witnesses

In the time of Jesus there was no one but this small band of committed disciples, including women like Jesus’ mother and including his brothers. In the time of Luke, there was no one but his community, which is believed by scholars to have been the poorest of the poor. These were not people gifted with power and wealth, but they were inspired by the Spirit of God. If these common people had not chosen to be witnesses, we would not be here today.

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SermonAaron Manes
Encountering God At The Table

At the table we encounter God as the host and as the meal itself. This holy meal invites us to allow God to dwell inside of us. This is a meal that we share with the risen Christ who is the host at this table where we are all welcome and who is the grace that transforms all of us into the presence of Christ in the world - the body of Christ.

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SermonAaron Manes
Encountering God In The Other

Rooted in the ancient tradition of caring for the widow, the orphan, the poor and the sojourner, hospitality is at the core of the world’s great religions.  But in a world where fear of the “other” is pronounced, how do people of faith respond to the opportunity and challenge of encountering the Outsider with a heart open to God’s presence?  

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