Blessed are Those Who Mourn (Psalm 23) There’s plenty to mourn about in our world. If we live long enough, we can’t escape experience of grief. In spite of the evil in our world, the struggle with own sinfulness, experience of pain & loss, we live with the promise of Jesus, we will be comforted.
Message: “Blessed are the Poor in Spirit” (Matthew 19:16-26) -- So, what is the secret to true and lasting happiness? Well, according to Jesus, it has little to do with our pleasures, possessions, and accomplishments and everything to do with hearing his words and putting them into practice.
The Message (Charita Howard): “The Priceless Value of Knowing and Experiencing Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:8-11)
A Heart of Confession (1 John 1:5—2:2) You’ve heard it said: Confession is good for the soul. Sin is real and remains a real problem for all of us. If we will confess our sins, then God, who is faithful and just, will forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
A Heart of Humility (Luke 18:9-14) Some things are better seen than heard. When it comes to being “saved,” it’s all about who we trust—i.e., we can trust ourselves or we can trust God. According to Jesus, those who “exalt” themselves will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
A Heart for Examen (Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 139:23-24; Isaiah 40:28-31) – As disciples of Christ, the lived experience of our spirituality is an exercise of reflection as we seek to discern the ways & the will of God. Examen is a process of discerning where God is & how God is at work in our lives.
A Heart for Community (Romans 12:3-8) We are a community who gather together & possess a shared life in Christ. Each one of us has been given gifts of God’s grace so that we might participate with God in the desire He has to shape us into a community that incarnates the mission & ministry of Christ.
A Heart of Friendship (John 15:9-17) The essence of “friendship” is experienced as we obey the command of Jesus to Love each other as he has loved us. Jesus’ entire life and death was an act of friendship. The good news for us is this: Jesus is not only our Lord and Savior, Jesus is also our friend.
Message: “A Heart of Hospitality” (Luke 19:1-10) – The gospel stories are salvation stories. And these stories invite us to participate with Jesus in his mission to “seek” and to “save” the lost.
Message: A Heart Full of Gratitude (Luke 17:11-19) This story of ten lepers who got healed & one leper who got saved provides an encouraging reminder for all of us to stop & say Thank you to the Lord as we find our hearts to be full of gratitude for the salvation we now know and experience in him.
Message: “The Billboard of My Life” (Ephesians 4:29--5:2) – To confess Christ is to receive a new life and to embrace a new way of living. The grace God has given us means that we can be a presence of God with each other and for our neighbors. So, what do people read on the billboard of our lives?