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The Armor of God

Posted By on Aug 26, 2018

August 26, 2018 – Pastor Debbie Allen Ephesians 6:10-20   This passage from the letter to the Ephesians is challenging, not because it makes reference to the forces of cosmic darkness.  That in itself is a daunting concept when taken seriously.  But the bigger problem is the way in which this passage has been interpreted throughout history and used to justify actions that are anything but the intention of the author of...

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Posted By on Aug 19, 2018

August 19, 2018 – Pastor Teressa Sivers Ephesians 5:15-20   “Make the most of every living and breathing moment!” Amen! Make the most of every living and breathing moment. What Paul literally says to the church, the Body of Christ, the ekklesia (Greek for gathered community, what we translate as ‘church’), is “Make the most of the time.” And not just any ‘time,’ God’s time. We have a complicated relationship with time. Time...

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Keeping Company

Posted By on Aug 12, 2018

August 12, 2018 – Pastor Teressa Sivers Ephesians 4:25-5:2   Many of you know the little finger game about the church. I learned it as a child. I can’t say exactly when, it seems I have always known it. It goes like this (see image). Here is the church, Here is the steeple, Open the doors, and see all the people. I see many of you do know this little game. However, I am very sorry to have to tell you, according to New...

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The Bread and Cup of Love

Posted By on Aug 5, 2018

August 5, 2018 – Pastor Teressa Sivers 1 John 4:7-21 (CEB)   This is the Table of Holy Communion. Here we embody our faith. Here we enact our spiritual journey. Here we practice what we will live day-to-day. Jesus knew that living his way day after day after day would be hard, but putting all the details for this holy living into words was impossible. And so, Jesus gifted us with ritual…with symbolic action. He gifted us...

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Glorious Diversity

Posted By on Jul 29, 2018

July 29, 2018 – Pastor Teressa Sivers Genesis 11:1-9 (The Voice)   In the 1980s there was a phenomenon called the Cola Wars. It was started by Pepsi Cola through an advertising campaign called “The Pepsi Challenge.” Pepsi would set up booths in malls, shopping centers, and on sidewalks where people could engage in a blind taste test between Pepsi and Coke, to see which was better tasting. And as it would happen, in the...

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I’m Here. Send Me.

Posted By on Jul 22, 2018

July 22, 2018 – Pastor Teressa Sivers Isaiah 6:1-8 (CEB)   “In the year of King Uzziah’s death…” That little segment of the opening sentence of our reading is easy to overlook. In moments we are caught up, swept away, in Isaiah’s wild vision. There is a throne, and the hem of God’s robe filling the space. There are these winged creatures flying about, and most translations of the passage don’t want to completely translate...

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