‘Building a Bigger Table” 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

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Our job as Christians is to share that message of grace. It is to break down barriers and let the world know that your class, your wealth, your status, your ethnicity, your background, none of that is what defines you. None of that can keep you away from God. What ultimately defines you is the fact that you are beloved by God. You are beloved by God so much that God came into our world and died and rose again for you.

“A Crazy New Message” 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

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The message of the cross is strange. It is a message of foolishness to those who believe they have made themselves to be wise and worthy. But it is also a message of hope for those who have been called hopeless. It is a message of value and worth for those who have been called nothing. It is a message of strength for those who have been told they are too weak. It is a message of life for those who have only seen death.

Early on the First Day John 20:1-18

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Easter is not just a story about Jesus. It is about humanity and about all of us. As Mary is about to go off and tell the rest of the disciples that Christ is alive, Jesus tells her one last thing: “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” In that one phrase, Jesus is telling Mary you are now included with me in everything. This moment, this Resurrection, it’s not just for me. It’s for you. It is for all of you.

Bad Religion Matthew 21:2-17

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As we journey this week towards Calvary, may we not worry so much about religion and labels and who is in and who is out. May we not worry if we don’t know all the traditions and rituals and rules perfectly. Instead, let us reflect on the reason God’s house was built in the first place, the reason this house was built, the reason this community was built – to meet God, to know God’s love, and to shine that love as a light to all people.

“Never Forgotten” Judges 19:22-30

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Jesus came into this world knowing the horrors of it, knowing its pain and trouble. Jesus did this, not because it was comfortable or easy, but because Jesus wanted to redeem it and make it whole again. Because Jesus loves you that much. Because no one is left out of God’s story.

The God Who Sees Genesis 16:1-14

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In our world, it can be so tempting to rush on by people, to look past our neighbor, or even worse, to look down upon them. It comes out of our busyness. It comes out of our fear. It comes out of our own wondering whether anyone actually sees us. But in our lives where we are constantly rushing, these words from Hagar should give us pause. For God came to the wilderness. God saw the person, and not just the slave. God called her by name. The God we serve is El-Roi, the God who sees.

Exiled, But Not Abandoned Genesis 3

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Whatever your story is, whatever wrong you may have done, whatever pain you know, whatever mess and brokenness surrounds you, you aren’t alone. The one who made you, the one who sees you, the one who knows you better than you know yourself, will be by your side.

Whatever your story is, whatever wrong you may have done, whatever pain you know, whatever mess and brokenness surrounds you, you aren’t alone. The one who made you, the one who sees you, the one who knows you better than you know yourself, will be by your side.

Whatever your story is, whatever wrong you may have done, whatever pain you know, whatever mess and brokenness surrounds you, you aren’t alone. The one who made you, the one who sees you, the one who knows you better than you know yourself, will be by your side.

Whatever your story is, whatever wrong you may have done, whatever pain you know, whatever mess and brokenness surrounds you, you aren’t alone. The one who made you, the one who sees you, the one who knows you better than you know yourself, will be by your side.

Whatever your story is, whatever wrong you may have done, whatever pain you know, whatever mess and brokenness surrounds you, you aren’t alone. The one who made you, the one who sees you, the one who knows you better than you know yourself, will be by your side.

Hope in a Hopeless Place Jonah 3:1-10

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The story of Jonah invites us to have hope. It invites us to have hope in ourselves. It reminds us even when we sin, even when we hurt others and hurt our relationship with God, even when we wonder what value do I have, God still says back to us, “You are made in my image. You are made for good. That goodness is still there in you.”