Water, Light, Spirit…BEGIN!

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Water is essential for life. Without water, we die. Without water, there is no life. Period. Look around the world right now and you’ll notice that there are far too many people who struggle to survive…because they don’t have access to drinking water. 844 million people don’t have clean water. (WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring […]

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Wholeness as a Lifestyle

Luke 3:1-6 NRSV Luke’s Gospel has a lot of stuff in it that seems to relate to OT prophets. Makes sense. I mean, Luke is the only Gospel that goes into so much detail about how John the Baptizer’s life was foretold by prophets, so was Jesus’ birth, and oh by the way, a prominent […]

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Dare to Serve

Mark 10:35-45 Question of the day: Who was one of the most effective leaders you have ever encountered? Go ahead—think about him/her. Now name some of his/her characteristics. Okay, now examine those characteristics. How many of them are related to strength, certainty, might, power, and authority? And how many characteristics are related to humility and […]

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Still Speaking and Water Still Flowing

Matthew 3:13-17 Baptism stories are always fun to tell because if you think about it, what is stranger, funnier, or more awkward than dressing up someone in white clothes, sprinkling water on his/her head and rubbing it into his/her hair while people stare? Or, if you come from another tradition, what is odder than dunking […]

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