Our Power to be Able to Fight for Love

Matthew 11:2-5When John heard in prison what the Anointed One was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the […]

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Lean into Love

John 14:15-21 [Jesus said:] “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Abba, who will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees the Spirit nor knows the Spirit. You know the Spirit, […]

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Spirit: Audience Participation Required

John 14:8-12; 15-17; 25-27    It happens to me a lot. I’m performing in a show, a theatrical production, for the company I work for, called Without a Cue Productions. In our shows, unknowing audience members walk into a situation they probably didn’t expect. That is, if they don’t read the fine print. Our shows […]

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Progress and Purpose

Mark 1:14-20 Sometimes we see ourselves as only what others tell us, or what the world tells us. Are we just our jobs? Are we just defined by appearance? Are we meant to fit into other people’s boxes? Or, are we invited to be ourselves in a free-flowing, surprising way? Are we invited to follow […]

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Understanding Each Other’s Languages

John 7:37-39, Acts 2 Imagine this scenario: You are stranded on a remote island somewhere in the Pacific [no, not Waikiki] and you encounter another person on the island. You are overjoyed that you are not alone, except that both of you speak completely different languages and cannot understand what the other is saying. You […]

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Spiritual Quotient

John 14:15-21 There is a book that I have recommended and I’ll do it again. It is SQ 21, or Spiritual Quotient 21, by author Cindy Wigglesworth. This book really spoke to me and inspired me; I highly recommend it and would value your response to it. Ms. Wigglesworth defines spiritual quotient as: the ability […]

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Spirit Sightings Inviting Change

John 3:9-17 Identity is theme of the 40 days of Lent. Who am I? Who is Jesus? Who are my neighbors? These identity questions should stay with Christians throughout this season, and lead to growth, connection, and cooperation. The Gospel stories of the New Testament give us an opportunity to ask these questions, and then […]

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Spirit-Connected Truth-Living

John 16:12-15   Inclusive Bible I have much more to tell you, but you can’t bear to hear it now. When the Spirit of truth comes, she will guide you into all truth. She won’t speak on her own initiative; rather, she’ll speak only what she hears, and she’ll announce to you things that are to […]

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Pentecost Inside, Spirit Outside

John 14:8-17; 24-27   What is on the inside eventually shows itself on the outside. Have you seen the Pixar movie Inside Out? Many have, but just in case you missed it, Inside Out’s story revolves around a young girl named Riley, who is uprooted from her comfortable Minnesota home when she moves to the […]

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