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The One About Skittles & Money

July 16, 2017
The Rev. Lonnie Lacy
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If we want to know God,
then we must know God
as Giver.

And if we want to know ourselves,
then we must know ourselves
as givers, too.

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Take My Yoke Upon You

July 9, 2017
The Rev. Ellen Richardson
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When we are willing to get over ourselves and to give up trying to arrange our lives around our own desires, when we are willing to release our need to be seen as wise and intelligent and in charge, and to accept the wisdom offered to infants, Jesus is there—offering the yoke made by his own hands that will bind us to him, leading us to follow the voice of the Father who graciously wills a life of abundance created for us before the beginning of time.

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Abraham & Isaac

July 5, 2017
The Rev. Lonnie Lacy
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God is always the most interesting part of the story,
and that much is certainly true today.
But let’s not ever make the mistake
of confusing “interesting”
for “simple,” or “predictable,” or “tame.”

Yes, our God is different from all other gods.
He is compassionate, not capricious.
He is merciful, not mercurial.
He is relenting, not ruthless.
But even still . . .
he is God.

“We belong to God,
but God does not belong to us.”

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When Jesus Cuts Like a Sword

June 25, 2017
The Rev. Lonnie Lacy
D

You know what?
Jesus is right:
at the end of the day,
his love is better
than any other family,
any other relationship,
any other political leanings,
any other identity,
any other club,
any other tribe
that I will ever be a part of.
His love cuts like a sword through it all,
and without reservation or condition,
declares to my hurting, selfish heart:
“YOU . . . ARE . . . MINE.”

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Yes

June 18, 2017
The Rev. Ellen Richardson
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Sometimes getting to yes is as simple as letting go of no, and finding that each and every yes—however long it takes to get there—opens us to a life of abundance and blessing beyond anything we could have asked or imagined.

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Rain Down

June 4, 2017
The Rev. Lonnie Lacy
D

On this day of Pentecost,
which was once about the giving of God’s Law
to just a select group of people,
who made up only one nation . . .
God turned everything upside down
and made it about
the giving of God’s Grace
to all people,
to every nation,
every language,
every tribe.

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Good Bye Temple

November 14, 2016
The Rev. Ellen Richardson
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Not even the destruction of the temples of our own hubris, the famine of our failure of generosity, or the earthquakes of our self-righteous rage can keep our Father from calling us back into the healing of forgiveness and grace that has been secured for us by Jesus Christ.

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Making Room

October 31, 2016
The Rev. Lonnie Lacy
D

This story is not an indictment of Zacchaeus; it’s an indictment of the people. Zacchaeus hears them grumbling, grumping, and judging, so he sheepish responds, “Lord, they’ve got me all wrong. They’re judging my book by its cover. ” To this Jesus rejoices and says, “I know. You done good, Zacchaeus. Don’t worry. I’ll see you for supper.”

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A Hard Lesson

October 23, 2016
The Rev. Ellen Richardson
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Justification did not come from purity and perfection, but from admitting a need for forgiveness; that was righteousness to Jesus. That is our hard lesson.

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Broken Things

October 16, 2016
The Rev. Lonnie Lacy
D

Over the past few weeks I’ve found myself talking with a lot of people who are struggling in one way or another. What I’ve ended up saying almost every time is, “You know what? Maybe God has you right where he wants you.”

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