Baptized into the Spirit

Sunday, January 7, 2018 | Epiphany Baptism of the Lord First Sunday After the Epiphany Year B Genesis 1:1-5 Acts 19:1-7 Mark 1:4-11 Click here for an audio only version. Doubtless in Paul’s mind they were not re-baptized but baptized into Christ once and for all. John himself, pointed to beyond himself, to Jesus and … [Read more…]

Quietly in the night (Christmas 2017 Message)

Nativity of the Lord Christmas Eve—Proper 1 Years ABC On the same date: Fourth Sunday of Advent Old Testament Isaiah 9:2–7 Psalm Psalm 96:1-13 New Testament Titus 2:11–14 Gospel Luke 2:1–20)   The birth of Jesus takes place without fanfare.  No billboards, no public service announcements and no blimp in the sky.  Maybe if He … [Read more…]

God does and comes to us, in all circumstances

Sunday, December 24, 2017 | Advent Fourth Sunday of Advent Year B On the same date: Nativity of the Lord, Christmas Eve Old Testament 2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16 Luke 1:46b–55 New Testament Romans 16:25–27 Gospel Luke 1:26–38   God comes to us even from the very beginning. Sometimes I think that many of us forget … [Read more…]

911 Remembered, 2017

September 11th, each year is a difficult time.  Although I personally did not have someone die during these events, I like so many others, was affected deeply, and still am.  I can tell you my exact location and my exact response initially upon hearing the devastating news.  The people that were killed that day and … [Read more…]

Spiritual Gifts: Spiritual Gifts In The Spotlight and Love Personified

Adapted from the, “Discovering God’s Vision For Your Life, You and Your Spiritual Gifts.” By Kenneth C. Haugk. Part 3 of 4. Galatians 5:22-23a (TNIV) 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 (CEV) 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (TNIV) 1 Corinthians 12:31 (NRSV) 1 Corinthians 14:1 (NRSV) 1 Corinthians 14:39 (CEV) 1 Corinthians 12:28 (CEV) Ephesians 4:11 (CEV) 1 Corinthians 13:1-7, … [Read more…]

Spiritual Gifts: What Makes Me Unique and Unwrapping Your Gifts Package

Adapted from the, “Discovering God’s Vision For Your Life, You and Your Spiritual Gifts.” By Kenneth C. Haugk. Part 2 of 4. 1 Corinthians 12:11 (NCV) Ephesians 4:7 (ESV) 1 Peter 4:10 (NCV) Romans 12:4-6a (MESSAGE) 1 Corinthians 12:1, 12, 14, 18-20 (TNIV) Ephesians 4:16 (NRSV) 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (NRSV) 1 Corinthians 12:7 (NRSV) 1 … [Read more…]

Spiritual Gifts: What Does God Want Me to Do with My Life? & Who Am I?

Adapted from the, “Discovering God’s Vision For Your Life, You and Your Spiritual Gifts.” By Kenneth C. Haugk. Part 1 of 4. Ephesians 4:11a (NRSV) Ephesians 4:12-13 (NRSV) Matthew 5:13a (NRSV) Matthew 5:14a (NRSV) Matthew 7:7-11 (NRSV) Romans 12:6a (NRSV) 1 Peter 4:10 (NRSV)   Click here for the audio only version.   Module 1, … [Read more…]

Let it Go

Sunday, July 9, 2017 | After Pentecost Proper 9 Year A New Testament Romans 7:15–25a Gospel Matthew 11:16–19, 25–30 Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2009). For an audio only version, click here.