A Time of Challenge

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Sermon Text: Mark 1:12-13 2 Corinthians 4:7-12, 16-18

During Lent, as we are remembering Jesus’s 40 days in the wilderness, we are also thinking about the wilderness times that we experience in life and as part of our spiritual journeys. I was talking about this sermon series with a friend that we were visiting with on Thursday and Friday, and she asked me, “what’s a wilderness time?” which made me think I should be sure everyone knows what I mean by that. When I’m talking about wilderness times, I mean those times when we’re dealing with difficulties or challenges that make us feel unsure of everything we thought we were sure of; those times when we have more questions than answers; those times when we may feel lonely and isolated; the times when God seems distant and the devil feels near; it could even be a time when we endure some kind of persecution. Sometimes it’s some event, like a divorce, or a death, or a diagnosis that sends us into the wilderness, and sometimes it’s more like a fog that just seems to descend and settle around us for a season. Like the time that Jesus spent in the wilderness, these aren’t easy times, but we can have hope because God can and God does work, even in wilderness times, to accomplish His purposes in our lives. With that in mind, in this sermon series, we are thinking about what else wilderness time is- apart from just being difficult- and last week we thought about how wilderness time is a time for learning. Today, I want to talk about how it is a time of challenge…See full sermon here

A New Kind of Family

Sermon Text:  Acts 2:42-47 & 1 Peter 2:1-10 & John 15:1-11

Family can be a wonderful thing, or not! Some families look forward to gathering together, while others dread the holidays precisely because that’s when they gather. A woman told me once that when she was growing up she dreaded every meal with her family because her father was so strict about table manners that everyone was on edge. You don’t pick your families like you do your friends. Even adoptions come with many unknowns about personalities and health and childhood traits that may blossom into success or develop into failure in the adult. All things considered, Sally and I are lucky to have the families we do. I don’t know where I’d be without the love and care of my family. How about you?...Read full sermon here (PDF)