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May 5, 2018

Title: Playing with the thougth: "The heart has its reasons of which Reson knows nothing."

We continue in our celebration of the Resurrection. Our text for this week is John 20:24-29. We have looked at different Resurrection encounters of Christ. This week we explore Doubting Thomas. Thomas seems to represent the modern man who is skeptical of truth claims that have not been independently verified and scientifically analyzed. How do we know the truth? Are we just lone individuals trying to discover the meaning of life? Or does community shape us? Blaise Pascal said, “The heart has its reasons of which Reason knows nothing.” Plan to be with us as we play with this thought.

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Title: Road to Emmaus

We are celebrating the season of Resurrection! They had pinned all their hopes on this Jesus who was mighty in word and deed, and now their leader was pinned on a Roman torture stake. The long road home was no stroll in the park. “Why so downcast, oh my soul?” Maybe we aren’t that different from these disciples. We all live by certain narratives that long for a happy ending. And we all have those painful moments where it seems that our story-lines collapse. But then a stranger steps in and speaks into the chaos (much like God in Genesis bringing function to the mayhem). Join us we explore the Road to Emmaus in Luke 24. 

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Title: Clinging to the Way it used to Be

Easter is a season in the life of the church that moves us toward Ascension and Pentecost. The message of Easter can’t be communicated in a day. It takes a season. So this week we want to explore a story found in John 20:1-18. Mary mistakes Jesus for the gardener (and in one sense she is correct). When her eyes are opened, she clings to Jesus. Jesus then has one of those famous enigmatic statements. He tells her, “Stop clinging to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.” What are we to make of this utterance? Plan to be with us as we examine the spiritual discipline of "letting go" in a study called -- Clinging to the Way it used to Be.

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Title: Save Us - Finding your hosanna

This week we will be asking the question: What does it mean to shout Hosanna, save us?  How does Jesus answer this cry?  How does He confound our expectations?  We will find ourselves in the Palm Sunday crowd and look at how the politics of power, creature comforts, and religious rigor all cause us to miss the suffering king. This week's message is entitled: Save Us--Finding your hosanna
 

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Title: Resurrection Celebration

Our Resurrection celebration helps us enter into a moment in time that defines all time for Christians.

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Title: Christ, Be Everything

We are making our way through Lent and heading towards Holy Week. Our passage from the Gospels is John 12:20-33. One of the other passages given us for this week is Hebrews 5:5-10. This Hebrews passage reminds us that “He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation” and that “He learned obedience through what he suffered.” Christ is the great High Priest who grasps all the struggles and chaos of life. He knows how to walk beside us as we “walk gently on this good earth.” This Saturday is St. Patty’s day, and the prayer of St, Patrick, known as the “Breastplate Prayer,” reminds us of these truths. Plan to be with us as we explore these ideas in a study called: Christ, Be Everything

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Title: Can I get a Witness?

We are in the fourth week of Lent, and our text for this week is John 3:14-21. So obviously this section of John contains the most famous passage in all of Scripture -- John 3:16. For most people John 3:16 is the "go to" evangelism text. We see it and think -- gospel in a nutshell. What hidden treasures lie in this over-familiar territory? What aspects of the gospel does this text present us that we might use to introduce a person to Christ? Our study this week is called: Can I get a Witness?

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Title: Business as Usual

This is the third week of Lent and our passage for the evening is John 2:13-25. The story we are exploring is usually referred to as: Jesus cleansing the Temple, but that is not exactly what is happening. Is this a story about Jesus losing His cool and demonstrating impulsive anger? Or might Jesus be reenacting a drama script from the Prophet Jeremiah? Plan to be with us as we examine Jesus creatively using guerrilla theatre to predict the end of the old and herald the beginning of the new. Our study this week is called: Business as Usual.

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Title: Why Jesus doesn't want any more followers (JESUS as SENSEI)

We are closely following the Christian calendar this year for the season of Lent, and our text for this week is Mark 8:31-38. This is a very familiar passage that we tend to speak about in general terms -- basic discipleship. We want to take some time to bring these thoughts to another level by examining specifically what it might mean to "deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me” in the area of enemy love. What does it mean to practice Jesus’ teachings in this regard? At the end of the day, what is a Christian? Plan to be with us as we explore apprenticeship to Jesus and love of enemy in a study called: Why Jesus doesn’t want any more followers (JESUS as SENSEI).

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Title: The lost message of Jesus

We were marked on Ash Wednesday, and this will be our first gathering in this season of Lent. The Christian calendar gives us the Gospel passage for this week: Mark 1:9-15. After Jesus' baptism and wilderness training, He emerges preaching the gospel of the kingdom. What if the stories we tell are too small? What if the gospel story is truer, better, and more beautiful than we have imagined?  Jesus seemed to teach Christianity as a life, not merely a secure death. Which means that eternal life - abundant life - begins here on earth as we follow the kingdom way of Jesus. Our study for this first week of Lent is called: The lost message of Jesus.

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