Four children and youth from our congregation were baptized during a worship service held at the North River, and another of our adult covenant partners renewed her baptism vows. Watch highlights from the day.
Category Archives: Discipleship
A bunch of our regular groups are starting up again in September, so it’s an ideal time to jump in to grow and connect with each other.
If God is love, and if love never fails, then we are left with a wonderful promise: Our Father will never fail.
That word love always makes you think of romantic ideals, happy things, joyous moments. Here in I Corinthians 13:7, though, Paul throws in a word that seems out of place.
Let us be honest with ourselves. When something bad happens to someone you do not like or to an enemy, have you ever thought or said, “this person is getting what he or she deserves. I am glad that this has happened?” When you have these kinds of thoughts, you delight in evil.
We live in a sports-obsessed world where winning, getting our fair share, demanding our “rights” and looking out for ourselves is justified, even admired. Our fortunes — or at least our attitudes — often hinge on whether or not our teams win or whether our perceived needs and wants are fulfilled. But winning is not love and neither is the pride or justification in winning — or even in being right.
Imagine being able to see what the disciples saw when they were with Jesus. Imagine the walks, the conversations, the teaching, the adventures. To be honest it is hard for me to imagine but I occasionally put myself in the sandals of the disciples as I read the gospels. I know that scripture is living and want to live it in a way that honors Christ.
Recently one of our visiting clergy at the Hahn Cancer Center made a comment that stuck with me. He said “Instead of being on Facebook, you should have your Face in The Book.” Now I don’t know if he made that up or he heard it somewhere but it made an impression on me.
We are excited to offer a United Marriage class to couples who want to make their marriages even better. What makes this class different from anything you’ve probably ever experienced is that the material and the classroom dynamics motivate couples to do far more than complete assignments.
I Corinthians 13:1-7 is one of those passages that I have heard and read so often that I probably do not really listen to the words as I should, if in fact I ever did. Maybe you aren’t like me… hopefully you aren’t. I chose to reflect on the first part of verse 4. Or maybe God chose it for me because I needed to understand it and apply it to my life in a new way.