Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Monday, February 27, 2017
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Friday, February 24, 2017
Video taken during our Saturday evening contemporary service.
18-19 Feb 2017, Christ Mountain Top
Psalm 131 (call to worship)
Matthew 8.18-23 (kids)
1 Corinthians 4.1-21 (message)
Misfit: Clemson orange pants, Kelly green tie, yellow button down shirt
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
11-12 Feb 2017, Christ Mountain Top
Psalm 133 (call to worship)
Matthew 8.5-13 (kids)
1 Corinthians 3.1-23 (message)
Pivot point in the passage:
1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are God's servants, working together; you are God's field, God's building.
PLURAL “you” – field, building, temple
Emphasis – God’s, God’s, God’s (primary position in the clause)
Toby Keith, “I like talking about you, you, you, you …
But occasionally I want to talk about me”
Two metaphors for the people of God as a collective, the church
As individuals we are workers in the field, on the building
Word for “work” is “work together” or “co-labor”
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
(No audio or video this week.)
4-5 Feb 2017, Christ Mountain Top
Psalm 25.11-22 (call to worship, only at Open Table)
Matthew 9.9-13 (kids)
1 Corinthians 2.1-16 (message)
Moses Ole Sakuda
How to save yourself from a man-eating snake
1 Corinthians 2:7-8 But we speak God's wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
Man had been created by God that he might have life. If now, having lost life, and having been harmed by the serpent, he were not to return to life, but were to be wholly abandoned to death, then God would have been defeated, and the malice of the serpent would have overcome. . . . (19)
[God] took away his enmity against men, and flung it back and cast it upon the serpent. . . . bruising the serpent’s head (24).
Irenaeus, cited by Gustaf Aulen, Christus Victor
[Jesus] concealed himself under the veil of our nature, in order that, as happens with greedy fishes, together with the bait of the flesh the hook of the Godhead might also be swallowed, and so, through Life passing over into death, and the Light arising in the darkness, that which is opposed to Life and Light might be brought to nought (52).
Gregory of Nyssa, cited by Gustaf Aulen, Christus Victor
By Linda Bloom
Jan. 31, 2017 | HAVANA (UMNS)
... Today, by its own count, the Methodist Church in Cuba has more than 43,000 active members and a community of more than 65,000. Eighty percent of the municipalities in Cuba have a Methodist church and 98 percent have preaching locations. In addition to the more than 400 pastoral charges, there are some 1,000 missions and several thousand cell groups.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Please welcome Kim Carpenter (on the left, above) as our new director of youth ministries. Kim is a physical therapist, wife, and mother of three. She is passionate about creating a healthy community of faith for young people, introducing people to Jesus, and having fun.
The youth group (7th graders and up) will meet this Sunday night from 6:00-7:30PM with an informational meeting with the parents/guardians from 7:30-8:00. Topics for youth group include student leadership positions and naming our youth group, as well as more crazy games! Thanks!
In addition, Kim is planning a lock-in (Lord have mercy!) for Feb 18-19 (Sat-Sun).
Monday, February 6, 2017
An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said,
“Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt,
and remain there until I tell you;
for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.”
Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night,
and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod.
In the recent Christmas season, we were reminded that the infant Jesus began life as a refugee. You may recall that, last year, we collected winter clothing for Syrian refugees in camps in Turkey. Our contact in Turkey (there with the US State Department) continues to volunteer and serve in the camps. She informs us that with the recent executive order on immigration, 587 refugees who had already completed the eighteen-month screening process required for immigration to the U.S. are now in limbo, hoping to be granted an exception to the new policy. In many cases, these folks have already sold their few possessions and given up their legal status in Turkey, making their situation even more precarious than it once was. One hundred of these refugees were to have arrived in the U.S. this week. Please be in prayer for these neighbors of ours, most of whom are women and children. Local aid agencies are scrambling to find ways to assist them in this unexpected time of need and we may have an opportunity to offer practical help. As soon as I know anything specific, I will pass that along to you.
I have tremendous personal investment in welcoming and caring for immigrants. Like many of you, I am the great-grandson of immigrants on two sides of my family. I was born with citizenship in another nation (as well as US citizenship). I have helped a friend, Mohammed, study for his citizenship exams, was present as my brother and sister became citizens, and made my own citizenship vows before a district justice. Many of you have shared similar stories. I am moved with compassion to love my immigrant neighbors, wherever they are from and whatever their story. If you would like to discuss this further, I would be happy to meet.
Luke’s gospel tells us that when the scribe, wanting to justify himself, asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus responded by telling a story of one person caring for another, one “good” Samaritan caring for one Jew (Luke 10:25-37). Jesus chose the two most distant and antagonistic social and religious groups of his time to demonstrate this example of neighbor-love. Though nations have their own policies, as followers of Jesus we also recognize our common beloved humanity as those made in God’s image and purchased by the blood of Christ. In our anxious times, we are called to practical expressions of courageous love, a gift we have demonstrated time after time. It is a privilege to share in this call together.
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Thursday, February 2, 2017
No video or audio this past week. Sorry about that.
28-29 Jan 2017, Christ Mountain Top
Psalm 15 (call to worship, only at Open Table)
Matthew 4.12-23 (kids)
1 Corinthians 1.18-31 (message)
Theme word for the text: Foolish
I tried to think of examples of foolish behavior or foolish thinking in my own life. But, you know how serious and wise and calm I am. I came up with nothing. So, I asked Robin.
Before we get into that particular theme, I do want to locate the text in Paul’s debate with the church in Corinth. Again, he approaches the matter indirectly. But, he is clearly addressing an aspect of their concerns about him. He hasn’t been forceful enough in his presentation. He has been too weak. He hasn’t been eloquent enough in his preaching. He has been too foolish. They are interested in preaching with power, in words with wisdom. And, as far as their expectations are concerned, Paul has underperformed.
If you read the Paul stories in Acts, you will see that there are miracles, some really incredible ones, though not in Corinth and not in every place. And, you will see that Paul first comes to Corinth after serving in Athens, a place where Paul appeals to the philosophers of the city and finds very little response. One of the theories about Paul’s ministry in Corinth is that he deliberately avoided the appeal to philosophy, a Greek word which refers to those who “love wisdom”. In Athens, the philosophers were interested until Paul got to Jesus. In Corinth, Paul skips the prelude and goes directly to the subject: Jesus, and the cross.
Of course, a thriving church is started in Corinth, whereas there are only a handful of converts in Athens. But now the folks in that thriving church are wanting more than Jesus and the cross. They want wisdom and power. And, since Paul does not offer it, they are beginning to look elsewhere.