Waiting for our Master to come home

June 2, 2013 – Luke 12:35-48 – David Hanke

Investing Wisely

May 26, 2013 – Luke 12:13-34 – Liz Gray

Damaged

“I want to have my collection of masks, and I don’t even want to let anyone know what other masks I have.”  A friend in small group was being brutally honest about his proclivity towards hypocrisy.  I admired his vulnerability because I have quite my array of masks that I am learning to recognize and to surrender.

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I am damaged and I don’t want you to know
Under bandages are wounds I’ll never show
I dress them well before you come around
And they’re wrapped up till you go
Cause I am damaged and I don’t want you to know

There are many pictures hung up on my wall
And I have let you think that you have seen them all
But I take some down before you come around
It’s propaganda, yeah I know
But I am damaged and I don’t want you to go

Read the inside and you’ll find some rotten boards
So I paint the outside with only major chords
And I won’t lie, but I’ll hide things
In the basement down below
Cause I am damaged and I don’t want you to know
Yes I am damaged and I don’t want you to know

As the Gospel reading from Sunday points out, “Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.”  This truth is both terrifying and relieving – terrifying because I am still afraid of letting people down yet relieving because deception is both hard and loveless work.

Almighty God, to you our hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid.  Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit that we may worship you and worthily magnify your holy name through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

(lyrics by Fiction Family…go to the blog on the church’s website to hear the actual song)

The Work of the Spirit

May 19, 2013 – Luke 12:1-12 – Clay Morrison

A Pharisee’s God Badge

I sat with the other guys in my small group at Metro 29 Diner early Tuesday morning thinking about the passage from Luke 11 that David preached on, and I was blown away by how easy it is for me to create systems of hierarchy to make myself feel important.  Jesus said, “You [do the morally impressive stuff for all to see] and neglect justice and the love of God…You have taken away the key of knowledge.  You did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering.”  And God gave me this.

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Put the God badge down
And love someone
Put your God badge down
And love someone
Let it free your soul
The world never was and never will be in your control
Put your God badge down
And love someone

Unlock your heart
And love someone
Unlock your heart
And love someone
There is no us or them
There’s only folks that you do or don’t understand
Unlock your heart
And love someone

You’re not your own idea
And neither was this town
Love alone was yours to carry
You could lay your gavel down
You could lay your gavel down

Let Him light your path
And love someone, yeah
Let Him light your path
And love someone
You’re not the jury or the judge
Quit acting out the fear that you call love
Put your God badge down
And love someone

I have struggled to the point of tears with this song, and I have kept wanting to pick up my gavel so that I could control something.  But I have not yet figured out how to love well enough to have my justice for the average person be an extension of God’s love.

Lord, help me to love others the way you have loved me…with mercy and wisdom beyond my ability.

– matt

(song by Fiction Family)

Something Greater

May 5, 2013 – Luke 11:14-36 – David Hanke

Eggs or Scorpions?

April 28, 2013 – Luke 10:38-11:13 – Erin Bair

The Good Samaritan

April 21, 2013 – Luke 10:25-37 – Bishop John Guernsey

Setting our face to follow

April 14, 2013 – Luke 9:51-62 – David Hanke

Waiting for the Promise

April 7, 2013 – Luke 24:36-49 – David Hanke

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