Living with Peace

Peace is a gift given to us and we must learn to live it out. This gift of peace is not found in the world, it is not found through the world’s ways of seeking peace. The world can not give us this kind of peace because it doesn’t have it. The dictionary definition of peace is freedom from disturbance; tranquility. God’s peace exceeds this definition God’s peace exists in the disturbance, in the chaos,…

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Living with Hope

In this season of Advent, lets make a change in how we talk, what we say about ourselves. Speak life not death – Instead of saying “I am getting old” get in agreement with Isaiah 40:31and confess My strength is renewed! I will run and not grow weary I will walk and not be faint! Instead of saying “I can’t remember anything” get in agreement with 1 Cor 2:16 and confess I have the mind…

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Inherently Good: Seeing As God Sees

In God’s vision, sin is not the foundational truth about us, goodness is! We were created in the image of God! When we sit in prayer with God and experience hearing Him, we soon realize that we don’t hear the voice of a harping, dissatisfied parent who is constantly correcting us but rather we hear the voice of One who knows and loves us already -as we are!We are the object of God’s loving gaze,…

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Inherently Good: Hearing God

God speaks to us in a still small voice, a quiet calm in our spirit, with a sense of peace and overwhelming love. Trouble is the world and all the voices in it are so loud, unless we are concentrating, we miss hearing God … God speaks to us, He speaks below the chaos and the clutter in a constant calm way. Those closest to God may hear Him first – we get close by…

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Inherently Good: Home is Where The Healing Is

Have you ever been to someone’s place that makes you feel at home? It is different than feeling welcome – feeling welcome has more to do with the hospitality of your host. But to feeling at home has a stronger sense of belonging and love and acceptance. We can welcome Christ into our lives but to let Jesus be at home there is a greater matter. The more we grow to trust Jesus the more…

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Inherently Good: God, Where Are You?

So where is God when we suffer? God is with you in your suffering. God is compassionate and compassion means “to suffer with” – whether your feelings can detect God or not – He is there!! Jesus said so Matt 28:20 I am with you always, to the end of the age. We trust in those words, this is the substance of our faith!

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Inherently Good: Why Does God Let Us Sin?

This planet is a mess! Society is a mess! Many families are a mess!And it’s all God’s fault!! Why does God let us sin? A few weeks ago, you heard the scripture recounting the time in the garden when Eve and Adam made a fateful decision to listen to the deceiver and trust his word over God. Countless people have asked the question – “Why did God even put the tree there in the first…

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Inherently Good: Invitation into Wholeness

In the beginning we were created good and we lived aware of goodness but through free will we chose wrong and we became sin conscience. God invites us to exercise our free will again and chose His wholeness. Godly wholeness is becoming a life artist, where we see our flaws and failures as learning experiences in the fabric of life; where we find meaning in the mundane; where we embrace our gifts and our challenges…

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Inherently Good: And It Was Good!

Great news! You aren’t evil!! Often the message given to us is that we are bad people learning to be good. I have heard messages saying that our true nature is wicked. But the passage I read this morning refutes that!Secular research has also found that people are inherently good!I love when science proves the scriptures! God said we are very good! After all we are made in God’s image and God is good!

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Zion 126 Anniversary: Created for Community

One thing this congregation is good at – and has been good at for 126 yrs is community. Just listen at the start of a service, the conversation, the laughter, the connection. The stories that are told show this place treasures community. But the other part that is very important that you do well is welcome new people into your community. God created us to be in community!

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