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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Letters of John: Faithfulness

We have all likely heard the adage “lead by example”. That is what Gaius is doing in the third letter of John. John commends his actions and calls them faithful and walking in the truth. Being faithful is really about setting a consistently good example for others. That example is our testimony to them.

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Letters of John Walking

Just as we have the same identify in Christ the church also has the same mission: To walk in love. It isn’t enough for the body of Christ to believe but we must exercise our belief through love. Jesus said “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34 Love…

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Letters of John Overcomers

The Bible tells us that we are overcomers, victors. Our place is on victory ground because of the work of Jesus. Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world (John 16:33)” When we are in Christ – child of God – we stand with Him on the ground He won. We defeat the world’s schemes by standing in victory not fighting for it.

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