Holy Week

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” - John 13:34 Tonight, we begin three of the holiest days in the Christian calendar. These are the days leading up to Jesus' suffering, death, and resurrection. On Maundy Thursday, we remember Jesus' final words to his disciples as they broke bread in the Upper Room. This is the day Jesus instituted the sacrament of holy communion. This is also the day Jesus washed his disciples' feet and gave them a new command - to love & serve one another as we are loved & served by Christ. (Note: the word maundy comes from the Latin term mandatum, which means "commandment.") On Good Friday, we remember

Easter Hope

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” - Romans 8:38-39 Holy Week and Easter are right around the corner. Are you ready? Easter is much more than a historical event. The impact of Jesus’ resurrection touches every part of our lives. Easter declares that life is victorious over death. It proclaims us that hope is victorious over despair. It reminds us that – even when we’re at our worst – God’s love for us does not fail. It assures us that God’s love reigns

Finding Peace

What are you worried about today? What is the fear(s) gripping your heart? Is it concern about family or children? Is it concern for health or finances? Perhaps its the state of the economy or rumors of a possible trade war. Perhaps it's the state of our union or the state of our state. In the midst of all our reasons to worry, the apostle Paul writes: "Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice! Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Philippians 4:4, 6 Paul's advice for us as we live in our highly anxious world - rejoice, pray, find strength and solace in God. Affirm (daily) that G

Overcoming Fear

Back in the 1930s, in the midst of deep economic depression, President Franklin Roosevelt offered these words in his inaugural address. "Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance." He was speaking to people facing not only financial fear, but the fear of hunger, poverty, changes in society, changes in the world. In the face of growing anxiety, Roosevelt reminds us that fear (when blown out of proportion) is paralyzing. Fear that is not tempered by faith and hope can prevent us from living a full and free life. In the book of Isaiah, God reminds us

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