From Pastor Karl

From Pastor Karl (60)

The restrictions of fears and the constrictions of hopelessness have met the freedom & flow of the resurrection. 

Living in the glow of the emptiness of the cross and tomb provide for the fullness of living out the joy of the resurrection. 

Welcome to the Resurrection lifestyle where restrictions and constrictions of life are loosed to the freedom and flow of the resurrection. 

"For l delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures!" 

 - St Paul (1 Co 15:3–4)
Palm Sunday is usually about, well, palms.
 

Palms waving...palms serving to create a well covered pathway...lots of palms frons...

However, this Palm Sunday could be mis-named Donkey Sunday because our call to servanthood is to follow the donkey...
 

Yup, follow the donkey on which Jesus rides through the streets of Bethany and Jerusalem; past cheering children and pouting Pharisees...

You'll discover Jesus' idea of reigning has more to do with servanthood than it does with authority, power or jurisdiction...

If you'll follow the donkey through some dark places, through some scary places, you'll arrive at a place of Light and peace...

But all we need to do right now is...follow the donkey on which Jesus rides...

C'mon and walk with me through this week... 
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 13:15

Hope when our appetites devour us

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Here's some ridiculous rhetorical questions.

Have you ever eaten too much?

Have you ever had too much to drink?

Have you ever taken medications when you really didn't need to? Shouldn't have?

How about shopping/impulse purchases - to the point of carrying debt on a high interest credit card?

You and I both know is these are ridiculous only because the likely, honest answer to all of these "appetite questions" is, "Yes, of course."

Tonight's final Lent Wednesday addresses how the Lord addresses us when our appetites become addictions and devour us.The story from Luke 15.11f is about a son whose reckless appetites devoured him. Jesus tells the story of a long journey home with a surprise ending.

His story's ending is - or can be - ours!

Yes...there is hope when we're the ones to blame; when we did it to ourselves; when our appetites got carried away.

Jesus tells a story about a Dad who is Our Father, who provides "hope" - even when our appetites devour us!

See you at 7p in the sanctuary for some sanctuary from, well, from ourselves.

Peace,
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 15:21

The Dawning of a New Era

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The Dawn of a New Era - Indeed!

It was the Good News topped off by more Good News and then a little more Good News after that!

Last Sunday began with a new worship series, "The Dawn of a New Era." The (strange) prophet Ezekiel had a vision of "dem bones" (37) coming together. Lazarus heard a voice that called him away from the light - and brought him tighly wrapped back to this world. Both stories set the table for our new era of God's Vision for new starts!

The take-away? In the continuous transitions of our lives, in the constant discovery or pursuit of God's Next Step, we learned, most new starts begin from old grief; but are most blessed when it is God's Voice fitting the pieces together and unraveling grave clothes that bind. We're designed and redeemed to be a part of a vast army - free from the bounds of fears.

Then the Good News got topped with more Good News when the results of our "Power and Peace" campaign commitments came in. We were in the mid $280's range when someone told me their gift would put us over the goal of $300k! And...the sacrificial commitment have continued to be given. We're now over $303,000 - even while I've been told by some their commitment is still pending!

Yes! Thanks be to God for your sacrificial participation; for your Spirit-driven confidence in the vision, "That Every Relationship Experience God's Power and Peace!"

Sunday afternoon's Service of Installation was more of grace upon grace, more - immeasurably more - the blessing when dozens of volunteers got organized, brought out the fine china and spruced up the fellowship hall to look like a banquet hall fit for one of Jesus' parables! Seventeen pastors (I've NEVER seen that many pastors at an installation in 35 years) brought their voices and their spirit of blessing to, in essence say, Peace is in a new era and God is the one fueling it!

I'm not trying to "one-up" John (1.16), but what I experienced on Sunday was more like "grace upon grace upon grace!"

Thanks be to God for our partnership.

Thank you for being a willing and whole-hearted part of it!
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