Welcome to the Wilderness

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Being sent  (literally: cast out) into the wilderness makes for a rough and tumble beginning to Jesus’ ministry.   No motor home, tow-behind camper, or even a pup tent out here.  Jesus is going out to face down both the elements and the powers that don’t want him to succeed in his ministry.

Jesus’ experience in the desert reminds us that being his followers is, at times, a lot like entering a war zone.  Not the imagined war zone of TV news anchors… but a real battle on a spiritual level.   All kinds of temptations get tossed before us in the twisted hope that we’ll choose a more comfortable and familiar path (stones into bread, anyone?), and thus happily detour away from the Mission given to us.

Maybe you’ve felt a little bit of that in life.  Like everything is against you… and that taking an easier route would be almost a blessing.   Almost.

Have you ever been in the wilderness?

Let’s talk.  This Sunday at 10:00

– Pastor Mac

Get more out of Sunday:  Read Mark 1:9-15 in the NIV

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Mary and Martha

Sunday’s Message:   A favorite story with a deeper meaning…  Martha, Mary, and Jesus.

Sunday’s Weather:
I don’t even want to talk about it!   The weatherman says that a big storm Saturday night into Sunday is likely.   Yuck!

IF the weather forces a cancellation, you’ll find it on your TV screen (Chs 6 & 13) by 8:30 AM.

If snowy weather keeps us out of the pews: please consider putting your tithe into an envelope and bringing it next Sunday along with your regular weekly tithe.

Hope to see you Sunday!  Stay safe and God Bless!

– Pastor Mac

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More Matters of Life and Death

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This Sunday we welcome Pastor Eric Hanson to deliver our message.
Pastor Eric is the father of Sarah Bailey.

Scripture: Luke 21:10-19

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Jonah was Italian?

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You would think that three days in the belly of the fish would set anyone straight.   But soon enough Jonah is griping about God again.   Do WE ever do that?   Sometimes! Come as we wrap up the Book of Jonah:  Deep Grace Pt-4.

Stay for Lunch.

Spaghetti Tacos, yeah baby!
Actually, it’s a potluck, but we’ll have plenty of spaghetti and some taco shells to share as well.

Sunday is our Annual Meeting Sunday, and we’ve got some things to do and some plans to talk about for the year ahead.   You do not have to be a member to stay for the lunch and the meeting… just eat, listen, and enjoy!

See you Sunday!  – Pastor Mac

Sermon from last week.

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Jonah, Experiencing Grace

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The biggest fashion rage right now is LL Bean boots.   Not the fancy ones, but the ones like your grandfather used to wear.  Those boots!   Apparently wearing a 100 year old design of boots is a way to tell the world “I’m hip!”.  Go figure!

Faced with a fierce judgement from God, the Ninevites (aka: the bad guys) stripped to their skivvies, put on sackcloths, and sat in the dirt.   This was a fashion statement of it’s own:  “We screwed up, and we’re really sorry.”   Funny part was… it worked.  God “relented” and called off the whole thing.

This week we’ll talk about some famous people who went to extremes to find forgiveness… and whether we should keep a few sackcloths handy for ourselves. Hopefully not!

See you in Worship!  ~ Pastor Mac

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Experiencing Grace Part 2

Jonah: Experiencing Grace

Part 2 – The Belly of the Fish87192e13-ae3e-4d90-9373-c6da2573819e

Click.  The lights go out.  One minute everything is fine, the next.. utter darkness.   No television.  No wifi.  Not even the hum of the refrigerator to fill the void.

Blackouts are a lot of fun at first.
But after a few hours, it wears on you. There’s nothing to do.  Everyone gets quiet.  Soon its just you and your thoughts.

Jonah gets to spend three days alone with his thoughts, which is part of God’s work of redemption for him.   Out of this solitude comes a fully renewed sense of his life’s purpose.

What would God say to you if you spent a few hours alone… just you and Him?   What would you say to Him?  How might that change your sense of the meaning of your life?

We’ll explore those questions and more this Sunday.

See you in Worship!  ~ Pastor Mac

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Jonah: Experiencing Grace!

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AKA: Staying Out Of the Whale’s Belly

We’ve all done it at times.  God says: “Go left”, so we turn to the right.  God says “Let’s talk”, we say “Not today”.   God says “Come see me” and we run like heck.

We’ve all been Jonah.  We’ve had times when we’ve done our best to not listen to what God saying.  None of us have been swallowed by a whale… but God has other ways of getting our attention.

This Sunday begins a four part series on everyone’s favorite renegade: Jonah.   Come and explore those difficult, rebellious times when all we want is to put some distance between us and God.

Be sure to bring your life preserver.

See you this Sunday!   ~ Pastor Mac

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