Sermon for August 26, 2018
Have you ever had someone tell you to “just be yourself”, as if they have you figured out, and expect that you do also? It seems simple at first, “Yes, I’ll just be myself” - until it isn’t simple at all. Sometimes we get a quick peek behind the curtain and notice there are many characters backstage. Even more than that, in these moments, we might also begin to wonder which character really is the ‘me’ who can just ‘be myself’?
This week I want to have a practical exercise that we can all complete on our own, and together if you’d like to share. I’ll start it off by giving a small bit of direction, however, I want everyone to take that start and go wherever it takes you. There isn’t a right or wrong way to explore these things so let go and just try it, even multiple times if you like. Compare what happens each time, compare where you started and where you end up- both for each time you explore things and as compared to each session versus another. Most importantly, just let go and watch where you take yourself.
Blog #1 "Returning to Christ"
Some Christians, and even Christianity itself, pushed me away from Christ for a long time. Things I saw, and experienced, in the church, and even in other faiths, soured my own relationship with God. But it's important to understand that not only did I allow this to happen, I actively participated in allowing my feelings to be "hijacked" by focusing on all the wrong things. It's so easy to let a person, or a religion, or sect, hijack our own relationship with God. Maybe we see a very vocal person, claiming to be Christian, espousing hate for a certain group and we then allow ourselves to question Christianity, as if we should just allow someone, anyone, to be a sole representative for a large and diverse group. Or was it an experience at a church that left you feeling totally judged and separate from the Grace Christ offers us? Whatever it may have been, we mustn't surrender our own faith because anything in the world might have temporarily affected it.
Sermon for Sunday, January 21, 2018
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 1 John 2:16
Imagine yourself in the house of your dreams. Close your eyes for a moment and put yourself in the house you've always wanted. Now, imagine it is magically populated with everything you've always wanted- anything and everything. Now, as you've completed your ideal space, there is one more thing- you can't leave.
You've built this existence, this beautiful space, and you must stay there. It's everything you've always wanted, but
you can't leave. Keep in mind that you've included everything you could imagine you'd want. Whatever it might be, you've been granted the ability to include it in your creation.