I Am the Vine

John 15:1-5 (CEB) If you read through the gospels, one of the things you’ll discover is each of the four gospel writers had their own unique perspective. They had their own take on Jesus, their own way of presenting the story. Largely, that’s because each one had a...

Practicing Grace

#4: Accept responsibility for mistakes, learn from them, and in all things, let grace abound. Christians aren’t perfect; they are forgiven. So making mistakes is not the worst thing that can happen. Besides, we often learn the most from our failures. In the end, and...

Here is My Servant

Isaiah 42:1-9 (CEB) “Here is my servant, the one I uphold; my chosen, who brings me delight.” Sounds a lot like Jesus doesn’t it. This line from Isaiah feels very much like some of the passages from the gospels. Like when Jesus was baptized by John and the voice of...

#3 Building Relationships

#3: Take the initiative to build relationships with people and groups in the wider community beyond your congregation. Refuse to be isolated. Take to the streets, the coffee shops, library and parks of your community. Be curious about what’s going on. Get involved in...

Born With a Mission

Isaiah 49:1-6 (CEB) One of my favorite authors is a man named Robert Jordan. I’ve always been a fan of fantasy and science fiction. This is the kind of thing I like to read when I just want to relax and get away from it all. I’ve always appreciated the great, epic...