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January 12, 2020 - Gentle Power

Isaiah 42:1-9 Common English Bible (CEB) God’s servant described 42But here is my servant, the one I uphold; my chosen, who brings me delight. I’ve put my spirit upon him; he will bring justice to the nations. 2He won’t cry out or shout aloud or make his voice heard in public. 3He won’t break a bruised reed; he won’t extinguish a faint wick, but he will surely bring justice. 4He won’t be extinguished or broken until he has established justice in the land. The coastlands await his teaching. 5God the Lord says— the one who created the heavens, the one who stretched them out, the one who spread out the earth and its offspring, the one who gave breath to its people and life to those who walk on it— 6I, the Lord, have called you for a good reason. I will grasp your hand and guard you, and give you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the nations, 7 to open blind eyes, to lead the prisoners from prison, and those who sit in darkness from the dungeon. 8I am the Lord; that is my name; I don’t hand out my glory to others or my praise to idols. 9The things announced in the past—look—they’ve already happened, but I’m declaring new things. Before they even appear, I tell you about them.

16 MIN3 d ago
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January 12, 2020 - Gentle Power

Joy Can't Wait

Joy is subversive. In a world that makes us sad and scared, claiming joy is an act of protest. This week we embrace joy wholeheartedly. Luke 1: 46b-55 Isaiah 35: 1-10

19 MIN2019 DEC 17
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Joy Can't Wait

12/8/19 - Change Can't Wait

No need to wait for New Year's resolutions. Now is the time to make the changes we want to see in our lives. This week we summon the courage to dare to change.

17 MIN2019 DEC 11
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12/8/19 - Change Can't Wait

12/1/19 - Hope Can't Wait

Matthew 24:36-44 Common English Bible Day and hour 36“But nobody knows when that day or hour will come, not the heavenly angels and not the Son. Only the Father knows. 37As it was in the time of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Human One.[a] 38In those days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. 39They didn’t know what was happening until the flood came and swept them all away. The coming of the Human One[b] will be like that. 40At that time there will be two men in the field. One will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding at the mill. One will be taken and the other left.42Therefore, stay alert! You don’t know what day the Lord is coming.43But you understand that if the head of the house knew at what time the thief would come, he would keep alert and wouldn’t allow the thief to break into his house. 44Therefore, you also should be prepared, because the Human One[c] will come at a time you don’t know.

15 MIN2019 DEC 4
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12/1/19 - Hope Can't Wait

11/17/19 - God of the Living

Gratitude and Remembrance Luke: 20: 27-38

20 MIN2019 NOV 19
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11/17/19 - God of the Living

11/10/19 - Luke 19: 1-10

Luke 19:1-10 A rich tax collector 19Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through town. 2A man there named Zacchaeus, a ruler among tax collectors, was rich. 3He was trying to see who Jesus was, but, being a short man, he couldn’t because of the crowd. 4So he ran ahead and climbed up a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. 5When Jesus came to that spot, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, come down at once. I must stay in your home today.” 6So Zacchaeus came down at once, happy to welcome Jesus. 7Everyone who saw this grumbled, saying, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” 8Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my possessions to the poor. And if I have cheated anyone, I repay them four times as much.” 9Jesus said to him, “Today, salvation has come to this household because he too is a son of Abraham. 10The Human One[a] came to seek and save the lost.”

18 MIN2019 NOV 14
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11/10/19 - Luke 19: 1-10

11/3/19 - Beyond Our Wildest Dreams

John 6: 1-13 Feeding of the five thousand 6After this Jesus went across the Galilee Sea (that is, the Tiberias Sea).2A large crowd followed him, because they had seen the miraculous signs he had done among the sick. 3Jesus went up a mountain and sat there with his disciples. 4It was nearly time for Passover, the Jewish festival. 5Jesus looked up and saw the large crowd coming toward him. He asked Philip, “Where will we buy food to feed these people?” 6Jesus said this to test him, for he already knew what he was going to do. 7Philip replied, “More than a half year’s salary[a] worth of food wouldn’t be enough for each person to have even a little bit.” 8One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, 9“A youth here has five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that for a crowd like this?” 10Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass there. They sat down, about five thousand of them. 11Then Jesus took the bread. When he had given thanks, he distributed it to those who were sitting there. He did the same with the fish, each getting as much as they wanted. 12When they had plenty to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather up the leftover pieces, so that nothing will be wasted.” 13So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves that had been left over by those who had eaten.

19 MIN2019 NOV 5
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11/3/19 - Beyond Our Wildest Dreams

10/27/19 - Beyond our Expectations

Mark 12: 38-44 38As he was teaching, he said, “Watch out for the legal experts. They like to walk around in long robes. They want to be greeted with honor in the markets. 39They long for places of honor in the synagogues and at banquets. 40They are the ones who cheat widows out of their homes, and to show off they say long prayers. They will be judged most harshly.” A poor widow’s contribution 41Jesus sat across from the collection box for the temple treasury and observed how the crowd gave their money. Many rich people were throwing in lots of money. 42One poor widow came forward and put in two small copper coins worth a penny.[a] 43Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I assure you that this poor widow has put in more than everyone who’s been putting money in the treasury. 44All of them are giving out of their spare change. But she from her hopeless poverty has given everything she had, even what she needed to live on.”

14 MIN2019 OCT 30
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10/27/19 - Beyond our Expectations

10/20/19 - Beyond Our Boundaries

Mark 5: 21-43 Jesus heals two people 21Jesus crossed the lake again, and on the other side a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. 22Jairus, one of the synagogue leaders, came forward. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet 23and pleaded with him, “My daughter is about to die. Please, come and place your hands on her so that she can be healed and live.” 24So Jesus went with him. A swarm of people were following Jesus, crowding in on him. 25A woman was there who had been bleeding for twelve years. 26She had suffered a lot under the care of many doctors, and had spent everything she had without getting any better. In fact, she had gotten worse. 27Because she had heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his clothes. 28She was thinking, If I can just touch his clothes, I’ll be healed. 29Her bleeding stopped immediately, and she sensed in her body that her illness had been healed. 30At that very moment, Jesus recognized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” 31His disciples said to him, “Don’t you see the crowd pressing against you? Yet you ask, ‘Who touched me?’” 32But Jesus looked around carefully to see who had done it. 33The woman, full of fear and trembling, came forward. Knowing what had happened to her, she fell down in front of Jesus and told him the whole truth. 34He responded, “Daughter, your faith has healed you; go in peace, healed from your disease.” 35While Jesus was still speaking with her, messengers came from the synagogue leader’s house, saying to Jairus, “Your daughter has died. Why bother the teacher any longer?” 36But Jesus overheard their report and said to the synagogue leader, “Don’t be afraid; just keep trusting.” 37He didn’t allow anyone to follow him except Peter, James, and John, James’ brother. 38They came to the synagogue leader’s house, and he saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39He went in and said to them, “What’s all this commotion and crying about? The child isn’t dead. She’s only sleeping.”40They laughed at him, but he threw them all out. Then, taking the child’s parents and his disciples with him, he went to the room where the child was. 41Taking her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Young woman, get up.” 42Suddenly the young woman got up and began to walk around. She was 12 years old. They were shocked!43He gave them strict orders that no one should know what had happened. Then he told them to give her something to eat.

17 MIN2019 OCT 22
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10/20/19 - Beyond Our Boundaries

10/13/19 - Beyond our Fears

Mark 4: 35-41 Jesus Calms the Storm That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

14 MIN2019 OCT 15
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10/13/19 - Beyond our Fears

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January 12, 2020 - Gentle Power

Isaiah 42:1-9 Common English Bible (CEB) God’s servant described 42But here is my servant, the one I uphold; my chosen, who brings me delight. I’ve put my spirit upon him; he will bring justice to the nations. 2He won’t cry out or shout aloud or make his voice heard in public. 3He won’t break a bruised reed; he won’t extinguish a faint wick, but he will surely bring justice. 4He won’t be extinguished or broken until he has established justice in the land. The coastlands await his teaching. 5God the Lord says— the one who created the heavens, the one who stretched them out, the one who spread out the earth and its offspring, the one who gave breath to its people and life to those who walk on it— 6I, the Lord, have called you for a good reason. I will grasp your hand and guard you, and give you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the nations, 7 to open blind eyes, to lead the prisoners from prison, and those who sit in darkness from the dungeon. 8I am the Lord; that is my name; I don’t hand out my glory to others or my praise to idols. 9The things announced in the past—look—they’ve already happened, but I’m declaring new things. Before they even appear, I tell you about them.

16 MIN3 d ago
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January 12, 2020 - Gentle Power

Joy Can't Wait

Joy is subversive. In a world that makes us sad and scared, claiming joy is an act of protest. This week we embrace joy wholeheartedly. Luke 1: 46b-55 Isaiah 35: 1-10

19 MIN2019 DEC 17
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Joy Can't Wait

12/8/19 - Change Can't Wait

No need to wait for New Year's resolutions. Now is the time to make the changes we want to see in our lives. This week we summon the courage to dare to change.

17 MIN2019 DEC 11
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12/8/19 - Change Can't Wait

12/1/19 - Hope Can't Wait

Matthew 24:36-44 Common English Bible Day and hour 36“But nobody knows when that day or hour will come, not the heavenly angels and not the Son. Only the Father knows. 37As it was in the time of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Human One.[a] 38In those days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. 39They didn’t know what was happening until the flood came and swept them all away. The coming of the Human One[b] will be like that. 40At that time there will be two men in the field. One will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding at the mill. One will be taken and the other left.42Therefore, stay alert! You don’t know what day the Lord is coming.43But you understand that if the head of the house knew at what time the thief would come, he would keep alert and wouldn’t allow the thief to break into his house. 44Therefore, you also should be prepared, because the Human One[c] will come at a time you don’t know.

15 MIN2019 DEC 4
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12/1/19 - Hope Can't Wait

11/17/19 - God of the Living

Gratitude and Remembrance Luke: 20: 27-38

20 MIN2019 NOV 19
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11/17/19 - God of the Living

11/10/19 - Luke 19: 1-10

Luke 19:1-10 A rich tax collector 19Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through town. 2A man there named Zacchaeus, a ruler among tax collectors, was rich. 3He was trying to see who Jesus was, but, being a short man, he couldn’t because of the crowd. 4So he ran ahead and climbed up a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. 5When Jesus came to that spot, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, come down at once. I must stay in your home today.” 6So Zacchaeus came down at once, happy to welcome Jesus. 7Everyone who saw this grumbled, saying, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” 8Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my possessions to the poor. And if I have cheated anyone, I repay them four times as much.” 9Jesus said to him, “Today, salvation has come to this household because he too is a son of Abraham. 10The Human One[a] came to seek and save the lost.”

18 MIN2019 NOV 14
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11/10/19 - Luke 19: 1-10

11/3/19 - Beyond Our Wildest Dreams

John 6: 1-13 Feeding of the five thousand 6After this Jesus went across the Galilee Sea (that is, the Tiberias Sea).2A large crowd followed him, because they had seen the miraculous signs he had done among the sick. 3Jesus went up a mountain and sat there with his disciples. 4It was nearly time for Passover, the Jewish festival. 5Jesus looked up and saw the large crowd coming toward him. He asked Philip, “Where will we buy food to feed these people?” 6Jesus said this to test him, for he already knew what he was going to do. 7Philip replied, “More than a half year’s salary[a] worth of food wouldn’t be enough for each person to have even a little bit.” 8One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, 9“A youth here has five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that for a crowd like this?” 10Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass there. They sat down, about five thousand of them. 11Then Jesus took the bread. When he had given thanks, he distributed it to those who were sitting there. He did the same with the fish, each getting as much as they wanted. 12When they had plenty to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather up the leftover pieces, so that nothing will be wasted.” 13So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves that had been left over by those who had eaten.

19 MIN2019 NOV 5
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11/3/19 - Beyond Our Wildest Dreams

10/27/19 - Beyond our Expectations

Mark 12: 38-44 38As he was teaching, he said, “Watch out for the legal experts. They like to walk around in long robes. They want to be greeted with honor in the markets. 39They long for places of honor in the synagogues and at banquets. 40They are the ones who cheat widows out of their homes, and to show off they say long prayers. They will be judged most harshly.” A poor widow’s contribution 41Jesus sat across from the collection box for the temple treasury and observed how the crowd gave their money. Many rich people were throwing in lots of money. 42One poor widow came forward and put in two small copper coins worth a penny.[a] 43Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I assure you that this poor widow has put in more than everyone who’s been putting money in the treasury. 44All of them are giving out of their spare change. But she from her hopeless poverty has given everything she had, even what she needed to live on.”

14 MIN2019 OCT 30
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10/27/19 - Beyond our Expectations

10/20/19 - Beyond Our Boundaries

Mark 5: 21-43 Jesus heals two people 21Jesus crossed the lake again, and on the other side a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. 22Jairus, one of the synagogue leaders, came forward. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet 23and pleaded with him, “My daughter is about to die. Please, come and place your hands on her so that she can be healed and live.” 24So Jesus went with him. A swarm of people were following Jesus, crowding in on him. 25A woman was there who had been bleeding for twelve years. 26She had suffered a lot under the care of many doctors, and had spent everything she had without getting any better. In fact, she had gotten worse. 27Because she had heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his clothes. 28She was thinking, If I can just touch his clothes, I’ll be healed. 29Her bleeding stopped immediately, and she sensed in her body that her illness had been healed. 30At that very moment, Jesus recognized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” 31His disciples said to him, “Don’t you see the crowd pressing against you? Yet you ask, ‘Who touched me?’” 32But Jesus looked around carefully to see who had done it. 33The woman, full of fear and trembling, came forward. Knowing what had happened to her, she fell down in front of Jesus and told him the whole truth. 34He responded, “Daughter, your faith has healed you; go in peace, healed from your disease.” 35While Jesus was still speaking with her, messengers came from the synagogue leader’s house, saying to Jairus, “Your daughter has died. Why bother the teacher any longer?” 36But Jesus overheard their report and said to the synagogue leader, “Don’t be afraid; just keep trusting.” 37He didn’t allow anyone to follow him except Peter, James, and John, James’ brother. 38They came to the synagogue leader’s house, and he saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39He went in and said to them, “What’s all this commotion and crying about? The child isn’t dead. She’s only sleeping.”40They laughed at him, but he threw them all out. Then, taking the child’s parents and his disciples with him, he went to the room where the child was. 41Taking her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Young woman, get up.” 42Suddenly the young woman got up and began to walk around. She was 12 years old. They were shocked!43He gave them strict orders that no one should know what had happened. Then he told them to give her something to eat.

17 MIN2019 OCT 22
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10/20/19 - Beyond Our Boundaries

10/13/19 - Beyond our Fears

Mark 4: 35-41 Jesus Calms the Storm That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

14 MIN2019 OCT 15
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10/13/19 - Beyond our Fears
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