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Jennifer Murdock

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Bah Humbug! - Audio

John 1:14-18 (NRSV) 14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. 15 (John testified to him and cried out, ‘This was he of whom I said, “He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” ’) 16 From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known. Dramatic Reading [by a chorus of 6 people] Reader 1: [in a Scrooge-like voice] “Bah! . . . Humbug! . . . Merry Christmas! What right have you to be merry? . . . What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer?” (Stave One) 2: he was sitting there making change 3: a creditor with a cold heart 4: making decisions about people’s lives 5: will they eat? will they not? 2: will they have a roof over their head? will they not? 3: will their children live? will they not? 4: will they go to debtors prison? will they not? 5: it is a story born a long time ago and far away. All: or is it? 2: still… 3: we live in a world where the chasm between have's and have not's 4: hoarding and generosity 5: privilege and oppression All: continue… 2: will they eat? will they not? 3: will they have a roof over their head? will they not? 4: will their children live? will they not? 5: he was sitting there making change 2: and then… at the toll of a bell and the blink of a night 3: his life was changed forever All: God has thrown the mighty from their thrones. 4: are we ready for such redemption? 5: what will it mean? 2: facing our fears 3: forgiving ourselves 4: compassion for others 5: working to change tragic trajectories 6: “[Christmas is] a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when [people] seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!” (Nephew, Fred’s line from Stave One)

24 MIN6 d ago
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Bah Humbug! - Audio

It’s You I Like - Audio

Jeremiah 1:4-9 (NRSV) 4 Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, 5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations." 6 Then I said, "Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy." 7 But the Lord said to me, "Do not say, "I am only a boy'; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord." 9 Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me, "Now I have put my words in your mouth.

23 MIN1 w ago
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It’s You I Like - Audio

Peaceful Wisdom - Audio

James 3: 13-18 (NRSV) 13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. 15 Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. 16 For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.

27 MIN2 w ago
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Peaceful Wisdom - Audio

The Kindness Contagion - Audio

Colossians 3:12-14 (NRSV) 12 As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

22 MIN3 w ago
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The Kindness Contagion - Audio

Like a Child - Audio

1 John 3:1-2a (NRSV) 1 See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now Mark 9:33-37 (CEB) 33 They entered Capernaum. When they had come into a house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about during the journey?” 34 They didn’t respond, since on the way they had been debating with each other about who was the greatest. 35 He sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be least of all and the servant of all.” 36 Jesus reached for a little child, placed him among the Twelve, and embraced him. Then he said, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me isn’t actually welcoming me but rather the one who sent me.” Mark 10:13-15 (CEB) 13 People were bringing children to Jesus so that he would bless them. But the disciples scolded them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he grew angry and said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them, because God’s kingdom belongs to people like these children. 15 Whoever doesn’t welcome God’s kingdom like a child will never enter it.

22 MINNOV 4
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Like a Child - Audio

What Are We Building - Audio

1 Timothy 6:17-19 (CEB) Jenn: This week we ask if the outer manifestations of our money practices align with our courageous vision. Are we creating the impact for which we hope? Or at least moving in that direction? When our practices—no matter how incremental or seemingly simple—are serving the vision, we live with a sense of wholeheartedness and wonder that energizes us, those around us, and the world. We “truly live,” our scripture says. The difference between the Baileys and the Potters of the world comes both in the inner and outer worlds. Do we reap love and generosity or bitterness and resentment? In the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” George’s father Peter, who refuses to foreclose on the townspeople’s mortgages when they fall on hard times, confronts the meanspirited Mr. Potter: Voice of Peter Bailey “Mr. Potter, what makes you such a hard-skulled character? You have no family, no children. You can't begin to spend all the money you've got.” Jenn: And George himself later reminds Mr. Potter that how we share with others is where true riches lie: Voice of George Bailey: “Just remember this, Mr. Potter, that this rabble you’re talking about ... they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath? Anyway, my father didn’t think so. People were human beings to him, but to you, a warped, frustrated old man, they’re cattle. Well, in my book, he died a much richer man than you’ll ever be.” Jenn:: In our scripture today we do not hear that it is evil to have money, but that what we do with that money is what makes us rich or not. Let us prepareour hearts to hear the Word: Scripture Reader: A reading from the Letter to Timothy: Tell people who are rich at this time not to become egotistical and not to place their hope on their finances, which are uncertain. Instead, they need to hope in God, who richly provides everything for our enjoyment. Tell them to do good, to be rich in the good things they do, to be generous, and to share with others. When they do these things, they will save a treasure for themselves that is a good foundation for the future. That way they can take hold of what is truly life.

29 MINOCT 21
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What Are We Building - Audio

What Is Your Treasure - Audio

Matthew 6:19-24 (CEB) 19 “Stop collecting treasures for your own benefit on earth, where moth and rust eat them and where thieves break in and steal them. 20 Instead, collect treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moth and rust don't eat them and where thieves don't break in and steal them. 21 Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. Therefore, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how terrible that darkness will be! 24 No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be loyal to the one and have contempt for the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

22 MINOCT 14
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What Is Your Treasure - Audio

Money - It's a God Thing - Audio

Matthew 22:15-22 (CEB) 15 Then the Pharisees met together to find a way to trap Jesus in his words. 16 They sent their disciples, along with the supporters of Herod, to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are genuine and that you teach God’s way as it really is. We know that you are not swayed by people’s opinions, because you don’t show favoritism. 17 So tell us what you think: Does the Law allow people to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” 18 Knowing their evil motives, Jesus replied, “Why do you test me, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin used to pay the tax.” And they brought him a denarion. 20 “Whose image and inscription is this?” he asked. 21 “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” 22 When they heard this they were astonished, and they departed.

26 MINOCT 6
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Money - It's a God Thing - Audio

Dreams Delayed - Audio

Deuteronomy 34:1-7 (NRSV) 1 Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the Lord showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan, 2 all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, 3 the Negeb, and the Plain—that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees—as far as Zoar. 4 The Lord said to him, ‘This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, “I will give it to your descendants”; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.’ 5 Then Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, at the Lord’s command. 6 He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day. 7 Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigour had not abated.

19 MINSEP 30
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Dreams Delayed - Audio

What does it mean to have a relationship with God? - Audio

1 John 4:7-21 (NRSV) 7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Saviour of the world. 15 God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. 16 So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. 17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgement, because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Those who say, ‘I love God’, and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. 21 The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.

32 MINSEP 23
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What does it mean to have a relationship with God? - Audio

Latest Episodes

Bah Humbug! - Audio

John 1:14-18 (NRSV) 14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. 15 (John testified to him and cried out, ‘This was he of whom I said, “He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” ’) 16 From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known. Dramatic Reading [by a chorus of 6 people] Reader 1: [in a Scrooge-like voice] “Bah! . . . Humbug! . . . Merry Christmas! What right have you to be merry? . . . What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer?” (Stave One) 2: he was sitting there making change 3: a creditor with a cold heart 4: making decisions about people’s lives 5: will they eat? will they not? 2: will they have a roof over their head? will they not? 3: will their children live? will they not? 4: will they go to debtors prison? will they not? 5: it is a story born a long time ago and far away. All: or is it? 2: still… 3: we live in a world where the chasm between have's and have not's 4: hoarding and generosity 5: privilege and oppression All: continue… 2: will they eat? will they not? 3: will they have a roof over their head? will they not? 4: will their children live? will they not? 5: he was sitting there making change 2: and then… at the toll of a bell and the blink of a night 3: his life was changed forever All: God has thrown the mighty from their thrones. 4: are we ready for such redemption? 5: what will it mean? 2: facing our fears 3: forgiving ourselves 4: compassion for others 5: working to change tragic trajectories 6: “[Christmas is] a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when [people] seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!” (Nephew, Fred’s line from Stave One)

24 MIN6 d ago
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Bah Humbug! - Audio

It’s You I Like - Audio

Jeremiah 1:4-9 (NRSV) 4 Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, 5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations." 6 Then I said, "Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy." 7 But the Lord said to me, "Do not say, "I am only a boy'; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord." 9 Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me, "Now I have put my words in your mouth.

23 MIN1 w ago
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It’s You I Like - Audio

Peaceful Wisdom - Audio

James 3: 13-18 (NRSV) 13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. 15 Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. 16 For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.

27 MIN2 w ago
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Peaceful Wisdom - Audio

The Kindness Contagion - Audio

Colossians 3:12-14 (NRSV) 12 As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

22 MIN3 w ago
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The Kindness Contagion - Audio

Like a Child - Audio

1 John 3:1-2a (NRSV) 1 See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now Mark 9:33-37 (CEB) 33 They entered Capernaum. When they had come into a house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about during the journey?” 34 They didn’t respond, since on the way they had been debating with each other about who was the greatest. 35 He sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be least of all and the servant of all.” 36 Jesus reached for a little child, placed him among the Twelve, and embraced him. Then he said, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me isn’t actually welcoming me but rather the one who sent me.” Mark 10:13-15 (CEB) 13 People were bringing children to Jesus so that he would bless them. But the disciples scolded them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he grew angry and said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them, because God’s kingdom belongs to people like these children. 15 Whoever doesn’t welcome God’s kingdom like a child will never enter it.

22 MINNOV 4
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Like a Child - Audio

What Are We Building - Audio

1 Timothy 6:17-19 (CEB) Jenn: This week we ask if the outer manifestations of our money practices align with our courageous vision. Are we creating the impact for which we hope? Or at least moving in that direction? When our practices—no matter how incremental or seemingly simple—are serving the vision, we live with a sense of wholeheartedness and wonder that energizes us, those around us, and the world. We “truly live,” our scripture says. The difference between the Baileys and the Potters of the world comes both in the inner and outer worlds. Do we reap love and generosity or bitterness and resentment? In the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” George’s father Peter, who refuses to foreclose on the townspeople’s mortgages when they fall on hard times, confronts the meanspirited Mr. Potter: Voice of Peter Bailey “Mr. Potter, what makes you such a hard-skulled character? You have no family, no children. You can't begin to spend all the money you've got.” Jenn: And George himself later reminds Mr. Potter that how we share with others is where true riches lie: Voice of George Bailey: “Just remember this, Mr. Potter, that this rabble you’re talking about ... they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath? Anyway, my father didn’t think so. People were human beings to him, but to you, a warped, frustrated old man, they’re cattle. Well, in my book, he died a much richer man than you’ll ever be.” Jenn:: In our scripture today we do not hear that it is evil to have money, but that what we do with that money is what makes us rich or not. Let us prepareour hearts to hear the Word: Scripture Reader: A reading from the Letter to Timothy: Tell people who are rich at this time not to become egotistical and not to place their hope on their finances, which are uncertain. Instead, they need to hope in God, who richly provides everything for our enjoyment. Tell them to do good, to be rich in the good things they do, to be generous, and to share with others. When they do these things, they will save a treasure for themselves that is a good foundation for the future. That way they can take hold of what is truly life.

29 MINOCT 21
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What Are We Building - Audio

What Is Your Treasure - Audio

Matthew 6:19-24 (CEB) 19 “Stop collecting treasures for your own benefit on earth, where moth and rust eat them and where thieves break in and steal them. 20 Instead, collect treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moth and rust don't eat them and where thieves don't break in and steal them. 21 Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. Therefore, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how terrible that darkness will be! 24 No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be loyal to the one and have contempt for the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

22 MINOCT 14
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What Is Your Treasure - Audio

Money - It's a God Thing - Audio

Matthew 22:15-22 (CEB) 15 Then the Pharisees met together to find a way to trap Jesus in his words. 16 They sent their disciples, along with the supporters of Herod, to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are genuine and that you teach God’s way as it really is. We know that you are not swayed by people’s opinions, because you don’t show favoritism. 17 So tell us what you think: Does the Law allow people to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” 18 Knowing their evil motives, Jesus replied, “Why do you test me, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin used to pay the tax.” And they brought him a denarion. 20 “Whose image and inscription is this?” he asked. 21 “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” 22 When they heard this they were astonished, and they departed.

26 MINOCT 6
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Money - It's a God Thing - Audio

Dreams Delayed - Audio

Deuteronomy 34:1-7 (NRSV) 1 Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the Lord showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan, 2 all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, 3 the Negeb, and the Plain—that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees—as far as Zoar. 4 The Lord said to him, ‘This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, “I will give it to your descendants”; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.’ 5 Then Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, at the Lord’s command. 6 He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day. 7 Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigour had not abated.

19 MINSEP 30
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Dreams Delayed - Audio

What does it mean to have a relationship with God? - Audio

1 John 4:7-21 (NRSV) 7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Saviour of the world. 15 God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. 16 So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. 17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgement, because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Those who say, ‘I love God’, and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. 21 The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.

32 MINSEP 23
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What does it mean to have a relationship with God? - Audio
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