As I read Job’s conversation with his “friends”, I’m so reminded of the different views we have of God, and how many of them are faulty.  It’s as though different situations we are in can crack the lenses through which we look at God, and distort the truth. Read more

  • Those with health concerns: Vern Johnson, Barb Zienty, Sheri DeJong, Kerstin Eriksson, Rich Kindstrom, Alyce Hawkinson, Adrienne and Bob Gullberg, James Lindley, Mark Cederberg
  • Our newly elected Council
  • Pastor Steve as he travels to the Midwinter Conference and a Spiritual Direction Retreat this week
  • Kathy Khang as she travels and works in Malaysia and L.A. this week
  • Meghan at the Youth Pastors Connection this weekend

I’ve always been fascinated with the opening to the book of Job.  And then again with the ending.  As for the middle, well, its poetry.

The scene is set in the courts of heaven.  God is there on the throne, holding court with the angels, when who should enter but Satan.  Probably the last guy I’d expect to be presenting himself before the Almighty.  I’ve read lots of explanations of this including: Read more

growSo far we’ve had two Challenges to Grow: one to read the bible together in a year (see below), and the second to Serve Others in our Community.  As we begin moving forward with our “Challenge to Grow in Serving Others”, I wanted to clarify what “Serving Others” means in this context.
“Serving” in a Missional sense means that what we do is for the Kingdom of God.  This can include serving with one of our established Mission opportunities or on our own.  We can help populations in need or a neighbor next door.  The possibilities are endless.

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“So then it was not you who sent me here, but God.” – Gen. 45:8

We can’t see the whole picture until we have all the pieces and discern how they fit together.  My dad loves doing puzzles, and occasionally the urge reaches through my genetics and grabs me, too.  Then we break out a puzzle, reveal the pieces, create the border, and fill in the middle.  But some puzzles don’t show you the whole picture – you have to put it together blindly until the picture is revealed. Read more

The bible is filled with these “little gems” like today’s reading.  But that’s one of the things I love about the bible; it doesn’t try to put a pretty face on our history (as God’s people, this is OUR history!)  In fact, it seems to relish in revealing the ugly side of characters, from Cain’s murderous anger to Noah’s drunkenness to Abraham’s lies to Jacob’s shiftiness to Joseph’s arrogance.  And that allows me to identify so much better with these people than if they were spotless ideals. Read more

Welcome to the Pastor’s blog.  Check back here often for comments on our Bible In A Year readings.

grow300As we enter the new year together, it’s Time to Grow! As disciples, as a church, and as the Kingdom of God, we are called to grow again and again. How do we grow deeper in our relationship with God? How do we grow stronger as a church body? How do we grow wider in our impact on our community? Our Winter preaching series will look at these and other questions of growth by looking at Jesus’ parables in the gospels. So whether it is fig trees or wheat stalks, lost sons or talented workers, the Bible tells us, “It’s Time to Grow!”

Sunday, January 4
Time to Grow, “Parable of the Mustard Seed”
Mark 4:26-34

Sunday, January 11
How Do We Grow?, “Parable of the 10 Bridesmaids”
Matthew 25:1-13

Sunday, January 18
How Do We Grow Together?, “Parable of the Wheat and Weeds”
Matthew 13:24-43

Sunday, January 25
How Do I Grow?, “Parable of the Fig Tree and Fruit”
Luke 12:6-9
Guest Preacher: Paul Couleur

bibleThis year, we have been challenged to read the bible through from cover to cover together.  We’re using the chronological reading plan, meaning that we will read the passages as they happen in time.  This means that while we are reading about the prophets stories, we will also be reading their writings.  Putting the stories in their historical context gives a slightly different view of the bible Story. Read more