Aug 6, 2017
A Place At The Table – Rev. Glenna Manning
 
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  • Aug 6, 2017A Place At The Table – Rev. Glenna Manning
    Aug 6, 2017
    A Place At The Table – Rev. Glenna Manning
     
  • Aug 6, 2017Worship The Lord – He Is Holy – Rev. Larry Trotter
    Aug 6, 2017
    Worship The Lord – He Is Holy – Rev. Larry Trotter
     
  • Jul 30, 2017Lessons By The Lake: Authorized Distributor Of Life – Rev.Larry Trotter
    Jul 30, 2017
    Lessons By The Lake: Authorized Distributor Of Life – Rev.Larry Trotter
    Once again, we see Jesus’ authority move beyond existing boundaries, this time, to bring new life out of death. These two events occur back on the other side of the lake where Jesus was becoming well known among members of the Jewish community. He is spotted by one of the religious leaders whose daughter is sick. On the way to tend to her Jesus is touched by a woman who has been suffering from a chronic bleeding condition for 12 years. It had cost her everything. In her desperate act of reaching out to Jesus, she was healed and blessed by Jesus to go forth and live. By the time Jesus got to the religious leader’s house, the man’s daughter was dead. After telling the father to believe, Jesus took spoke to the little girl and she stood up and took nourishment. Life was flowing out of both the woman and the little girl. For the woman, Jesus crossed the boundary between abundant life and simply existing without hope. For the little girl, Jesus crossed the boundary between physical life and death. With all the attention on health care in our culture, perhaps the church could help folks get the medical care they need, but also speak with authority into their spiritual and emotion plight to bring hope in the interim period.
  • Jul 30, 2017Lessons By The Lake: Authorized Distributor Of Life – Rev. Wil Cantrell
    Jul 30, 2017
    Lessons By The Lake: Authorized Distributor Of Life – Rev. Wil Cantrell
    Once again, we see Jesus’ authority move beyond existing boundaries, this time, to bring new life out of death. These two events occur back on the other side of the lake where Jesus was becoming well known among members of the Jewish community. He is spotted by one of the religious leaders whose daughter is sick. On the way to tend to her Jesus is touched by a woman who has been suffering from a chronic bleeding condition for 12 years. It had cost her everything. In her desperate act of reaching out to Jesus, she was healed and blessed by Jesus to go forth and live. By the time Jesus got to the religious leader’s house, the man’s daughter was dead. After telling the father to believe, Jesus took spoke to the little girl and she stood up and took nourishment. Life was flowing out of both the woman and the little girl. For the woman, Jesus crossed the boundary between abundant life and simply existing without hope. For the little girl, Jesus crossed the boundary between physical life and death. With all the attention on health care in our culture, perhaps the church could help folks get the medical care they need, but also speak with authority into their spiritual and emotion plight to bring hope in the interim period.
  • Jul 23, 2017Lessons By The Lake: No Out Of Bounds In God’s Kingdom – Rev. Mike Stallings
    Jul 23, 2017
    Lessons By The Lake: No Out Of Bounds In God’s Kingdom – Rev. Mike Stallings
    The issue of Jesus’ authority expands geographically and theologically as he takes his disciples into challenging territory. Some historians suggest that there was a Roman presence known as the Tenth Legion in the region of the Decapolis, their destination. Pheme Perkins writes in the New Interpreters Bible that there was a boar on their official flag. The 2,000 pigs that became the final destination for a legion of demons indicates raising pigs must have been a significant part of the local economy. These details confirm that Jesus’ authority stretched far beyond that of an itinerant rabbi seeking Jewish disciples. Moreover, Jesus clearly had no concern for how his actions would be interpreted by others. He risked becoming ceremonially unclean to travel right into the belly of the Gentile beast to help a man who had been shunned because of his behavior due to an impure or defiling spirit. Jesus engaged the man, healed that which had caused his rejection from the community, then reconnected him with his estranged community. Gentile culture, pigs, tombs, nor impure spirits could create a boundary Jesus couldn’t or wouldn’t cross. Disciples must learn to see past boundaries for the ministry opportunities that lie beyond.
  • Jul 23, 2017Lessons By The Lake: No Out Of Bounds In God’s Kingdom – Rev. Wil Cantrell
    Jul 23, 2017
    Lessons By The Lake: No Out Of Bounds In God’s Kingdom – Rev. Wil Cantrell
    The issue of Jesus’ authority expands geographically and theologically as he takes his disciples into challenging territory. Some historians suggest that there was a Roman presence known as the Tenth Legion in the region of the Decapolis, their destination. Pheme Perkins writes in the New Interpreters Bible that there was a boar on their official flag. The 2,000 pigs that became the final destination for a legion of demons indicates raising pigs must have been a significant part of the local economy. These details confirm that Jesus’ authority stretched far beyond that of an itinerant rabbi seeking Jewish disciples. Moreover, Jesus clearly had no concern for how his actions would be interpreted by others. He risked becoming ceremonially unclean to travel right into the belly of the Gentile beast to help a man who had been shunned because of his behavior due to an impure or defiling spirit. Jesus engaged the man, healed that which had caused his rejection from the community, then reconnected him with his estranged community. Gentile culture, pigs, tombs, nor impure spirits could create a boundary Jesus couldn’t or wouldn’t cross. Disciples must learn to see past boundaries for the ministry opportunities that lie beyond.
  • Jul 16, 2017Lessons By The Lake: Storms Are In Jesus’ Wheelhouse – Rev. Wil Cantrell
    Jul 16, 2017
    Lessons By The Lake: Storms Are In Jesus’ Wheelhouse – Rev. Wil Cantrell

    Much of Mark’s gospel deals with questions concerning Jesus’ authority as the very Son of God. The people sense a level of authority in his teaching that surpasses the leaders in the local religious community. At one level, this story teaches that Jesus has authority over creation itself. The awesome display of authority over the sudden and potentially dangerous winds created by the natural basin created by the lake is obvious. However, the context, which includes a night time sail to a predominantly Gentile region, offers a more subtle proof of authority. Upon his request, they took him “as he was,” likely meaning that he never got out of the boat after teaching, with other boats containing followers. That he was asleep creates the mysterious tension between his divinity and his humanity. His humanity is revealed in the detail that he was exhausted. Yet Jesus didn’t waste any time moving on to new evangelistic territory. His fatigue made him oblivious to the storm that blew in. When awakened by the frightened disciples he asserted his divine nature and spoke the storm into calm. The bottom line is that Jesus called the disciples out of their comforts zones both with the storm and the mission into gentile territory but proved his authority in both situations. Jesus can be trusted in any situation into which he calls his followers.

  • Jul 16, 2017Lessons By The Lake: Storms Are In Jesus’ Wheelhouse – Rev. Larry Trotter
    Jul 16, 2017
    Lessons By The Lake: Storms Are In Jesus’ Wheelhouse – Rev. Larry Trotter
    Much of Mark’s gospel deals with questions concerning Jesus’ authority as the very Son of God. The people sense a level of authority in his teaching that surpasses the leaders in the local religious community. At one level, this story teaches that Jesus has authority over creation itself. The awesome display of authority over the sudden and potentially dangerous winds created by the natural basin created by the lake is obvious. However, the context, which includes a night time sail to a predominantly Gentile region, offers a more subtle proof of authority. Upon his request, they took him “as he was,” likely meaning that he never got out of the boat after teaching, with other boats containing followers. That he was asleep creates the mysterious tension between his divinity and his humanity. His humanity is revealed in the detail that he was exhausted. Yet Jesus didn’t waste any time moving on to new evangelistic territory. His fatigue made him oblivious to the storm that blew in. When awakened by the frightened disciples he asserted his divine nature and spoke the storm into calm. The bottom line is that Jesus called the disciples out of their comforts zones both with the storm and the mission into gentile territory but proved his authority in both situations. Jesus can be trusted in any situation into which he calls his followers.
  • Jul 9, 2017Lessons By The Lake: Just Scatter The Seed – Rev. Wil Cantrell
    Jul 9, 2017
    Lessons By The Lake: Just Scatter The Seed – Rev. Wil Cantrell
     
  • Jul 9, 2017Lessons By The Lake: Just Scatter The Seed – Rev. Larry Trotter
    Jul 9, 2017
    Lessons By The Lake: Just Scatter The Seed – Rev. Larry Trotter