Sermons

Something to Fight About

Based on John 13:31-35 “Remind me why you hate playing Hedbanz with my mom and me,” I text my husband. Family conflicts make excellent sermon illustrations. “Because you ask silly questions in completely random order (question mark),” he responds. “Well, that’s not cheating (period),” I answer. And, then all on my own, it comes back […]

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“Do you love me?”

Based on John 21: 15-19 This week has been absolutely exhausting. On Thursday, I noticed the physical exhaustion. The cost of the adrenal rush required to keep up with five consecutive days of full agendas. On Friday night, I noticed the emotional fatigue. The cost of an open mind and a compassionate heart exposed to […]

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Unbelievable

An Easter Morning Message. When I think back to the beginning of this journey with The Land, there are really only one or two times that I felt we had approached the end of our story. The first time is understandably the most memorable. Only a year into our planning stages a rumor arrived through […]

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Nailed It – A Message Based on Luke 6:27-38

A few months ago, my daughter and her friend introduced me to a reality show called, “Nailed It.” The show features three amateur bakers tasked with the job of recreating a professionally decorated cake. The challenges begin basic and increase in difficulty throughout the show. The girls love the show for the humorous endings which […]

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Transitions with Mary Oliver

With the news of poet Mary Oliver’s passing last week, I was reminded of the ways in which her words have escorted me in and out and over life’s welcome (and unwelcome) invitations to spiritual and personal transformation. The following excerpt was written and read to a small group in May of 2018. It is […]

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Hope and Challenge – Converging at The Land

This past Monday I attended the City of Aurora’s Public Hearing regarding the previous administrative approval to drill up to 16 horizontally mined oil and gas wells on a 15-acre property just one mile north of The Land. Since the inception of The Land, the oil and gas industry has been an ongoing source of […]

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A Communal Blue Christmas

Pastor’s Stephanie’s Message from December 8, 2018 Last week we began our Advent Journey reflecting on the lineage of Jesus as written in the gospel of Matthew. We examined the radical statement made by the inclusiveness of the ancestry and the pronouncement of Jesus as the prophetic fulfillment of the coming Messiah. We established that […]

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Blue Christmas – blurring the sacred and secular

Last week we began our Advent Journey reflecting on the lineage of Jesus as written in the gospel of Matthew. We examined the radical statement made by the inclusiveness of the ancestry and the pronouncement of Jesus as the prophetic fulfillment of the coming Messiah. We established that more than a historical analysis of a […]

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All Kinds of Hungry

“When it was time, he sat down, all the apostles with him, and said, “You’ve no idea how much I have looked forward to eating this Passover meal with you before I enter my time of suffering. It’s the last one I’ll eat until we all eat it together in the kingdom of God.”

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