When the Hebrew children arrived in the Promised Land, in the land flowing with milk and honey, even after they had defeated those who were living in the land, even then they had to make a decision. They had to decide which God they would serve. It is the same decision we have to make today! "Choose this day whom you will serve!"
In times of transitions we need those signs that remind us how God has been with us in the past. We call those human reminders saints. As we celebrate All Saints Day we are called to look back to look ahead
What do you do when you realize that the hopes and dreams you have nurtured, the work you have put in, won't be realized? At least not in your time?
How intimate a relationship do we really want with God? Enough to challenge God? Moses was the ultimate negotiator, bargaining with the very creator of the universe. He might just be an example for us.
Freedom is never free, nor absolute. We are alway trading one set of rules for another. Which set do you choose? The 10 Words God gave the Hebrew children at Sinai were words of liberation and freedom. Might they be that for us today?
It is one of the deepest, most terrifying questions we can ask. "Is God with us or not?" It is asked when things seem to be the darkest. But even deeper is the question, "What kind of God is with us?" Those were the questions facing the Hebrew children. Those are the questions facing us.
It is our nature to complain! Perhaps a remedy to is to turn our attention in the opposite direction, to realize that God will provide for today. Isn't that our prayer? "Give us this day our daily bread..."
Hurricane Irma skirted our area. This is another glance with a huge storm. How do we live with this, with the grace, with the trouble?
Dr. Terry Wilson from MUSC was our guest preacher today. There were some technical glitches, the recording skipped at times, but it is worth your listen!
Theologian and Old Testament scholar has named the story of the Exodus one of the primal stories of our faith--one that everyone needs to know. We need to know it, not only because it says something about our history, but it also is the story of our personal faith.
For the next few weeks we will be remembering this story, and our story. Today we begin with a story we all know--that of Moses and the Burning Bush. We hope you will join us as we make this journey!
In the midst of perilous times we need to pause for times of prayer, time to reconnect, to reorient our lives, to remember whose we are. But it can't stop there. We have to move to action. There are times when our prayers will be interrupted. How will we respond?
The Kingdom of God is a gamble. That is what Jesus always said--we are called to risk everything on.....
So often we are focused on getting rid of the weeds in our lives. What if we were more focused on celebrating the flowers that are there?
We were honored to have Tina Bailey preach for us this morning. Tina and her husband Jonathan are long time friends of Providence and live in Bali.
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After a long and hard chapter where we have heard Jesus tell us to heal the sick, cure lepers, raise the dead and cast out demons, this week it is easy! Just share a cup of cold water. Just be hospitable! Small things, but sometimes the little things are the biggest things!
Let's be honest. Following Jesus is not for the faint of heart. At times it can be terrifying to think of the consequences to relationships, maybe even our lives. Perhaps that is why over and over again Jesus tells his disciples, "Don't be afraid."
There are Sundays where something special happens--like yesterday. Charles Taylor, 90+ years old offered our special music. THAT is what you need to hear...well, stay for the sermon too!
And just think. When you are 90 you can sing like that too!
Trinity Sunday. It is the only Sunday of the church year dedicated to a theological doctrine. We know it, but what do we do with it?
We like the spectacular story of Pentecost in Acts, but what about the quieter version told by John. Not as flashy, but so much more powerful, harder, and life changing.
It is the fastest growing group in our world--Spiritual but Not Religious. But what does it mean to be spiritual? What does the Spirit lead us to do and be?
We can hear a passage of scripture so many times. We can have it emblazoned on our minds and in our hearts. But if you leave out two important words, the whole meaning is changed. Hearing them opens us to seeing Jesus in a new way.