Ministry Continues

You are witnesses of these things. — Luke 24:48 When writing reflections for a memorial service I like to list how the deceased had exemplified the Triune God; how he or she had demonstrated a love for creation and all of God's creatures, had connected people with one another, and had demonstrated divine grace and peace.… Continue reading Ministry Continues

We Declare

When asked to summarize the Bible in a sentence, I have repeated two verses from the First Letter of John: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, [God] who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse… Continue reading We Declare

For Tweens

Summer Nights Words and Deeds Movies, service, sharing,challenges, and FUN Fridays July 7, 14, 21, 28 6:30-9 PM Register with Susan or call the church office 813-988-3514 We will explore how God’s Word influences our daily actions.  Each Summer Night will focus on different words from the Bible that ask us to contribute to God’s kingdom here… Continue reading For Tweens

Witnesses

Each and every day, and increasingly in our connected world, we leave clues that some people can read and assemble into a portrait that depicts what we deem worthy of our time. As a child might leave cookies to see if Santa had visited, many websites use digital cookies to track the pages you view.… Continue reading Witnesses

Committed to Witness – Saturday

“In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells his listeners they are like a “city on a hill” that cannot be hidden. Jesus said these words near… Continue reading Committed to Witness – Saturday

Committed to Witness – Friday

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.” (Matthew 28:19-20) More of us… Continue reading Committed to Witness – Friday

Committed to Witness – Thursday

So, my child, draw your strength from the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Take the things you heard me say in front of many other witnesses and pass them on to faithful people who are also capable of teaching others. (1 Timothy 2:1-2) Disciples of Jesus are called to a great task. We are… Continue reading Committed to Witness – Thursday

Committed to Witness – Wednesday

Jesus sent these twelve out and commanded them, “As you go, make this announcement: ‘The Kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with skin diseases, and throw out demons.” (Matthew 10:5-8a) We have been called on an adventure. We have been caught up in God’s salvific work. We… Continue reading Committed to Witness – Wednesday

Growing New Friends

You can make bread without salt. But you won't like it. I have met people trying to reduce the amount of salt in their diet for various health reasons. On finding that bread contains significant amount of salt (~2% of the weight of flour) they try reducing even eliminating the salt. While salt does enhance… Continue reading Growing New Friends

Committed to Witness – Tuesday

Whenever anyone asks you to speak of your hope, be ready to defend it. (1 Peter 3:15b) Witnessing to Jesus is a two-fold task and includes inviting others to the life of discipleship and answering the doubts, questions, and difficulties that those inside and outside the church have concerning Christianity. As Alister McGrath writes, “Evangelism… Continue reading Committed to Witness – Tuesday