Seeds

“Nothing is more practical than finding God."

During Advent we reflect upon and prepare for the coming of Jesus. We remember his birth and make sure our preparations are on track for his return. So why did he come? And what can we expect the second time around? The Jesus whose birth we celebrate, and whose return we anticipate, is Jesus Christ, …

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“At that moment heaven was opened, and he (Jesus) saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him” (Matthew 3:16). So why a dove? We’ve been talking about baptism, and what we can learn from John’s baptism as well as John’s baptism of Jesus. John talked about the Holy Spirit coming …

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“Be careful not to allow anyone to captivate you through an empty, deceitful philosophy that is according to human traditions and the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8). “Be careful.” The apostle Paul’s message in today’s lectionary reading is my word to you this morning, my sisters and brothers. …

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It was one of those “interesting” nights. I was invited to a dinner yesterday evening with all of the national staff, regional Synod executives, and pastors from a few other churches in the Synod of Albany. Each pastor was invited to share something about their congregation and also communicate which steps forward we believed the …

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