from Genesis 12:1-9
In the first of a special two-part series (and brief break from our “Summer Reading” series), we welcome new Senior Pastor Lory Beth Huffman who challenges us to consider what it might look like for us to journey TOGETHER with the future that God is calling us in to.
God is calling. Right where you are. Will you follow?
w/ Lory Beth Huffman
from Matthew 6:19-21, 24
In all of the natural world, humans have the greatest proclivity toward collecting things. Sure, there are animals that store away food, but with the intention of consuming it when there is no food to gather. Humans, however, collect things that may never have an purpose beyond essentially taking up space. Whether you hold on to furniture, trinkets, finances, or the latest technology…chances are there are things you have that you simply do not need. And yet, too often, it is the “stuff” that holds our focus more than anything else. Having it. Acquiring it. Longing for it. Keeping it safe. We worry a great deal about things in our world that ultimately only have a fleeting value.
Jesus, on the other hand, suggests that the treasure we store up ought to have an eternal value to them…that instead of storing up treasure on this part, we store up treasure in heaven. When we hold that teaching up next to the simple manner in which Jesus was born into this world, then storing up Kingdom treasure looks a lot less like material investment and much more like becoming preoccupied with the hearts of others.
w/ Vern Collins
from Genesis 6:5-22
In week 3 of our “More to the Story” series, we look at one of the most well known stories in all of Scripture…the story of Noah. While there are any number of questions surrounding this account of Noah’s building of the ark and God’s bringing of the flood, we find that there is a questions posed to us…
In this world where we might say (save for a promise and a rainbow) we’re probably due for another wiping of the slate…what if in looking back at the account of Noah, we begin to see it, not as an issue of morality, but one of theology…does creation still allow God to be God? Does humanity still allow God to be God? Are you, in your life, allowing God to be God?
w/ Vern Collins