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The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 20:19-31
7 mins 38 secs
Views: 156
This Sunday’s gospel is usually called Doubting Thomas, but there is much more than just an apostle who wants to see for himself that the Lord has risen. Thomas believed because he saw, but John wrote so we could hear, believe, and join the communion of saints. All of our readings are also about unity in the body, forgiveness and reconciliation.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 12:20-33
14 mins 12 secs
Views: 115
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me…”, “I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people…”, “Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life…”, “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself…”, This week’s readings are an intersection of powerful ideas. What does is mean for us to have a clean heart with God’s law written on it, and what then are the consequences on how we see and use the rest of our lives?
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 2:13-22
15 mins 27 secs
Views: 80
This week’s readings include the giving of the Ten Commandments and the cleansing of the temple: two dramatic expressions of God’s authority, power and zeal for holiness. In the midst of Lent we are mindful that God is holy and consider in what ways we need to clean house in our own life.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Mark 9:2-9
10 mins 2 secs
Views: 110
This Sunday’s readings are about mountain tops and transfiguration, clouds and glory descending, chariots of fire, and double portions of the Holy Spirit. Our God is a mighty God and life in Christ is only sometimes this dramatic, but always an adventure.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Mark 1:14-20
12 mins 22 secs
Views: 95
There are moments when we are called to change direction and change how we live. In this week’s Gospel Jesus continues to call his disciples and they continue to respond. What is it that drives us to repent, that drives us to realize it is time to get up and do something different than what we have been doing?
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Mark 1:4-11
13 mins 11 secs
Views: 102
Sometimes we feel small in the face of life's challenges, and sometimes we should feel small in the face of the glory of God. This week we will look at the baptism of Christ, when the glory of God broke through into the midst of man's best efforts.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
7 mins 14 secs
Views: 113
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The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 25:14-30
13 mins 39 secs
Views: 120
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The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 25:14-39
11 mins 6 secs
Views: 136
It is not easy to live life nearing the edge of an invisible precipice. Our sense of emotional stability in the midst of daily change is partially based on the internal sense that life on Earth will continue pretty much as it has for millennia. However, all our readings this Sunday remind us that this world, this life, will not continue indefinitely. The master will return, the day of the Lord will arrive, and we will be accountable for how we have used the resources of our lives: our time, our talents, and opportunities. How do we faithfully live in the face of this uncomfortable truth?
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 20:1-16
17 mins 5 secs
Views: 111
There are times when our sense of justice is offended by God’s mercy and grace. We are also sometimes offended by the door of heaven being open to those entire lives are marked by selfish destruction. This Sunday we will look at the problem of human pain and indignation in the face of God’s desire to cover the cost of our sins with the blood of the Lamb.