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The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 18:15-20
11 mins 55 secs
Views: 143
In every family there are conflicts; actually in any combination of human beings there are conflicts. It is inevitable. The secret to successful relationships isn’t in avoiding conflicts, but in how we resolve them. In the Gospel this week, Jesus gives the disciples a counter-cultural instruction manual for conflict resolution and we will look at why this is particularly important in our life as a church.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 13:31-33
15 mins 30 secs
Views: 112
The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, like yeast, like a hidden treasure, like a pearl of great value, like a net thrown into the sea… Jesus taught in parables to teach past people’s expectations and use the unexpected to reach past our defenses. This Sunday we will look at this rapid fire volley of parables in Matthew to come to a deeper understanding of the kingdom of heaven.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 13:1-9
10 mins 24 secs
Views: 118
This week’s gospel is called the parable of the sower… or is it the parable of the seeds? The sower seems rather random and the seeds helpless in the face of birds and dehydration; perhaps this should be called the parable of the soils. This week we will consider ways to keep our hearts receptive, watered and weed free so that our lives can be spiritually productive.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 10:40-42
11 mins 30 secs
Views: 106
In this week’s Gospel, Jesus is sending the disciples into the world, into his ministry; and after all the dire warnings he leaves them with this short passage of encouragement: That they are the emissaries of Jesus and therefore of God and that those who welcome them in their travels will be rewarded. Are we truly living as emissaries of the Lord? Are we welcoming those who are?
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 14:15-21
10 mins 30 secs
Views: 118
”I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 18:1-19:42
8 mins 42 secs
Views: 83
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The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 4:5-42
13 mins 33 secs
Views: 82
This week we look at the shocking encounter between Jesus and a Samaritan woman. This passage marks a shift in the size and breadth of the mission of redemption that is breathtaking, while also revealing the sustenance and refreshment needed to accomplish such a harvest. John 4:5-42
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 17:1-9
10 mins 48 secs
Views: 78
We end the Season of Epiphany recounting a most amazing moment in Jesus' earthly ministry. He is revealed in Glory. He is transfigured before Peter, James, and John. The disciples were unprepared for the moment and tried to respond. Should they have been ready? Would we, even knowing it happened, be ready for such an experience? I hope so but expect not. I have been caught unawares by the amazing activity of God in my life. These moments delight, surprise, and humble me. They are humbling precisely because they reveal the Glory of God and the Lordship of Jesus Christ. They are powerful reminders that my faith is not about me or my desires but about Jesus. How easy it is to think of our faith as something that is ours, or of us, or for us.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 5:13-20
12 mins 17 secs
Views: 107
We are called to be salt of the earth and light of the world in order that others may see our good works and give glory to our Father in heaven. Remember this was before light came on at the flick of a switch and salt could be picked up at the corner grocery. Salt and light meant life, our lives, lived gracefully, are meant to be signposts to eternal life. A current song has the lyrics "I want whatever she's got", live your life so that others will want what you've got and be ready to tell them what it is, the saving grace of Christ Jesus! It's a big responsibility but the Holy Spirit gives you what you need if you are willing.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 1:18-25
11 mins 18 secs
Views: 541
This Sunday is the Third Sunday of Advent. John, in prison, sends to Jesus to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”. John, who baptized Jesus in the river Jordan and saw the heavens open, had to ask if Jesus was the one. This was because Jesus wasn't acting the way John expected the Messiah to act. When you expect one thing, you can miss what is right in front of you.