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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: 542
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.
This week we will look at the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. How can the one who is trying so hard, and is so confident be so very wrong? And how can we live lives marked by humility, but not be either ineffective wallflowers or end up ‘proud’ of our humility?
This week’s gospel starts with the disciples asking for more faith and ends with Jesus telling them to consider themselves slaves not expecting gratitude or praise. Luke has a different context than Matthew for faith the size of a mustard seed and we will reflect on why we need faith, how we receive it and how we use it in our life in the body of Christ.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 15:1-10
14 mins 46 secs
Views: 160
Jesus came into the world to save sinners and tells us that there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. How is our view of ourselves shaped by these verses? And more importantly, are we, as individuals and as the body of Christ, seeking the lost with the persistent love of God or are we driving them away with our own sinfulness?
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 11:1-13
19 mins 30 secs
Views: 238
Improve your Prayer Life. Learn to pray as Jesus taught us. A day to change your life.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 9:51-62
16 mins 46 secs
Views: 176
In this Gospel, Jesus turns his face towards Jerusalem during his journey, he prepares the apostles.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 24:44-53
9 mins 22 secs
Views: 249
Jesus appeared to many people in Jerusalem in the weeks following his resurrection. Following these physical appearances Jesus ascended into heaven. Just as Jesus had taken on flesh to dwell among us, he returned to heaven and to His Heavenly Father. The ultimate homecoming. We rejoice with Angels the good news of Jesus' triumphal return to heaven even as we reflect on the very important question the Angels asked Jesus' disciples.