Salt & Light

22Feb

Salt & Light

Matthew 5:13-20

People are forming faith communities and worshiping in different places and spaces and redefining what it means to be Christian and Methodist in an increasingly diverse and rapidly changing culture. The present is unstable, and the future seems uncertain.

How are we, the disciples of Jesus Christ today, to be in this situation? How are we to live? How are we to practice our faith? How are we to share it with others?

Jesus says we are to be salt, intensifying the flavor of the world around us. Jesus says we are to be light, shining God’s grace into the despair and fear many people feel. Our goodness is to be so obvious, so in evidence, that, through our presence, the very presence of God’s love and grace is felt in those around us

 

Scripture reading by: Kent Walters

 

Sermon by Lay Leader, Rick Bradstreet

Recorded February 05, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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The Desert

1Feb

The Desert

Hebrews 3:1-14

 

The scripture from Hebrews relates the power of Christ and reliance on God in light of Moses and the Israelites wanderings through the desert en route to the promised land. None of that generation lived to enter the promised land except Caleb and Joshua, who trusted in God to deliver to them the promised land of milk and honey.

In this personal message, we may all find ourselves wandering in a spiritual "desert" at some point in our lives. Our spirits are parched, worship seems hollow, prayers empty and unfulfilling, as if God has abandoned us. But unlike the Israelites, it is not a time for complaining and turning away from God. Instead, it can be a time of deep reflection and examination of our lives. A time spent redoubled in prayer and scripture, despite the emptiness, because in the end we know God is in control, loves us, and can be trusted to lead us out of the "desert" as He did for Caleb and Joshua."

 

Scripture reading by Debbie Huyck

Sermon by Lay Leader, Rick Bradstreet

Recorded Janurary 29, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

 

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