Welcome to Lent…

This Sunday we’re diving into Lent. We are going to be starting a 4 week sermon series examining betrayal. I know it sounds dark, and maybe it is, but the truth is that in our lives we have all experienced it, in some way, at some time. Maybe we’ve been betrayed. Maybe we’ve betrayed someone. Maybe we’ve stood by and let a betrayal happen. The question is not only how should we respond, but how does Jesus respond to betrayal? How does he respond to us?

So that’s what I want to explore over the next few weeks. Discovering how we can heal after betrayal, how Jesus responds to it, how we as a community can prevent it, and how you can bless those who betray you. Deep stuff, but important I think as well. Not all of life is easy, and in Lent we reflect on that reality. Sometimes the deep and difficult stuff is the most worthwhile stuff to actually work through. That’s what Lent is about: slowing down, examining yourself, and reflecting on Jesus’ sacrifice. So that’s where we’re going on Sunday.

The beauty is that when we honestly open up space to discuss the deep stuff of our life, healing can happen. So this Sunday we begin to discover how we can find light in the midst of the dark, because that’s what the life of faith is about…

Hope you can join us.

Finding Joy…Creating Joy…

What brings you joy?

Seriously. What are a few things that bring you joy? Is it being with friends, a good cup of coffee, a sunrise, a giraffe, dancing, cooking, hunting, creating?

What brings you joy?

My challenge today is this: to do something that brings you joy just for the sake of it.

As Christians we’re able to enjoy life, to experience it deeply and openly. So do that today. Go for a run, get out some paints, make a chair. Do whatever is in your  nature that brings you joy, and simply be in the presence of joy.

I’m going to cook. I’m going to get out the ingredients, a new recipe, some great music, and sit my son on the chair and we’ll cook together. And probably make a mess together, but we’ll find joy together.

So find joy today. And then this Sunday we’re going to journey together to hopefully discover how to find joy always. But why wait till Sunday?

Start finding joy today… and share with me what gives you joy?

What are you Hoping for?

This Sunday starts the season of Advent, and we’re focusing on hope. Hope is so prevelant in Christmas. Kids are hoping for a special gift, parents might be hoping to just get through Chrismas. We look forward to Jesus’ birth and how he brings us hope. All of these things are true and good.

But what I want to focus on today is – what are you hoping for?

Not in terms of material gifts, but in terms of you’re life. Is there a need in your life you’re hoping to be filled? Is there a desire that lingers, a prayer that needs to be answered, is there a darkness that needs to be lifted?

Advent is about anticipating, waiting and hoping for Jesus’ birth. Because with his birth comes new hope and new life. This Sunday were going to be focusing not on what hope is, but how Jesus wants to give you and me a hope that overflows.

So today what is it your hoping for this Christmas?

Spend sometime honestly sharing it with God. It can be hard to whisper those deep needs, for fear of being disappointed. But if the Christmas story is true, then it means that hope gets birthed in the most unexpected places and ways.

And it can happen to you today…