Lent Series: Sin as Self-absorption

Following is the seventh of weekly devotionals that will be posted throughout the Lenten season. May these reflections encourage and help you as you repent, reflect, and prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Thank you to Sarah Bartley for today’s post.   I spent some time recently with a colleague who works in public service.  This…

Lent Series: Sin as Barrier

Following is the sixth of weekly devotionals that will be posted throughout the Lenten season. May these reflections encourage and help you as you repent, reflect, and prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Thank you to Chad Stutz for today’s post.   We are all God’s children. Many of us, no doubt, are familiar with this…

Lent Series: What Am I Fasting For?

Following is the fifth of weekly devotionals that will be posted throughout the Lenten season. If you haven’t already seen the previous Lenten posts on the topic of sin and its forms in our lives, please check them out. This entry takes a different approach to talk about the discipline of fasting. Thank you to Megan Berger for today’s…

Lent Series: Sin as Addiction

Following is the fourth of weekly devotionals that will be posted throughout the Lenten season. May these reflections encourage and help you as you repent, reflect, and prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Thank you to Melissa Lowther for today’s post.   Read: Romans 7:14-25a Addiction can sometimes take predictable forms like alcoholism, drug abuse, or…

Lent Series: Sin as Death

Following is the third of weekly devotionals that will be posted throughout the Lenten season. May these reflections encourage and help you as you repent, reflect, and prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Thank you to Natalie Crowson for today’s post.   But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves…

Lenten Prayer Stations

Repent. Reflect. Prepare. The 2016 Lenten prayer stations are now open! We invite you to set aside some time to come to the church and spend time in guided prayer. What are the Lenten prayer stations? There are seven interactive stations set up around the church that we hope will facilitate a unique prayer experience…

Lent Series: Sin as Pride

Following is the second of weekly devotionals that will be posted throughout the Lenten season. May these reflections encourage and help you as you repent, reflect, and prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Thank you to Jimmie Massie for today’s post.   Pride goes before destruction; a haughty spirit before stumbling. —Proverbs 16:18 “Pride produced the…

Sermon Scraps: Secrets and Trees

In Pastor Bobby’s sermon yesterday, he referenced Post Secret, which was founded by Frank Warren. Warren received a surprising number of postcards that people had mailed to him with their secrets written on them. Some were silly. Some were serious. Some were shocking. Warren declared: “After seeing thousands of secrets, I understand that sometimes when we believe we are…