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First Christian Church, Grand Junction – Praising God, Changing Lives!

'Narrative Lectionary' Tagged Sermons

Wait

Y’all, God’s vision for First Christian Church, Grand Junction is an Easter vision. It is new life, life practiced and experienced differently from the ways of the world all around us. Life practiced in a way that might seem like foolishness to the ways of the world. But, like the disciples and their vision of a Holy Spirit poured out upon them, we must wait for this vision to be realized in God’s time, not our time. So we must wait. But let us not get discouraged in the waiting. Instead, let us wait actively, doing everything God asks and requires of us in this time. And let us enjoy the present moment in which we live, instead of pining for a future moment. God offers plenty of reward, right here, right now. And let’s trust in God that God’s great vision will take place at the appropriate time.

Love Your Neighbor

When I read Jesus’ greatest commandment, I hear Jesus saying we’re supposed to love God, we’re supposed to BE church, not exclusively or even mostly by gathering together for Sunday worship but MOSTLY but loving other people with actions that HELP them…the way Jesus spent his ministry loving people by helping them. So…First Christian Church, what can we do to love our neighbor?

But to Serve

Maybe I’m thinking too big. Maybe what Jesus wants is for us to stay in our houses of worship, talking to each other, and leaving everybody out there to fend for themselves. Maybe, but I don’t think so. Actually, I’m pretty sure those big dreams and visions I have about the way it could be – even just here, in Grand Junction – are more in line with what Jesus meant when he said:

Striving with God

And this long-term struggle, this struggle every single day to get our will in line with God’s will, the struggle every day against God’s desires but also the struggle to get BACK to God’s desires, y’all THAT is what the Bible is all about. That’s what following Jesus is all about. Our lives are about a transformation process being worked by God but resisted by us. We, people, spend much of our lives seeking our own desires and our own way. Yet somehow, through encounters with God …God tries to transform us into something more than what WE desire, God tries to transform us into what God made us for, into what God desires for us. It’s the transformation of resurrection, the transformation of the new life God offers out of the old life we have so long pursued.

“A Different Type of Laughter”

My friends God IS calling you to live differently so that, in the end, you will laugh a different type of laughter, the type of laughter you so long to laugh. God IS calling you to live differently so that everyone who hears – everyone who pays attention to how God is working through you – will laugh WITH you, will laugh with you a laughter of joy and goodness. All you have to do is choose to go along with God’s plan.

Relationships

September 6, 2015 Sermon “Relationships” Scripture – Genesis 2:4b-25 In the day that the Lord[a] God made the earth and the heavens, 5 when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the […]