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Staggering Generosity

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Evangelism is a quirky word. Of course, there is a primary definition derived from the Greek and meaning “messenger," approximately. The four New Testament gospels are named the Evangelisms of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The “good news” and the “gospel” are also...

Come and See

Posted by Amy Walton on

Jesus is alive! He was dead, but a little while later, he is alive. “Is it true?” so many ask. Wes reminded us on Sunday that the resurrection was the starting point for the earliest Christians. Nothing else makes sense if you don’t start with the resurrection. John 20:6-9...

Friday is Coming

Posted by Amy Walton on

The Hope of Resurrection Sunday feels like a soft breeze on a warm day but comes in like a hurricane. One moment changes everything. Jesus goes from being a great teacher to being the Risen Messiah! Of course, he has been that all along, but Sunday proved it to be true. The prophecy of his own...

Introducing Jesus

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According to gospel accounts, Jesus dispatched his disciples to go to those who needed him––to the poor, the sick, the lonely––to anyone who would talk to them, not just to “the lost." The disciples took no provisions and no money. They were to rely on God to...

Faith Over Fear

Posted by Amy Walton on

Throughout this past year anxiety and depression levels have shot up in our country. There seems to be something new to worry about each day from physical health and safety to the emotional weight of racial, political, and spiritual tensions. For many, the weight of the past year only added to...

The Order of the Lamb, continued

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Many words bring to mind an impression or an image, a connotation. That connotation may be wildly at odds with the plain definition of the word. “Priest” is just such a word. The Roman Catholic priesthood comes to my mind first because it is ubiquitous in our society. The ancient...

The Order of the Lamb

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Like many things in Revelation, interpreters have debated the identity of the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders for centuries. And while they remain a mystery, I do know they sang this song of worship to the Lamb of God.  You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals...

Are You Glorifying Busyness?

Posted by Amy Walton on

If you stop to talk to anyone you know, the conversation will likely go something like this:  "How are you?"  "Oh, I'm good! Busy, but good!" COVID entered the scene and shook things up a bit but busy didn’t necessarily go away. Essential workers went about their lives with...

Being Strong

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Standing unafraid in the presence of God is not for weaklings. If my strength of character is diminished by the parasitic losses of sin or acquired weaknesses of any kind, I am unfit for the full armor of God. If I spend my energies in fearful defenses against my accusers, my strength is not...

Practical Ways to Love Your Neighbors

Posted by Amy Walton on

Throughout scripture, we are told to love our neighbor. In Mark 12:30-31, Jesus says “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second [greatest commandment] is this: ‘You shall love...