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  • Blessed Are the Peacemakers

    Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”(Matthew 5:9 NRSV)

    • What is peace?
    • Why does it seem there is so little “peace” in our lives and in our world?
    • How does one go about “making peace”? 

    I consider “peace” a core value in my life and I want to be a "peacemaker."  But I'm not sure I fill that role very well.  I would describe myself as a pacifist, but I am the first to admit that I don’t know how to respond appropriately to terrorism, injustice, human rights violations and unprovoked attacks. I have a passion for helping people grow in their relationships with God and others, but I am not always the easiest person to get along with and can start an argument in no time. I take offense, can hold a grudge, and have unrealistic expectations of myself and others. Not exactly the model “peacemaker.”

    Even so, I feel a tug on my heart to hear Jesus say “Blessed are the peacemakers.” I want to make to peace. I don’t want to read about the lives of children in war-torn countries. I don’t want to see photos of refugee camps and people starving and dying because of conflicts. I don’t want to hear about another young person lost due to youth violence. I don’t want to know someone who encounters a bully every day.

    So when I saw this link to something called a Millions Minutes for Peace I clicked on it immediately. I found that on September 21, three teens will deliver thousands of signatures to the United Nations - signatures of those who have signed a pledge to take one minute to pray for peace on that day.   Listen to the youth of our world by watching this video.

     

    Can one minute of prayer for peace make a difference in our world?  Can we "make peace"?  I think we can.  Jesus calls us to be peacemakers and isn't it cool that through this amazing thing called technology, we can join thousands of people around the world to be peacemakers for one minute?  I think one minute of praying for peace may turn into several minutes of peace.  And the one thing I do know is this:  when I'm praying for peace that's one minute I'm not destroying peace.

    Won't you join me signing this pledge for peace? 

    Vikki

     

  • Sunday to Monday | Doing Church in a Whole New Way (1 of 2)

    On Sunday, we started a 2-part series on Doing Church in a Whole New Way. The service started with this video from Nickelback.

    Pastor Dave talked about the Vital Signs of a Church....and how each of us plays a part in the vitality of the church through Preparation, Participation, Pastoral Acts and Public Witness. Here are some questions and passages to reflect on this week:

    • "...they devoted themselves to the apostles' teachings..." (v. 42). What might you do to engage in a higher level of spiritual Preparation?
    • "...they were devoted tot he breaking of the bread.." (v. 42). How might you grow in your Participation in the body of believers?
    • "All who believed were together and had all things in common" (v. 44). How might you share what you have to Pastorally care for another?
    • "...they ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having goodwill for all people" (vv. 46-47). What is God desiring that your Public Witness look like?

    And here are a couple of other videos that were part of the service.

    Schindler's List clip on the value of using your gifts to serve others.

     

    Extreme Community Makeover video. Learn more about GGCC's Extreme Community Makeover here.

  • Sunday to Monday | Inside Out Living

    Two videos were part of Sunday's worship experience, focused on how Jesus cares more about what's inside, in our hearts and minds, than about how our lives look from the outside.  Watch these videos again (or for the first time if you missed Sunday morning), and think about the questions below each one.

     

    • Does the man on the bench in anyway represent your life?
    • Have you ever been really honest with someone about one of your shortcomings? Was the reaction positive or negative?
    • Jesus' reaction to your complete honesty about your failings is consistently love and grace. 

     

    • We only share our deepest secrets and hurts with the people we trust the most. Does your prayer life reflect a depth of sharing your inner most thoughts that demonstrates a close relationship with God? 

     More questions to help you use scripture to connect Sunday to the rest of your week:

    • Jesus’ best teachings often arise from conflict. Do you avoid a good conflict at all costs? Is Jesus possibly desiring to draw you into a conflict to teach you something? Mark 7:1-8 
    • What spiritual hypocrisies do you maintain in your life? Where are you outer and inner life inconsistent? Mark 7:6 
    • Where do you hold to human tradition that does not allow the commands of God to be alive within you? Mark 7:8 
    • What do you despise in another? Could it be that which you despise is also the inner shadow Jesus desires to acknowledge and take control of? Mark 7:21-23

     

     

  • Blessed Be Your Name

    Life teaches us that there is a time for everything, and this wisdom is found in scripture too.

    Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

     There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under heaven:
     a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
     a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
     a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
     a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
     a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
      a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
     a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

    We don't have control over the timing of some of life's biggest happenings, and sometimes the timing defies understanding. But here's a great image for how followers of Christ can live in response to that reality.

     

    Prayer:

    Blessed be your name, Lord. Whether I find myself in a time to plant or a time to uproot, a time to tear down or a time to build up, a time to weep or a time to laugh, a time to mourn or a time to dance....help me remember that you are my portion. At all times and in all places, may my heart seek you out, and may you turn your face toward me in mercy and in love. (Psalm 119: 57-58) Amen.

  • We're the Same Soul

    Dear Saints and Sinners,

    What a Father’s Day it was when the prodigal son came home (Luke 15 1-3, 11-32). He had taken his half of the inheritance and gone off to the Las Vegas of his day to squander it all on fast times and loose living. When his money was gone he turned around and headed toward home hoping his Dad would give him a job as a day laborer in the family business. As the story goes, "while he was far off, his father ran to him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him." (Luke 15:20)

    Mother's Day and Father's Day are emotional mine fields. Any group of people who surrounds you will run the gamut of positive and negative memories of parents during childhood.  Each of us has been that prodigal, hoping that someone is going to "run toward us while we are yet far off…"  We yearn to be made whole and healed of the brokenness and loneliness that none of us can escape.  It comes to all of us in some portion.

    The rock star Bono of U2 sings of the brokenness in his relationship with his earthly father in the song Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own. One of the lines in the song goes "…we fight all the time , you and I ….that’s all right...we’re the same soul." 

    Have you ever had a tough time with your Dad? Absolutely you have. We all have. The hope that is ours when times are difficult with our earthly father is to recognize that we have "the same soul" in that we share a Heavenly Father

    Our Heavenly Father sent Jesus to be a prodigal in some ways to a lost land. A land of the squandered. Think about Jesus. He was accused by the authorities of his day of being a lawbreaker. The powerful chapter of Luke 15, which contains the story of the prodigal son, begins with the authorities watching Jesus for a violation of the law.

    The Pharisee’s and the scribes were grumbling and saying , "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them." (Luke 15:2).

    What great theological irony.  Jesus the prodigal son came to bring you home. Through the power of the resurrection, Jesus comes running after you to give you a hug, reclaiming you as his own...this day and for eternity.

    See you on Sunday.


    Still in one peace,

    David J Jensen

  • Funny the Way It Is

    Dear Saints and Sinners,

    I was asked this week, "What is the purpose of a youth mission trip?"

    My response surprised the one who asked, "It is secondary that we do missions to others. It is primarily to create the space within the participant who goes for the Holy Spirit to be at work in their in heart."

    Certainly it is great if "mission work" happens and others are served by Jesus through us. However, I think that is merely a byproduct of the Holy Spirit's capacity to first change us.

    When Jesus talks in John 3 about Nicodemus’s spiritual development he says, "Do not be astonished that I said to you, that you must be born from above. The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with people born of the Spirit." (John 3:7,8)

    My greatest hope while out in the mission field is this: That the life back home that we have grown to be in rhythm with, and find a routine in, and where we live in a comfort zone…. that it gets left behind enough for the Holy Spirit's winds to have room to roam and flow around us. When this transformation has taken place the richest of mission work transpires in Jesus' name.

    To create this space, it seems to this 50 year old man, becomes more challenging each year. The tethers to our comfort zone of home grow thicker with each passing day. We go everywhere with phones, email, Starbucks, food we know, even home theater systems in the palm of our hand. We limit the potential of what the Holy Spirit's winds might do to reshape our lives anew by our obsession to worship only what we know. The sinful temptation to deny the Spirit ample space is not an act of only the young. We adults, by my observation, are even less prone to cut the umbilical cord to "what is" and risk what the Spirit might do new as we move into the world.

    This weekend Saryn McCune is baptized and we have six 8th graders who will be affirming their faith. I hope the waters of their baptism reclaim them and comfort them throughout their lives. I also hope they find that “surf is up” in terms of their baptismal waters, and they ride exciting waves of adventure that take them to new places in Jesus' name, never leaving them the same, but always transforming them anew in the name of the, "one who always was is and will be," Jesus the Christ.

    I leave for a men’s retreat immediately after the 10:30 a.m. service this week. Our Junior High go on a mission trip to the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming July 19-24. The senior high go to San Diego July 25 - August 1. These are the "official" God's Grace mission trips coming up. However, this day God sends you out in mission to a world that is odd and wonderful. Each of us is odd and wonderful in Jesus' name. Find a way this day and every day to make some space to allow the Holy Spirit to work with you outside your comfort zone.

    The Dave Matthews Band was just on the TODAY SHOW. They played their new song “Funny The Way It Is.” Watch it performed here.

     

    The world indeed is funny the way it is, but Jesus has created a place for you in the world where you might be transformed and the Spirit's winds will do mission through you.

    See you on Sunday.

    Still in one peace,

    David j Jensen