Mother’s Day 2014

May 17, 2014

Mother's Day

Today we heard from Marjorie Truesdale for Mother’s Day.  

Marjorie is a mother of 5, and a grandmother of 8.

She shared about the pain that many of us still feel from our mothers not being all we wanted or needed them to be.  And the healing that Jesus can bring.  

The fundamental question Jesus asks, from John 5:1-9–do you want to be healed?  Click here to listen.

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What is God Doing in Colombia?

October 31, 2013

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Margarita Legarda is our Missionary Partner in Bogota, Colombia.  She works with Huellas de Paz/Footprints of Peace in a very humble neighborhood.

This week she shared from the heart some of the challenges and victories of her work through the last season.

We are honored to have Margarita as our sister and Ministry Partner.

Please listen and be encouraged.  Start by downloading the message here.


Touching Japan this Mother’s Day

May 8, 2011

 

The crisis in Japan due to the 1-2-3 punch of the Earthquake-Tsunami-Nuclear Power Plant is far from over. Even though the intense media attention has shifted from Japan to other hot spots around the globe, the impact continues as Japan reacts to the devastation:
  • Confirmed dead over 14,000.
  • Missing or unaccounted for almost 11,000
  • Currently Displaced over 125,000 persons.
In conjunction with our Mother’s Day Celebration today, we feel compelled to take some time to “press in”  to pray for Japan and to take the step of writing out words of encouragement and love that will be translated and sent in the next days.  We want to share God’s love with everyone we touch, and especially the Mothers of Japan and those who are now without Mothers.
 
Here is a note from Lauren Ray, who has been heading up our effort to Touch Japan:

“Happy National Day of Prayer everyone! As we head into the weekend, I just wanted to remind you all that I will be collecting your letters to Japan THIS SUNDAY. These letters will help to encourage, console, and hopefully lead some hurting people into the healing arms of JESUS! 

Please don’t hesitate to ask them questions and get a conversation going. As far as I know, Mio would love to translate as many letters as we have. If you don’t feel like writing, or don’t know what to write, please pray for those writing: that the Holy Spirit would guide their pens, pencils, and crayons, and for those who will be reading, that God would prepare their hearts to receive Jesus. 
 
If there is anything that you would like to include in our package to Japan (i.e. cross necklaces, coloring sheets, blankets, food, art supplies, religious comic books, japanese bibles, etc.) please bring them on Sunday as well. Monday I will send these letters to Mio for translating and we hope to have them in the mail next Friday. Thank you! See you Sunday!”

Mother’s Day is a Holiday for the Heart

May 8, 2010

Whatever else it includes, Mother’s Day is a holiday for the heart.  It is a day that naturally amplifies our feelings about Motherhood.

Our culture creates plenty of choices to celebrate the joy of Motherhood.  From greeting cards to Sunday brunches, we are surrounded by a field of opportunities to pause and show our appreciation.

But Motherhood doesn’t always match our picture of ideal.  Sometimes we walk through life with bittersweet feelings from imperfect mothers who didn’t meet our expectations and needs.  For some women, the desire to receive the gift of Motherhood remains an unfulfilled desire.  And for some who are mothers,   there is a nagging sense that “there is just not enough of me to go around”. 

The natural response to these shortcomings can be either to attempt to stuff our feelings by allowing calluses to build on our hearts at one extreme or on the other hand, to wildly throw ourselves into meeting the needs in our strength.

This week we will explore a third option:  prayer.  Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, and bring a message on  “The Power of a Praying Mother”.

Feel free to take a “sneak peek” at the Scripture passage.


God Loves Women!

December 24, 2009

This week, we complete our short series of challenging messages on “The Women of Christmas”.  If there’s one thing that’s become clear through this series it’s this:  GOD LOVES WOMEN!

This week, we will discuss several women’s issues as presented in the Christmas story, with a focus on the passage depicted in this 1627 painting by Rembradt, titled “Simeon and Anna Recognize the Lord in Jesus”.

Through our Bible passage this week, we see Mary’s incredible faithfulness to meet all the requirements of the Law, even though her family was quite poor. 

We also get to hear Simeon’s prophetic words about Jesus’s great destiny to reaveal the glory of God to the nations.  The prophet pauses to reflect on how this will affect the young mother Mary, as many will love her son, but some will hate him.  Jesus will bring Mary her greatest joy in life—and also her greatest pain.

We are also introduced to a wonderful woman by the name of Anna, who was a very old woman with a strong devotion to God.  After being widowed by her husband only seven years into her marriage, she had spent the rest of her life worshipping in the Temple, fasting, and praying. And now at the ripe old age of eighty-four, she was finally realizing the blessing of seeing what she had been waiting for all these years:  the Savior Jesus was born!. And she couldn’t help herself but share the news with the whole city of Jerusalem!

Come and share with us as we open up the Bible and see what God says about women through this incredible story.

If you would like to read ahead, feel free to take a look at Luke 2:21-40.