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Isaiah 9:6-7 and Micah 4:1-4 Have you ever seen that internet meme of the cat being dragged on a leash across a beach? The cat refuses to budge, so that its human has to do all the hard work of walking and moving the cat. That’s the image I got when Titus Peachey challenged the church to prophetically declare that “the war is over.” We simple won’t fight anymore. The church’s witness could look like
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Mark 9:30-37 Prov. 31:10-31 I started this sermon with a story told from the perspective of the little child that Jesus drew into the circle of (disgruntled) disciples. What must it have been like for a small child to be called into the company of grown men who had obviously been having a disagreement? My own imagination about the scenario was affected by 2 stories: Barbra Graber’s story about sexual abuse shared the past week
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September 13, 2015

Stoop Down

“Keep me from the insolent; don’t let them have dominion over me” (Psalm 19:13). Insolent what? Insolent words, insolent attitude, insolent heart? The word insolent rolled around my mind during the reading and singing that followed it. To be insolent is to have contempt, to have feelings of being better than. It’s my number one sin, really. Thinking my way is the right way; that I know best. So, I wondered, what kind of prayer
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Keith Weaver, Lancaster Mennonite Conference Moderator, spoke at James Street Mennonite about Lancaster Conference’s vision 2020 – “We See New Life.” This vision is really a desire. It states what Conference leaders want to see in all the congregations of the conference and suggests 4 ways to go about it. (You can read all about it at the conference website.) Behind the Conference vision is Scripture: Revelation 21:22-22:5 depicts a throne out of which flows
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We come to church. We say Beautiful Things, Holy Words, Loving Words. Minutes later, we act. Smirk. Slander. Slay. We are hypocrites. All the rules we keep don’t make our actions any more graceful. Today, Bishop Jason Kuniholm’s powerful words called us to act with grace. We can’t stop saying the Beautiful Words. The Holy word of God calls us to something more than we ever can be on our own. In the power of
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