Hello darkness, my old friend

How good is your night vision? Are you bringing light into a dark world? Are you brave enough to put on the armor of light and love the neighbor you fear?

religion

Millions believe they know what God wants. Religion will separate you from God if it tells you to only pray a certain way. Instead, show justice, mercy, kindness and love. These things endure.

Religious rituals around the world can draw you closer or push you farther away from God.
“Amazing Grace” rings from the steeple as one woman blesses her small town.

light in the cage

The unknown is dark and scary. It’s easier to stay in your cage and not risk what might be out there in the unknown. Then God’s light bursts into your cage — and everything changes.

Gulf Stream

Go with the flow. It’s often easier said than done. Earth’s oceans flow at the direction of mighty currents. The Gulf Stream brings water from the Gulf of Mexico to the Norwegian Sea. It has been estimated that capturing just 1/1,000th of the available energy from the Gulf Stream, which has 21,000 times more energy than Niagara Falls in a flow of water that is 50 times the total flow of all the world’s freshwater rivers, would supply Florida with 35% of its electrical needs. Unnoticed by most people, it warms the ocean, carries nutrients and tempers climate along thousands of miles of coast line.

The Holy Spirit moves in a similarly unseen manner. Guiding and protecting those who are open to feeling its power in their lives. Those who stay focused on the Spirit are a part of that massive, unequivocally powerful force in this world that brings warmth to all that is cold and melts all that is hard.

Exile

Banished. Driven from your home. Exiled. Pastor Mike talks about the feelings of exile we share during the COVID pandemic and reminds us that God is always present.

A Colorful Story

Church historian Suzy Boatner tells a few of the stories behind our stained glass windows.

What will people say at your funeral?

Did people see God’s grace and love in the way you lived your life? Imagine what will be remembered.

“The only thing that walks back from the tomb with the mourners is the character of a man. What a man is survives him. It can never be buried.” ~J.R. Miller

Finding true north

If you feel lost, better check your compass. You might be heading the wrong direction. Follow true north to find the Kingdom of Heaven.

Sacred Selfie

93 million selfies are taken each day, but what do they reveal? Do you see only the polished surface or the real diamond inside?

5 YEARS FROM NOW

Where will you be? Still clinging to a ledge in fear. Or living in the Spirit?

A life transformed by God’s grace finds hope in all times and places.