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God's Mission Turns Fear into Trust

Part of the series, "On A Mission with God"
 

-Rev. Matt Reeves

 
Jeremiah 20:7-13
Matthew 10:24-39
 
June 25, 2017
 

The most oft repeated command in the Bible is, “Don’t be afraid.” God’s mission isn’t grounded in fear but in God’s goodness. The reason not to fear isn’t that there isn’t any danger or that there won’t be any hardship but because Jesus’ life is the one that is finally true––it will prevail. And in spite of struggles, in the end, God’s care will prevail as well.

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God's Mission Begins With God's Heart

Part of the series, "On A Mission with God"

-Rev. Matt Reeves

 
Exodus 19:2-8a
Matthew 9:35- 10:8
 
June 18, 2017
 

The church is a people on a mission with God. And before the mission takes you anywhere or has you do anything, it makes the world’s brokenness pass through the cracks and fissures of your own heart. For that is where you find the love of Christ makes the world new.

 

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Go

- Cory Fetzer

 
Matthew 28:16-20
 
June 11, 2017
 

The Trinity is our God Three-in-One, and its communion with each other shows us how to live in community and also how we’re not finished. Jesus’ command to go and make disciples is an example from the Trinity on how we should live: together.

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The Holy Disrupter

- Rev. Matt Reeves

 
Acts 2: 1-11
 
June 4, 2017
 

Violent wind and fire are elements from which we might be inclined to take shelter. Maybe some in the Jesus-believing community would have tried had they not come so suddenly on the day of Pentecost. When we live open to the Spirit whom we can’t control and comes in ways we don’t expect, we might feel like we’re losing our lives, which is what Jesus said his disciples must do to gain them.

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God's Restoration

Part of the series "Life Without Walls"

- Rev. Matt Reeves
 

Acts: 1:1-11
 
May 28, 2017
 

After Jesus’ resurrection, the disciples essentially ask Jesus, “When are you going to make Israel great again?” Jesus responds, essentially, that his purpose isn’t to restore Israel to a former glory but to bring all the world into the restoration his death and resurrection accomplished. Where the disciples were looking backward, Jesus was looking forward and giving giving his followers a present mission. The church’s present mission isn’t to reclaim some former greatness but, by the Spirit’s power to live as witnesses now, announcing that Jesus is the rightful Lord and healer of the world.

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God Is Not Far

Part of the series "Life Without Walls"

- Rev. Matt Reeves

 
Acts 17:22-31
May 21, 2017
 

“God Loves to Be Found” In Athens, Paul converses in the marketplace, with the philosophers of the day, and finally before the city council, seeking a hearing for the gospel of Jesus risen from the dead. He urges them to receive a God that so loves to be found that God has come as close as where “we live and move and have our being.” God is not far from anyone, and yearns to be found by this generation of people with seeking hearts.

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The God Question

Part of the series "Life Without Walls"

-Rev. Matt Reeves
 

John 14:1-14
May 14, 2017
 

Many people believe in God. But which "God" do they believe in? Jesus tells his disciples something remarkable: when they see him, they see what the true God is really like! If we understand God through Jesus, we know that God really wants us with Him, will love us unto deep suffering, and claims the entirety of our being for the way, truth and life Jesus reveals.

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Life to the Full

Part of the series "Life Without Walls"

- Rev. Matt Reeves

 
John 10:1-10
May 7, 2017
 

What makes for abundant life? And how much of our day-to-day life do we spend either longing or knocking ourselves out for it (i.e. trying to “take” it for ourselves)? Jesus says that abundant life has to do with passing through a Gate that is himself. Jesus invites us to take daily life and make it an experience of entrance into him who is the abundance we cannot take but can always receive.

 

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On the Road with (not only to) Resurrection

Part of the series "Life Without Walls" 

- Rev. Matt Reeves

 
Luke 24: 13-35
April 30, 2017

 

The risen Christ meets two confused, discouraged people on their road. He leads them to understand that the Messiah was to be one that would save by suffering with us through the cross. How do we look at the world and our lives differently––not to mention, God––if we understand that Jesus meets us in our confusion to suffer with us?

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You Can't Lock Out Resurrection

- Rev. Matt Reeves

 
John 20:19-23
April 23, 2017

 

The first place the risen Christ shows up (other than at the tomb) is the home of a disciple. Everyone is afraid. But Jesus speaks peace in their midst, gives them the Spirit, and announces forgiveness. What a welcome word for homes in which there is fear, need to breathe, and need to know we can forgive and be forgiven! within us.

 

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Don't Run from the Tomb:
Life Lurks There

- Rev. Matt Reeves

 
John 20:1-18
April 16, 2017 - Easter Sunday

 

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Nothing Less Than Everything

- Rev. Matt Reeves

 
Mark 11:1-10
April 9, 2017

 

“Hosanna!

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

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God Is in the House
And the House Is You

- Rev. Matt Reeves
Romans 8:5-11
April 2, 2017

 

It’s easy to fall into ego-driven life––the life that’s focused on counting, judging, being “better than,” and building up self. That’s what Paul means by “flesh.” But for those that live graced, the heart of their life isn’t their ego but the Spirit of Christ. The miracle of the gospel is that, purely by grace, we come to house God. The life and peace we desire is about finding God within us.

 

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You've Died.
Now You Can Really Live.

- Rev. Matt Reeves
Romans 6:1-11
March 26, 2017
 

Perhaps we are programmed to think of death as a bad thing. In a way, it is––Paul calls death the “enemy.” But here’s the gospel: our death with Christ is the beginning of life, and is truly the pattern of our life. Living graced is all about letting go of ourselves––”dying”––in this life, to welcome the life that comes from Jesus’ resurrection.

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Grace Has Won.

You're Stuck With It.

- Rev. Matt Reeves
Romans 5:12-19
March 19, 2017
 

It’s easy to fall into negativity about our lives and world. Brokenness and “mess” can seem to reign. But this is not God’s way with us. Sin comes into the world, but what does God do? God makes the world and human beings even more magnificent through the Messiah. Living graced is about accepting life as truly defined by God’s gift in Christ, not by what feels to drag us down.

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From the Inside Out, 
You Are Loved. 
You Just Are.

- Rev. Matt Reeves

Romans 5:1-8
March 12, 2017
 

Life trains to live with a strong sense of deserving. We get raises on performance, college admission on grades, and earn our living. But with God, none of this applies. God pours love into us by pouring out the life of the Messiah--not because we deserve it but simply because God wants to.

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You Belong, You Just Do

- Rev. Matt Reeves

Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
March 5, 2017


In Abraham God sets out to make a family, but it is wider and more easily accessible than any you could imagine. With God, one belongs not by rights but by grace and faith through the creative power of God.

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Meditation on Psalm 90:
Ash Wednesday

 - Rev. Matt Reeves

March 1, 2017

Psalm 90 leads us to wisdom and profound satisfaction with life as human beings, but the path to this wisdom is acceptance of that which we might wish to escape. It’s the way of moans and troubles, sorrow and affliction, and dryness of soul. According to Franciscan monk and writer Richard Rohr there are five hard truths that are paths to wisdom in life. They may well have come straight from Psalm 90. They are: • Life is hard. • You are not that important. • Your life is not about you. • You are not in control. • You are going to die.

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The Power of a Touch

-Rev. Matt Reeves
Matthew 17:1-9
February 26, 2017
 

Peter, James and John see Jesus transfigured in overwhelming beauty and glory. God’s voice speaks from a cloud, adoring Jesus as God’s Son and urging the disciples to listen to him. But perhaps the moment’s power is best contained in a gesture we might miss: Jesus reaches out and touches the terrified disciples, telling them, “Get up” and “don’t be afraid.” If the divine glory can reach us in Jesus, it means that at no time are we cut off from God.

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What To Do With Your Neighbor

- Rev. Matt Reeves
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
February 19, 2017


Sometimes life can feel like “neighbor management.” At work, with family, in marriage, as volunteers, or in our opinions as we look at our world, we can get caught up in “what to do with our neighbor” (who might be driving us crazy). Leviticus 19, verses 9-18, is the heart of God’s instruction on how to live with others. What you do with neighbors is to love them, especially those that are vulnerable in the world. After all, that’s what we’d want. And it’s God’s way with us.  

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Life's One Big Choice

- Rev. Matt Reeves
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
February 12, 2017

 

As Israel prepares to enter the Promised Land, God, through Moses, sets a stark choice before them: life and prosperity or death and destruction. It sounds like a simple choice, only it isn’t because the choice is about whether to serve God with all one’s heart. God never forces anyone to look to God above all for life. Life’s one big choice is with to live close with God as the goal of our life.

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Life in the Fast Lane

- Rev. Matt Reeves
Isaiah 58:1-9a
February 5, 2017


Isaiah speaks to busy people––busy with worship and, quite imaginably, busy in their everyday lives. Though they engage in religious fasting and observing, their “fast lane” life isn’t the one that God would choose for them. He’d prefer a fast that requires a slower approach to life––one that notices the needs and struggles, exploitation and oppression, of those around them and attends to their needs.

 

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Living the Good Life

- Rev. Matt Reeves
Micah 6:1-8
January 29, 2017
 

The good life isn't about what we can get for ourselves. It's about doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God. This isn't circumstantial but purpose and attitude-driven "good life," and it's available from God for us all.

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