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God Says Yes to the least obvious – I Samuel 16:1-13

No More Straight White Men? God Says “Yes!” to the Least Obvious – I Samuel 16:1-13 (Read it first!)  presented by Pastor Trudy Franzen So, we come into the middle of a story here with Samuel and Saul and Jesse and David. A few things you need to know: 1) the people pleaded with God for a…

God Says Yes to all people – Mark 7:24-30

Gay? Bi? Race other than “White?” God Says “Yes!” to All People – Mark 7:24-30 (Read it first!)  presented by Pastor Trudy Franzen This section of scripture is one of the most challenging, because it forces us to re-imagine and re-think all of our thoughts and beliefs about the nature of God and who we think God is.…

You are the One – John 6:53-69

You are the One – John 6:53-69   Pastor Trudy Franzen When you think, “sheepdog,” what do you imagine? A dog chasing sheep, yes? For millennia, that is what dogs do. People have cultivated that and refined it so that today we have modern day sheepdogs, shepherds if you will. German shepherds, Australian shepherds, Border Collies…

Aliens Brought Near

Aliens Brought Near – July 22, 2018 Pastor Jeri Viera Dahlke There was a boy who would lean and bump against people, stand too close. He would charge through a group of people, pushing people aside as he went. There was a lawsuit, expulsion from school, and rejection of peers. The boy was six. The father…

Rebel Jesus, Rebel Christian

Rebel Jesus, Rebel Christian – July 8, 2018 Pastor Jeri Viera Dahlke P: The Holy Gospel according to Mark. C: Glory to you, O Lord. Jesus left that place and came to his hometown. His disciples followed him. On the Sabbath, he began to teach in the synagogue. Many who heard him were surprised. “Where did…

Supernatural – Mark 4:35-41

Supernatural – Mark 4:35-41   Pastor Trudy Franzen Have you ever seen this thing on the internet called “Google Earth?” If you haven’t, you have to check it out. You can put your address in, and up will pop a picture of your house from space. Yep. I remember the first time we showed Google Earth…

Galatians: The Letter of Freedom Part 2

Galatians: The Letter of Freedom  Part 2 – Pastor Trudy Franzen Last week, we talked about Paul and the letter to the Galatians.  If you recall, Paul was upset because there were people who insisted that in order to be a “real Christian,” one must be circumcised and adhere to the laws of Moses.  This included…

Galatians: The Letter of Freedom

Galatians: The Letter of Freedom – Pastor Trudy Franzen Imagine for a moment that people in the Church are arguing about what makes for a “real Christian.”  Who is a real Christian and who is not?  There’s a lot of posturing and bickering and shouting, and this guy, who claims to have authority from Jesus…