I was in middle school when two students brought guns into Columbine High School and committed mass murder of their students, teachers, peers. I remember coming home from school on the bus, being by myself in the house, and watching the news. I remember what happened consuming my thoughts for weeks to come. I was in high school when a father and his son shot people in t...Keep Reading
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Jesus speaks of a world where your value isn’t based on what you can get but on what you give. A world where your value isn’t based on what you can gain for those on top of society but what you can do for those on the bottom of society. A world where value isn’t assigned based on what you do but what you do for....
For our next service project, Spirit and Life will be collecting specific items to be used in filling Cleaning Buckets which we will donate for hurricane relief. The buckets will be used by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to help victims of hurricanes in their effort to recover from the devastating effects of the storms. Last year, UMCOR exhausted their supply of these buckets due to the major hurricanes our country sustained....
We are a humble church, with no grand building to house our family on Sundays but we are rich in authenticity and strong in our bonds to one another. When we sing and pray it really feels as if we do so in a manner that worships god rather than revels in our own magnificence. We worship authentically and we worship biblically. That is what compelled my family to join Spirit and Life and I believe that this sense of earnestness and godliness is what has allowed us to make this church our home....
This article is one in of a series that discusses our core values. At Spirit & Life, we seek to be in relationship with each other as encounter Jesus invites us into relationship with God. We seek to accept everyone God calls into relationship with our community....
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"Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done." Genesis 2: 1-3 This past Sunday we looked at How Christians Use...Keep Reading
2 Corinthians 5:18-19 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. Christians fight. We do. Christians are people and people fight. What can hopefull...Keep Reading
This blog is a follow up to the sermon from this past Sunday "How Christians Read the Bible." To listen to that sermon, go tohttp://www.spiritandlifechurch.org/sermons I remember a few weeks ago we were all making preparations, running to libraries to get glasses, and in general going a bit crazy for the eclipse. I watched the eclipse from my house, alone. And as the ecli...Keep Reading
[Jesus said,] "If you love me, you will keep my commandments." John 14:15 I thought I'd won the argument. As a kid I wanted to watch the TV show The Simpsons, something that wasn't allowed in my family. But I had recently learned that a neighborhood friend was allowed to watch it and I returned to my parents sure that another kid being allowed to watch this show proved ...Keep Reading
Oliver Wendell Holmes is supposed to have said, "Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer." So I know that a lot of times, perhaps too many times, I begin sermons by telling cute stories about my son Patrick. And he gives me a lot of material. He's a good, sweet boy who knows more ...Keep Reading
This blog post is another reflection about the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why. Our Family and Youth Coordinator, Brenda Amodea, has written a reflection about it on our blog posted here. Brenda writes from a perspective of years spent on the front lines of ministry with young people and immense wisdom gained from that experience. She also references a number of other articles...Keep Reading