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
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Morning Prayer of the One Who Already Feels Behind...
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....
[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
In case you missed it, here is the first sermon in our new series "I literally can't even." In the weeks to come we will be looking at the impossible things Jesus tells us to do and relying on Jesus to help us do impossible things. Happy Easter everyone! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! No, I'm not a week late on that. Easter was last Sunday. And Easter is this Sunday...Keep Reading
Christ is Risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia! This past Sunday we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ by taking the thing that was the means of his death and turning it into a symbol of vitality, joy, and life. Christ is alive and wants to live in you. May you experience the victory and new life in Jesus this Easter season. Easter Cross 2017 from Spirit Lif...Keep Reading
Ezekiel 37 The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" I said, "Sovereign Lord, you alone know." Finally...Keep Reading