June 17th 2019
When we break the word compassion down into its Latin roots, we get com which means “together” and passion which means “to suffer.” In Psalm 103, God is described as a compassionate father which literally means “one who suffers with us.” How comforting for us to know that our God is one who walks alongside us in all seasons of life…but most especially when life is painful.
June 13th 2019
Pentecost is the day in the Church that we remember how the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus’ disciples after his ascension into heaven. Everyone was filled with awe as Jesus’ followers began to speak the native languages of all the foreign people who had come to Jerusalem to celebrate the first fruits of their harvest. It was a time when God decidedly was doing something new in the world by introducing these “outsiders” to God’s inclusive pla
June 6th 2019
The Book of Psalms are a collection of prayer poems that peer deep into the human heart. Indeed, the Psalms give us license to be brutally honest before a God who is big and strong enough to handle even the most raw of our emotions. This week, guest preacher Bruce Armstrong offers his insight on Psalm 1 and what a “blessed” person of God does and does not do. These folk look to God for their council and wisdom in order to navigate the paths of lif
May 29th 2019
Mealtimes are special opportunities to bring people together. As we have been learning through this sermon series, it is at table when we break bread together that we experience the Risen Lord. But food can also be very divisive today around the issue of allergies. Groups sometimes can be divided into two camps…those who can partake and those who can’t. Whenever possible, Jesus invites us to accommodate for food allergies out of love so that we can enjoy our
May 20th 2019
Today’s scripture in Acts 11:1-18 is a game changer as God paves the way for sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ to people who were once excluded from God’s grace. It’s a story that still challenges our notions of who should be or should not be included. We are called to open our hearts and minds to share our lives and mealtimes with people who are different from us. As we do so, we will see how God’s Kingdom radically breaks into our mi
May 14th 2019
Acts2:42-47 describes how the early church was dedicated to four simple things…The Apostles’ Teaching, Sharing Meals together, Fellowship, and Prayer. This created a spiritually charged environment where many wondrous and miraculous events occurred. And people flocked in groves to be part of such a gathering. At Cascades we too are dedicated to these four things. It’s what makes our community of faith such a tremendous blessing to those bot
May 7th 2019
Mealtimes are always with Jesus. He welcomes, includes, feeds, strengthens, forgives, restores, and calls us to join him in future mission. Likewise, our mealtimes together should reflect the same actions. When we do, we realize that the risen Lord is alive and well among us.
April 29th 2019
Do you ever feel like you miss out on Jesus because we are always looking for him in grandiose ways? The truth is that Jesus is with us in all seasons in life but most especially in the ordinary and the mundane. The first Easter afternoon, several of Jesus disciples encountered him as they walked and talked along the way, but they never realized it was him. It wasn’t until they sat down and shared a meal together that their eyes were open, and they saw the resurre
April 22nd 2019
People respond differently to the news that Jesus has risen from the dead. Some of us struggle with our need for facts in order to prove that it actually happened. Some of us are so stuck in our grief that we cannot see Jesus in our midst. And yet some of us simply believe. All three are present in the story of Jesus’ resurrection that first Easter morning. Regardless of who we represent, we cannot deny the truth that Jesus has risen from the dead and has b
April 17th 2019
Oftentimes on Palm Sunday we focus on the joyful celebration of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. But if we pay attention to the text in Luke, it gives us a window in Jesus’ heart at the moment. Jesus was deeply disappointed…perhaps in himself, in his ministry, in others, in creation, and in God the Father’s abandonment of him. Every human experiences disappointment in life and it's important for us to pay attention to