July 15th 2019
The Psalms are beautiful in many ways, but Psalm 100 is especially meaningful. It is a psalm that invites us to worship God in his splendor, to give thanks for what he has done, and to acknowledge that God alone is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Psalm 100 instructs, guides, confronts, corrects, and inspires us in our lives, our politics, and our faith. As we look back on our past 40 years of ministry together, we remember just how good and faithful
July 9th 2019
The Psalms are so wonderful in that they give us permission to be brutally honest before God when we feel like we’ve been wronged or taken advantage of. In Psalm 94, David certainly experienced all of that. He certainly was not afraid to tell God how angry he was and how he wanted revenge upon his enemy. But David also understood that no matter how justified we may feel in wanting revenge, it doesn’t belong to us. God alone who knows all things is best to hand
July 1st 2019
Not only do the Psalms invite us to peer deep within our souls, but they also command us to look out and up to praise the Lord. Psalm 148 calls the earth, the cosmos, and us humans to worship the Lord in all his splendor. Today we visit the songs that each of these might sing and what it might sound like if we all praised God in unison. "Let everything that has breath (and doesn’t) Praise the Lord!"
June 25th 2019
The Psalms are windows to our soul. But what is our soul? And if we have one how do we get in touch with it? Sometimes it is hidden and needs to be uncovered.   David shows us through Psalm 42 some of the ways he uses to get in touch with that part of him which is eternal and uniquely him…that which belongs to God and will return to God one day. How is your soul today?
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