Dlollis

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  1. Transforming Me: Limping into Easter — April 14, 2014
  2. Transforming Me: Thoughts from the journey: What’s the lesson in this? — April 11, 2014
  3. Transforming Me: Not the Savior we expected… — March 31, 2014
  4. Transforming Me: Course Correction, Week 2: Changing Lanes — March 18, 2014
  5. Transforming Me: In a Roadside Ditch: Thoughts from the first week of ‘Course Correction’ — March 10, 2014

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Apr 14 2014

Transforming Me: Limping into Easter

Original post at http://dlollis.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/limping-into-easter/


nailsWe’re now up to Holy Week and I’m finding myself in a place that I’ve been before: I’m limping into Easter.

My first glimpse of this issue came in my first year in ministry.  For my first Easter, I had to lead a sunrise service and a worship service.  Then, I lost my voice that week.  It’s not easy to “proclaim the Good News” when you really don’t have a voice to proclaim it.   In fact, it was so bad that the Sunrise Service started on the outside of the church and quickly moved indoors.  I spent the couple of hours between Sunrise and the next worship service trying to get a little something out of my voice.  Yet, I survived!

Then there was the year that I had shoulder surgery around Easter time.  That makes it difficult to do such things as break the bread for communion.

Now, this year, I’m limping into Easter again.  I’ve been dealing with nagging health issues since November and the persistence of this issue leads you to such feelings as frustration and questions.  In the middle of this, I’ll spend my time thinking about Jesus and Holy Week, of suffering and death and resurrection and life.

Sometimes, the limping isn’t related to anything physical.  Instead, the limping comes from the ups and downs of life, the events and tensions that our happening in the world around us.

Maybe there’s something deep and theological about “limping into Easter.”

When I remember the events of Holy Week, I see how it left Jesus bruised, battered, abandoned, betrayed and left for dead.  Even in resurrection, Jesus still bears the wounds and the scars of what happened to get him there.

Then there’s that group of believers who had been around Jesus for three or so years.  In Jesus’ final hours leading to the cross, most of this group ran away, hid and abandoned.  One of Jesus’ own, Judas, betrayed him.  Another of Jesus’ brightest stars, Peter, denies even knowing Jesus when the pressure was own.  They struggle to believe that Jesus is alive and one asks for verifiable proof that it really is Jesus.

Sometimes, there are bruises that go far deeper than skin and bone.  Sometimes the bruises go all the way to the heart.

Yet, in all of the bruises, the beatings, the piercing of flesh and the pain and agony of the cruise, Jesus kept doing the very thing that he had commanded his disciples to do.

He loved God with everything that he had.  He loves his neighbor as himself (just think of a couple of criminals hanging on a cross or Jesus’ words to forgive those who were putting him there).

That is where I’m finding myself again this week.  I’m limping into Easter, but I’m still inspired, uplifted, held close, redeemed and restored by the love of Jesus.

And it leads me to think of my favorite quote from Frederick Buechner: “Resurrection means that the worst day is never the last day.”


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Apr 11 2014

Transforming Me: Thoughts from the journey: What’s the lesson in this?

Original post at http://dlollis.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/thoughts-from-the-journey-whats-the-lesson-in-this/


lesson.001“What’s the lesson in this?”

It was a question that knocked me for a loop a couple weeks ago.  I was talking to someone else in ministry about some of the things I’ve been experiencing in my overall health recently.  Then, out of the blue, he asks that question.

“What’s the lesson in this?”

I understand this question.  It’s a counseling question and I’ve asked the same question when I’ve talked to others.  It’s a question that helps us to move back a little from the situation.  It forces us to look at predicaments, relationships, etc., in a new way.  The answers we give to this question can be so informative about where we really are with everything.

“What’s the lesson in this?”

It’s also a theological question and at the heart of that theology is redemption. Redemption is a big, big thing when it comes to God and this question helps to point us to the possibility of redemption. Is there a way that God can take this situation and bring good?

In his book, “Why?,” Adam Hamilton says, “In our personal lives, when we place our sorrows and suffering in God’s hands, we find God redeems the suffering and uses it for our good.”

So at the heart of this is the question of how can God take what you’re going through, dealing with, living with and give it a higher purpose and meaning?

“What’s the lesson in this?”

There’s a reason that he was asking me this question.  Since the end of November, I’ve dealt with a string of health-related issues including pneumonia during the month of December.  Each time that I’ve felt I’m finally getting better again, I’ve ended up with something else and recovery has been slow.  If anything, I’ve been frustrated at the slow recovery and I’m tired of not feeling as I know I should be feeling.  Today, as I finish up writing this, I’m back on another round of medication.

Yet, I struggled with the answer to that question:

“What’s the lesson in this?”

So after thinking about it for a few weeks, I’m still coming up with the lessons.

Part of it is that I’m just not feeling like “me.”  It’s led me to have to approach things differently.  Maybe in some sense then, the lesson in this is that I’m really learning what is important.  When you only have so much energy and so much time, then you have to focus on what is most important.

Maybe another lesson in this is that I’ve learned I have no desire to be a mirco-manager.  My natural leadership style tends toward delegation and as I’ve been going through this period of time, I seeing the importance of that.  I recently heard Andy Stanley, pastor of Northpoint, say that you shouldn’t give up something that is unique to you for something someone else could do.  I have gifts and skills from God and I am hitting my sweet spot when I’m working from that area of giftedness.  Maybe in a sense, I’ve realized that when you have limited energy, you have to focus on what is really unique to you and give others the opportunity to offer what they uniquely bring to the table.

Another lesson has been a reminder of priorities.  One of my mentors gave me a remember of priorities when I entered ministry.  That list is: (1) My relationship with God. (2) My relationship with my family, (3) My vocation (for me, the church).  He warned me that the problems in life would come when that order of priorities was skewed for an extended period of time.  This period of time has been a reminder of the importance of taking care of and guarding that time with God, of being intentional in building a relationship with my family and of holding a proper balance in work.  The problem really comes when one of those areas becomes out of balance and I’m, in a sense, robbing time, energy and passion from one of the other areas of that list.  (By the way, based on Wayne Corderio’s book, “Leading on Empty,” it is that very thing that can lead to burnout.”)

Maybe in some ways this has also been a reminder of the importance of “Sabbath” time.  Sabbath Days are more than just days “off” from work.  Sabbath Days are days intentionally designed to do something to work on my relationship with God.  As we move to Holy Week and beyond, I know that I’m going to need to make those an intentional part of my schedule.

And ultimately, it has led to me to really realize the same message that came in the sermon last week on Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones: “I can’t” but I know “God can.”

“What’s the lesson in this?”

I’m still working on the answer to that question, but I’m glad to know that God is with me in this journey.

 


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Mar 31 2014

Transforming Me: Not the Savior we expected…

Original post at http://dlollis.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/not-the-savior-we-expected/


Empty TombIn just a few weeks, we’ll walk through Holy Week. We’ll begin with Palm Sunday (April 13) and celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Then on Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday, we’ll mourn and remember the darkness that comes into the world over the course of 24 hours.

On Easter morning, we’ll gather at sunrise to remember that a “grave couldn’t hold him.” In our worship services that Sunday, we’ll declare that “Christ is risen indeed!”

But as we prepare for Easter, maybe it’s good to pause and to remember why Easter is necessary in the first place.

In Luke 19:7, we read this: “All the people saw this and began to mutter, ‘(Jesus) has gone to be the guest of a sinner.’”

This simple verse from Luke captures so much of what’s going on in the entirety of the book. On the one hand, the writer of Luke-Acts presents us with Jesus who came to the outcasts, to the poor, to the hurting and anyone else who found themselves on the fringes of First Century society. On the other hand, there are the people and the religious leaders who have this view of what their messiah is supposed to be. Jesus just doesn’t live up to their expectations.

In their view, Jesus doesn’t spend enough time with the religious elite. He doesn’t spend all of his time in the synagogue or wrap himself up in prayer meetings. Instead, Jesus steps out into the world and experiences life with the broken and hurting. And for that reason, the religious authorities of his time wanted to see him executed. (Remember the healing of the blind man in John 9 and the debate over whether Jesus is a ‘sinner’?)

So, then, what is the biggest charge against Jesus? What is it that ultimately sends him to the cross?

In the book of Luke, according to Bishop Will Willimon, the biggest problem is the company that Jesus keeps. He hangs out with sinners.

In Luke 19, Jesus and his disciples are beginning their journey from Galilee to Jerusalem. Jesus has already told his followers that Jerusalem represents a time of trial and testing and Jesus will ultimately die on the cross. The bad news, however, ultimately comes with something good. In three days, he will be raised from the dead.

Now as Jesus and his followers are on the journey and in Jericho, Jesus spots Zacchaeus up in a tree and Jesus invites himself to Zacchaeus’ house for dinner. In the language of the Bible, one of the definitions of the Greek word for sinner is “tax collector.” Zacchaeus isn’t just a tax collector, he’s in charge of other tax collectors. In other words, we could view him as the “Chief of Sinners.” And Jesus goes to his house and to the home of no one else in the community.

That must have left some people talking!

While Jesus is there, he declares that salvation has come to this house that very day! And Jesus calls Zacchaeus a “son of Abraham.” In other words, Jesus puts Zacchaeus on the same level as everyone else including all of those who thought they were righteous and holy. It is enough to make the people mutter. They just don’t understand how Jesus can ignore them and go and spend his time with the “Chief Tax Collector.”

This is just part of the mystery and the wonder of Easter. Jesus, who is completely innocent, is charged and sent to the cross because he came in contact with sinners, because he dared to heal and touch those who were outcasts, because he hung out with fisherman and tax collectors.

What a completely strange picture of a savior! In that, I know that I find so much hope. There’s something about a savior who’s willing to step into the brokenness of my life, to extend strength in my weakness, to offer forgiveness for my sins, to love me with a love beyond love.

I’m looking so forward to celebrating the resurrection of Jesus who did not come into the world to condemn it, but came so that the world might be saved through him (John 3:17 paraphrased).


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Mar 18 2014

Transforming Me: Course Correction, Week 2: Changing Lanes

Original post at http://dlollis.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/course-correction-week-2-changing-lanes/


March 16 Changing Lanes.018Last week, we started a new series called “Course Correction.”

Don’t worry if you missed last week.  We’re going to catch you up in a moment.

Here’s why this series is so important:  Every life is on a journey and that journey leads to a destination.  And we all have moments when things get sideways, when we end up in the ditch.  In this series, we’re going to come back to the idea that if we want to reach a different destination, it’s not about quick fixes, it’s not about having great intentions.  If you want to reach a different destination, you have to change the direction you’re heading.

Now before we begin this week’s piece of the journey, let’s pause for a moment and pray.

Sin is the problem.   That’s where we left things last week.  We are all directionally challenged because we have a common problem.  Sin.

So if your mind works as my mind works, you know that if you have a problem, then you can move to next big question.

What can we do about the problem?

Parents throughout the centuries have tried to solve this problem of sin.  It might have involved extra chores, maybe a belt, or time out or grounding.

All of those things are definitely reminders that sin has consequences.  However, they fail miserably as a cure for sin.  My parents punished me for mine and I still sinned again!

So what can we do about this problem?

I’ve tried in my life by affirming over and over again that I will not sin. I will not do this.  And low and behold, I have those moments when I give into temptation, when I sin.

So what can we do about the sin problem?

Well, here’s the honest answer. Absolutely nothing.

We can’t be good enough, we can’t earn it, we can’t pay for it.  We can’t talk your way out of it.  We can’t solve.

We have a problem of sin and we’re stinking powerless to do anything about it.

That’s why what we’re going to talk about today is absolutely one of the most important things we’ll ever hear in our lives.  In fact, what we’re about to talk about has changed directions in a lot of journeys. It has set a lot of people on the path to a new destination, an incredible destination.

So, let’s find out what it’s all about!

I don’t know about you, but last Sunday wore me out.  What a tough, tough passage to work through.  If you weren’t here, or if you were here and you were trying to make up that hour you lost in the time change, we talked about that passage from Genesis where it all ends up in a ditch.  Sin enters the world and it is our problem.

To understand God’s answer, we’re going to meet someone who would have really known that passage from Genesis.  He had studied it, he probably had it memorized.

And he is going to have a conversation with Jesus.  Sometimes, we say that we wish we could ask Jesus about this situation in our life.  Well, this guy we’re going to read about today does just that.  He sits down with Jesus and has a face-to-face conversation.

At the heart of that conversation is the bigger question of “What do I do about this problem of sin in my life?”

So let’s turn today to John’s account of the ministry, the gospel of Jesus.  We’re going to pick it up in Chapter 3.

1 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council.

I won’t make you show your hands, but how many of you when you hear the word, “Pharisee,” in church start to get a less than warm and fuzzy feeling?  Well, Nicodemus is a Pharisee.  So before we write him off as one of those pharisees, let’s get a glimpse of a Pharisee.

A Pharisee was usually a lay member of the synagogue.  Pharisees worked at a job during the day and then got together at night for religious debates and to study the law.  They knew the law of God inside and out.  They devoted their lives to following it and trying to be holy.  They would defend the church as they knew it with their lives.   And so remember when Pharisees got together to study?  Night?

2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

He’s throwing out a compliment to Jesus and Jesus responds in a way we don’t expect Jesus to respond.

3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

The book of John often has double meanings.  Here we’re talking about being born in the way that we’re thinking about being born.  At the same time, Jesus is talking about being born from above.  We’re sitting here in 2014 and it’s easy to look back and look down on Nicodemus.  But let’s be honest, can you really explain how God does it?  I mean really explain how it’s possible, what makes it happen, where it happens?  That’s the boat that Nicodemus is in.  This is a highly educated man and I think he thinks that Jesus is messing with him.

4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”  What he left out is, “Jesus, that’s just freaky!”  But Jesus is going to show him that he’s talking about something even bigger than Nicodemus’s original birth.

I would imagine that Nicodemus is laughing a little.  This is absolutely unbelievable.  This is about as plausible as Abraham and Sarah having a child in their very old age, as a man being swallowed by a big fish and spit up on dry land, of a couple of teen parents raising the child of God.  It’s about as plausible as someone dying on the cross and getting back up again three days later.

But Jesus quickly cues him in that this is not a joke.

5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

This new birth isn’t like your original birth.  This new birth is a work of the Holy Spirit.  It’s a spiritual birth and it changes everything.

And Nicodemus asks the obvious question.

9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.

10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 

Jesus is pointing back to the fact that Nicodemus is a teacher, a respected religious leader.  He knows the scripture and the prophecies.  Yet, with all of that knowledge, he has failed, to this point, to see that the one sitting in front of him is the one he’s read about and studied about.  Jesus continues:

12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. 

Last week, we talked about a serpent when we talked about sin being the problem.  Jesus is going to talk about a serpent too:

14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

God saved the Israelites in the wilderness from their own sin by having them look up at a bronze snake on a pole.  Now, Jesus is saying that he has to be lifted up so that those who believe in him will live.

The word of God for the people of God.  Thanks be to God.

How do we take a passage such as this and sum it up?  Especially in light of our problem of sin and the need for a course correction?  I believe we can do it this way: God’s answer is new life.

I invite you to say that with me:  God’s answer is new life.

That exchange that we just read is important.  We love to skip forward to a verse in John 3 without wrestling with the conversation that comes before it.

But Nicodemus captures so much of our struggle with this idea of being born again and recognizing who Jesus really is.  What’s interesting about this though is that this conversation leads the writer of John to start preaching a sermon.  It follows right on the heels of this conversation.

Maybe to completely understand the impact of this conversation and the ways that God can change our course, our direction with new life, then maybe we have to step into John’s sermon.

It comes in the next couple of verses and it begins with probably the most famous single verse of scripture.  John 3:16.

16 For God so loved the world 

Do you get that God loves the world.  In loves it in such an amazing way.  Doesn’t that really fly in the face of some of the things we hear about how God hates this world.  God loves a world that sometimes seems to even hate God.  But he loved it and that love led him to do something.

that he gave his one and only Son, 

You might have heard before that we are to be “cheerful givers.”  You can give as cheerfully as you can but you simply can’t out-give God.  To save a world that’s in a desperate place from the problem of sin, God goes big.  God gives himself, God gives Jesus.  God steps into this world to save us from ourselves.  You simply can’t out-give God.

that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 

Maybe one of the biggest challenges for us, one of the biggest challenges for a man such as Nicodemus, was accepting the simplicity of this statement.  It’s beyond our ability to control.  We don’t earn it. We don’t buy it.  We don’t even deserve it.  We simply get there by believing.

And we often stop there, but there’s something amazing in the next verse.  Check this out.

17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, 

In other words, when Jesus shows up, he doesn’t step in the world, shake his head and say, you are beyond my help.  He didn’t show up to kick it down, to bury it, to put the fork in it.  No, no, no.

And this is why for all of us in this room, this idea of course correction is so important.  If Jesus can step into this world and not condemn it to die, if Jesus can step into a world with a sin problem and still see the possibility of holiness, then Jesus can certainly step into that situation you’ve created for yourself, into that behavior you don’t want others to know about, he can walk with you through that mistake,  he can help you through that problem of sin.  Why?  Because Jesus has a singular purpose and focus:

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

God’s purpose in your life is not to condemn you as a miserable sinner with no chance.  God’s great desire for you is that you’ll get to know his son, that you’ll experience that new birth, that you’ll have a change of direction in your journey and start to head in a new direction with amazing eternal implications.

God’s greatest desire for you is that your life will be saved from a problem you can not fix.

We are directionally challenged.

Sin is the problem.

We can’t do a thing on our own to fix it.

And the good news, the great news, the best news ever, is that God loves you so much that he’s willing to take care of it for you.

A course correction is possible. A new destination is in sight.

Will you simply and completely believe that Jesus came to give you, yes, even me, even you, new life.

God’s answer to the problem of sin is new life.


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Mar 10 2014

Transforming Me: In a Roadside Ditch: Thoughts from the first week of ‘Course Correction’

Original post at http://dlollis.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/in-a-roadside-ditch-thoughts-from-the-first-week-of-course-correction/


Sin.023I’d love to go back in time and have a conversation with the version of me that had just graduated from seminary. The basics that underpin my belief system today would still be there. However, I would imagine that we’d find a huge difference in the way that we approached ministry.

One of those difference would be in the sermon.  I used that put a lot of pressure on a single sermon.  Every single sermon had to end in such a way that it somehow, someway provided some resolution.

Now, when I think about sermons in a series, I try to see them as individual parts of a bigger whole.

That led to Sunday being a sermon about sin.  It’s not easy to do a sermon about “sin” — the underlying problem.  It’s a lot easier to do a sermon about sins (with the “s”).  Sins are the symptom of sin.

A sermon about sin is a dark place to go.  It’s a heavy sermon to deliver.  Every time I delivered that sermon Sunday, I felt it.  I felt absolutely drained by the end of the day.

I think the last time that I delivered that sermon, I hit on the tension for me.  There’s that part of me that does like things to resolve. I do like it when movies provide that paragraph on the screen at the end that tells what happens 25 years later to the characters.

But this one didn’t resolve.  It created tension.  It forced me to think about sin in my life and how that sin affects everything.  It forced me to think about the ways sin has affected relationships and friendships.  It made me think through the ways sin has affected my career.

And most ultimately, in delivering a sermon on Genesis 3:1-7, I was forced to deal with the times that I’ve traded friendships, the future and even bits and pieces of my faith for the temptation that seemed so appealing in the moment.

Maybe because sin doesn’t resolve easily, it leads me to look forward to next week.

Every life is a journey.  Every journey takes a path.  Every path leads to a destination.  Sin alters our course and sends us in the wrong direction.

But there’s a way to get back on the path.

Bring on next Sunday!


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Mar 03 2014

Transforming Me: The journey of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday

Original post at http://dlollis.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/the-journey-of-lent-begins-on-ash-wednesday/


ASH WEDNESDAY.001We are about to enter the journey of Lent.  Here are some thoughts:

Someone once asked me, “Why do you Methodists celebrate Lent?”

It was an interesting question because I’ve never viewed Lent as a Methodist “thing” and I’ve certainly never thought of it as a celebration.

Many religious groups, including Methodists, track with the seasons of the Christian calendar.  It’s a reminder for us that, when it comes to God, that even the way we think of time and seasons is transformed.  Lent falls on that calendar as a period of preparation that leads us to Easter.  Our sanctuary will display the color purple as a sign that we are in the season of Lent.

Lent is typically viewed as a season of 40 days, not counting Sundays, beginning on Ash Wednesday (starting on Wednesday, March 5) and ending on Holy Saturday.  The Sundays that fall in this period do not count as part of the 40-day total.  They are considered to be “mini-Easters.”

Why 40 days?  Forty is a symbolic number and in Scripture is often viewed as a time of testing and preparation.  We can tie it, for example, to passages such as this one in  Mark 1:12-13:

 12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him. (NIV)

Following his baptism, Jesus spends 40 days in the wilderness preparing for what is to come and facing temptations that really hit at what kind of savior he is going to be.  The wilderness in Scripture is that untamed place, the tough place, a place of separation, loneliness and even darkness.  It is in the wilderness where we can realize our need for and our reliance on God.  Jesus emerges from the wilderness and begins his public ministry.

Some ways that Lent is viewed:

  1. Lent is a period of repentance.  Repentance isn’t just uttering a blanket statement of “I’m sorry.”  Repentance means to turn around.  It’s as if we were heading in the wrong direction and, then, suddenly turn around to head in the way of God.  With the power of repentance, Lent can lead us to a change of heart.  John
  2. Lent is a period of fasting.  During this time, some people choose to give up something.  It’s not about being showy and telling the world what we’re doing.  It’s not about giving up something that doesn’t really matter in your life in the first place.  It’s about letting something go and, in the act of letting it go, realizing how much more we need God.
  3. Lent is a period of growth.  For some, this is a time to study more, to read more, to pray more and, maybe, instead of cutting something out of their lives, they add something new.  Lent would be a great time to get involved in a new ministry, a new group or a new Bible study.  What could you add during Lent to bring you closer to God?
  4. Lent is a period of self-examination.  It’s an opportunity to take a look in the mirror, so to speak, and to look at where we need the light of Christ in our lives.  With self-examination, Lent could lead us to know that, yes, we do sin and we are in need of God’s grace and mercy and that we are still children of God even when we stumble.
  5. Lent is a reminder.  Lent is a time that reminds us that Jesus’ journey from his baptism to the cross and resurrection is not an easy journey.  Much happens along the way. There are many trials and tests and encounters.  There are miracles and amazing things.  There are lessons and we are invited to be a part of the journey.

We begin to observe Lent this year with a  service at Wightman on Wednesday night at 7 pm.  Then, each Sunday leading up to April, we’ll explore the theme of “Course Correction” in sermons.

How will God speak to you during Lent?  How will you hear Jesus speak to you from the cross?

I’m ready to begin the journey!


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