Do We Really Listen?

It is amazing how much our communication can change and grow healthier and more effective by taking the time to practice good listening habits. It is easy to get sidetracked by what we are going to say next, or how we are reacting to what someone else is saying. It takes effort and attention to listen and listen well… to really hear what someone is saying with both their words and their tone and body language.

It feels very important at this time to work on improving our ability to listen and to really hear what others are trying to communicate. It is also important to really listen to what the Lord is trying to communicate with the stories and teachings in the Word, as they will help us to become more loving, patient, earnest and kind in our own communication.

Please join us Sunday at 10:30 via live stream on our Facebook page:

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No Worship Services on Sunday, June 28th and July 5th

The church is “on holiday” for two weeks so there will be no services of worship or classes or other events until Sunday, July 12th.

We pray you can use this time for connecting with family or the beautiful nature scapes of Colorado or just general refreshment and rejuvenation.

Peace and love

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A Battle Against A Dragon

The Bible has some very intriguing stories and imagery. We may wonder what the meaning or relevance of them is for us today.

We have been told that these stories have a deeper meaning about our inner or spiritual life. This story pictured from Revelation 12 about the woman clothed with the sun who’s newborn child is threatened by a seven headed dragon is about something very relevant. The dragon pictures a false premise that threatens to destroy all our attempts to live a life of love and kindness according to the teachings of God. It is the false belief that faith alone, separate from a life of charity, love and kindness, is saving and can lead to a heavenly way of life.

This false premise allows us to believe in God and the truth and think we are living a faithful life, when in reality it prevents us from actually turning from selfishness and shunning negative attitudes and behaviors in our life. The result is, we don’t change; we don’t grow; we don’t reject hellish beliefs and attitudes.

We will be discussing this further on Sunday, June 14th at 10:30 a.m. in our live stream service on Facebook:

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Shining A Light On Racism

Evil can thrive and exist when we don’t talk about it and shine a light on it. We need to continue to shine a bright and constant light on the insidious evil of racism. Rooting it out of our society and out of our own hearts, minds and lives is urgent and pressing.

“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ…. Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part… all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it.” [I Corinthians 12]

Please join us Sunday at 10:30 via live stream on our Facebook page:

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Why Bad Things Are Allowed To Happen?

In the beginning of the Bible Adam and Eve are created and set in a Garden wherein all that was good was provided for them.  They had one simple rule: don’t eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Instead of obeying God’s command and enjoying that state of good, they chose to listen to the advice of the serpent instead and life went downhill for them. So, why didn’t God stop this from happening?

God is constantly doing all in His power to assist us in making good choices which will lead to our eternal happiness and provide for us only what is good and what will be to our eternal benefit. And there is a big “but” we have to consider. But, we have free choice.  We are free to reject the good impulses from God and choose to do evil rather than good. We are free to choose a life of hell rather than a heavenly one.  God does foresee the bad choices we will make, and works to try to bend us in a different direction if at all possible, but sometimes we are hell bent on making a bad choice and so God will permit it, not as someone who wants to permit it, but as someone who cannot prevent it for the sake of our freedom. And these bad choices have consequences both for the one making the choice and sometimes those around them. And even in the bad choices we make God is there working to bring something good out of the bad situation. Something that will help us or others to grow in spirit. That doesn’t make a bad choice good, but it does mean we are being cared for and led every moment, no matter what things might seem like on the surface.

This is a tough subject and one we will talk more about on Sunday.

You are invited to join us Sunday at 10:30 via live stream on our Facebook page:

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This is Memorial Day Weekend. It is a time to remember. It is a time to remember the sacrifice of those who gave their lives to protects ours. It is also a good time to remember all who make sacrifices for the sake of the well being of others. On a spiritual level it is a time to remember from where we have come and to where we are being led, and the Lord’s love and mercy that cradle and support us along this journey. It is a time to remember the truths that we hold most dear and remember to live by them. It is a time to remember these things so we don’t forget them. We will talk about how to help keep them in mind this Sunday.

See you Sunday at 10:30 via live stream on our Facebook page:

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“The Kingdom Of Heaven Is At Hand.”

What does that phrase mean to you? It seems pretty exciting. It seems like it is a possibility for something powerful to happen in our lives.

So if the kingdom of heaven is close at hand what can we do to connect with it, feel its influence and benefit from its guidance and strength? Do I have to change in some way to experience it? Is it going to mean I have some struggles to work through?  Hmmm. Well, yes, most likely. We will discuss that more on Sunday.

See you Sunday at 10:30 via live stream on our Facebook page:

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Finding Happiness Through Gratitude

With all that is going on it may feel like an odd time to focus on gratitude. However, we may be surprised how dramatically our lives will change if we can shift our perspective from one based on want, comparisons and expectations to one drawn on observation and appreciation of what is.

We hope you can join us on Facebook for a livestream of the service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday:

Wishing you all a very happy Mother’s Day!

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Finding Inner Strength

What do we do when we are overwhelmed? What can we do prevent states of overwhelm from taking hold of us? There are two stories we are going to look at that show us one thing we can do before hand as prevention and one thing we can do if we find are already in a difficult state. One is illustrated by king Solomon and the other is illustrated by king David.

We hope to see you on Facebook live at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday:

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Do You Want To Know The Future?

Sometimes we think it would be good to know the future or to be certain of what was going to happen next, especially in difficult times like these. But imagine what that would really be like–to know how our life is going to unfold beforehand. Would that really make us more peaceful and more happy? We will talk about this on Sunday.

We hope you can join us on Facebook through our livestream beginning at 10:30 a.m.

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