Expectations

“Are you the Expected One, or should we look for another?” John the Baptist’s disciples came wondering if Jesus might bring a deeper rest, or if they should take their expectations elsewhere? The Christmas shopping season is filled with expectations and longings for connection, contentment and joy. We hope Santa leaves us a Lexus with […]

a personal faith is not enough

“You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Don’t say, ‘Hey, my name is on the church role.’ God can grow baptismal certificates like leaves on the magnolias outside our church. No!  Live differently.” Who preaches like that? Who attends that church?   Tom […]

Expectations for Christmas- the kingdom is within you

A Heart for Hope Our Second Advent Candle lighting   John came preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. John calls out “Get ready- Prepare the way for the Lord.”   The crowds ask “what should we do?” John answers “Repent and produce fruit in keeping with repentance. Don’t trust in your […]