Acknowledging Reality – The Loss of Friends & Family

Acknowledging Reality – The Loss of Friends & Family

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”.  We will continue our focus on Luke 15.11-32.  This Sunday we will be focusing on the experience of the youngest son in the loss of his relationships with family and friends.  The youngest son squandered his inheritance and left his father and brother to go abroad.  He invested his efforts and money into friends that he lost when he found himself in need.  Let us gather together to hear what God has to say to us about the loss of...
Acknowledging Reality Through the Eyes of the Older Brother

Acknowledging Reality Through the Eyes of the Older Brother

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”.  We will be focusing on Luke 15.11-32.  This time we will be focusing on the reality that is found through the eyes of the older brother.  The older brother stayed back and was faithful to his father.  Suddenly he comes upon a scene of festivities that he knows nothing about, and when he inquires he finds that his younger brother has returned and there is a celebration.  With this in mind let us gather and learn more about reality through this brother’s...
Acknowledging Reality Through the Eyes of the Father

Acknowledging Reality Through the Eyes of the Father

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship on “The Barge” at 9am.  We will continue our focus on Luke 15.11-32.  This time we will focus on the reality of the situation for the father in the story of the prodigal son.  The father celebrates the youngest son’s return by saying: “let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!”  The reality for the father was one of acknowledging that his son was lost and the relationships was dead — but upon the son’s return things have changed.  All are invited to come and learn more about the reality of the...
The Prodigal in Each of Us – Meg McBride

The Prodigal in Each of Us – Meg McBride

I believe that all healing starts with and stands on TRUTH. And I believe that in order to move forward, we have to start right where we are at. We have all been in the Prodigal son’s shoes at sometime in our lives. We have all gone off to a distant country in search of something — maybe some of us traveled 1000 miles from home, but maybe some of us didn’t even have to leave our own backyards… but each of us has experienced a time where we lived undisciplined lives and wasted everything we had. For me that happened in the late 90’s. I was unhappily married – you see my husband was a hemophiliac and had many blood transfusions as a child before our blood supply was safe. When our 2nd son wasn’t even one year old, my husband was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. He was so sick for so long and it was not uncommon for him to be hospitalized for weeks at a time. I worked full time and was raising two young boys all while caring for an ill spouse. Life never stopped for me and eventually, I just couldn’t handle it. On top of my daily frustrations, I was so angry at God for doing this to us. I blamed God for all our problems. Without a Higher Power in my life, I just survived the chaos of every single day and found myself always wondering if that day would be my husband’s last day. I used to hope he would just die because I was so exhausted. During this time, I worked...
The Prodigal in Each of Us

The Prodigal in Each of Us

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”.  We will be focusing our time on the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15.11-32.  As we look at the life of the youngest son we begin to notice that there are tendencies in all of us to be like the prodigal.  But, God meets us in our anguish and meets us when we are at the end of ourselves.  All are invited to journey with us through this look at the prodigal...
Old Story / New Story

Old Story / New Story

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”.  We will be beginning a journey looking at how we all have an old story and now Christ offers us a new story.  This Sunday we will be looking at Luke 15.11-32 and how the prodigal took the inheritance and squandered all of it on shallow relationships.  We will be setting the tone for the coming months of how the prodigal son found himself in need after wasting all of what his father had provided him.  This is the story of what we see in Wilmington.  Countless people have come here and squandered all that they have been given, and we need to acknowledge this reality.  This reality check will then let us look at the new story that Jesus offers to us as he commissions us for the good work of sharing the gospel message.  All are...
Jeremiah 38.1-13

Jeremiah 38.1-13

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”.  This will be our last Sunday in the book of Jeremiah.  We will be focusing on Jeremiah 38.1-13.  In this passage Jeremiah continues to share with the people of Jerusalem that they are to surrender to the Babylonians and live.  This enrages the leadership and they toss Jeremiah into an old cistern.  Jeremiah sinks into the mud in this abandoned cistern and he is left to die.  But, an Ethiopian eunuch comes to his rescue and saves him by pulling him out with some old rags.  Let’s gather together and learn more about these salvific...
Jeremiah 33.14-16

Jeremiah 33.14-16

This Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”.  We will be focusing our time on Jeremiah 33.14-16.  In this passage we learn about the righteous branch of that will spring up for David even in the midst of Jewish exile.  This is God’s promise being fulfilled even in a foreign land.  Come and let us gather together to learn more about how this righteous branch if fulfilled in...
Jeremiah 31.31-34

Jeremiah 31.31-34

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”.  We will be focusing our time on Jeremiah 31.31-34.  This passage is part of a book that was written to the exiles in Babylon (Jeremiah 30.2), that was meant to be a book of comfort to those in the diaspora.  That is why the Lord tells them that there will be a new covenant and it will be written on their hearts.  It will be a covenant based on their relationship with God, where each and every person will know they Lord.  Let us gather together and learn more about this covenant being written on...
Jeremiah 31.7-14

Jeremiah 31.7-14

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship on “The Barge” at 9am.  We will be focusing on Jeremiah 31.7-14.  In this passage we are continuing the “Letter of Encouragement” that began back in chapter 30.  The Lord says that the scattering of Israel was his prerogative, but now the gathering of Israel is also part of his plan.  As Israel is gathered, God will be to them like a shepherd is to the sheep.  God will lead them beside the waters and their path shall be straight.  Let’s gather and hear more about God’s desire to scatter and then...