Members of the Household of God

Members of the Household of God

This coming Sunday we will be gathering at 9am at Temple of Israel (1 S. 4th Street).  We will be focusing on Ephesians 2.11-22.  In this passage we learn that through the cross of Jesus, God has made a new humanity.  This new humanity is a result of dividing walls being decimated and hostility being eradicated.  This new creation takes the violence and humiliation of the cross and makes something new.  As we gather together, let us order our lives as the new creation that enlivens this sacrificial...
For We Are What God Has Made Us

For We Are What God Has Made Us

This Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am at Temple of Israel (1 S. 4th Street – downtown Wilmington).  We will be focusing our time in the book of Ephesians 2.1-10.  In this passage we learn that we were children of wrath (v3), but now God has claimed us in love (v4).  This love is something that is immeasurable and beyond our capacity to control or create —— but this love is something that we can participate in.  We are called to be people that do the good works that God has created us for (v10).  This calling is based on mercy and love.  You are invited to come and be part of participating in this love that has been abundantly poured...
The Hope to Which You Are Called

The Hope to Which You Are Called

This coming Sunday we will be gathering at Temple of Israel (1 S. 4th Street – downtown Wilmington) at 9am.  We will be focusing on Ephesians 1.15-23.  In this passage we find our calling.  A calling to a hope that is bigger then us and our circumstances.  This is a calling to be the child of God that God knows and cares about.  It is to be the one who has hope in the God who calls us his own.  You all are invited to come and worship with us as we learn about the hope to which we are...
God’s Grace Freely Bestowed On Us

God’s Grace Freely Bestowed On Us

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am at Temple of Israel (1 S. 4th Street).  We will be focusing on Ephesians 1.3-14.  In this passage we learn that God has marked us with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit (v13).  This seal is the imprint of the holy one has bestowed upon us grace.  We now can give praise and glory for this most amazing grace.  God’s goodness is made manifest to us in Christ and now we respond by living a life dedicated to Christ.  I encourage you to come and journey with us through the book of Ephesians by reading in advance every...
Reflection

Reflection

What a week!  I am both exhausted and riding on a cloud.  God has been so good and I am so thankful that we were able to help people to get out of the cold for 8 days.  It was an amazing task and I am so grateful for the support, encouragement, generosity, and relationships from people all over Wilmington.  This was truly a community endeavor and it has revealed the heart of such a terrific city. One thing that I have been reflecting on was how much we were like family over the last 8 days.  Sometimes we got on each other’s nerves, we cried together, we laughed together, we watched football together, we prayed together, and we ate together (boy did we eat).  People from all over the community would come and hangout with all of us.  We had a karaoke night, card games, dancing, and a lot of fun.  While at the same time there were disappointments, like people that would leave to go out into the cold because they just couldn’t be around so many people (because there were a lot of people). As I have been thinking about family, I am reflecting about how one night it felt like heaven and earth kissed.  On the night that we had karaoke we had someone that got up and sang a song called “Tennessee Whiskey”.  While he was singing (and he was really getting into it), a woman in her 50’s started dancing with a guy who was in his late 20’s and it was amazing!  It was that moment where I saw family.  It was...