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Pastor Scott on the Radio!

Sermons-OnlineOn Sunday March 26, Pastor Scott’s sermon will be heard on over 200 radio stations across the country! You can hear it online after it airs by following the link on the weekly email, or locally you can listen to it on the following stations on March 26:

7:05 a.m.: WSB 750 AM and 95.5 FM Atlanta

8:00, 9:00 and 10:00 a.m.: 1620 AM Sandy Springs

10:00 a.m.: WGGA 1240 AM Gainesville

Love By Serving, and Lent’s a Good Time to Start!

Love Serve Care

The practice of giving something up for Lent is an old one. Biblically, it is grounded in Luke 9:23, in which Jesus said “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves, take up their cross daily and follow me.”  It has long been part of Christian tradition to  apply that verse to the forty days of Lent, and give something up during that time as a way to grow closer to God. It can be a really great way to feel God’s presence much more  frequently and powerfully. However, I’d like to encourage you to think differently about Lent this year, and to think in a way that fits our mission to “Grow in Love, Love by Serving.” That way is this:

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Love by Serving

Love by servingLove by Serving” is the second half of our new slogan, and will be the topic of my upcoming articles. There are many, many ways to serve. Each article will highlight a different kind of service. This month I’m focusing on serving at church, and WOW are there a LOT of ways to do this!

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Growing in Christ

Pastor Scott October 2016

Two months ago I wrote about the most important word in our new slogan, “Grow in Love, Love by Serving.” That word is the only one to appear twice: the word love. Everything we do as a church and as people of God is rooted in God’s love for us, and God’s command and desire for us to love one another. That is, and always will be, most important.

But that is not all.

The first word in our new slogan is “Grow.” One thing is for certain: we are all growing. No one stays the same over the course of their life. They might grow in good ways or in bad ways, but growth is unavoidable. It will happen. The question, therefore, is not if we will grow. The question is how we grow. What will we grow into? That is the question.

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How We Got Here

Scott's Newsletter Article Sept 2016

This month I am taking a pause from my newsletter series to take a look back at how we came to have Spanish in our Sunday worship. I’m doing so in the hopes that we can all know why it is there and to discuss openly and candidly what may or may not happen in the future.

First, how it got there. At the November 2014 Council meeting, a request was made. The Council minutes do not record who made the request. The November 2014 Worship and Music Report reads as follows:

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Whole Lotta Love

Love PicThere are six words in our new slogan, “Grow in Love, Love by Serving.” Only one word appears twice: the word ‘love.’

It’s not by accident.

Everything we do here is firmly rooted in love. It starts with God’s love for us. Nothing in all of creation- nothing– can separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:35-39). God loved you so much that he gave his only son for you (John 3:16). God’s love is foundational to everything we do, and everything we are.

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Grow in Love, Love by Serving

Grow in Love, Love by Serving

While on retreat in early June, the Council adopted a slogan that summarizes our mission. This is not a change to our mission statement, but rather a simple, easy to remember summary of it. Our mission statement is:

We are a dynamic Lutheran Church providing both innovative and traditional opportunities for all people to: experience God’s Amazing Grace, to grow in Christian Faith, to participate in an extended family, and to serve our community.

Pretty good, right? I kind of like it. But we wanted something more memorable, some way to summarize it that stuck in the brain. Hence the new slogan, which is:

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Summer

It’s here!June 2016 Scott's article

During the next couple of months, we, the members of this church, will travel far and wide to refresh, recharge, and enjoy ourselves. It’s a great time of year, and I can’t wait to see your smiling, tanned faces and hear the stories of the incredible places you went.

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Now Comes the Hard Part

 

Just do itIf you’ve been reading my monthly newsletter articles, then I expect you can tell what this one will be about. Yes, that’s right: prayer and bible reading. But this time it is less about the act of doing them than the truly hard part, which is making them a habit.

In order to make prayer and bible reading a habit, here is what you have to do:

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The Color Purple

Cross April NewsletterIn last month’s newsletter article I shared the importance of daily prayer and bible reading. They are our spiritual food, and just as you wouldn’t want to eat only one physical meal a week, neither should we eat one spiritual meal per week. I shared specific ways to pray, and several ways to find daily devotions. If you would like a copy of that article, one can be provided, just see me or Tracie.

I also failed to deliver on a promise to some of you. I told you that if you told me “Purple,” I would tell you why, but I didn’t. The truth is that I forgot I had written that. I thought I had written that I would reveal the answer in next month’s article. I apologize for that, the error is mine. Anyway, the answer is this:

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