Finding Our Way Forward

May 21, 2020

For the first time in months I walked into the lobby of the coffee shop and heard the baristas exclaim, “Welcome in!”  Tears of joy came to my eyes.  

Even though they’ve probably been coached to say that by a manager, it sure felt good to be 'welcomed in' instead of feeling pushed away   

There have been so many moments in the last few months where I have been unsure of my welcome. 

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Living a Life of Love

May 14, 2020


Have it your way”  “You deserve a break today”  

 American advertising gives us a steady diet of advertisements that tell us to put yourself and your needs firstThese catchy slogans accompanied by smart musical jingles find their way into our thinking in more ways than just tempting us to order a fast food hamburger While the strategy to capitalize on our own innate desire to selfishly put ourselves first, it’s far from a new temptation.   

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Celebrating the Goodness of God

May 7, 2020

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.   

I was supposed to be standing on a mountain in Ireland this week on a pilgrimage with others from Neighborhood Church. Instead I find myself preparing for a digital prayer meeting – wishing I could be in the same room with others.  

It is easy to play the part of the victim in life, but that heart posture is the opposite of what God says about his people.  He calls us “overcomers” and says we are “more than conquerors.”  This life is filled with moments where we have to choose to live like a victim or live like a victor.  We truly must make a decision to see that we have been given a place of favor (being seated with Christ in the Heavenlies, Eph. 2:6).   

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Encouragement: From Me to You in Times Like This

April 30, 2020


Staying encouraged during difficult times.

Pastors and spiritual leaders are not immune to any of the challenges of this season.  I have personally worked hard to remain encouraged and have experienced some highs and lows.  The other day after work I was so rattled that I put myself to bed and slept from 5pm-6pm.  Not a normal nap time, but I needed to separate myself from others long enough to get my attitude to improve. Later in the evening I read an incredible book by Henri Nouwen "In the Name of Jesus: reflections on Christian Leadership" and it changed my whole outlook.  

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God's Unfailing Love

April 23, 2020

 


Do you ever feel “invited” by God to ready or study in a certain place within the Bible?  

In this uncertain season during the interruption of our normal rhythms I have felt “invited” into the Psalms. Psalms gives us permission to feel deeply about what is happening in our lives.

The poems and songs in the book of Psalms are inspired by the Living God (2 Tim. 3:16-17). 

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Where Can I Go and Meet With God?

April 16, 2020

I miss people.
I miss worshiping with hundreds of people.
I miss hugging people.

I’ve been self-quarantined for one month as of today.

There has been a mixture of grief, hopelessness and uncertainty in this season of isolation for all of us.  In the midst of a roller coaster of emotions and thoughts about the future – there is also some excitement that has begun to bubble up in me.

I think the writer of Psalm 42 had a similar collision of emotions.

 Psalm 42:1-6 (NIV)
1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
3 My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"

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Learn and Grow while Sheltering in Place

April 2, 2020



Will you choose to grow in the next 30 days of sheltering in place, or will you simply try to “get through it”?

These days of isolation have been challenging for many of us. Our family has chosen to take the order to stay at home seriously and outside of my family I haven’t been in physical contact with anyone for almost three weeks. I can’t imagine how those who live alone and having no physical contact must be feeling in these days. I’m particularly concerned about those in our congregation who don’t have technology to be able to communicate.

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How Do You Replace Fear With Faith?

March 26, 2020



Replace fear with faith

A wise man once said, “What you focus on grows large in you.”  There has been hyper focus in this season on statistics about this COVID-19 virus.  There are special channels available to take in more news about the disease than you could possibly absorb.  The information tidal wave seems to come toward us, wave after wave, with no end in sight.  While it’s good to be informed on things you need to know to be safe and diligent, it’s not good to feast at the table of bad news hour after hour. 

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Culture of Generosity

March 19, 2020


I would like to welcome you to the season of Online Church, I am your host and lead pastor, Andrew Burchett.

Last Sunday I spoke about the importance on having a "culture of generosity" (click to watch the podcast), which is in stark contrast to the self-protection, self-focused and selfishness we are seeing in this world today where people are getting into fights about buying toilet paper. This is what our world has become.   

As Christians we must come in the opposite spirit and practice the generosity that reflects our generous God.  It is in days like these that the Church of Jesus Christ must rise and reflect the hope, the peace and love that authenticates our faith. 

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Culture of Honor

March 12, 2020


Honoring takes the form of using words to express what you have seen in someone, and publicly declaring it to be true. In this way you are giving thanks to God, and loving the other person.

We are working to cultivate the different aspects of culture here at Neighborhood Church.  “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”, therefore continuing to shape the culture of our organization is vital to living fully into our vision for the future. 

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