Shadow boxing with Matthew 1 – Week of October 14, 2018

Today is the day we begin reading the book of Matthew – one chapter a week, reading the same chapter once a day, picking up pen and paper (or turning to a keyboard) and writing down your questions, your thoughts, and seeing how they change over a week’s time.

Full disclosure: Matthew is not my favorite book in the Bible. Out of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John (the 4 books called the Gospels which means Good News), my favorite is Mark and then comes Luke and then John and, if I must put it on the list, Matthew. So I’ve got to shadow box with it. I’ve got to contend with it because it does have Good News to share and I wonder if I will have ears to hear it in a new way through this practice of reading it one chapter at a time, slowly but surely.

Feel free to SOAP this reading, if it helps you get into it in new ways.  What’s SOAP?

S – Scripture.  Read it. What stands out to you? Underline it or write it down.

O – Observations. What do you think this scripture says about God? About you? Write one part in your own words.

A – Application. How does this apply to your life right now? How does it bug you or comfort you?

P – Pray. What do you need to say to God or hear from God?

Glad to be with you on this journey through Matthew. I can’t do  it alone!

Steady Eddy

River of Hope recently gathered its leadership together to look down river for what is next.  We “eddied out” as the river rats would say.  We looked behind us at the distance we’ve come. We looked where we are right now. And we looked down stream, all the while asking where God has been and is right now.

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We Are Family – Isn’t That Weird?

Sunday, June 10 – A sermon preached by River of Hope-er and all around cool cucumber, Britt Nordquist.

Scripture for Sunday, June 10:

Genesis 3:8-15

Psalm 130

Mark 3:20-35

Here is audio of Britt’s sermon:

A Life Guided by God’s Love, Not Rules

Sunday, June 3 sermon given by River of Hope-er and all around great human being, Sara Shorter.

Scripture for the day (click on the links to read):

Deuteronomy 5:12-15

Psalm 81

Mark 2:23-3:6

Here is the audio for Sara’s sermon:

Who You Are – Not Who You Aren’t

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Remember Who You Are

Sunday, 13 May, 2018

Ruth Hamlow, a River of Hope-er, preached the Good News based on Philippians 2:1-13

Click on “Ruth’s Message” to read the text of her sermon.


Or you can listen to it below:

The Known God

You can listen to the sermon right here:

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4th Sunday of Easter @ River of Hope – April 22, 2018

Bishop Jon Anderson preaches the Good News about a seemingly impossible situation.  Watch or listen below:

Watch the video by clicking HERE.

Well, Now What?

Sermon based on John 20:19-31 – click on the link to read it.

Here is audio of the sermon. Give it a listen.

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What’s An Easter?

John 20:1-18

1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. 4 The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7 and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples returned to their homes. 11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

David Sedaris is a writer who reflects on his life with such wit, my younger sister has more than one story about reading his books while riding public transportation and because she was laughing so hard, she missed her stop and got lots of stares from all the other riders.

The bit that always gets me rolling is the one where Sedaris has moved to France and is taking beginning French lessons. He’s the only American in the class, filled with people from around the world: Morocco, Poland, Russia, and Italy to name a few. The day’s lesson involves trying to describe major holidays and Easter has just been put on the table. A woman from Morocco raises her hand and asks, “What’s an Easter?”

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