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September 27, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
 Focus:  There is a part of you that is Love itself, and that is what we must fall into. It is already there. Once you move your identity to that level of deep inner contentment, you will realize you are drawing upon a Life that is much larger than your own and from a deeper abundance. –Richard Rohr
Isaiah 56:3-8 
Matthew 15:10-20


September 20, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
 Focus:  We are here for one thing, ultimately: to learn how to love, because God is love. Love is our origin, love is our ground, and love is our destiny. —James Finley
Isaiah 57:14-21
Matthew 23:1-9


September 13, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Being equipped with giftedness does not mean 'being afraid and doing it anyway.' It means listening deeply to the still small voice inside us and doing as it says, regardless of what the rest of the world says.
Isaiah 64:1-9
1 Corinthians 1:1-9


September 6, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  Martin Luther, “All Christians whatsoever really and truly belong to the religious class, and there is no difference among them except in so far as they do different work. That is St. Paul’s meaning in I Cor. 12, when he says, ‘We are all one body, yet each member hath his own work for serving others…’”
Isaiah 61:1-4, 7-11
John 1:6-14


August 30, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  Jesus did not come to change the mind of God about humanity.  Jesus came to change the mind of humanity about God.
Isaiah 55:6-11
Luke 6:39-49


August 23, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  Only a personal experience of unconditional, unearned, and infinite love and forgiveness can move you from the normal worldview of scarcity to the divine world of infinite abundance. That’s when the doors of mercy blow wide open! That’s when we begin to understand the scale-breaking nature of grace.
 Isaiah 55:1-5
Matthew 25:31-46


August 16, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  God shocks and stuns us into love. God does not love us if we change; God loves us so that we can change. Only love—not duress, guilt, any form of shunning, or social pressure—effects true inner transformation.
Isaiah 1:2-3, 11-20
Luke 12:32-41


August 9, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  Our inability to recognize and love God in what is right in front of us has made us separate religion from our actual lives. True worship is not a spectacle, but a deep commitment of listening and love.
Isaiah 66:1-4
Matthew 21:12-17


August 2, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  Conversion is not a moral achievement accomplished by good behavior. Conversion is a deep unitive knowing that usually comes to people who need it intensely, who realize that only holding one side of life’s equation—the glory or the agony—has gotten them nowhere. Holding everything together becomes the pathway to God.
Isaiah 6:1-8
Luke 5:1-11


July 26, 2020
Steve Blewett
Focus:  Life is unfair.  True joy, which is a surprise, also is unfair because it gives more than it requires.  Both ask of us deep and enduring engagement.
Genesis 29:15-28 
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52


July 19, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  We have been called to be in the world, but not of the world.  God never encourages us to escape the world as much as we would like.  If we are in the world and not of the world, we will experience wrestling with God.
Genesis 28:10-19a  
 Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43


July 12, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  Jesus compares us to seeds that expend energy in various directions.  Healthy seeds expend energy on connective depth and engagement. 
Genesis 25:19-34
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23


July 5, 2020
Home Worship Service         
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus: In times such as this when there are so many unknowns, the path of faith is to trust despite an unknown future, that someday, in hindsight, will look back and celebrate being guided by the hand of God. 
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 
Matthew 11:25-30