Breaking barriers to worship

Perhaps the most significant moment in the exchange between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well came when she asked why the Jews insisted worship had to take place in Jerusalem. He essentially told her that the place and ritual of worship was meaningless. True worship, he said, is in the spirit … in every moment of our lives. Message delilvered 9/25/11.

Breaking barriers, continued

When Jesus encountered the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well, he smashed through the barriers of culture, gender and consequences of choices. She was alone when she met Jesus, just as we truly meet God in the privacy of our hearts. She first responded sarcastically — defensively — but eventually came to the point of being completely honest. If we are to break through the barriers we allow to keep us from growing deeper, we, too, must come to a moment of truth. Message delivered 9/18/11.

Remembering reminds us

On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 horrors, observed that we don’t like hard times that force us to face the stark realities of life and death, Heaven and Hell. But remembering reminds us that we are right here, right now, with a purpose and mission in life. Message delivered 9/11/11.

Breaking barriers at the well

The story of Jesus’ encounter with “The Woman at the Well” related in John 4 is a powerful illustration how God wants us to break free of the barriers we have learned to trust more than Him … our traditions, own ideas, stereotypes, prejudices and cultural beliefs. Message delivered 9/4/11.