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Aryn Williams-Ruebel
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Isaiah 42:1-9 This scripture is often called one of Isaiah’s servant songs.  In them, Isaiah describes what the servant of the Lord will be like.  Now, there’s been a lot of discussion about who Isaiah is talking about.  Some think he is writing about King ...
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True wisdom
James 3:13-4:8 Several years ago I bought a t-shirt for my brother that says “beware of stupid people in large numbers”.  I thought it fit his sense of humor and that he would get a kick out of it… although now that I think about it… I never saw him wear it...
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multidimensional love
Ephesians 3:14-21 Last Sunday, my husband, Jay, and I drove to Charlotte to watch a professional soccer game.  As we walked from the car to the stadium we passed a man with signs placed along the sidewalk.  Each listing condemnations and things he considere...
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Tug of War
Ephesians 2:8-22 This scripture requires us to do a little bit of a history lesson.  As the Christian movement started, the early church had a few issues.  They faced opposition from the outside; persecution by religious as well as cultural leaders.  But th...
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Successfully weak
2 Corinthians 12:2-10 Most people and organizations, churches included struggle with what it means to be successful.  On one hand, the world tells us success is about numbers.  It is about productivity, salary, number of people at your party, number of clie...
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Rules were meant to be broken
Mark 2:23-3:6 I have been thinking a lot about rules lately.  Everywhere we go there are rules.  I am going to proctor End Of Grade tests at the local middle school and there are rules.  I can’t speak during testing, read a book, have my phone out or help w...
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Testify
1 John 5:9-13 In 1850, Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis, grieving from the loss of eight of her twelve children, all before the age of seven, began organizing something called Mother’s Day Work Clubs near her home in West Virginia.  She wanted to combat the poor hea...
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Afraid to Love
1 John 4:7-21 What are you afraid of?  Intellectually I’m not afraid of much. I don’t like scary movies, but, sitting in this room with people I know and love, I can say:  I am not afraid.   All my life I have enjoyed doing stuff this side of dangerous.  I ...
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True Love
1 John 3:16-24 The musical “Fiddler on the Roof” is about a Jewish family in turn of the century Russia, coming to terms with how their life is changing.  Their culture is changing, the world is changing, and they are struggling to hold on to traditions tha...
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Baptism and Blame
It seems odd, at the beginning of Lent to talk about the baptism of Jesus.  We usually spend Lent talking about repentance, reorienting our lives and faith, reflecting on the ways we’ve allowed the world to come between us and God.  Lent is a time to put in...
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