After the Resurrection

Greetings in the name of the Lord. I trust that you had a wonderful Resurrection Celebration. This past 40 Day journey during Lent has been filled with excitement, encouragement and challenge. It is the last week that has been a time of real testing and trial. I anticipated that at the end, I would have a clear

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The blessing and the birthright

http://imergentchurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Dont_despise_your_birthright.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSThe birthright is emphasized in the Bible because it honored the rights or privileges of the family’s firstborn son. After the father died, or in the father’s absence, the firstborn son assumed the father’s authority and responsibilities. In addition to assuming the leadership role in the

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The life God gives

http://imergentchurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Life.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSThere are very interesting lessons to be learned from the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. We tend to focus on the vent itself and overlook some lessons that also transformative. Learn with us.

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The Wells of Methodism

http://imergentchurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/The_wells_of_Methodism.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS Jesus spoke of “rivers of water” flowing out of his followers. Something has happened to has stopped the flow within the body of Christ. Listen in as we being to dig again the wells of salvation.

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Preparing for the work

http://imergentchurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Preparing_for_the_work.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSOne of the things that we are being reminded of in these days is that, the mission of the church emerges out of and cannot be disconnected from the mission of God. In this first message of the series, we take a look at reality that

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Kingdom NOW but not yet

http://imergentchurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Kingdom_Now_but_not_yet.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSDuring the teaching ministry of Jesus, the Kingdom of God was central. Many things occupy the preaching and teaching of Christianity, but often the Kingdom occupies very small space. Let’s explore it together Now.

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God as Father

http://imergentchurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Father.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS In the prayer that Jesus taught his followers to pray, Jesus presented the idea of approaching God as Father. We examine this concept and seek to understand how this impacts our prayer life.

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Why I became a United Methodist Pastor

I know that is not the most catchy title for a post, but it captures what I want to share. Over the past 6 years I have been repeatedly asked ” how did I end up a United Methodist Pastor”? Well, I guess I need to explain something about my previous 20 year journey. I

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Mystery of Faith

http://imergentchurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Mystery_of_Faith_iMergent.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSOne of the most powerful forces in the universe is faith. Jesus revealed in and through his ministry, that faith is the connecting link between humanity and the Divine. In this talk, we explore the origin, simplicity, and power of faith.

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1st Century view of the Resurrection

Often when we think about what the meaning of the resurrection is, we view it in terms of thousands of years of smoothed out theological propositions. But, have you ever considered what the early believers thought and believed about resurrection. Surpringly, the views and beliefs held in the 1st century were quite different than those

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The Resurrection

http://imergentchurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/The-Resurrection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSAs in the days of the early church, there is much discussion surrounding the resurrection of Jesus. Was it bodily, was it an apparition, or did it really happen. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul presents an argument that has tremendous implications for every human being. In

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The Basic of Following Jesus

http://imergentchurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/The-basics-of-following-Jesus.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSOne of the challenges of present day faith communities is engaging the world in which they exist. Jesus’ word to us was to go but we often sit and wait for people to come. In this conversation, we examine the basics of being a Jesus follower

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Christ in You

I just concluded a conversation with a good friend of mine who brought to my attention that a mutual friend has “converted to Islam”. After some discussion of the differences between the Nation of Islam and Christianity, I had an “AHA” moment. What struck me was this. People are searching for spiritual reality and many

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Retelling vs rewriting the Jesus story

Over the past few years, there seems to be a new emphasis upon what has been labeled “revisionist history”. By this I am referring to the attempt to rewrite history which lends credence to particular views, policies and positions. The challenge with this practice is that it becomes difficult to engage in any meaningful dialogue

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In the day of His power

We have seen in the history of the church, time of great power and restoration. Whenever the people of God have accepted a nominal form of religion in place of a vital relationship with Jesus, voice have been raised up to proclaim the day of God’s power. We live in a day in which the

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