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“O Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.”   (Psalm 95: 6

I have a question for you. What are you really hungry for today? Sometimes we get hungry, like for that double chocolate cake with the rich chocolate icing and after two bites we wonder what we could have been thinking. Now, we hurt. Too rich, too heavy.

There are those things that we think will satisfy our hunger pangs and then there are those things that will be truly satisfying. If we are satisfied with what we can do for ourselves we have stopped really growing in faith. If we think that it is through our own cleverness, ability, or charm that our lives will truly have meaning then we are missing out on experiencing so much more of life. If we are satisfied with what we of ourselves can accomplish then I think we have some thinking to do about our life. God gives us great insight for our lives and insight into how we can make a difference in the world. God wants us to grow beyond that which we think we are capable of accomplishing. God wants to show us a newness of life that can only be experienced in completely trusting what God/Divine Spirit can do through us. Theologian Richard Rohr has written, “God needs to catch us by surprise.”

Trusting God to lead us and then being willing to “go there” with God can be a bit scary. Good. It should be, because it is taking us out of our comfort zone. It is taking us out of what has been the routine of the day and I bet, even if that routine has served you up to now, experiencing more of the fruits of God’s Spirit in your life would be welcome. So, good, step out of your comfort zone and see what God has in store for you. Because we are trusting in God we can know we are working with a safety net. Yes, along the way we may stumble, but we will be picked up, dusted off and shown even greater riches of Spirit.

Affirmation: “I follow you willingly God and delight in the many ways your love often catches me by surprise.”  

Rev. Jefferson Beeker


We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.

Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life. Please join us each Sunday at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall at First Christian Church, North Hollywood, CA for our Contemporary Celebration and Praise service. Come as you are and enjoy an hour of great music from our wonderful band and singers, inspiring messages and good fellowship. Those things in life that you have been seeking have also been seeking you. Now is a good time to receive them. We will lift one another to live exciting, abundant new lives of possibility and purpose.

Also, join me on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 PM for an hour of guided and silent meditation, reflection, affirmation and prayer. As always, we will share communion together. Everyone is welcome. We are an open and affirming congregation.

First Christian Church, North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604. http://www.fccnh.org

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