Posts from Annie Saunders
“There are times in this life where God can feel all too absent. Or there are times in this life where God’s calling can feel all too inconvenient, or God’s rules are all too harsh, or God’s community all too maddening, or God’s example all too pie-in-the-sky. There are times when you aren’t sure about […]
Posted on November 13, 2019 | Posted by Annie Saunders
“…let’s keep as our first value–what we judge all things off of–the love that we show to other people.” To hear more on Pastor Dan’s sermon about living in love, turning the other cheek, and being kind–follow the links below.
Posted on November 6, 2019 | Posted by Annie Saunders
Our story is about a choice. Or at least it seems that way. Rehoboam begins his reign as the fourth king of Israel with a choice to make, and it has to do with his predecessor and father, Solomon, who was regarded as a wise king. He made shrewd alliances with neighboring nations and expanded the kingdom. He was […]
Posted on October 28, 2019 | Posted by Annie Saunders
“…and that’s the problem when we get so focused and enamored with power–when we spend so much time looking towards the top, at those kings on the hill. We forget to look down and realize, there’s a whole lot of people piled up at the bottom.”
Posted on October 21, 2019 | Posted by Annie Saunders
“…the Israelites were free. God worked through Moses to deliver them from Pharoh’s grip and now these people who only knew slavery before, wrestle with the question–what is freedom? So God gives them a gift…the Ten Commandments.”
Posted on October 14, 2019 | Posted by Annie Saunders
“…we forget that sense of God addressing us, calling us by name. And knowing the “I, Thou” that God has for each of us.” To hear more from Pastor Dan’s sermon about Moses’ encounter with I AM and what that means for us, click on the video below.
Posted on October 1, 2019 | Posted by Annie Saunders
A friend of mine recently got some bad news. Not like job loss or funeral bad, but the next level. Junior Varsity bad. But he’s had a lot of JV bad news recently, so this stung. Anyway, he texted me about it and I said I was sorry and that I would pray for him […]
Posted on September 23, 2019 | Posted by Annie Saunders
Carved into my skin is a flower. A sunflower to be exact, cut in half to resemble the sun rising or lowering on the horizon. Carved into my skin is the Latin phrase, “Dei Gratia,” which roughly translates to “by the grace of God,” or more simply, “grace of God.” You might not know this, […]
Posted on September 19, 2019 | Posted by Annie Saunders
You have been given no specific promises that I know of. No promises ofwealth or health, fame or family. No matter. You have the same God. The God of Abraham and Sarah. The God who came in Christ. You can havehope without all the details. You can have hope, not that the specificthing you long for […]
Posted on September 16, 2019 | Posted by Annie Saunders
Maybe Jesus became a human, in part, to help us see that our humanity isn’t the problem, but rather trusting God, trusting God to love us, trusting in God’s gifts of mercy and faith and life – yes even this life. Being human was never our problem Accepting our humanity, well, that’s a struggle.