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MCCDC: Relationships Require Giving Our All. Really?

“The life of faith is not a weekend hobby or a vacation destination. It’s a full soul, full body, full mind endeavor that requires renunciation. And surrender. And a reordering of our identities, our priorities, and our proclivities.” ~Debi Thomas, alt. I’ll be honest right up front. I’m struggling with the scripture for this Sunday:…

MCCDC: Relationships Matter

“Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.” ~Anthony J. D’Angelo Relationships are at the heart of scripture. The prominence of relationships in scripture affirms that relationships matter. Relationships matter to God, who created us to be in relationship and daily seeks relationship with us. Relationships matter to Jesus, who centered his ministry in relationship and taught…

MCCDC: THE COURAGE TO BE YOU

“We humans are not so fragile as to simply be at the mercy of cause-and-effect traumas. From the standpoint of teleology, we choose our lives and our lifestyles ourselves. We have the power to do that.” ~Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga from “The Courage to be Disliked,” 104-105 Sometimes scripture can raise one’s stress level.…

MCCDC: Praise Out Loud Together

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I say, rejoice.”~Philippians 4:4 This Sunday we get our praise on! What a joy to worship with the theme “Praise Out Loud Together.” There is so much loud messaging during these troubled times. There are bullying tweets, there are racist chants at rallies, there are the screams of those…