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Speaking to the Soul: Born Again

As we pray the Creed this Trinity Sunday, as we say: “I believe in the Holy Spirit,” we proclaim that there is a living God infused in us propelling us forward in his service. We declare that in the Spirit we are born again… that we are one with The Three.

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Speaking to the Soul: Alive in the Spirit

The frightened fugitives in the upper room were transformed into powerhouses of evangelical grace .Inarticulate fishermen became spellbinding preachers. Marginally literate country folk became towering evangelists. Fair weather disciples became fearless martyrs for the faith.

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Speaking to the Soul: Just Visiting

Constant contact with Jesus fills the day with endless opportunities to witness his love. In encouragement and assistance, in kindness and courtesy, in giving and sharing, we become one with Jesus. And as we draw closer to Christ, the spiritual gravity of grace draws those in the orbit of our lives right along with us towards God… the epicenter of love.

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Speaking to the Soul: No boundaries

Yet, we still have our boundaries regarding who is in and who is out. Food no longer defines the borders of our community life. Now it’s sexual orientation, gender identification, socio-economic status, body size, being married, lifestyle choices, even being a woman can get you on the other side of the boundary in some places.

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Speaking to the Soul: Need a hug?

For all its lovely, lyrical beauty this gospel contains Christianity’s essential challenge in the starkest terms: Love the stranger and the inconvenient… love the ungrateful and the annoying… love the broken and the destitute… love the aged and the addicted… love the sinner.

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Speaking to the Soul: Connections

In this week’s gospel Jesus assures us that we’ve got the right connections. We’re not on our own. We’re connected. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. He abides in us, and we in him.

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