Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Root Cellar

Listen to Kurt Holmgren, the director of the Root Cellar, to speak at White Pine Community Church, Sunday 08/14/11

I'll bet few of us feel wealthy, but riches are relative. We may have less than we'd like, yet, on average, those who live in the communities north of Portland possess more than the vast majority of Mainers. In light of all that the Bible teaches about caring for the poor, I'm sobered by that reality.

But I'm also thankful that the White Pine family has taken that calling seriously. Your ongoing generosity to community food pantries, as well as our collective commitment to the Root Cellar in Portland, are Christlike expressions of compassion for those who have less than we do.

I think it's a healthy thing for us to know how our donations to the Root Cellar are being used, and to dream of new ways to partner with that strategic ministry. That's why I asked Kurt Holmgren, the director of the Root Cellar, to speak at White Pine this Sunday. (I will be speaking at a church in Southern Oregon before beginning a 10-day vacation.) Kurt is a passionate follower of Jesus who has a God-given vision for bringing "Shalom" to Portland. If you wonder what that means, don't miss church this Sunday.

I'll miss you, and I'll be praying for you as God speaks to you through Kurt.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Superheroes Part 4

Listen to Greg's Message: Superheroes Part 4 From Sunday 08-07-11

Facing any giants these days?

I don't mean the flesh-and-blood kind.  I mean, are you facing any overwhelming challenges--at home, at work, at school, in your body, in your mind?  Is there anything in your life that is so big and so bad that it's scaring you to death?

If you'd like to know why has God allowed that giant to threaten you, and how you can slay it, don't miss this podcast.  You'll learn from a biblical boy wonder how to get a head of your giant!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Superheroes Part 3

Listen to Greg Sidders Message, "Superheroes, Part 3"

Don't you wish life always made sense?

I think we all want to believe that everything happens for a reason, but sometimes it feels like God is not quite as personally and purposefully involved in our lives as we'd hoped, doesn't it?

If you're feeling that way these days, I think you'll be encouraged by this message. We're going to look at the life of someone who thought she was far from God, only to find that she was smack dab in the center of His will--which just might be where you are right now. Listen and learn how to live a purpose-filled life even in the midst of seemingly purposeless circumstances.