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Easter Friday: A Moment of Resurrection

A Moment of Resurrection Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon […]

Easter Thursday: God Is Creator

God is Creator From the very first verse of the Bible, Genesis 1:1, God is affirmed as Creator: “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth…” The creation story is classified in literature as an “origin myth.” But the deeper spiritual truth in the story is profoundly important in Judeo-Christian theology of the […]

On Easter Wednesday, How Does Community Conquer Death?

On Easter Wednesday, How Does Community Conquer Death? As we continue our journey of Eastertide in celebration of the resurrected Christ, I am focused on the question today of what it means to be the community of Christ? “Being truly human and living in community are inseparable. This wisdom is beautifully captured in an African […]

On Easter Monday, Are We True Easter People?

On Easter Monday, Are We True Easter People? Easter has come and gone. We prepared the Easter eggs, decorated the house, attended the in-person or online services, heard the sermon, ate the bread and drank the wine. But are we changed? Are we, to use hymnist Shirley Erena Murray’s phrase, “true Easter people?” That depends […]

Lamoni Service Center Association Meeting

Lamoni Service Center Association Meeting  The Lamoni Service Center Association meeting is scheduled for Sunday March 14th at 1:00 P.M. accessible by Zoom or telephone.  For those joining by phone you can call  +1 312 626 6679 US(Chicago)or888 788 0099 US Toll-Free Meeting ID 5839 9390 0033 Passcode 311073 The Zoom link is  Join Sunday […]

In Service to the Poor

In “The Justice Primer,” Brandon Hatmaker writes:“Let’s be honest for a moment. Knowing what we know about God, is there any reason to doubt that he wants us to serve the poor? … if we are to be true disciples of Christ, our value of mission must increase.” A true commitment to justice and the […]

The World Is About to Turn

Sermon by Mission Center President and Financial Officer Glenn Johnson December 20, 2020 Christmas is Coming. As a child growing up, my grandparents always stayed at our home for Christmas.  My Mom’s father, Charles Cotton, was born in London England in 1894.  He landed in the poorhouse at age 5 where his father died, and […]

Asking “But Why?” in the Advent

Luke 1:41-45 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as […]

On Well-Being, Science and IMMB

On Connecting Science-Backed Keys to Well Being and the IMMB of Community of Christ Organizations like the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at UC Berkeley have brought attention to research on positive mental health and several keys to well-being: Compassion, Gratitude, Mindfulness, Diversity, Awe, Social Connection, Happiness, Forgiveness, Bridging Differences, Empathy, Altruism and Purpose. Their […]