A Second Opinion

A Second Opinion

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Luke, the physician and author of the most detailed account of Jesus, continues to offer us a second opinion on life and faith. Ever feel like you have been sold “a bill of goods?” The product you sacrificed to save for and purchased, in retrospect, turned out to be so much less than promised. I have had vacations like this and cars like this – heck, I just got a pair of Groupon shoes like this! The product did not live up to the promise. This can be disappointing when it comes to cars, but debilitating when it comes to faith. Has your experience with Christianity not lived up to the promises you felt were made? Were you lied to? Want to know what happened? This Sunday, come and get a second opinion.

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Luke, the physician and author of the most detailed account of Jesus, continues to offer us a second opinion on life and faith. Ever feel like you have been sold “a bill of goods?” The product you sacrificed to save for and purchased, in retrospect, turned out to be so much less than promised. I have had vacations like this and cars like this – heck, I just got a pair of Groupon shoes like this! The product did not live up to the promise. This can be disappointing when it comes to cars, but debilitating when it comes to faith. Has your experience with Christianity not lived up to the promises you felt were made? Were you lied to? Want to know what happened? This Sunday, come and get a second opinion.

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Oscar Wilde once quipped, “I can resist anything except temptation.” We all know it, we have all felt it, and at one time or another we have given in to it – temptation. This Sunday, we kick off a new series with a focus on lessons we can learn from the book of Luke. Jesus no sooner starts his ministry and He is immediately led into temptation. Can you relate? Wilde would go on to say, “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.” Is that true? What do all of our temptations have in common? How did Jesus overcome? How can you? It’s time to stand up to temptation before it’s too late – let’s start together this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

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I’m not sure how it developed, but there is an age-old question that all of us have been asked, or pondered ourselves: “Would you rather be deaf or blind?” In fact, if you “google it,” there are nearly 700,000 responses. This Sunday, we wrestle with the same question. Luke recounts a story of Jesus and offers up a second opinion on what it is we think we see. At one point, Jesus asks a haunting question: “Do you see this woman?” I think He is still asking you and me that same question. How well do we see each other? Who do we see when we look in the mirror? This Sunday, we get a second opinion on our eyesight. Maybe, just maybe, you have been looking

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My wife loves to garden. To me, it seems like hard and dirty work, but she finds it relaxing. To me, the couch is relaxing. To my wife, crawling around in the dirt and breaking up the soil restores her soul. This Mother’s Day, after you hit the Mother’s Day Photo Booth, listen as Luke relates the story of a gardener, soil, seeds, and souls. Has your heart grown hard? Has your soul grown weary? Was there a time in your life when passion for today and vision for tomorrow was the norm, and now you are just trying to make it through the day? This Sunday, with a special nod to moms interested in sowing a heart for God in their kids, we take a second look at our soul and the seeds of life that need to be sown and grown.

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In 2013, Forbes published an article entitled, “The 35 Questions That Will Change Your Life.” There are some pretty good questions on that list: What is your WHY? If you weren’t scared, what would you do? Are your “shoulds” getting in the way of your happiness? These are good, deep questions, worthy of reflection. Jesus, as recorded in detail by the physician, Luke, asks THE most profound question of all time. How we answer that question has greater temporal and eternal impact than any question ever asked. How you answer that question has the ability to usher you into the life you have been looking for here on this earth and into the life to come. We all have to answer this one simple question, and the truth is that we have all answered Jesus. So, what’s your answer? Are you sure?

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I lose things – lots of things – all the time. I lose keys and coats, phones and cards. It is so bad that for Christmas, my daughter got me Bluetooth-enabled discs to attach to my keys and wallet. Heck, as I write this, I can’t find my new winter jacket. Most of the time I find my stuff, and when I don’t. it can be replaced. Have you ever lost something irreplaceable – something you can’t simply go to the store and buy new? Maybe a parent, a friend, a child? That’s a profound level of loss and one worthy of not only mourning, but a search to end all searches. This week, in perhaps the most revealing chapter in his book, Luke proposes that we take a look at things valued and things lost. Search parties and homecoming celebrations – this Sunday at MHCC.

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“I’m bored.” Has that thought ever crossed your mind during a conversation with someone? It has for me. And, it has happened during my conversations with God as much as with another person. Does that surprise you? Now, I have listened to preachers tell me all about the benefits of prayer. I have read books that sing of the joys of prayer. And still, as I am praying, that thought can pop into my head…”I’m bored.” But, prayer isn’t boring. So why does it so often seem that way? Come to Mendham Hills this Memorial Day weekend and together, let’s find out why.

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In what I believe will be one of our more powerful gatherings of the year, this Sunday we take a hard look at what we are ashamed of. Perhaps nothing impacts our own identities more than who it is we “hang out” with. We want to be seen as cool and popular, so we strive to be seen with, well, the cool and popular. Maybe we even have some public friends (the ones we want to be seen with) and some private friends (the ones we invite to our homes, but not out for dinner). Who do you want to be identified with? Or identified as? And does it matter? As we prepare for our annual baptism gathering in a couple of weeks, a question echoes across the centuries that each of us must answer: Who do you want to be identified with and who are you ashamed of? It matters…it really matters.

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The concept of a God for many people, maybe for you, is somewhat abstract. We love the idea of “a God.” We certainly hope for a benevolent deity, but in the day-to-day, it sure would be nice to have a more tangible presence. When life gets tough, I would really love to have a “God with skin on” to go to. In the final days of the life of Jesus, we see that God saw fit to provide just what His children were looking for – a very real and present Father. This Father’s Day, we will ask the dads among us to take a note. Our kids need the same thing… “a Father with skin on.”

Good Friday 2017

Good Friday 2017

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GOOD FRIDAY at Mendham Hills. Perspective. Understanding. Gratitude. And yes, even celebration. Because of His CHOICE.

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Easter 2017

Easter 2017

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You don’t want to miss this Sunday at Mendham Hills as we celebrate the truth and the promise of the Resurrection of Jesus! On Friday, Jesus-followers hid, wept and mourned. The brutality of this world, the senseless loss of someone loved birthed a day full of pain and despair. I’ve had those days. Saturday, well, that’s the day after a soul gets crushed way down, but there’s no promise of ever getting up off the mat. It’s a strange day, an “in-between” day. In between despair and joy. In between confusion and clarity. In between bad news and good news. In between darkness and light. Many of us live our lives as Day Two people. This Easter Sunday, though, we celebrate, discover and rejoice over what it means to live – now and forever – as Day Three people. Lives and eternities in light of the Resurrection!

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Luke, the physician and author of the most detailed account of Jesus, continues to offer us a second opinion on life and faith. Ever feel like you have been sold “a bill of goods?” The product you sacrificed to save for and purchased, in retrospect, turned out to be so much less than promised. I have had vacations like this and cars like this – heck, I just got a pair of Groupon shoes like this! The product did not live up to the promise. This can be disappointing when it comes to cars, but debilitating when it comes to faith. Has your experience with Christianity not lived up to the promises you felt were made? Were you lied to? Want to know what happened? This Sunday, come and get a second opinion.

Who Is This Man?

Who Is This Man?

An old saying postulates that “familiarity breeds contempt,” the thought being that the more you know someone, the more you see their flaws and imperfections. There is some truth to that with regards to human relationships, but what about familiarity with regards to Jesus? In a culture where Christ saturates our history, is it possible that His ubiquity has bred a loss of reverence? Have we lost our appreciation for who He was, what He did, and what He is doing? This Sunday, we begin to take a fresh look at the inescapable Jesus and His millennials-long impact on our world. The real question is – has He impacted yours?

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Why Am I So Afraid?

Why Am I So Afraid?

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The news is that North Korea is close to being nuclear. It looks like the Russian “bear” might be on the prowl again. The stock bubble seems ready to burst, and technology seems poised to steal all of our jobs. The planet is warming, the economy is cooling. The plague of our day – terrorism – begins with the word terror. It seems that anxiety and fear have taken out a hundred-year lease in our hearts and minds.

Now, imagine your life wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to the roller coaster of life? Jesus made it pretty clear: “Fear not.” So, why am I so afraid? Join us, as together we discover the key to a life without fear.

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The news is that North Korea is close to being nuclear. It looks like the Russian “bear” might be on the prowl again. The stock bubble seems ready to burst, and technology seems poised to steal all of our jobs. The planet is warming, the economy is cooling. The plague of our day – terrorism – begins with the word terror. It seems that anxiety and fear have taken out a hundred-year lease in our hearts and minds.

Now, imagine your life wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to the roller coaster of life? Jesus made it pretty clear: “Fear not.” So, why am I so afraid? Join us, as together we discover the key to a life without fear.

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We fear a lot of things. We fear bad guys with bombs, shootings in our cities, and terrorism in our towns. We fear finishing last, going broke, and being sued. We fear the mole on our back, the new kid on the block, and the new boss in the corner office. To the list of human fears, there is no end. Yet, there is this ONE – the BIG ONE – the Greatest Fear of Them All. We don’t talk about it often. Most of the time, we just pretend it’s not there. We have become a people well-trained in “whistling past the grave yard.” Still, it lingers and it lies and it holds so many of us captive. If we could just be sure – if we could just be certain – then maybe we could really live. This Sunday at Mendham Hills, we learn to overcome the cornerstone of fear…the fear that comes from our final breath.

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Philosopher George Santayana penned one of academia’s favorite quotes: “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” I know I have used it often when my kids are complaining about why they need to learn about the Whig Party or the Magna Carta. Could this same truth be applied to fear? What if we understood our history with it, where it came from, and what it has done? Could understanding the history of fear perhaps free us from the doom of its despair? A history lesson in fear, its source, its solution, and a ticket out of its vicious cycle – this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

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It’s one thing to be afraid. Heck, some fear is good and for our protection. It’s good to fear a pot of boiling water falling from the stove. It’s good to fear the bees nest next to the swing set. Anxiety, however, is something quite different. It’s like fear on steroids and it’s exploding all around us. You may not have tasted it yet, but likely someone you love has. Deep anxiety and paralyzing worry are quickly becoming the plague of our day, robbing our children of their dreams and crippling the lives of many of our friends. What turns a healthy alarm into immobilizing anxiety? What is at anxiety’s root? Is there something that can be done to put our minds at ease? Taming the beast of worry and anxiety – this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

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It’s one thing to be afraid. Heck, some fear is good and for our protection. It’s good to fear a pot of boiling water falling from the stove. It’s good to fear the bees nest next to the swing set. Anxiety, however, is something quite different. It’s like fear on steroids and it’s exploding all around us. You may not have tasted it yet, but likely someone you love has. Deep anxiety and paralyzing worry are quickly becoming the plague of our day, robbing our children of their dreams and crippling the lives of many of our friends. What turns a healthy alarm into immobilizing anxiety? What is at anxiety’s root? Is there something that can be done to put our minds at ease? Taming the beast of worry and anxiety – this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

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I recently went to a friends’ house to see their new baby. When I arrived, the first thing we talked about was who the baby looked like. We said things like, “He has his nose,” and, “He has her eyes.” Have you had a similar experience? Parents will even be quick to say, “He got that from me!” But, as babies grow into kids, and then into teenagers, we sometimes quit claiming responsibility. Some of the things we have passed on are not what we intended. This concept stretches beyond parent/child relationships and into just about every aspect of our lives. What am I passing on to my spouse, friends, and co-workers? This week at Mendham Hills, we look at the questions – Am I passing on my faith? Or am I passing on my fear?

Promises, promises…

Promises, promises…

You were created with great intent and purpose by God to be agents of His Kingdom – created to do good works in our families, homes, workplaces, and the world, which so desperately need hope and healing. Yet, so many of us wind up on the couch, kept on the sideline by fear, fatigue, and busyness. And while we suffer from feeling like people without purpose, those who need “Christ in us” the most suffer as we are taken out by the enemy. Join us this Sunday as we kick off our New Year’s series on promises we should make…and keep. This week, we look at three very practical promises that are worthy of making to ourselves – promises that will help get us back in the fight for 2017.

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Socks & Underwear

Socks & Underwear

What happens when Saturday Night Live alum Jim Breuer discovers for himself that the gift he didn’t expect, tried to return, and attempted to exchange, is actually the gift he really needs? Come and be a part of a remarkable evening of humor, song, and poignant reflection on the wonderful gift which has been offered to each of us. Bring a friend as together we discover that the unheralded birth of a stable-born baby some 2,000 years ago – a gift we, too, didn’t expect and often don’t want – is the gift we really need. A Christmas like no other – this Christmas at Mendham Hills.

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Ephesians

Ephesians

Ephesians has been called “the divinest composition of man,” “the distilled essence of the Christian religion,” and “the most authoritative and most consummate compendium of the Christian faith.” It’s that important! Yet, at its heart, it is a letter written by a father to his newly adopted sons and daughters. In it, he describes to his new kids all that they have inherited as members of a new family. Yet, he also does not shy away from reminding them of their new responsibilities now that they bear his name. A letter of encouragement and admonition for all of you new sons and daughters!

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Wonderlife

Wonderlife

You didn’t come this far to only come this far! Using Psalm 139 as our guide, we will reflect on four simple principles that will help you embrace the purpose God has for your life. Dr. Seuss said it best: “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is you-er than you.” Over the coming weeks, both in our church services and through our small groups, we will use the wisdom and experience of King David to help you understand who you are and why you’re here. There is only one you – and you really, really matter. It’s time to start living the life you were created for!

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