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Inspired by the conflict in Northern Ireland, U2 released one of their iconic recordings –Sunday Bloody Sunday – in 1983. The song lyrically poses a question common to the writers of the Scriptures, “How long, how long must we sing this song?”  While spending this week walking in some of the poorest places on earth – dry, hot and broken places – I found myself asking the same question: how long Lord, how much longer must we sing this same song? This week as we kick off our new seriesDavid & Bono | When the Word Sings,” we’ll take an honest look at the pain in the world, and try to figure out together how to sing a new song. 

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Inspired by the conflict in Northern Ireland, U2 released one of their iconic recordings – Sunday Bloody Sunday – in 1983. The song lyrically poses a question common to the writers of the Scriptures, “How long, how long must we sing this song?” While spending this week walking in some of the poorest places on earth – dry, hot and broken places – I found myself asking the same question: how long Lord, how much longer must we sing this same song? This week as we kick off our new series, “David & Bono | When the Word Sings,” we’ll take an honest look at the pain in the world, and try to figure out together how to sing a new song.

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As a culture, we’ve been educated about things like proper diet and effective exercise, and as a result, we’ve gotten much better about taking care of ourselves. Many of us have made lifestyle changes with regard to what we eat, and some of us have even joined a gym…all in an attempt to feel better and enjoy a better quality of life. Now, let me ask you a question – how have you educated yourself and what have you done to take care of the most important part of your being? I’m talking about your soul – that intangible and mystical part of each of us that represents the very core of our personhood. Did you know that your soul can get tired? Is yours? This Sunday at Mendham Hills as Bono sings Psalm 23 we’ll diagnose the problem and look for answers for an epidemic among us: soul fatigue. Are you weary? Come and find rest.

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The brutal honesty of the Psalms continues this week with a sincere inward reflection. We have, as followers of Jesus, been adopted by God, forgiven, restored and renewed. We are “joint heirs” of an unspeakably glorious Kingdom, blessed with an unfathomable inheritance. Many of us know these truths – we can memorize and recite them, right down to the biblical passage from which they are drawn. Yet, and here comes the honesty of the Psalms, why am I still so unfulfilled? The Psalmists, much like each of us, cries out to God, “Why is there so much turmoil in me and why does the mourning just go on and on?” This Sunday at Mendham Hills, come wrestle with God and allow your heart to discover and feel what your head already knows.

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“Get over it. Just move on. Put it behind you.” These are the mantras of our day. We tend to have a two-part recovery plan: “Fix it, then forget it.” For most of our lives, we live with a simple goal – to get out of pain and stay out of pain. Yet, the authors of the Bible seem to advocate pretty strongly another way to peace and change. It’s called lament. This Sunday, as we reflect on and celebrate what God is up to in the Guatemala City garbage dump, we begin with the help of the Psalmists to see a higher calling for our lives, moving from “healed wounders” to “wounded healers.” The power of lament for our big world and your small circles – this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

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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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“Bad company corrupts good character.” How many times have you said this to your children? How many times was this said to you when you were young? It might be one of our favorite verses to quote to kids and teens alike. And while most of us believe this to be true when it comes to our kids, do we believe it’s true for us? Maybe it doesn’t apply because, “I’m a mature adult – I can handle it.” If we want to be able to stand firm and solid in faith, the very first Psalm gives us direction on the kind of people we should surround ourselves with. Join us as we continue our summer series on the Psalms – this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

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The data is in and it is indisputable: we are a people under stress like never before. According to a recent Bloomberg article, we just broke the American Psychological Association’s all-time stress record. Money, work, the economy, and now a political environment like no other have all conspired to put us on edge. You couple these factors with the natural fears of man, including the greatest fears of all – sickness and death – and we become a people in search of some relief. Yet, the places we seek to find it often lead to dead ends, addictions, disappointments, or worse. This Sunday, David, Bono, and the Psalms teach on fear…and its relief.

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It seems that there is an ever-increasing amount of violence in our world. Watching the news, you see the consequences of hate, bigotry and greed. So what do we do when presented with unspeakable evil and violence? Are we always called to “turn the other cheek?” Is there ever a time to stand up? To stand against? Are we allowed to express our frustration and anger? Are we allowed to ask God to eradicate evil and those propagating violence? We wrap up our summer series, David & Bono, with a look at a Psalm that is so honest and raw, it leaves us wondering – “Am I allowed to say that?”