Repentance, Reconciliation, Redemption — Redux

Often cringeworthy words for those who grew up in church, these ancient practices, when stripped to their essential purpose, can enliven our spiritual journeys. We believe they deserve a resurrection. Note: some folks found the introduction to the lesson triggering…  some found it calming and reassuring. You’ll need to decide.

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You Don’t Need the Hokey Pokey . . . to Turn Yourself Around

When you see what you hadn’t seen, your life can turn significantly. Turn from thought ruts and defeating habits. At NRCC, we use a worksheet to help us see what we hadn’t. And it’s true! Our lives do turn around. The ancients called the process “repentance.” They called it “confession.”

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Grace, Pace and Place

When church is healthy, its place in society is to take the lead in helping, healing and hoping. Grace is needed at North Raleigh Community Church as we find the appropriate pace with which to step into our place.

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A Tough Class . . . We CAN’T Fail!

Turns out, this is rocket science. And we have to pass the class! Our world is desperate for religious people to take their place as repairers of the earth. We must move beyond the marketing machine narrative selling us an us-against-them narrative, and take our place as the conscience of our society, modeling

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Throwing Good Metaphors after Bad

Apologies for the quality of the audio this week.  There were problems with the recording equipment. God is too big to contain in words, images, or metaphors. When you reach the boundaries of one metaphor, trying another will add somethings but lose others. This is why we cannot get past

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Give to Live

Chasing happy . . . is killing us all. Contributing to something bigger than self, surprisingly, helps us live longer. A meaningful life lies at “the intersection of your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger.” (Frederick Buechner)

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Longing to Belong

One third of Americans over age 45 suffer from loneliness. As we consider living lives that matter, building our relationship skills so we can belong and invite others to belong will go a long way toward restitching the torn fabric of community.

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