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Moving Out of Scare City

09/24/2017 – 10/22/2017

The sense that there is not enough drives greed, fear and exclusionary behavior. We begin to live in “Scare City” where it seems that death, starvation, feelings of being overwhelmed and swallowed up can lurk around every corner. The Good News is that this is an illusion. A spiritual journey into the truth of abundance offers us an alternative vision of where to live our lives. This stewardship series will have us Moving Out of Scare City and traveling to the vast, open habitats of God’s abounding grace.

September 24 – Towers of Power – Genesis 11:1-9
October 1 – Around Every Corner – Isaiah 41:10, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
October 8 – The Other Side of the Tracks – Acts 15:1-12
October 15 – I’ve Decided to Follow Jesus – Matthew 6:7-13
October 22 – Altars Everywhere – 1 Timothy 6:18-19

altars everywhere

Altars Everywhere

Today, I want us to think about the gifts of the city, and how we are called to transform our cities, so that moving out of scarcity means staying where we are and building Altars Everywhere. It means showing the gifts of abundance to a fear-filled world. Sometimes that it means looking a little closer and opening our eyes to the gifts that we already have. (1 Timothy 6:17-19)

the other side of the tracks

The Other Side of the Tracks

We cannot totally succeed in avoiding fear, but we do our best to try to protect ourselves from fearful situations. We build walls or fences and live on one side of the tracks. We stay with people who look like us, who think like us, who dress like us, who eat like us. And we hoard our resources to take care of ourselves because we are afraid that if we don’t that there might not be enough.  (Acts 15:1-12)

towers of power

Towers of Power

Our culture of greed seems to me to be getting worse, or perhaps it has always been bad. More, more, more! Our perspective of how much we actually have is skewed by the immensity of images of what we ‘ought to have.’ And we strive for that security ourselves. We do not want to trust God. We are like young children who say, “I can do it! I don’t need your help.” And so, we struggle on our own, with our quest for more that is never enough. “I can do it on my own. I can build that tower and make a name for myself.” (Genesis 11:1-9)