Rejoicing in Prison

Imprisoned, Paul would be without food gifts from outside its walls.
The Philippian church held him in their hearts and shared God’s grace with him in his imprisonment.

Imprisoned, Paul kept focused on sharing the Good News with those around him.
I want you to know, beloved, that what has happened to me has actually helped to spread the gospel. (Philippians 1:12 NRSV)

Partnered with the Philippians, Paul proclaimed the gospel out of love.
In the midst of his own suffering Paul rejoiced in the One whose love endures.

Let us worship as a true community that loves those like us
and those who are not like us.
those who sin against us
and those who we have sinned against.

Let us remain focused on the journey Christ sets before us.

Tim strives to share God’s extravagant love for all–no matter what & without strings. Seeking to follow the lure of the Spirit, Tim writes about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in an era where Christianity has come to be associated with hatred and political wedge issues. “Heinous things have been said & done (& still are) in the name of the One who breathed in the Divine,” notes Tim, “but Jesus shows us that God loves extravagantly.” Following the teachings and life of Jesus is about inclusion not exclusion. It is about compassion, grace, and admitting no one has all the answers. It is about responding lovingly to the best of our human ability. It is about people not institutions. It is about social justice. It is about caring for creation. It is about being who we were each created to be. Tim is a former early childhood educator, a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, father of two adult children and their spouses, and a grandfather of four perfect grandchildren. Tim serves as Senior Pastor of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Albany, Oregon. He writes from home, from the coffee shop, and wherever the trail leads him.

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