Author Archive: Curt Christiansen

Lenten Devotional for March 16

The Fruit of the Spirit Read: Galatians 5:22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. —Galatians 5:22-23 Reflect: Fruit is expected of every Christian, regardless of stage or condition of life. In John 15, Jesus defines this fruit in terms of love and obedience. Paul […]

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Lenten Devotional for March 15

Bearing Fruit Read: John 15 He removes any of my branches that don’t produce fruit, and he trims any branch that produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit. —John 15:2 Reflect: It’s spring! Freshness all around us—earth being turned, trees budding, daylight growing longer. Let the spring cleaning begin. Throw open the […]

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Lenten Devotional for March 14

The Master Gardener Read: Isaiah 64 But now, LORD, you are our father. We are the clay, and you are our potter. All of us are the work of your hand. —Isaiah 64:8 Reflect: In my second-year college study of agriculture, I learned that fruit growers employ three pruning techniques to produce a good fruit […]

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Lenten Devotional for March 13

Am the Vine, You Are the Branches Read: John 15:1-11 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, then you will produce much fruit. Without me, you can’t do anything.” —John 15:5 Reflect: The way to stay connected to God’s power is to stay connected to […]

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Lenten Devotional for March 12

Abide in Christ Read: Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. —Matthew 11:28 Reflect: Two years ago, I added a space at the beginning of my day to read my Bible and to write in my journal. Now I experience a […]

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Lenten Devotional for March 11

Unfenced Vineyards Read: John 15:9-17 “This is my commandment: love each other just as I have loved you.” —John 15:12 Reflect: In the scriptural tradition, Christ is the full harvest of the lovingly planted vine that is Israel. He is the vine, we are the branches. We are told to make our home in him […]

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Lenten Devotional for March 10

The Bent-down Branch Read: John 15:1-9 “I am the vine, you are the branches.” — John 15:5 Reflect: I first noticed the little branch after a harsh night storm. Bent down in an awkward position, it caught my eye during morning prayer as I looked out my bedroom window. Other branches reached out and up […]

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Lenten Devotional for March 8

The Hands and Feet of Christ Read: Luke 10:25-37 He responded, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” —Luke 10:27 Reflect: Help me, dear God, to see my brother with the eyes […]

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Lenten Devotional for March 7

Feed My Sheep Read: John 21:15-17 Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.” —John 21:17 Reflect: On that dark night of Jesus’ arrest, people ask Peter three times if he knows or associates with Jesus. Three times, Peter says no, and each time his heart must break a little more. Jesus, always knowing what we […]

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Lenten Devotional for March 6

God Cares Read: Luke 15:3-7 ‘Celebrate with me because I’ve found my lost sheep.’ —Luke 15:6 Reflect: This week we read that Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd.” He talks about how the sheep know the shepherd and the shepherd knows and cares for the sheep. We might not really understand that because most […]

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Lenten Devotional for March 5

Saint Patrick’s Prayer Read: Romans 8:36-39 I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is created. —Romans 8:38-39 Reflect: Saint Patrick’s Breastplate Christ […]

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Lenten Devotional for March 4

Knowing God’s Care Read: Psalm 28:6-9 Save your people, God! Bless your possession! Shepherd them and carry them for all time! —Psalm 28:9 Reflect: Psalm 23 – A psalm of David The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still […]

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Lenten Devotional for March 3

I Am the Good Shepherd Read: John 10:11-18 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. — John 10:11 Reflect: I was in a meeting when it started. We all looked out the window in awe of the unfamiliar “white stuff” falling from the sky. “Wow! The meteorologists […]

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Lenten Devotional for March 2

Being in the Light Read: Ephesians 5:8-17 Light produces fruit that consists of every sort of goodness, justice, and truth. —Ephesians 5:9 Reflect: “You might as well throw that out!” I said in astonishment. My husband had just planted a Christmas gift, an amaryllis. When he opened the box, he had discovered that an eight-inch […]

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Lenten Devotional for March 1

Walk with Hope Read: Isaiah 9:2-7 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light. —Isaiah 9:2 Reflect: If I understand…the purpose of Christian spirituality, it is to nudge us over toward the hopeful side of life, to get us to look at life from the bright rather than the dark side. . . […]

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Lenten Devotional for February 29

I Am the Light of the World Read: John 8:12-20 Jesus spoke to the people again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me won’t walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” —John 8:12 Reflect: I collect flashlights of various shapes and sizes. I have a small one in […]

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Lenten Devotional for February 28

Let There Be Light Read: Genesis 1 God said, “Let there be light.” And so light appeared. God saw how good the light was. God separated the light from the darkness. God named the light Day and the darkness Night. —Genesis 1:3 Reflect: Light is an important theme in the Bible. You could say the […]

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El Camino con los Amigos

El 12 de marzo, 2016, despues del Ministerio de Gracia y almuerzo, Los Amigos de Sterling UMC vamos a ir casa a casa a decirles a la comunidad que estamos ahí para servirles. ¡En la area de Sterling Park!  Ven con nosotros!  Acompáñenos en las actividades de la mañana y el almuerzo o reunirse con […]

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Youth Musical Production

The SUMC players proudly present “Once Upon a Mattress” on March 4,5, and 6. This is a funny retelling of the famous children’s story “The Princess and The Pea.” Fun for the whole family! Show times: Friday, March 4 @ 7:00 pm Saturday, March 5 @ 7:00 pm Sunday, March 6 @ 2:00 pm Tickets: […]

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Lenten Sermon and Study Series

Come to the All-Church Lenten Study Series beginning the week of February 7.  We will explore the “I AM” sayings of Jesus on Sunday mornings and in Bible studies during the weekdays throughout the 6 weeks of Lent. WEEKLY TOPICS for Lenten Study & Sermon Series February 14     Knowing the Great “I AM” February 21    “I AM the Bread of Life”: […]

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