A Statement of Faith: Here I Am!

We believe in the divinity,
within each creature, plant, & human being.

We believe that spark was placed there by the one we name God,
the one who created humanity in the divine image.

God manifests as Creator, Savior, Sustainer, and so much more than we can possibly imagine.

Through the life of Jesus, we learn about God’s grace-filled nature. We learn what it is to live consistent with the image in which we have been created.

Transformed through our relationship with the Christ, the Parent, and the Spirit our lives can never be the same again.

God calls us to live our lives differently. Throughout our lives, God gives us  gifts and skills unique to us.

We are called to listen for God’s voice. We are called to respond to that voice
with an enthusiastic, “Here I Am!”

We are called to use the gifts and skills bestowed to do justice, embrace love, and walk humbly with our God.

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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 two perfect babies. The former pastor of the Condon United Church of Christ, Tim recently began serving the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Albany, Oregon. He writes from home, from the coffee shop, and wherever the trail leads him.

Posted in 1 Samuel, 1 Samuel 3, 1 Samuel 3:2-11, Micah, Micah 6, Micah 6:8, Statement of Faith

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