“GPS: God’s Positioning System”

Genesis 12:1-6a (MSG) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith March 4, 1018 The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  Genesis 12:1-6a (MSG) God told Abram: “Leave your country, your family, and your father’s home for a land that I will show you. I’ll make you a great nation and bless you. I’ll make you famous; you’ll be a blessing. I’ll bless those who bless you; those who curse you I’ll curse. All the families of the Earth will be blessed through you.” So Abram left just as God said, and Lot left with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran. Abram took his … Continue reading “GPS: God’s Positioning System”

“Now, More than Ever”

Genesis 29:1-15 (MSG) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith February 18, 1018 The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  Genesis 29:1-15 (MSG) Jacob set out again on his way to the people of the east. He noticed a well out in an open field with three flocks of sheep bedded down around it. This was the common well from which the flocks were watered. The stone over the mouth of the well was huge. When all the flocks were gathered, the shepherds would roll the stone from the well and water the sheep; then they would return the stone, covering the well. Jacob said, … Continue reading “Now, More than Ever”

“Seeing is Believing? OR Believing is Seeing?”

2 Kings 2:1,7-14 and Mark 9:1-10 (MSG) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith February 11, 1018 The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  2 Kings 2:1,7-14  (MSG)  Just before God took Elijah to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on a walk out of Gilgal. … Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here. God has sent me on an errand to the Jordan.” Elisha said, “Not on your life! I’m not letting you out of my sight!” And so the two of them went their way together. Meanwhile, fifty men from the guild of prophets gathered some distance away while the two of them … Continue reading “Seeing is Believing? OR Believing is Seeing?”

“Body Image”

1 Cor. 12:1-11 (MSG) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith February 4, 1018 The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 (MSG) What I want to talk about now is the various ways God’s Spirit gets worked into our lives. This is complex and often misunderstood, but I want you to be informed and knowledgeable. Remember how you were when you didn’t know God, led from one phony god to another, never knowing what you were doing, just doing it because everybody else did it? It’s different in this life. God wants us to use our intelligence, to seek to … Continue reading “Body Image”

“The Chemistry of Demons”

Mark 1:21-28 (NIV) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith January 28, 1018 The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  Mark 1:21-28 (NIV) They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach.  The people were amazed at his teachings, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth?  Have you come to destroy us?  I know who you are– the Holy One … Continue reading “The Chemistry of Demons”

“Push Out into Deep Water”

John 1:40-51 (MSG) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith January 14, 1018 The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  Luke 5:1-7 (MSG)  Once when he was standing on the shore of Lake Gennesaret, the crowd was pushing in on him to better hear the Word of God. He noticed two boats tied up. The fishermen had just left them and were out scrubbing their nets. He climbed into the boat that was Simon’s and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Sitting there, using the boat for a pulpit, he taught the crowd. When he finished teaching, he said … Continue reading “Push Out into Deep Water”

“Stop and Frisk”

John 1:40-51 (MSG) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith January 14, 1018 The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  John 1:40-51 (MSG) Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard John [the Baptist’s] witness and followed Jesus. The first thing he did after finding where Jesus lived was find his OWN brother, Simon, telling him, “We’ve found the Messiah” (that is, “Christ”). [Andrew] immediately led him to Jesus. Jesus took one look up and said, “You’re John’s son, Simon? From now on your name is Cephas” (or Peter, which means “Rock”). The next day Jesus decided to go to … Continue reading “Stop and Frisk”