Author: Randi Benavente

Present In Love
October 24, 2018
Today’s message was on practicing presence, and I felt as if it were particularly for me. After service, several people told me they were similarly touched, so I think many of...
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July 24, 2018
For the last several weeks, St. James has been in the middle of a sermon series on the Beatitudes.  The Beatitudes are the “rules” given by Jesus at the Sermon on the Mount....
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Knowing God through Others
June 11, 2018
Today I went to the Sunday afternoon Bible study at the mission house.  James the Elder/Pastor James preached on sharing a meal with people as a way of connecting with them.  I...
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Answer the Call
May 1, 2018
Saturday was Rebuilding Together, and my body is still recuperating from the long day working in the sun.  For those of you unfamiliar with Rebuilding Together, it is a one day...
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A prayer for the broken
April 18, 2018
Today’s service was unusual. James did not give us the message he had planned. Instead, he talked about the power of prayer and had us move inside the sanctuary to pray for...
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Jesus as Learner
March 29, 2018
This week, James ended his sermon series on getting to know Jesus. The message was again centered on the humanity of Jesus. Specifically, James focused on Jesus as a learner....
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The Incarnation
March 7, 2018
The title of the sermon last week was: Jesus was Seriously Human. The point being that an all-powerful God, Creator of the universe, “pitched his tent” as a mere mortal and...
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Knowing God Through Suffering
February 19, 2018
Today we started a new sermon series on getting to know Jesus. James read from Philippians 3: 7-11. Philippians is a letter written by Paul. In this passage, he clarifies that...
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Essential Callings
January 24, 2018
Today James started a new series on calling. He told the story of two midwives, Shiphrah and Puah, who disobeyed an order from the King of Egypt to kill all of the male Hebrew...
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Saying Yes to God
December 29, 2017
What does it mean to say yes to God? James used the story of the angel’s visit to Mary announcing the birth of Jesus to emphasize the importance of answering God’s call on our...
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