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The Case for Christ

18 of our Tapestry folks went to the movies together Saturday to see “The Case for Christ.” It was very good, giving us a good idea of the journey that atheist journalist Lee Strobel went on to try to disprove Christianity. It showed just a small amount of the interviews that Strobel conducted with many experts in history, textual criticism, medical science and psychology. However, it was just enough to encourage people who want more information to read the book. And I can’t say this strongly enough – Everyone should read this book!

This week, at The Loom discussion group (Monday @ 6:30pm – Caribou Coffee) and at our Thursday night Men’s Group (Elk Mountain Brewing – 6:30pm), we will be discussing some of the facts and tactics that Strobel used during his investigation. Should be fun. All are invited!

Okay, it is official. I am horrible about blogging.

Every time I get on Facebook, it seems I get to read a blog post from a young hip pastor who is sharing new and different ways to do church or different interpretations of scriptures that expand our understanding of God and of ourselves. I admit it – I’m jealous. I envy their dedication to sitting down and coming up with something to post every week. I look at their site and see all these posts, and I can’t help but think of the 12th or 13th commandment – Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors blog. Well, I’m working on it.

So, between now and the time that I become a great blogger (yeah, right), I am going to add a post each week that is a scaled down version of the previous Sunday’s sermon. If you miss worship or if you live to far away to attend and would like to know what we discussed, check back each week and catch up!

God bless!
Pastor Pat

The End (of Summer) is Near!

I always get a kick out of seeing those modern-day prophets on movies and TV screaming about how the end of the world is coming soon so we all need to prepare somehow. People don’t really don’t pay them any attention, though, usually just walking by on the other side of the street. We think they are nuts, right?

Clearly, we can’t predict the end of the world. But what if…what if the end of the world as we have known it could come to an end? What if this life of fear and brokenness and divisiveness could come to an end and be replaced with a new life of love and peace? Wouldn’t that be something worth getting up and shouting about?

Every year about this time, kids go back to school and families get back into routines. This year, I hope and pray for all those families that part of that routine involves finding a community of people who want to love them, nurture them, and live in peace with them because, unlike many “churches” we hear about today, they want to simply be like Jesus and live out the good news that GOD LOVES EVERYONE and so we should love everyone too.

If you are looking for a community like the one I have described, you have come to the right place. As the end of summer approaches, I hope you consider giving the people of Tapestry Church a try. You won’t be sorry.

God bless,
Pastor Pat Bell

Elijah’s Boldness

1 Kings 18:16-39

This week’s worship highlights the story of Elijah and his contest with the prophets of Baal. All of the people of Israel were gathered around to watch Elijah mock the prophets as their prayers for action went unanswered, and then to see the soft request by Elijah for Yahweh to act. And act he did! ¬†Elijah was bold in his faith and bold in his trust of God. We are called to be just as bold as we live out our faith. ¬†Join us Sunday for more of the story!

Easter Sunday is Here!

I simply cannot wait to worship this Sunday with all of the people of Tapestry Church and the many visitors that will be joining us to praise the Living God! And in the tradition of the early church, we have an Easter baptism this week. So exciting! I hope that you will join us as we celebrate the Risen Christ on this very special Resurrection Sunday.

-Pastor Pat