Rev. Trip Porch

A Path through the Wilderness

A Path through the Wilderness

God is always meeting people in the midst of their wilderness. 
God meets us in our struggles and provides what we need there to survive and endure, and then God will always provide us with a path out. 
A new system… a way forward… a better way of living that surpasses even our best efforts. 

A repeated phrase for our sermons so far in exodus has been that “Egypts come in many sizes,” well the saying is true of the wilderness too.. the wilderness comes in many sizes, and in many places too… I don’t know what wilderness you are journeying through right now… But I do know that God is meeting you there. And I know that it is not God’s wish for you to remain there… 

Instead God is providing you a way forward… a new system to put in place… a better way of life… 

Defiant Origins

Defiant Origins

God’s liberating work always begins in the midst of murky waters.
God’s deliverance can begin with two no-name women who should have been forgotten to history choosing to stand up for what is right…
God's liberation of a whole people can start with two girls unexpectedly meeting each other and one really crazy idea. That’s it; that is all you need. 

Humbled Wisdom

Humbled Wisdom

Humility doesn’t mean inaction…
Humility doesn’t look like giving up the fight.
Humility doesn’t look like ceasing to act all together.
Humility doesn’t look like flying close to the sea.

Humility looks like aligning yourself with God… Acting in a way that God would… acting with peace, acting with mercy… acting with Love…

Humility looks like relying less on yourself… Humility looks like relying on God.

It Is Not Yet Ceramic

It Is Not Yet Ceramic

God is like the master potter, able to whip up a bowl in seconds, able to move the clay with effortless ease. 

But our master potter is a perfectionist… and this clay is still not where it could be…
God is still molding us and remaking us…
Still working on us and our world, 
remaking all of it into this perfect vision God has imagined from the start.

So don’t lose hope.
God has brought us to the potter’s house to see this vision for the world…
God is the potter… and we are still the clay… 

Christ's Hands, My Hands

Christ's Hands, My Hands

And remember: not only are you partners in this together, you are partners with God. 
God is working within you, and God declares that this work begins now.
NOW is the right time. NOW is the day of salvation.
Right now, God is using you to make the world a more just place.
Right now, God is using you to make your community more compassionate and loving
Right now, God is calling you to be Christ’s hands and feet in the world. 
Open your hearts up! Partner with God in this work!