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There is something wonderful and comforting in shared experiences. When I get together with my brother, we share stories of our time growing up together. The times we laughed. The times we were embarrassed. The times we mourned together. When we meet someone new, we do this same thing. We begin to tell each other stories. Finding points of commonality between ourselves. Being able to relate to one another because we can share stories about what we both have experienced.

ICON hebrews 2017In yesterday’s reading, we find the author pontificating on the fact that Jesus came to us not only as God but as human as well. There is a cosmic paradox in this person Jesus. He is fully human and fully divine all at the same time. And the author wants us to see the humanity of Jesus in this moment.

What does it matter that Jesus came to us as human? Why does it matter that Jesus left his place in heaven to be with us? The author answers that in our reading today. To be our sibling. To share in the experience of being human. Not only to show us how to live but to be able to empathize with us. It is hard to empathize with someone when you have not experienced anything like what they have experience. Christ has experienced what it is to be human and because of this, he is highly qualified to be our high priest, to be our advocate before God. And through Christ’s death, God has adopted us and we are made co-heirs and siblings of Christ. We have the shared experience of being Christ’s sisters and brothers.

As you go about your day, remember that God come to us in Jesus and he has experienced what it means to be human, the heartaches and the joys. Jesus laughed and cried with his friends. Jesus knows what it is to be lonely and to be surrounded by his friends. No matter what is happening around us, Jesus is always as close as our siblings.

- Pastor Drew

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Pastor Drew Filkins

It is my honor and privilege to serve as Associate Pastor at The Peoples Church. I am excited about leading our Christian Education efforts - from littlest ones to the most senior. During my time as a pastor, I have found it rewarding to help others learn about and apply the Bible to their own lives. My hope and dream is that we can continue to nurture an environment where faith, spirituality and the Bible can be discussed with openness and honestly. READ MORE

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Pastor Betsy Aho

I am immensely proud to be part of a welcoming worshiping community that values relationships with MSU and Lansing area communities, as well as relationships with organizations across the country and the globe. We have so much to offer each other!  I believe our congregation appeals to students and the wider community because we are a church that values honest discussion about our faith and our doubts as we strive to respond to the ways God is calling us to worship, live and work in the world. All are welcome on the journey.

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