1. In God the Father, Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth

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    September 13, 2018 by jmar198013

    The Apostles’ Creed begins the same way the Bible does: With God. Specifically, with the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In this message, we explore the three ways the Apostles’ Creed describes the first person of the Trinity: God the Father; Almighty; creator of heaven and earth. We learn, among other things, that this means our lives and our world are not accidents.

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  2. I believe (sermon 9-2-18)

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    September 6, 2018 by jmar198013

    The first words of the Apostles’ Creed are, “I believe.” In the Bible, belief or faith isn’t primarily about accepting a fact, or what we think in our minds. It’s about the quality of our relationship with God. Trusting in God’s faithfulness to us, in every aspect of our life, for the rest of our lives.

  3. Shepherding like Jesus (John 10.1-16) [sermon 8-26-18]

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    August 26, 2018 by jmar198013

    The Bible has several different names for those who lead the church, like: elders, bishops, overseers. But there’s one description of the leaders of God’s people the Bible returns to again and again: shepherds. In this message, we explore how Jesus is the model and pattern for every shepherd of God’s church, because he is “the good shepherd.”

  4. Doing the impossible with God (Ruth 4)

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    August 24, 2018 by jmar198013

    Have you ever had to do something that seemed impossible? The book of Ruth shows us Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz in impossible situations, having to make choices that seem impossible. Those impossible situations don’t end in the final chapter. But we also see God doing things through them that seem impossible. And God can still do impossible things for, in, with, and through us. “For nothing will be impossible with God.”

  5. Naomi and Boaz pay it forward (Ruth 3) [sermon 8-12-18]

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    August 13, 2018 by jmar198013

    God had blessed Naomi with a renewed faith and hope. And Boaz with a rich harvest. Both of them knew they could never pay God back for the kindness he had shown them. But they could pay it forward–to Ruth! None of us can ever repay God’s grace, but we can pay it forward through kindness to others.

  6. God comes through (Ruth 2) [sermon 8-5-18]

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    August 11, 2018 by jmar198013

    After a series of terrible tragedies, Naomi believed God was through with her. But when her daughter-in-law Ruth came home with bundles of blessings, she saw that God still loved her and had been faithful all along. God loved Naomi through Ruth. And God calls believers now to be Ruths to the Naomis we meet.

  7. Your story isn’t over (Ruth 1) [sermon 7-29-18]

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    July 30, 2018 by jmar198013

    The first chapter of Ruth introduces us to two widows–Naomi and Ruth–who have lost everything. As far as Naomi is concerned, she is done, and God is done with her. But there’s still three chapters to go in the story! God is by far not done with Naomi, or Ruth. The book of Ruth is good news for anyone who thinks that God is done with them.

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