1. The house God is building (2 Samuel 7.1-17) [sermon 10-23-2016]

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    October 21, 2016 by jmar198013


    God promised King David that his offspring would reign forever, and that his son would build a temple for God. Those promises find their fulfillment in Jesus, who is a son of David, and a new temple for us.

  2. Hannah’s prayer (1 Sam. 1.9-11, 19-20; 2.1-10; Luke 1.46-55) [Sermon 10-16-2016]

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    October 14, 2016 by jmar198013


    God opened Hannah’s womb. And when he did, he opened up a new future for her. Her hope and future came to her as a son. When our hope and our future was as barren as Hannah’s womb, God sent us his Son Jesus, to make a future with hope for us all. Jesus is God’s faithfulness to us.

  3. When God repented (Exodus 32.1-14; Luke 23.34) [Sermon 10-09-2016]


    October 7, 2016 by jmar198013


    Ps 15.4 blesses the person “who keeps their promise even when it hurts.” In our story today, we saw God keep his promises, even though it hurt him. Moses reminded God of the promises he’d made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And because God is a faithful God, he kept his promises to them. So God didn’t give up on Israel—even when they broke his heart, and he really wanted to.

    And he still hasn’t given up. Not on humanity. Not on his creation. He’s still the God who is faithful, even when it hurts. He proved that once and for all when an angry mob freaked out and committed an even graver sin than worshiping before a golden calf. As they nailed God’s Son Jesus to a cross, Jesus pleaded: “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.”

    So God did just that; he forgave.

    And he hasn’t stopped forgiving.

  4. Passover: taste the faithfulness (Exodus 12.1-13; 13.1-8; Luke 22.14-20) [sermon 10-02-2016]

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    September 30, 2016 by jmar198013


    The Psalmist invites us to, “taste and see how good the LORD is!” (Ps 34.8). When the Israelites ate the Passover meal every year, they did just that. And when Christians share the Lord’s Supper each week, so do we.

  5. Dreams and schemes (Gen. 37.3-8, 17b-22, 26-34; 50.15-21; Luke 6.35) [sermon 09-25-2016]

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    September 22, 2016 by jmar198013


    Joseph had big dreams. His brothers had twisted schemes. But God had dreams and schemes of his own.

  6. God’s faithfulness, and Abram’s (Gen. 15.1-6) [Sermon 09-18-2016]


    September 16, 2016 by jmar198013


    Whenever the faithful question or protest or demand answers from God, they are actually demonstrating great faith. They’re calling on God to be faithful to his own word. To be the God they already know he is: truthful, loving, just, and merciful. That’s what Abram was doing in our lesson today.

  7. God’s faithfulness from the beginning (Genesis 2.4b-7, 15-17; 3.1-8) [Sermon 09-11-2016]


    September 8, 2016 by jmar198013


    God placed the human “in the garden to farm it and to take care of it.” On the surface, it sounds like he put humans on the earth to farm and garden. To till the soil, to prune, to dig irrigation ditches and the like. This is true. But the truth runs far deeper. The root meaning of those two verbs is to serve and to protect; or to serve and to preserve. Back in Gen. 1.26, 28, God said: “Let us make humanity in our image to resemble us so that they may take charge”; and he instructed humanity to: “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and master it.” Our relationship to the earth and the other creatures is a major part of what it means to be made in God’s image and likeness. God created humans to master the earth and take charge of the other creatures. But Gen. 2.15 reveals a more essential aspect to God’s image in us: we’re only faithfully mastering and taking charge when we are serving and protecting the rest of creation. God’s sovereign rule is also about serving and protecting, serving and preserving. That’s why Jesus—who is the image of God for us—said that he “didn’t come to be served but rather to serve and to give his life to liberate many people” (Mark 10.45). God is the master, and God is in charge. But in Jesus’ life and death, we learn that God uses his sovereign freedom to serve us and protect us; to serve us and provide for us; to serve us and set us free. This is what God had in mind for humans when he formed us from the earth. God wanted us to be here for the rest of creation, as he is here with us and for us.



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