1. Out of the darkness (1 Peter 2.9) [Sermon 12-9-18]

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    December 9, 2018 by jmar198013

    1 Peter 2.9 says believers are called to tell the story of how Jesus has called us out of darkness, into his amazing light. This message retells three stories from the Gospels of Luke and John of people who were called from the darkness, into Christ’s amazing light. What about you? What’s your story? And how will you tell it?

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  2. The light shines in the darkness (Genesis 1.3; John 1.5) [sermon 12-2-18]

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    December 9, 2018 by jmar198013

    For the last 1500 years, as the dark days of winter set in, the church has celebrated Advent. A time of waiting for Christ, the light of the world, to be born. John 1:5 says: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.” This is the gospel of Christ in one sentence. The darkness of sin, shame, and death cannot extinguish His light. But He can and will chase away the darkness in us.

  3. Untwisting Scripture: Gun control edition

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    November 29, 2018 by jmar198013

    As the public debates surrounding gun violence and gun control have grown more heated, culture warriors on either side of the discussion have cherry-picked passages of scripture to defend their arguments. One of the more bizarre uses of scripture to emerge from these debates is when Luke 22.35-38 is commandeered to argue that Jesus commanded us to buy weapons. In this edition of Untwisting Scripture, I weigh in on this application. And show other passages that are more appropriate to current debates.

  4. Amen! [sermon 11-25-18]

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    November 25, 2018 by jmar198013

    The Apostles’ Creed tells God’s story from creation to new creation. From birth to death to resurrection. And at the very end, it calls on us to say, “Amen!” to this story. What if “amen” isn’t just the word we say at the end of a prayer? What if “amen” is a way of life before the God who has said, “yes” to us–and will continue to say, “yes”?

  5. The resurrection of the body and eternal life [sermon 11-18-18]

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    November 18, 2018 by jmar198013

    What happens after we die? Do we go to heaven for eternity? What will eternal life be like? God has planned for us a more glorious, beautiful, and solid future than many of us have ever been told. The hope of Christians is resurrection.

  6. Untwisting Scripture: Taking the LORD’s name in vain edition

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    November 15, 2018 by jmar198013

    One of the most misunderstood and misapplied scriptures in the Bible is the command not to take the Lord’s name in vain. This is less a sin of speech–like a certain cuss word–and more a matter of how we represent God through our lives and actions.

  7. In the forgiveness of sins [sermon 11-11-2018]

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    November 12, 2018 by jmar198013

    Forgiveness is something we all depend on. We all need to forgive and be forgiven. And yet, forgiveness can be very hard both to receive and give. This message focuses on what forgiveness means to relationships, and how it’s rooted in God’s own Name and character.

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