Category Archives: Beatitudes

  1. Many are invited, but few are chosen (Matthew 22.2-14) [sermon 3-24-19]

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    April 1, 2019 by jmar198013

    In Matthew 22.2-14, Jesus tells a story that teaches us God’s Neighborhood is like a royal wedding feast. And God is always inviting people to his feast. But God’s hospitality is not unconditional.

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  2. The seventy-seveners: a visit to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe (Matthew 18.21-35) [sermon 3-10-19]

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    March 17, 2019 by jmar198013

    Jesus told us to forgive “seventy-seven times.” This wasn’t a hard number–his point is that, in God’s Neighborhood, we can never write anyone off completely. In God’s Neighborhood, forgiveness is one of our most precious supernatural resources. We are often stingy with precious things, but forgiveness is meant to be shared freely.

  3. The salty, lit city: life in God’s Neighborhood, part 1 (Matt. 5.13-16)

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    January 28, 2019 by jmar198013

    In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells the church we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. This message presents three Big Ideas about what it means to be salt and light.

  4. Let justice roll down like waters (Amos 5.21-24) [sermon 11-12-2017]

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    November 10, 2017 by jmar198013

    The prophet Amos told the people of Israel that God hated their worship, and their songs of praise were off-key in God’s ears. Why? Because God would prefer a river of justice and mercy to flow from his people, than a stream of worship from people whose lives aren’t transformed. What would it mean if believers truly committed to “let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream”?

  5. Where everybody knows your name (Ephesians 4.1-16) [sermon 7-30-2017]

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    July 25, 2017 by jmar198013

    What can the church learn from the classic sitcom, “Cheers”? Probably a lot, according to Ephesians 4.1-16.

  6. Good fences make good neighbors? (Luke 16.19-31) [sermon 3-26-2017]

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    March 24, 2017 by jmar198013

    The rich man—who was used to getting his way—wouldn’t let up. “No, Father Abraham!” he argued. “But if someone from the dead goes to them, they will change their hearts and lives.” Abraham said, “If they don’t listen to Moses and the Prophets, then neither will they be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.” And that gives the story a new twist. Because we know Jesus, the one telling the story, would himself rise from the dead later. But even that wouldn’t convince a lot of people. When you invest yourself in getting more stuff, gaining more status, and winning at any cost—like the Pharisees—you become blind to many things.

  7. Jesus and John (Luke 7.18-35) [Sermon 2-12-17]

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    February 10, 2017 by jmar198013

    John came calling the people to cry, and he was right. Jesus came calling the people to dance, and he was right, too. The Pharisees and scribes thought John was demonic and Jesus was a drunk. And they were wrong. You know what that means? It means there are times and seasons when we need to hear a call like John’s to weep over our sins and repent. But Jesus also calls us to joyful celebration, to acknowledge God’s justice, and feast on God’s love.

    Children of wisdom will know when it’s time to cry, and when it’s time to dance.

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