Category Archives: Bible

  1. Signs, frescoes, and basal ganglia (John 2.13-25) [sermon 1-21-18]

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    January 19, 2018 by jmar198013

    When Jesus stormed the temple with a whip, it was a sign that great changes were ahead. God was doing something radically new through Jesus. The religious authorities resisted those changes, which is absolutely normal. We’re basically wired to resist change. But some changes are healthy and necessary. What needs to change in our lives and our churches to allow God to continue the work begun in Christ through us?

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  2. Whatever you’re looking for (John 1.35-51) [sermon 1-7-18]

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    January 6, 2018 by jmar198013

    In John’s Gospel, the very first thing Jesus said to his disciples was: “What are you looking for?” He’s still asking us that question.

  3. What we’re here for (John 1.19-34) [sermon 12-31-2017]

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    December 31, 2017 by jmar198013

    What’s the church here for? In this sermon I make an eyebrow-raising claim: The church is here to do what John the Baptist did in John 1.19-34.

  4. An invitation to choose joy (Isaiah 55.1-11) [sermon 12-17-2017, Advent 3]

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    December 16, 2017 by jmar198013

    In Isaiah 55.1-11, God invites everyone with a hungry heart to come to his feast. Joy is a choice we make to trust God’s plans when our desires are awakened. Joy beckons us to come to God in faith, and live out God’s hopes for us. What will you do to choose joy during this season of Advent?

  5. Can these bones live again? (Ezekiel 37.1-14) [sermon 12-10-17, Advent 2]

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    December 9, 2017 by jmar198013

    God looks out at the graveyard of human history, and in the graveyards of our hearts. And like Ezekiel, God asks us: “Human one, can these bones live again?” God called Ezekiel to speak hope into those dry bones. And God calls us to do the same.

  6. God in the furnace (Daniel 3) [Sermon 12-3-17, Advent 1)

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    December 2, 2017 by jmar198013

    In Daniel 3, God didn’t keep his faithful saints from going into the fiery furnace. But God did go through the fires with them. What can we learn from their experience to give us hope in this life? How will we change when we truly trust that God goes with us in everything?

  7. The plans God has for us (Jeremiah 29.1, 4-14) [Sermon 11-26-17]

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    November 24, 2017 by jmar198013

    Jeremiah 29.11 says: “I know the plans I have for you … plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This may be the most popular verse in the Old Testament, but also the least understood. Through the words of Jeremiah, God ties the hope and future of his people to the peace and prosperity of our neighbors and neighborhoods. The plans God has for us involve the well-being and healing of the places where we live and work.

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