Category Archives: Christianity

  1. Paul’s gratitude for insincere preachers (Philippians 1.1-18) [sermon 5-6-2018]

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    April 24, 2018 by jmar198013

    In the first 18 verses of Philippians, we find out that Paul is in prison. And while he’s locked up, some preachers have gone out with selfish ambitions to make a name for themselves and get under his skin. But Paul insisted, “I’m glad, and I’ll continue to be glad.” Even about the insincere preachers. If we can learn the secret to Paul’s gladness, maybe it will help us rejoice in the midst of frustrating times.

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  2. Making Known the Unknown God (Acts 17.16-31) [sermon 4-29-18]

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    April 24, 2018 by jmar198013

    How can we spread the word about Jesus in a culture where people don’t know much about God, and the Bible no longer holds the authority it once did? Paul’s sermon from Mars Hill provides a clue. He preached the gospel to them without ever quoting the Bible, using the words of pagan poets. This provides a compelling agenda for cultural engagement for the church today.

  3. The power of song (Acts 16.16-34)

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    April 18, 2018 by jmar198013

    The songs of praise we sing to God have the power to move heaven and shake earth to its foundations. Just ask Paul and Silas.

  4. The church and “The Breakfast Club” (Acts 9.1-19) [sermon 4-15-18]

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    April 13, 2018 by jmar198013

    What does the story of Ananias and Saul in Acts 9.1-19 have in common with the ’80s Brat Pack classic, “The Breakfast Club”? Quite a bit actually. The church today has a lot to learn about our mission from Ananias and Saul. And from “The Breakfast Club.”

  5. God bless Doubting Thomas! (John 20.19-31) [sermon 4-8-18]

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    April 4, 2018 by jmar198013

    Thomas is famous for his doubt, but how often do we notice Thomas’ faith? This message calls our Doubting Thomases in the church to be skeptical enough to doubt their doubts. And for the rest of church to abide with our doubters, just as the other disciples did for Thomas.

  6. “It is finished” (John 19.30) [Good Friday sermon 2018]

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    March 26, 2018 by jmar198013

    In John’s Gospel, Jesus’ last words were, “It is finished.” What did he mean by that? And what does that mean for us, and for our world?

  7. Glory, redefined (John 12.12-27) [sermon 3-25-18]

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    March 23, 2018 by jmar198013

    Just after a big parade where the people celebrated Jesus as King, he said: “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” The glory he was talking about wasn’t the cheering crowds waving palm branches as he rode into town. It was in his death on the cross–when he was “lifted up from the earth”–and his resurrection. What does this story teach us about what glory really means?

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