Category Archives: Christianity

  1. The magi’s star, and us (Matt. 2.1-23) [sermon 1-6-19]

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    January 9, 2019 by jmar198013

    Long ago, God placed a star to shine in the sky, to lead strangers to Christ. Now God has placed the church in the world, to shine and lead other people to Christ.

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  2. Jesus’ family quilt (Matthew 1.1-17) [sermon 12-30-18]

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    December 30, 2018 by jmar198013

    In a family quilt, each square remembers an ancestor. Matthew began his story of Jesus by showing us his family quilt. Jesus’ family quilt is full of foreign women and notorious sinners. They are all sewn into his family quilt by God’s grace. We are also squares sewn into Jesus’ family quilt by grace. Jesus didn’t disown his ancestors, and he will not disown us, either.

  3. You are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16) [sermon 12-16-18]

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    December 17, 2018 by jmar198013

    Jesus says the church is the light of the world. We’re supposed to shine, so that others see the good we do and glorify God. But we often don’t feel like the light. Because we know the dark places we’ve been, and the darkness that dwells in us. In this message, we look to a fun source for tips on how to be the light of the world: fireflies.

  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. 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.

  6. One holy Christian church, the communion of saints [sermon 11-4-18]

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    November 5, 2018 by jmar198013

    Manuscript of my sermon at Central Church of Christ for November 4th, 2018. From our ongoing series,¬†We Believe, using the …
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  7. I believe in the Holy Spirit [sermon 10-28-18]

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    October 29, 2018 by jmar198013

    The ancient Apostles’ Creed says, “I believe in the Holy Spirit.” Yet, the Holy Spirit is probably the most misunderstood and neglected Person of the Godhead. Which is incredibly tragic, because the Bible teaches us in many ways that we cannot live without the Spirit.

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