Category Archives: discipleship

  1. 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.

  2. Falling towers and fruitless fig trees (Luke 13.1-9, 31-35) [sermon 3-12-17]

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    March 8, 2017 by jmar198013

    The story of this fig tree receiving special attention—extravagant mercy and generosity—calls us all to see ourselves as that tree. Like Jesus said elsewhere: “Much will be demanded from everyone who has been given much.” We’ve been given much. Maybe we need to see a warning hidden in all our blessings: a judgment is coming if we don’t bear fruit worthy of repentance.

  3. Neighbors (Luke 10.25-37) [sermon 3-5-2017]

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    March 2, 2017 by jmar198013

    What must I do to gain eternal life? That was the scribe’s original question. Jesus’s final answer is to go and do what the Samaritan did that day. And in two thousand years, I don’t believe his answer has changed.

  4. Transfiguration (Luke 9.28-45) [Sermon 2-26-2017]

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    February 24, 2017 by jmar198013

    Jesus calls us to follow him. Just as he enters the sin, the shame, the sickness, and the sorrows of our lives, and heals us from within; so are we called to enter the sickness, the sorrows, and the sufferings of this world and begin the healing. When we become willing to walk bravely into the hells of this world, all heaven will break loose. That’s the Good News of God’s salvation.

  5. Do you see this woman? (Luke 7.36-50) [Sermon 2-19-2017]

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    February 17, 2017 by jmar198013

    Jesus wants Simon—and everyone else—to “see this woman.” Because she’s the proof of the parable he’s just told about the two debtors. “This is why I tell you that her many sins have been forgiven,” Jesus says. “So she has shown great love.” The extravagant love she has poured out on Jesus is a sign that she already knows she’s been forgiven. God has released her and welcomed her home. All she’s doing is showing her deep love for the one who unleashed that forgiveness into her life.

  6. 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.

  7. Walking in the ways of Elijah and Elisha (Luke 7.1-17) [sermon 2-5-2017]

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    February 3, 2017 by jmar198013

    When the people saw Jesus at work, they said: “God has come to help his people.” And just maybe, if we follow Jesus—bringing the Good News of God’s salvation to the dark and desperate corners of our time, even across enemy lines—people will also see our work, and conclude that God has come to help them. Through his people.

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