Category Archives: discipleship

  1. Untwisting Scripture: Gun control edition

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    November 29, 2018 by jmar198013

    As the public debates surrounding gun violence and gun control have grown more heated, culture warriors on either side of the discussion have cherry-picked passages of scripture to defend their arguments. One of the more bizarre uses of scripture to emerge from these debates is when Luke 22.35-38 is commandeered to argue that Jesus commanded us to buy weapons. In this edition of Untwisting Scripture, I weigh in on this application. And show other passages that are more appropriate to current debates.

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  2. 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”?

  3. 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.

  4. Who suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, died, and was buried [sermon 9-30-18]

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    October 1, 2018 by jmar198013

    The Apostles’ Creed tells us that Jesus “suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, died, and was buried.” When we suffer, God does not give us a list of reasons for evil and suffering. Instead, he gives us his Son, Jesus, who has also suffered because of evil, to be our brother and friend when we hurt.

  5. I believe (sermon 9-2-18)

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    September 6, 2018 by jmar198013

    The first words of the Apostles’ Creed are, “I believe.” In the Bible, belief or faith isn’t primarily about accepting a fact, or what we think in our minds. It’s about the quality of our relationship with God. Trusting in God’s faithfulness to us, in every aspect of our life, for the rest of our lives.

  6. Doing the impossible with God (Ruth 4)

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    August 24, 2018 by jmar198013

    Have you ever had to do something that seemed impossible? The book of Ruth shows us Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz in impossible situations, having to make choices that seem impossible. Those impossible situations don’t end in the final chapter. But we also see God doing things through them that seem impossible. And God can still do impossible things for, in, with, and through us. “For nothing will be impossible with God.”

  7. Courageous Dorothy (2 Timothy 1.7; Revelation 21.1-5) [sermon 7-22-18]

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    July 25, 2018 by jmar198013

    In “The Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy’s courage isn’t without fear. Instead, her courage stems from her deepest fear: not getting home to Kansas. In the same way, the Christian’s greatest fear is not getting home to God. And that fear should inspire us to live boldly.

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