Category Archives: grace

  1. 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”?

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  2. 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.

  3. He will come again to judge the living and the dead [sermon 10-21-18]

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    October 21, 2018 by jmar198013

    When you think about the Judgment Day, does it look anything like this? Could this faceless God ever love you? Could you love him? This picture gets Judgment Day–and the One who will judge us–all wrong. Christ will judge the living and the dead. He is fully God and fully human. That’s very good news. Because it means our judge will have a human face, and all the wisdom and love of God.

  4. 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.”

  5. Naomi and Boaz pay it forward (Ruth 3) [sermon 8-12-18]

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    August 13, 2018 by jmar198013

    God had blessed Naomi with a renewed faith and hope. And Boaz with a rich harvest. Both of them knew they could never pay God back for the kindness he had shown them. But they could pay it forward–to Ruth! None of us can ever repay God’s grace, but we can pay it forward through kindness to others.

  6. Your story isn’t over (Ruth 1) [sermon 7-29-18]

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    July 30, 2018 by jmar198013

    The first chapter of Ruth introduces us to two widows–Naomi and Ruth–who have lost everything. As far as Naomi is concerned, she is done, and God is done with her. But there’s still three chapters to go in the story! God is by far not done with Naomi, or Ruth. The book of Ruth is good news for anyone who thinks that God is done with them.

  7. If God is love … (1 John 4.7-12) [sermon 7-8-18]

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    July 8, 2018 by jmar198013

    1 John 4:8 famously tells us that “God is love.” This raises a couple of interesting questions: What does it mean for God to “be” love? And if God is love, what does that mean for how Christians are called to live?

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