Category Archives: grace

  1. 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.”

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  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. Neighboring 101 (Exodus 20.12-16) [sermon 6-10-18]

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    June 9, 2018 by jmar198013

    In Exodus 20.12-16, God teaches his people how to be the kind of neighbors they’d like to have as neighbors.

  6. The Sabbath: resting in God’s amazing grace (Exodus 20.8-11; Matthew 5.17-20) [sermon 6-3-18]

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    May 30, 2018 by jmar198013

    It’s easy to hear the Ten Commandments as a list of “thou shalts” and “thou shalt nots.” But God’s Word about the Sabbath is a word of pure grace, that reveals God as a giver more than a demand-maker. It’s literally God telling his people to take a day off. In this message, I explore the creational and ethical dimensions of the Sabbath. And talk about the new significance Jesus brings to the Sabbath, we we find our rest in him.

  7. God’s first Word is grace (Exodus 19.1-6; 20.1-3; Matthew 22.34-40) [sermon 5-27-18]

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    May 23, 2018 by jmar198013

    Most people probably think of “the Ten Commandments” (in biblical Hebrew they’re called the Ten Words) as a list of do’s and don’ts. But what if we understood them as words of grace? As words God speaks to people he has saved so they can live safely? God’s first Word to Israel was, “I am your God who brought you out of a life of slavery.” This message invites you to ask, “What has God done for me? What has God delivered me from?”

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