Category Archives: grace

  1. Signs, frescoes, and basal ganglia (John 2.13-25) [sermon 1-21-18]

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    January 19, 2018 by jmar198013

    When Jesus stormed the temple with a whip, it was a sign that great changes were ahead. God was doing something radically new through Jesus. The religious authorities resisted those changes, which is absolutely normal. We’re basically wired to resist change. But some changes are healthy and necessary. What needs to change in our lives and our churches to allow God to continue the work begun in Christ through us?

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  2. What we’re here for (John 1.19-34) [sermon 12-31-2017]

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    December 31, 2017 by jmar198013

    What’s the church here for? In this sermon I make an eyebrow-raising claim: The church is here to do what John the Baptist did in John 1.19-34.

  3. An invitation to choose joy (Isaiah 55.1-11) [sermon 12-17-2017, Advent 3]

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    December 16, 2017 by jmar198013

    In Isaiah 55.1-11, God invites everyone with a hungry heart to come to his feast. Joy is a choice we make to trust God’s plans when our desires are awakened. Joy beckons us to come to God in faith, and live out God’s hopes for us. What will you do to choose joy during this season of Advent?

  4. God in the furnace (Daniel 3) [Sermon 12-3-17, Advent 1)

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    December 2, 2017 by jmar198013

    In Daniel 3, God didn’t keep his faithful saints from going into the fiery furnace. But God did go through the fires with them. What can we learn from their experience to give us hope in this life? How will we change when we truly trust that God goes with us in everything?

  5. The plans God has for us (Jeremiah 29.1, 4-14) [Sermon 11-26-17]

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    November 24, 2017 by jmar198013

    Jeremiah 29.11 says: “I know the plans I have for you … plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This may be the most popular verse in the Old Testament, but also the least understood. Through the words of Jeremiah, God ties the hope and future of his people to the peace and prosperity of our neighbors and neighborhoods. The plans God has for us involve the well-being and healing of the places where we live and work.

  6. Here comes the sun, here comes the Son (Isaiah 9.1-7; John 8.12) [sermon 11-19-2017]

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    November 17, 2017 by jmar198013

    Isaiah 9.1-7 is addressed to “the people walking in darkness.” These are people who’ve lost everything, and entered into a long, cold, lonely winter of life. But Isaiah foretold that a “great light” would shine upon them one day. That prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus–who breaks the long, dark winter of sin, shame and death.

  7. Getting out from under the broom bush (1 Kings 19.1-18)

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    November 5, 2017 by jmar198013

    In 1 Kings 19.1-18, the dejected prophet Elijah was sitting under a broom tree, in the middle of nowhere, telling God he couldn’t go on. Have you ever had a time like that in your life? God chased Elijah out from under the broom bush, and gave him a new commission. And God calls us out from under our broom bushes, too.

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