Category Archives: Holy Spirit

  1. In God the Father, Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth

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    September 13, 2018 by jmar198013

    The Apostles’ Creed begins the same way the Bible does: With God. Specifically, with the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In this message, we explore the three ways the Apostles’ Creed describes the first person of the Trinity: God the Father; Almighty; creator of heaven and earth. We learn, among other things, that this means our lives and our world are not accidents.

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  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. The feedback loop of joy (1 John 1.1-4) [sermon 6-24-2018]

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    June 24, 2018 by jmar198013

    The main themes 1 John keeps returning to are light and love. 1 John 1.1-4 prepares us to open our eyes to God’s light, and open our hearts to God’s love. These verses show us a feedback loop for sharing our faith with others. It begins with our relationship with God through Christ, and then sharing our story with others to bring them into fellowship. The feedback is joy, which is our incentive to share our stories with even more people.

  5. Dreaming together (Acts 2.1-21) [sermon 5-20-18, Pentecost Sunday]

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    May 18, 2018 by jmar198013

    What do you wish someone had told you when you graduated high school? I wish someone had told me to hold on to my dreams … but not so tight that I couldn’t be open to God’s dreams for me. This sermon, focusing on Acts 2.17-18, serves as both a message to graduating seniors and to the church as a whole. Because the passage we’re focusing on shows us that God inspires our dreams–and calls us to keep dreaming together.

  6. Something to chew on (John 3:1-21) [sermon 1-28-18]

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    January 27, 2018 by jmar198013

    Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus in John 3:1-21 is rather confusing. Jesus jumps from idea to idea, and refuses to slow it down or dumb it down for the teacher of Israel. It’s like that with us, too. In a fast-food world, Jesus gives us something to chew on.

  7. 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?

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