Category Archives: Isaiah

  1. 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.

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  2. Let justice roll down like waters (Amos 5.21-24) [sermon 11-12-2017]

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    November 10, 2017 by jmar198013

    The prophet Amos told the people of Israel that God hated their worship, and their songs of praise were off-key in God’s ears. Why? Because God would prefer a river of justice and mercy to flow from his people, than a stream of worship from people whose lives aren’t transformed. What would it mean if believers truly committed to “let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream”?

  3. God builds his temple (1 Kings 8.1-13; John 2.19-21) [sermon 10-29-17]

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    October 27, 2017 by jmar198013

    The temple Solomon built in 1 Kings expressed God’s desire to dwell among humanity. This desire became flesh through Jesus. And it continues through the church, as God dwells among us.

  4. God sees into the heart (1 Samuel 16.1-13; John 7.24) [sermon 10-22-2017]

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    October 21, 2017 by jmar198013

    All that is gold does not glitter. God looked past the surface and saw into David’s heart–a heart in tune with God’s own heart. As a creative, a shepherd, and a warrior, David imaged God as a leader of God’s people. What does God see in our hearts?

  5. God isn’t a God of disorder, but of peace (Genesis 1.1 – 2.4a) [sermon 9-10-2017]

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    September 4, 2017 by jmar198013

    Gen. 1.1 – 2.4a tells the story of creation in a very particular way. A God who delights in order and peace created our cosmos as a temple to dwell in, and commune with his creation. And he placed humans in the creation to serve as priests in his temple. Human sin disrupted the relationship between heaven and earth, and defiled the temple. The rest of the Bible is a ramshackle story about God working to reunite heaven and earth; restore his temple; and redeem his rogue priests.

  6. The Lord’s Supper: celebration, thanksgiving, and anticipation (Mark 14.12-25) [sermon 9-3-2017]

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    August 31, 2017 by jmar198013

    Jesus gave the church the Lord’s Supper to remember him by. The Lord’s Supper comes to us from the Passover. But sometimes missing from the Christian observation of the Lord’s Supper are the notes of celebration, thanksgiving, and anticipation of the future we find in the Passover. Those should be restored to make it the meal Jesus intended.

  7. Baptism: a story as old as heaven and earth (Acts 2.37-42) [sermon 8-13-2017]

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    August 8, 2017 by jmar198013

    In Acts 2.38, Peter told the assembly: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” When 3000 came forward to be baptized, they were plunged into an old, old story that promised a new beginning. Baptism tells a story as old as the heavens and the earth. And it’s a story that will be re-told in the new heavens and new earth.

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