Category Archives: Jesus

  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. Whatever you’re looking for (John 1.35-51) [sermon 1-7-18]

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    January 6, 2018 by jmar198013

    In John’s Gospel, the very first thing Jesus said to his disciples was: “What are you looking for?” He’s still asking us that question.

  3. 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.

  4. Can these bones live again? (Ezekiel 37.1-14) [sermon 12-10-17, Advent 2]

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    December 9, 2017 by jmar198013

    God looks out at the graveyard of human history, and in the graveyards of our hearts. And like Ezekiel, God asks us: “Human one, can these bones live again?” God called Ezekiel to speak hope into those dry bones. And God calls us to do the same.

  5. 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?

  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. 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”?

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