Category Archives: Sermons

  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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. God brings low, and lifts up high (1 Samuel 3) [sermon 10-15-2017]

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    October 12, 2017 by jmar198013

    God’s word to Samuel brought down Eli’s corrupt family; even as it elevated Samuel, through whom God would anoint Israel’s greatest king–David. Will we, like Samuel, listen for what God is bringing low, and what God is raising up in our time?

  7. God feeds his people (Exodus 16.1-18) [sermon 10-8-2017]

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    October 7, 2017 by jmar198013

    After God rescued Israel from slavery and Egypt, they got hungry in the wilderness and longed to go back. This story teaches us about the dangers of nostalgia, and how God is working to sustain us as God guides us into the future God has planned.

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