Category Archives: theology

  1. 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?

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  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. God reveals his name (Exodus 3.10-15) [sermon 10-1-2017]

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    September 28, 2017 by jmar198013

    What’s in a name? When it comes to YHWH–the name God revealed to Moses, translated in English Bibles as the LORD (all caps)–there’s really quite a bit in the name. That mysterious name is jam-packed with significance.

  5. Stairway to heaven (Genesis 27 – 28; John 1.50-51) [sermon 9-24-2017]

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    September 22, 2017 by jmar198013

    A Tarantino-inspired re-telling of Jacob stealing Esau’s blessing from Isaac, and fleeing into the wilderness where he sees a vision of a staircase leading into heaven. Told from five different perspectives: Rebekah, Isaac, Jacob, Esau, and God.

  6. God sees to the future (Genesis 22:1-14) [sermon 09-17-2017]

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    September 15, 2017 by jmar198013

    In Genesis 22.1-14, God asks Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac as a burnt offering. And Abraham goes out to do it.

    What kind of God is that? And what kind of father is Abraham?

    Perhaps God is the kind of God who calls us to offer our future on the altar, trusting that God will see to our future. And maybe Abraham is the kind of person who shows us how deep that trust must go …

  7. 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.

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