Category Archives: Torah

  1. God’s first Word is grace (Exodus 19.1-6; 20.1-3; Matthew 22.34-40) [sermon 5-27-18]

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    May 23, 2018 by jmar198013

    Most people probably think of “the Ten Commandments” (in biblical Hebrew they’re called the Ten Words) as a list of do’s and don’ts. But what if we understood them as words of grace? As words God speaks to people he has saved so they can live safely? God’s first Word to Israel was, “I am your God who brought you out of a life of slavery.” This message invites you to ask, “What has God done for me? What has God delivered me from?”

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  2. Untwisting Scripture: “Rightly dividing the word of truth”

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    March 20, 2018 by jmar198013

    In the last episode of Untwisting Scripture, we looked at a phrase from 2 Timothy 2.15, “study to shew thyself approved.” In this follow-up episode, we examine another: “rightly dividing the word of truth.” In popular dispensationalist hermeneutics, this is taken to mean recognizing the “divisions” in scripture among various dispensations. But is that Paul really had in mind?

  3. 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”?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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