1. The seventy-seveners: a visit to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe (Matthew 18.21-35) [sermon 3-10-19]

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    March 17, 2019 by jmar198013

    Jesus told us to forgive “seventy-seven times.” This wasn’t a hard number–his point is that, in God’s Neighborhood, we can never write anyone off completely. In God’s Neighborhood, forgiveness is one of our most precious supernatural resources. We are often stingy with precious things, but forgiveness is meant to be shared freely.

  2. Transfiguration (Matthew 17.1-8) [sermon 3-3-19]

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    March 5, 2019 by jmar198013

    The Transfiguration (Matthew 17.1-8) isn’t just a cool story about a glowing Jesus and two long-dead Bible heroes making an appearance. Instead, this story reveals to us who Jesus really is, and the wrong and right ways to respond to him.

  3. Jesus carries us through the storms (Matthew 14.22-33) [sermon 2-24-19]

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    February 27, 2019 by jmar198013

    The story of Jesus walking on the water is famous–as is the story of the apostle Peter walking on water, too–and sinking! But many forget that they made this journey across the water in a storm! Walking on the water wasn’t just a neat trick they did to impress. This story teaches us that Jesus carries us through the storms of life–even when our faith is “little.”

  4. A story about wheat and weeds: a visit to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe (Matthew 13.24-30) [sermon 2-17-19]

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    February 19, 2019 by jmar198013

    On “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” he had the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, where he would use stories to help kids learn how to navigate life in their world. Jesus had his own version of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe: his parables. He told these fantastic stories where unexpected things happened, to help us learn how to live by the values of God’s Neighborhood in our world now. This message focuses on a story he told about weeds growing up in a field of wheat, to teach us to be patient with our world and its evils.

  5. Do unto others as God does unto you: life in God’s Neighborhood, part 3 (Matthew 7.12) [sermon 2-10-2019]

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    February 19, 2019 by jmar198013

    Most everyone knows the so-called Golden Rule (Matt. 7.12): “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” But there’s a very important word we tend to leave out: “Therefore.” That word connects how we treat others to how our heavenly Father treats us (Matthew 7.7-11). Using God as our standard means using our imaginations, asking questions, and remembering God’s mercies toward us.

  6. Seek first God’s Neighborhood and righteousness: life in God’s Neighborhood, part 2 (Matt. 6.33) [sermon 2-3-19]

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    February 3, 2019 by jmar198013

    The second message of three on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5 – 7) from our series in Matthew’s Gospel, “God’s Neighborhood.” This message focused on Matt. 6.33, and what it looks like when we seek first God’s kingdom (neighborhood) and his righteousness.

  7. The salty, lit city: life in God’s Neighborhood, part 1 (Matt. 5.13-16)

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    January 28, 2019 by jmar198013

    In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells the church we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. This message presents three Big Ideas about what it means to be salt and light.



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