Tag Archives: Advent

  1. You are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16) [sermon 12-16-18]

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    December 17, 2018 by jmar198013

    Jesus says the church is the light of the world. We’re supposed to shine, so that others see the good we do and glorify God. But we often don’t feel like the light. Because we know the dark places we’ve been, and the darkness that dwells in us. In this message, we look to a fun source for tips on how to be the light of the world: fireflies.

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  2. Out of the darkness (1 Peter 2.9) [Sermon 12-9-18]

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    December 9, 2018 by jmar198013

    1 Peter 2.9 says believers are called to tell the story of how Jesus has called us out of darkness, into his amazing light. This message retells three stories from the Gospels of Luke and John of people who were called from the darkness, into Christ’s amazing light. What about you? What’s your story? And how will you tell it?

  3. The light shines in the darkness (Genesis 1.3; John 1.5) [sermon 12-2-18]

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    December 9, 2018 by jmar198013

    For the last 1500 years, as the dark days of winter set in, the church has celebrated Advent. A time of waiting for Christ, the light of the world, to be born. John 1:5 says: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.” This is the gospel of Christ in one sentence. The darkness of sin, shame, and death cannot extinguish His light. But He can and will chase away the darkness in us.

  4. An invitation to choose joy (Isaiah 55.1-11) [sermon 12-17-2017, Advent 3]

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    December 16, 2017 by jmar198013

    In Isaiah 55.1-11, God invites everyone with a hungry heart to come to his feast. Joy is a choice we make to trust God’s plans when our desires are awakened. Joy beckons us to come to God in faith, and live out God’s hopes for us. What will you do to choose joy during this season of Advent?

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. In the bleak midwinter (Luke 1.26-49) [Sermon 12-18-2016, Advent 4 2016]

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    December 16, 2016 by jmar198013

    We find ourselves now in a world captive to a bleak midwinter. It’s cold. It’s dark. It’s harsh. Out there, and often even in our own hearts. During Advent we remember how God sent his Son to thaw our hearts and lives out of the winter this world has long been frozen in. And during Advent, we remember that Jesus will come again, to break the grip of winter forever.

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