Tag Archives: faithfulness

  1. 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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  2. Abraham’s story — and ours (Luke 1.68-79; Galatians 3.1-9, 23-29) [sermon 5-28-2017]

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    May 25, 2017 by jmar198013

    John the Baptist’s father, Zechariah, sang a song just after he was born that saw what God was about to do through John and especially Jesus as a fulfillment to the promises made to their ancestor Abraham long before. In Galatians 3, Paul likewise sees what God had done through Christ as a new chapter in the story God began in Abraham. Through these readings, we learn to read scripture as a story of God’s faithfulness to his people and the world. And God’s faithfulness empowers us–like Abraham–to move forward in faith, going where God leads, to be a blessing to the world.

  3. A new chapter (Luke 24.1-12) [Easter sermon 2017]

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    April 15, 2017 by jmar198013

    Easter isn’t a happy ending, but a new beginning, full of hope and promise. And it’s not just a new beginning for Jesus, or his apostles, or the early church. It’s a new beginning for all humanity and all creation and all of us are living in this new beginning now.

  4. Jonah’s way, or God’s? [Sermon 11-06-16]

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    November 4, 2016 by jmar198013

    In the book of Jonah, God shows faithful mercy to both Nineveh and Jonah. Israel and the nations. That means we should not be surprised when God shows faithful mercy to the church and the world. To me, to you, and the other guy. And by leaving God’s question hanging in the air, our storyteller gives us a choice: Will we choose Jonah’s way? Or God’s?

  5. In the midst of death, God brings life (1 Kings 17.1-24) [Sermon 10-30-2016]

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    October 29, 2016 by jmar198013

    In a time of drought and famine, God provided Elijah a brook to drink from, and ordered ravens to feed him. When the brook dried up, God sent him to stay with a widow in enemy territory, and God fed his prophet, the widow, and her son through the duration of the drought. When the widow’s son got sick and died, God raised him. These stories lead us to the heart of God’s character, and to the heart of the Gospel: even in the midst of death, God is the giver of life.

  6. When God repented (Exodus 32.1-14; Luke 23.34) [Sermon 10-09-2016]

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    October 7, 2016 by jmar198013

    Ps 15.4 blesses the person “who keeps their promise even when it hurts.” In our story today, we saw God keep his promises, even though it hurt him. Moses reminded God of the promises he’d made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And because God is a faithful God, he kept his promises to them. So God didn’t give up on Israel—even when they broke his heart, and he really wanted to.

    And he still hasn’t given up. Not on humanity. Not on his creation. He’s still the God who is faithful, even when it hurts. He proved that once and for all when an angry mob freaked out and committed an even graver sin than worshiping before a golden calf. As they nailed God’s Son Jesus to a cross, Jesus pleaded: “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.”

    So God did just that; he forgave.

    And he hasn’t stopped forgiving.

  7. God’s faithfulness, and Abram’s (Gen. 15.1-6) [Sermon 09-18-2016]

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    September 16, 2016 by jmar198013

    Whenever the faithful question or protest or demand answers from God, they are actually demonstrating great faith. They’re calling on God to be faithful to his own word. To be the God they already know he is: truthful, loving, just, and merciful. That’s what Abram was doing in our lesson today.

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