Tag Archives: Revelation 21:1-5

  1. 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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  2. Baptism: a story as old as heaven and earth (Acts 2.37-42) [sermon 8-13-2017]

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    August 8, 2017 by jmar198013

    In Acts 2.38, Peter told the assembly: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” When 3000 came forward to be baptized, they were plunged into an old, old story that promised a new beginning. Baptism tells a story as old as the heavens and the earth. And it’s a story that will be re-told in the new heavens and new earth.

  3. The house God is building (2 Samuel 7.1-17) [sermon 10-23-2016]

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    October 21, 2016 by jmar198013

    God promised King David that his offspring would reign forever, and that his son would build a temple for God. Those promises find their fulfillment in Jesus, who is a son of David, and a new temple for us.

  4. The resurrection of Job (Job 42.7-17) [Sermon 08-07-2016]

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    August 5, 2016 by jmar198013

    Job 42.7-17 describes Job’s restoration to life–I like to call it a resurrection–after an intense period of loss and suffering, and a crisis of faith. God calls Job to intervene for his accusing friends with sacrifice and prayer. Job is restored when he does this priestly duty.

    Job is restored to life and the human vocation–to be God’s priests, representing God in his earthly temple. God blesses Job as Job chooses to embrace life with all its risk. Job takes back up the human vocation to be fertile and multiply; and take charge of the beasts. So God blesses him with ten children, and double the animals he had before.

    Job’s restoration gives us all hope for the time described in Rev. 21. When the heavens and earth will be renewed as God’s temple forever; God will wipe away all tears; and dwell among his people.

  5. The Hope of An Advent People (Luke 21.25-28, 34-36) [Sermon 11-29-2015 Advent 1]

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    November 27, 2015 by jmar198013

    Manuscript of my sermon for this Sunday, November 11, 2015. First Sunday of Advent, Year C. Scriptures: Jeremiah 33.14-16 Psalm …
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