“JOHN THREE SIXTEEN”

Martin Luther calls this verse  “The Gospel in Brief.”  And many people are familiar with this verse, and yet so very few recall its original context: namely, Jesus’ discussion with Nicodemus…and death and being born again. Most people assume John 3:16 doesn’t need a context–it’s so beautifully concise that it stands alone just fine. But as New Testament people, we know this is not so.  John 3:14-21

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“The APPEARANCE of the Holy”

Join the party, taste the wine, smell the warm bread, olives and lamb.  See the familiar face in the crowd, ready to snap.  The whip cracks, shouts start, money on the floor and the freezing of time.  “There must be room in my House”    John 2: 13-17

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“On Following the Leader”

How intentional are you on following our servant leader?  How often do you say what can I give rather than what can I get?  Some points of interest in this sermon are the Hinge of the Gospel, the Theological Center of the Bible, the fork in the road.  Reading from Mark 8: 31-38

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“Wilderness”

Chaos doesn’t stand a chance when Jesus shows up for the wilderness is his 2nd home.  I challenge you throughout Lent to confront the wilderness in which you live.  Mark 1:9-15

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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday – Our ancestors in the faith used ashes as a sign of repentance, a symbol of the uncertainty and fragility of human life.  Like them, we have tasted the ashes of hopelessness; we have walked through the ashes of our loss and pain; we have stood knee-deep in the ashes of our brokeness.  God of our lives, out of the dust of creation you have formed us and given us life.  May these ashes not only be a sign of our repentance and death, but reminders that by your gift of grace in Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, we are granted life forever with you.  Amen.  <To listen, click on the Cross>  Readings from Mathew 6: 1-6, 16-21

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“Listen to Him!”

It all comes down to simple arithmetic – Jesus + Christ = Glory. Mark 9: 2-9

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“On the Outskirts”

The Greek word for Pity or Compassion is “splanknizomai”. This is how Jesus was moved to minister to the Leper, to those who sufferd, to you and I. Mark 1: 40-45

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“What Do we Bring with Us to Worship?”

What do we bring with us to worship?  Worship is about meeting God and when we do and he shows up anything can happen.  The people were amazed, the text says.  Are we?  reading is Mark 1.21-28

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“Beyond the Stained Glass Barrier”

Paul speaks in the Areopagus of the “unknown God”. Discussion on post modern culture which is all around us. Readings from Acts 17:16-31

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“What in the World are we Here for?”

“Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation”. Readings from Mathew 28: 19-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:27, Acts 1:9, John 20:21

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