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What Child Is This?

December 18, 2016

Bible Text: Matthew 1:18-25 |

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The great question of Christmas is "Who exactly is the child in the manger?" In this sermon we try to answer this question against the backdrop of the prevailing question in our present culture "Who am I?" and see how the identity of the child in the manger impacts us today.

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O Holy Night

December 11, 2016

Bible Text: Isaiah 9 |

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The third line of the well-known Christmas carol "Long lay the world in sin and error pining" speaks of the human longing for something better than the unrelenting nature of sin and brokeness in our world and current experience of life. In this sermon we take a look at Isaiah 9 as we anticipate the return of the great king who will make all things right.

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Lamentations 4

Lamentation - Hope in the Darkness

April 20, 2014

Bible Text: Lamentations 4:1-22 |

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Old Testament Professor, Gordon McConville writes, "An important part of God's intention in bringing the state of Judah to an end was to show that he himself was the only proper object of the people's trust.

Lamentations stands as a witness against false trust in any institution, including a church, for salvation." No poem in the collection reflects that more than the poem in chapter 4. In this sermon we look at the issue of trust, the consequences of misplacing it, and the reason why our relationship with God alone should be our ultimate trust relationship in life.

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Lamentations 3

Lamentation - Hope in the Darkness

April 6, 2014

Bible Text: Lamentations 3:1-66 |

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In some ways the concept of hope is the very foundation upon which our continuing existence, as human beings, is based. Here, in the middle of the book of Lamentations we find a reason to hope in the midst of desolation and darkness, a reason to lift our eyes above the despair.

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Lamentations 1

Lamentation - Hope in the Darkness

March 16, 2014

Bible Text: Lamentations 1:1-22 |

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Sin is generally a difficult issue to talk about in our culture – not primarily because our culture doesn't believe in sin – actually more because our culture can't agree on the definitions and boundaries of sin. In this study on the first chapter of Lamentations we look at how the Bible conceives of sin and try and make sense of it's definitions within a culture that is largely amoral and pluralistic.

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The Feast of the Father (The Prodigal God 5)

February 23, 2014

Bible Text: Luke 15:11-32 |

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We have looked at the story of the younger brother, then we put it into its context with the story of the elder brother. Then we put the story of the two brothers into the context of the whole chapter. Each time we saw another important part of Jesus’ message. But we are not quite done. We need to see the story in the context of the whole Bible. Jesus was immersed in the
Scriptures, and in this story he is giving us the essence of the whole Biblical storyline in one vivid narrative. If we see that, we will get a 30,000 foot view of what the Bible is all about. We learn about 1) the human condition, 2) the divine solution, and 3) the new communion.

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The true elder brother (The Prodigal God 4)

February 16, 2014

Bible Text: Luke 15:11-32 |

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We have been looking at the story traditionally called “The Parable of the Prodigal
Son.” We’ve said that you will miss the radical message of the story if you don’t see that it is about two sons — one immoral and “bad”, one very moral and “good” — who are both alienated from the father and therefore spiritually lost. That is a remarkable message. But there is much more — though it too is easy to miss. We must remember that this is the third of three parables, told to the same audience, meant to be pondered all together. What do we learn if we do that? In this message we learn: 1) the cost of reconciliation, 2) that there is a missing elder brother, and 3) that we have a true elder brother.

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The elder brother (The Prodigal God 3)

February 9, 2014

Bible Text: Luke 15:11-32 |

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Most people who read and study The Parable of the Prodigal Son concentrate completely on the character of the younger son, his repentance, and the father’s forgiveness. And yet look at the text. It doesn’t end with the return of the prodigal. Almost half of the story is about the older son. The story is about two sons, who are both alienated from the father, who are both assaulting the unity of the family. Jesus wants us to compare and contrast them. The younger son is “lost”—that is easy to see. We see him shaming his father, ruining his family, sleeping with prostitutes, and we say, “yes, there’s someone who is spiritually lost.” But Jesus’ point is that the older son is lost too. In this message we learn 1) a startling new understanding of lostness, 2) what the signs of it are (so we can recognize it in ourselves), and 3) what we can do about this condition.

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The two lost sons (The Prodigal God 2)

February 2, 2014

Bible Text: Luke 15:11-32 |

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The third of Jesus’ three parables is the longest and most famous. It is a story about a family—a father, an older son, and a younger son. The story begins when the younger son comes to the father and says, “Give me my share of the estate.” In ancient times, when the father died, the oldest son always got “a double portion” of what any other child got. If there are two sons, the older would get two-thirds of the estate and so the younger would get one-third. So the story opens with the younger son asking for his one-third share of the inheritance. In this message we look at: 1) the meaning of the request, 2) the response to that request, and 3) what difference it makes for us.

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Jesus the Revolutionary

September 22, 2013

Bible Text: Matthew 21:1-11 |

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The revolutionary difference the meek and majestic King makes.

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