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Sermons

Look, We Want a King

“Look! we want a king!” the ancient Israelites tell Samuel. The siren song of earthly kingship, of being like everyone else, of conquering through military strength, this song is undone when we look to the true King. This King beckons us to follow him, not so that he can take from us, but so that we might receive true, abundant life from him.

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Living Into God’s Inheritance

Paul calls us to a grand vision of our participation in the life of the Triune God. Just as the life of God is more than the sum of its parts when God acts in concert, his love pouring through the relationship between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, our lives also take on a greater purpose as we allow ourselves to be drawn into God’s life.

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The Spirit Who Helps Us

Weakness is characteristic of the human condition. But the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus, helps us in our weakness. The Spirit comes alongside us so that our weakness might be transformed into Jesus’ Resurrection glory.

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Straight Talk About Spiritual Renewal

This healing, this coming back into ourselves, is the physical, relational, spiritual work of the summer.  This is the summer for us to allow God to do the slow, tender work of remaking our hearts and minds into the likeness of Christ – to return us to ourselves, to prepare us to be sent out afresh into the mission he has for us to do.

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Becoming Friends with Jesus

Jesus said, “I do not call you servants any longer. . .but I have called you friends.” John 15:15

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Telling Stories

Philip noticed a guy sitting alongside the road and noticed a nudge to speak to him, so he did. He asked him a question. He was invited to sit for a spell. So he set aside his plans for the moment and sat. He listened. They chatted. He told a story about himself and a friend he knows. All of this is so simple. And God did something wonderful with the simple ingredients.

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Our Good Shepherd

In a world full of “wolves,” of things that threaten us and those we love, we have a Shepherd. A Good Shepherd. A better Shepherd than we deserve. When Jesus describes himself as this Good Shepherd, he talks about his love for us, his knowledge of us, and his Resurrection power in us.

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See what love the Father has given us?

Because we belong to God now, we are given over to his holiness. We are drawn into his righteousness. And God’s righteousness is not nearly as much about doing right as it is about being made right. Under God’s care, everything that is broken in us, everything that has gone astray and become wrong, is being made right.

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The Best Holiday

Every single Sunday is a holiday. Every Sunday is set apart as holy, a time for remembrance and celebration of a singular, historical event that changes everything: the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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The beginning of the first day of the first year . . .

The tomb is open to let us in to our Risen Lord’s new life. The tomb is open, and Jesus calls to us. Jesus calls to you: Come, you who are weary, you who are broken-hearted, you whose bodies are failing and whose spirits are fainting. Come, look into the tomb with Mary. See how it is empty? Our Lord Jesus has risen from the dead, and he means to bring you, too, into the glorious light of his new life.

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