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Sermons

The Name of Jesus

The power that is ours through Jesus is nothing less than the power of the resurrection. When we pray, we pray for comfort, we pray for strength, maybe we pray for healing. But through Jesus, the power that is at hand is nothing less than the power of the resurrection. It is nothing less than the salvation of the world, the remaking of all of creation.

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When a Church Dips its Baby Toe Into the Waters of Evangelism

God invites us to be part of his work, bringing his reign to earth as it is in heaven. God honors us by inviting us to use what he has already given us – our selves, each of us with our own life stories, interests, hobbies, skills, resources. And God is the one who actually draws people to himself. He sends us to people whom he has already prepared to receive him, and us. He sends us into a field where the harvest is already ripe and plentiful, and waiting for us – for our precious, unique selves. And then he brings in the harvest.

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Friends Let Friends Bother Jesus

Jesus urges you and me on today: Do not be afraid, but believe. Your faith and mine are conduits of the power of God – the power of God that is already among us to bring healing, to bring peace, to bring justice, to bring new life.

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Why Not You?

Jesus never gives his followers a promise that the storms of life will not swirl around them. Instead, he promises to be with us in even in the midst of the worst storms that life throws our way.

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The Eighth Son

What seems impossible in human eyes, the eighth son being anointed king or the mustard see growing into a great tree, is apparently how God chooses to work. Something new happens when Samuel gets out of his own way and learns how to catch God’s vision—the vision of the heart.

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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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