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Rescued from the Hole

John 3:17 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. {Prayer} בְּרֵאשִׁ֖ית בָּרָ֣א אֱלֹהִ֑ים Those are the first three words of the Bible, the first three words of Genesis 1:1.  In English, “In the beginning God created” (Gen 1:1a). Throughout the whole creation…

The Uncommon Characteristics of an Uncommon Church

Acts 2:37-47 37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy…

Joyful Departure

Luke 24:44-53 44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you:Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” 45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from…

A Kingdom Worth Dying For

Matthew 11:2-6 2 When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” 4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see:5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed,…

God’s #1 Role Model

Matthew 18:1-4 The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven 18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you…

Wandering Sheep

Psalm 23 A psalm of David. 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2     He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3     he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths     for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk     through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil,     for you are…

God’s ‘Whoever’ Policy

so that whoever believes in him Dear Friends in Christ, I’d like to begin my sermon this morning with a little travel quiz about a country that most of you have probably never been to, and yet I’m sure you are still very familiar with some of its most famous tourist attractions.  And that country…

Undivided Attention

John 20:19-31 Jesus Appears to His Disciples 19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they…

God’s Yes

Acts 10:34-43 34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You…

GLIMPSES OF GRACE

A GOOD FRIDAY TENEBRAE SERVICE INTRODUCTION:  Good evening, and welcome to a very special time of worship, a time that will find us focusing upon some of the key characters in the story of Christ’s Passion and the roles that they played that fateful Friday so long ago.  As we examine these individuals and groups,…