Sermon Archives

Advent 2016
January 1, 2017

New thing

New thing

What we learned throughout Advent is that Christ’s coming changes things and moves us from brokenness to wholeness. The prophet Isaiah reminds the Israelites (and us) that God is a deliverer. God is also in the business of making things new (me, you, heaven and earth, all of creation) and doing new things, so we […]

December 18, 2016

Joseph

Joseph

Nothing that Mary or Joseph has done, and nothing they could ever do, can earn the favor they’ve received from God as the chosen parents of Jesus Christ. Their “worthiness” is not determined by anything they’ve done. God chooses, over and over again in scripture, to work through people who seem completely unworthy. They are […]

December 11, 2016

Joy

Joy

What is JOY? It is the recognition of Grace, which is favor; completely unmerited, completely un-earned, freely extended toward someone or something that does not deserve it. God, in the incarnation of Jesus Christ, brought Grace near to us. Psalm 146, Isaiah 35 and Luke 1:46-55 point and name that God’s action – coming to […]

December 4, 2016

Want vs. Hope

Want vs. Hope

We’re called to accept – to “aggressively lay hold of” one another, to help each other see the hope held out to us in scripture. The Bible is full of accounts of broken people who screw up repeatedly, but it all points to the remedy, the solution, in Jesus Christ. We’re all in the same […]

November 27, 2016

From Rage to Hope, Joy, Love, and Peace

From Rage to Hope, Joy, Love, and Peace

“Advent” is a coming or arrival. It’s a season of to be reminded of the hopeful expectation of the coming of Christ, the Messiah, the Deliverer. It’s also a season of movement – movement from wherever we are to where God is calling us and movement from brokenness to wholeness. One of the most common […]