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Lenten Series: When God Makes A Commitment-The Promise Keeper

Jeff_02_24_13 Genesis 15:1-18 1. A Promise Given (15:1-3) “I am your great …reward.”  God wants us to desire Him more than what He can give us.” Julian of Norwich wrote this in the 15th Century: God, of your goodness give me Yourself; For You are sufficient for me. I cannot properly ask anything less, To be worthy of you. If I were…

Epiphany Sequels: Courage to Confront

Jeff_02_03_13 Luke 4:21-30 1. Jesus is already working outside acceptable circles a. Capernaum is openly “Gentile”-the wrong people. b. Nazareth is a thoroughly “Jewish” community-the right people. 2. God has a history of helping the outsider a. Elijah wasn’t safe with his own people-they had become             idolatrous. b. Elisha healed unsafe people-those doing harm to God’s   people. 3. God’s compassion…

Epiphany Sequels: Making A Statement

Jeff_01_27_13 Luke 4:14-22 Context: Jesus’ first sermon- Luke 4, explains why He came. In today’s language, we would call it His mission statement. Epiphany Sequels: Jesus appearance to the world for specific reason At his baptism he claimed his identity. Turning the water to wine he claimed his purpose. Reading the prophet Isaiah he claims his mission. This passage specifically names five…

Epiphany Sequels: “Water to Wine”

Jeff_01_20_13 John 2:1-11 The sign of turning water into wine at the wedding manifests several things about who Jesus is and what he comes to do. 1. It is the occasion of great celebration because a new union, a covenant is formed. No expense is to be spared! 2. Jesus provides wine, likewise conveying great joy, signaling that Jesus brings in the…

Epiphany Sequel: “The Baptism of Jesus”

Jeff_01_13_13 Matthew 3:13-17 1. Jesus was baptized to inaugurate publicly His ministry. 2.  Jesus was baptized to “fulfill all righteousness”. 3. Christ was baptized to identify with His people (us). 4. Jesus was baptized that his relationship with God be made known. Some questions to consider: How are we to think about the calling in…

Celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany

Matt_01_06_13 A history of the feast of the Epiphany The star of Bethlehem Article on two of the theories http://www.science20.com/news_articles/astronomers_explanation_star_bethlehem (article on back side) The Magi Where did they come from? Who were they? Why did they go? What did they expect to get out of going to    Bethlehem? What do we expect to get…