Sermon #55 — The Victor’s Battle Cry and our Easter Victory Gift

AN AUDIO SERMON [see link below] By rising from the dead -- raising us up with him -- Jesus Christ has won the great victory and has, thus, restored to us our eternal significance which death had stripped us of. Death is a powerful and ever-present reality for human beings.  And for us death doesn't … Continue reading Sermon #55 — The Victor’s Battle Cry and our Easter Victory Gift

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Sermon #54 — Famine in the Land, Part 1

God made us to live purposefully in communion with him, and so when human creatures are out of communion with God, they live with an anxious, aimless urgency which is destructive to them. This is a fundamental truth of human existence and a reality of human experience that I know well personally.  It seems that … Continue reading Sermon #54 — Famine in the Land, Part 1

Sermon #53–The Fullness of God: Alive in Christ

The Core Idea Behind this Sermon:  Because Jesus Christ is "the fullness of God in bodily form," and because we are "in Christ," the transforming power of Christ's presence and identity is applied to our lives, making us genuinely new beings, who are forgiven in Christ, made alive in Christ, and who triumph in Christ … Continue reading Sermon #53–The Fullness of God: Alive in Christ

Sermon #52–The People of the Presence of God

  "The People of the Presence of God: a Christmas Sermon" Human beings are made for God.  That isn't a widely acknowledged truth.  It certainly isn't the mainstream view in Western culture, but it's the truth just the same.  We're designed for relationship with God, and that truth is nowhere more clearly expressed than in … Continue reading Sermon #52–The People of the Presence of God

Sermon #51 — The Goodness of God and a Christian Theology of Feasting

  Fasting generally seems to be a topic modern Christians are much more comfortable talking about than feasting.  Mind you, I don't say we fast more often than we feast.  Western Christians feast constantly.  If we try to justify it, we tend to do that in terms of its fellowship value.  I suppose that's all … Continue reading Sermon #51 — The Goodness of God and a Christian Theology of Feasting

Sermon #50 — Then, Now, and Forever: Refreshing Times — Acts 3:11-23

Astonishment is an emotion that modern Americans have very mixed feelings about. We're mostly quite comfortable about other people's astonishment.  We're generally less comfortable  with feeling astonishment ourselves.  I don't mean simple amazement at some entertaining stunt making the rounds of the internet. The kind of astonishment that I'm referring to here is the feeling … Continue reading Sermon #50 — Then, Now, and Forever: Refreshing Times — Acts 3:11-23

Sermon #49–“Then, Now, & Forever: Better Than Gold”

THEN, NOW, & FOREVER: BETTER THAN GOLD A Sermon from Acts 3:1-10 A human being simply cannot grasp a live electrical wire and remain unaffected by the encounter.  That is the simple nature of things.  A significant electric current passing through the human body will be an experience that the person cannot ignore.  So, also, … Continue reading Sermon #49–“Then, Now, & Forever: Better Than Gold”

Sermon #48 — “Words from the Beloved Apostle: Love, Obedience, and Power” — 1 John 5:1-5

“So, without love, there can be no hearty submission to the will of God, and there can be no real and heartfelt trust and confidence in him.”  Jonathan Edwards In Christ, God has victoriously asserted this redeeming power over the fallen world to set it right, a work into which he calls us to be … Continue reading Sermon #48 — “Words from the Beloved Apostle: Love, Obedience, and Power” — 1 John 5:1-5

Sermon #47 — Our Pilgrimage to Grace: Father’s Running Embrace — Luke 15:11-32, Pt. 5 (Easter)

  _ "If believers' eyes are turned to the power of the resurrection,  in their hearts the cross of Christ will at last triumph over the  devil, flesh, sin, and wicked men." John Calvin           God's love for us is in place before we ever do anything to deserve it.  God … Continue reading Sermon #47 — Our Pilgrimage to Grace: Father’s Running Embrace — Luke 15:11-32, Pt. 5 (Easter)

Sermon #46 — “Our Pilgrimage to Grace: Looking for Home” — Luke 15:11-32, Pt. 4

“Is it not the very essence of the Christian hope,  that we shall be changed from much bad to all good?” George MacDonald, 19th century Scottish Preacher and Writer. By taking upon himself the painful, humiliating consequences of our sin, God breaks our self-centered pride, plants the true humility of repentance in us, ans so … Continue reading Sermon #46 — “Our Pilgrimage to Grace: Looking for Home” — Luke 15:11-32, Pt. 4