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A very, very good morning to you all! It is a good morning because we are celebrating the historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus and what that means to each one of us: to the universe, creation itself, and all of humanity. To say it is a “good” morning has a very specific connotation today, more than any other day, because that word “good” in the scriptures can mean beautiful. It’s a beautiful morning, no matter the weather outside or anything else. So this *morning we are celebrating. Something Beautiful! In the sacrifice of Jesus, at his death, He took upon Himself all our sin, all our brokenness, and all our history. Not only that, but also our futures as well. Something beautiful has happened, and contrary to news reports, it is happening and will happen. All because of the reality of Jesus rising from the dead. Some of you who are here are looking for something new, something more fulfilling, something real! It is found in Jesus and the meaning of His life, death, and resurrection. Which explains the meaning of all life.
In todays sermon we cover baptisims, Palm Sunday and Good Friday. We cover how Jesus comes to cover the gap and that all are invited to the celebration.
This is the time to press into God! We’re completing a five-part series that I hope helped as we move toward Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter. Invitations These hold the key to all God has done, is doing, and will do with the universe, His Creation, humanity, and you. In *the song “All things Rise” it says: “let all things rise and bless Your Name, all things made right and new again!”. So this morning we’ll be talking about how our message as the people *of God is that all things will be raised up. This is what Easter is all about! Exemplify in *what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NIV) For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…
This is the time to press into God! We’re in a five-part series that will help as we move toward Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter. Invitations These hold the key to all God has done, is doing, and will do with the universe, His Creation, you, and all humanity. In the *song “All things Rise” it says: “All things once sown in weakness You raise in promise Your beauty arches above it all”. So this morning we’ll be talking about how much of what we *experience with God has been sown in weakness. Lent and Easter are all about this. They *exemplify what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:27 (ESV) But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.
Today we cintinue our series, 'Let All Things Rise' which is our series for lent. In todays sermon we cover the way of Lov'es Occupatoion and the story of Joseph.
I hope you are engaging this season of Lent with some level of sincere intent. If not, there is no time like the present to start. This is the time to press into God. We’re in a five-part series that will help as we move toward to Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter. These hold the key to all God has done, is doing, and will do with the universe, His Creation, you, and all humanity. One the primary teachings of scripture, from beginning to end, is the foundational understanding that God calls out light from darkness. Lent and Easter are all about this. About our being brought into the freedom of the Light of God, out of the darkness of all that tries to suppress that light, but ultimately cannot.
1 John 1:5 (ESV) This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
John 2:8 (ESV) At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.
This morning is the first Sunday of Lent. My pray is that most of you are engaging this season with some level of sincere intent starting with this past Ash Wednesday. If not, there is no time like the present to start. This is the time to press into God. If there were ever such a time, this is it. Not only as it relates to the times we live but what God is doing. We’re undertaking a five-part series that will take us to Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter. These hold the key to all God has done, is doing, and will do with the universe, His Creation, you, and all humanity. All throughout history, from the time of the beginning until now, we cannot *ignore that the goodness of God is free and boundless; much of which Lent and the Easter season is all about! Though we must recognize that for many this fact is unknown. You?
This morning is the Sunday before lent which stats with Ash Wednesday. This magnifies our anticipation and reminds us what Jesus' death and resurection truly means. In todays sermon I want to see how we are on our way.
This morning I want us to look at something that seems so much in our face lately. Even for those of us who try to steer clear of the current political and societal sifts, and along with them the tensions felt between peoples, we just can’t avoid being drawn in to some degree. With the practice of civility lacking everywhere, barbs being thrown by one group to another, by one person to another. People making up false stories of abuses to make political points and especially laws being made downgrading life to such an extent that many believe we’re being set up where life at any age will lose its value. How are we as Christians to respond and to act in a climate, for most of us that is so counter to the one we grew up, and seems so unredeemable in its direction. So this morning we’ll look at bridging the cultural divide. I must admit that for those of us over 40 we may find this a bit difficult and may need to look to those younger than us to help us out a bit with this topic since this is the culture they have grown.
This morning being the Sunday after Valentine’s Day I thought we I would look at *something we might have all dreamt about and that is the. Perfect Valentine. But if we’ve been around long enough we realize that there is no such thing or person…or is there? To have a perfect Valentine we would need to know a perfect love. Is that possible? In my estimation there is no more profound understanding in our living out life to the fullest than knowing this *kind of love. Paul prayed in. Ephesians 3:17-19 (ESV) that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. In other words, grounded in the love of God which exceeds anything we may think we may know about *love and living a full life. And as he said earlier. Ephesians 3:16 (ESV) …[that] he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being. Why we know