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Ephesians03- The Blessing of Being Chosen

Ephesians03- The Blessing of Being Chosen

February 17, 2020
One of the more puzzling revelations Paul makes in this passage is that being chosen by God from before the foundations of the Earth, the doctrine of predestination, is actually a blessing. How can this be when it feels like the doctrine is fraught with so much confusion and fear?
Ephesians02- The Kaleidoscope of Blessing

Ephesians02- The Kaleidoscope of Blessing

February 10, 2020

Paul takes the gem of God's salvation of sinners and holds it up to the light to see the many ways in which the beauties of God's grace can be seen. It roots the entirety of the Christian life in joy.

Ephesians01- The Power of Blessing

Ephesians01- The Power of Blessing

February 3, 2020

We begin a new sermon series through Paul's letter to a much beloved congregation in Ephesus. It is a power-packed theological discourse on God's Big Picture for the universe. But he opens up the whole letter by focusing on the word "Blessed." What could this mean for our study?

How Can I Keep From Singing 04- The Longing In Our Singing

How Can I Keep From Singing 04- The Longing In Our Singing

December 30, 2019

Every song that we've looked at that was sung by the first recipients of the news of Jesus' Advent has had hope as its central theme. But that hope is tempered by a bracing realization that the journey for those who choose to follow this baby can be hard and full of longing. Simeon's Nunc Dimmitis is the topic this morning

How Can I Keep From Singing 03- The Joy In Our Singing

How Can I Keep From Singing 03- The Joy In Our Singing

December 24, 2019

The angels sing because they are seeing the culmination of an eternity of longing and looking into what is being announced on the plains. The Shepherds transformation into singing and praising people show us what they were singing about. Mary's reaction should be ours as well.

How Can I Keep From Singing 02- The Message  In Our Singing

How Can I Keep From Singing 02- The Message In Our Singing

December 16, 2019

When Mary has the news that the angel gave her confirmed by her relative Elizabeth, something "clicks" inside her and she bursts into song. But it's not a song of Christmas sentimentality that she sings. Instead, she talks about revolution and the overthrow of tyranny.

How Can I Keep From Singing 01- The Power In Our Singing

How Can I Keep From Singing 01- The Power In Our Singing

December 10, 2019

Revelation 14 finds the people of God standing around the Lamb, embattled by fighting the Dragon and the Great Beasts from the land and the sea. What are they doing? They are singing. Turns out there's curious power in our singing, so much that central to the mission of God's people will be found as we sing.

Exodus 15- A People At Home

Exodus 15- A People At Home

December 2, 2019

Finally, Moses stands before the completed Tabernacle. The people view the awesome cloud and fire above. The anticipation could not be greater. But the problem is: Moses is hindered from coming in! What does this say to us who long for the home that only God's presence can afford?

Exodus 14- A People Failing

Exodus 14- A People Failing

November 25, 2019

Exodus 32:1-14, 30-35; 33:1-6, 15-17 After all of the minutia of the plans for the Tabernacle, it's almost inconceivable that the Hebrews would betray YHWH this way. God's reaction is so strong in response, it deserves a careful look at what went wrong with the Golden Calf Incident.

Exodus 13- A People Worshipping

Exodus 13- A People Worshipping

November 18, 2019

The people of God, up until this time, haven't really been told to *do* anything. But now, at their arrival at Mt. Sinai, they are given LOTS of things to do. How do we account for the endless tedium included in these passages about the architectural blueprints of the Tabernacle?