Angels — Bigger, Part 2

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In this world, people have all kinds of problems. We get sick, we get tired, we feel pain, we die. Is there a solution to these problems? Some say no, all you can do is roll with the punches. Others say yes, we can escape the material world. What does Christianity say? Pastor Luke teaches from Hebrews 2:5–18 in “Angels,” part 2 of his 5-part series “Bigger.”

Newness of Life

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Most people make New Year’s Resolutions, but most resolutions don’t produce the desired changes. What about people of faith? Does God help people produce change in their lives? For at least one category of activity, the answer is a resounding “yes!” Pastor Luke preaches from Romans 6:1–11 in “Newness of Life.”

The Reason for the Season

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What is the “Reason for the Season?” People, especially Christians, use those words a lot around Christmas time … but what do they mean by it? How certain are you that you truly know “The Reason for the Season?” How would you describe it to someone who had no idea what was the reason for the season? Pastor Luke preaches from Galatians 4:4–7 in “The Reason for the Season.”

Attention Economy — Advent, Part 4

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From Abraham to Gideon, David to Isaiah, we see again and again the way God picks unlikely partners to bring grace and healing to the world. The familiar Christmas stories include some of the best examples of God seeking out unlikely people. When we see how God works, these stories invite us to rethink the way that we evaluate other people. Pastor Luke preaches from Matthew 2:1–8 in “Attention Economy,” the concluding message in his series “Advent.”

Plan C — Advent, Part 3

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As we near the end of 2020, we may remember all the things we planned to do before the COVID-19 pandemic. We may have had to change some plans over and over again. What can we learn about planning from Joseph, who was the all-time champion at making new plans? Pastor Luke preaches from Matthew 1:18–25 in “Plan C,” part 3 of his 4-part series “Advent.”

Expand — Advent, Part 2

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When we think about the Virgin Mary, we mostly think about her youth, as women in that typically married in their early teens. Or perhaps we think about the responsibility of bearing a son who was doomed to die. But we should also remember her virginity. Why is the Virgin Birth important to Christians? Pastor Luke teaches from Luke 1:26–38 in “Expand,” part 2 of his 4-part series “Advent.”

Hope — Advent, Part 1

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Among the other Christmas stories is the less familiar story of a man named Zechariah. While it might not be as well known as Mary and Joseph, the Wise Men, or the Shepherds and Angels, his situation is very common. It’s the story of a man whose life (or a part of it) has been a disappointment. What can he teach us? Pastor Luke teaches from Luke 1:5–24 in “Hope,” the first message in a new series “Advent.”

Renovation — Resurrection, Part 2

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Christians believe in the Age to Come because Jesus said he would return and finish the work of renovation that he had begun. It’s encouraging that our hope is grounded in his promise, but it leads to questions about the coming age. What will it be like? What will we be like? What can we know about it on this side of eternity? Pastor Luke teaches from Isaiah 65:17–25 in “Resurrection,” the concluding message in his series “Resurrection.”

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