Pandemic Faith — Spiritual Agriculture, Part 3

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What would Jesus say about the coronavirus pandemic? Pastor Luke teaches from Luke 13:1–17 in “Pandemic Faith,” the concluding message in his series “Spiritual Agriculture.”

Unfruitful — Spiritual Agriculture, Part 2

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Jesus cursed a fig tree, even though it wasn’t the season for figs. That seems unreasonable, but really, it was just unusual. Jesus did something unusual to underscore what he was saying about how people can avoid being unfruitful. Pastor Luke teaches from Mark 11:12–25 in “Unfruitful,” part 2 of his 4-part series “Spiritual Agriculture.”

The Most Important Decision — Spiritual Agriculture, Part 1

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Lent is the season of repentance, and repentance means rethinking everything. Even the decision about trusting God with your life. This was the most important decision Jesus made, and he said that if we followed him, we’d have to make it too. Pastor Luke teaches from John 12:20–36 in “The Most Important Decision,” the first message in a new series “Spiritual Agriculture.”

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Come Down From the Clouds — Transfiguration Sunday

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Three of the four biographies of Jesus describe when his appearance was transfigured or changed. That event is a mystery inviting our contemplation and even our wonder. But alongside it was a much less mysterious statement about who Jesus is and how his followers ought to respond to him. Pastor Luke preaches from Luke 9:28–36 in “Come Down From the Clouds.”

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Be Not Afraid — Harvesters, Part 3

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Jesus commanded his followers to proclaim the availability of God’s Kingdom. This leads to two problems: first, God’s kingdom is hard to see because of all the world’s troubles, and second, the world might not thank us for telling them. Jesus said it probably wouldn’t, but to do it anyway. Pastor Luke teaches from Matthew 10:16–33 in “Be Not Afraid: How Christ Changes the World,” part 3 of his 4-part series “Harvesters.”

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Rules for the Road: How We Can Participate in Jesus’ Mission — Harvesters, Part 2

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It’s easy to confuse what we do with how we do it. That’s just as true for Christians as for anyone else. So it’s worth stepping back to look at what Jesus calls the church to do, and how he says to do it. Pastor Luke preaches from Matthew 10:5–15 in “Rules for the Road: How We Can Participate in Jesus’ Mission,” part 2 of his 4-part series “Harvesters.”

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What Jesus Discovered in the Twelve Apostles — Harvesters, Part 1

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Learning from the Scriptures and being guided by Jesus’ teaching is always rewarding, especially when the Church faces new challenges. In this series we will be guided by Jesus’ instruction in Matthew 10. We begin by looking at the people Jesus picked to proclaim the Good News about his Kingdom. What did Jesus see in them? How are they like us? Pastor Luke looks at Matthew 9:35–10:4 in “What Jesus Discovered in the Twelve Apostles,” the first message in a new series “Harvesters.”

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When Forgiveness is Not Enough—Junk Bonds, Part 3

Jesus commanded his followers to forgive people, even for repeated offenses. But what then? What if people aren’t looking for forgiveness? What if they aren’t sorry, and the offense wasn’t an accident, but deliberate? What should we do when forgiveness isn’t enough? Pastor Luke preaches from 1 Samuel 24:1–22 in “When Forgiveness Is Not Enough,” the concluding message in his series “Junk Bonds: Some Debts Can’t Be Repaid.”

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