EXTREME Preaching (July 29, 2018)

BASE jumper going off a cliff
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In the most recent “EXTREME Preaching” occasion, we covered two subjects: (1) in Genesis 1, the first humans were given a diet of vegetables. After the Flood, however, in Genesis 9, their diet now includes animals. What can we infer from this? (2) What should be the role of women in the church? Pastor Luke teaches from 1 Timothy 2: 8–15 in “EXTREME Preaching.”

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Home-Building — In Conclusion, Part 5

blueprints for a house
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Jesus concludes his Sermon on the Mount with a promise, but it’s not what we might expect. He doesn’t promise that everything will go well for his followers – their circumstances are likely to be the same as those of anyone else. So what does he promise? And is it something we still want today? Pastor Luke preaches from Matthew 7:24–29 NLT in “Home-Building,” the final message in his series “In Conclusion….”

It’s Not About Fruit — In Conclusion, Part 4

Plum on a tree branch

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When Jesus talks about judgment day, it makes us uncomfortable. He says that people will point to their good deeds–even miracles! –and he will tell them to go away. What is the relationship between good works and salvation? Are Christians required to achieve a certain level of good behavior to be saved? If so, what is it? If not, what is Jesus talking about? Pastor Luke looks at Matthew 7:21–23 in “It’s Not About Fruit,” part 4 of his 5-part series “In Conclusion….”

Holy, Holy, Holy — Trinity Sunday

stained glass image of a seraph
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The first Sunday after Pentecost is, traditionally, a celebration of the doctrine of the Trinity. This doctrine states that there is only one God, but God is three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Why do we care? What do the inner workings of God matter to us? Is it even any of our business? Pastor Luke looks at Isaiah 6:1–8 in “Holy, Holy, Holy.”

Giver of Life – Pentecost

Ezekiel's vision of a valley of dry bones, Martin Johann Schmidt (1718-1801), ceiling of Stiftskirche im Stift Göttweig, Fresco
M.J.Schmidt | Wikimedia

Centuries before Christ, the prophet Ezekiel had a vision of a valley filled with dry bones that came to life. This uncanny vision is strangely reminiscent of the fascination with zombies we see in today’s popular culture. What did the vision mean, and what does it have to do us today, or with Pentecost? Join us Sunday as Pastor Luke brings a message from Ezekiel 37 about the “Giver of Life.”

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