God Has Heard – The Hope of Christmas, Part 1

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Christmas is the season of hope, but hope has gotten a bad reputation. What’s the point of hoping for something? Isn’t hope just a type of escapism? Pastor Luke preaches from Luke 1:5–20 in “God Has Heard,” the first message in a new series “The Hope of Christmas.”

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Meet the New Boss — Palm Sunday

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On Palm Sunday, the church remembers the occasion when Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey. Why? All four biographies of Jesus in the New Testament describe the event, but none of them explain its significance. What did it mean to the crowds who threw palm branches in his path? What does it mean for us today?

Pastor Luke preaches from Luke 19:28–44 in “Meet the New Boss.”

The Enlightenment – An Advent Series

John begins his account of the life and work of Jesus with a poem. It’s beautiful … but what does he mean by it? And what does it mean for us today? For Advent, Pastor Luke looks at the beginning of John’s gospel. (The series begins on November 27, 2016 and runs for 4 messages.)

Building a Temple — Promise Keeper, Part 3

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Want to know how can you have a great Christmas this year? Some people have a certain ornament or food or tradition that makes Christmas special. People have worried about the holidays since before there was a Christmas, but there’s an easy way to make sure Christmas will be special. Pastor Luke preaches from Ezra 1:1–4, 3:1–3, 10–13 in “Building a Temple,” part 3 of his 4-part series “Promise Keeper.” Continue reading “Building a Temple — Promise Keeper, Part 3”

Real Help for Real Problems — Promise Keeper, Part 2

Prophets often delivered bad news that things would get worse. But depending on your circumstances–like, when things are really bad, and each day’s news seems worse than yesterday’s –a prophet has a harder job: to proclaim hope. Pastor Luke preaches from Isaiah 40:1–10 in “Real Help for Real Problems,” part 2 of his 4-part series “Promise Keeper.” Continue reading “Real Help for Real Problems — Promise Keeper, Part 2”

Promise Keeper — Part 1

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What does it mean that God is a promise keeper? What if we don’t like the promises? When he set out to repair the Temple, King Josiah, one of the rulers of God’s people, learned what it meant to serve a God who keeps promises. Pastor Luke looks at 2 Kings 22: 1–23: 3 in “Promise Keeper,” the first message in a new series of the same name. Continue reading “Promise Keeper — Part 1”

Series: Promise Keeper

Advent is the season when we think about Christmas: why did Jesus come? What purpose did he have, and did he succeed or fail? If he came to do what we could not, what is there for us to do?

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