Cleaning House — Come and See, Part 3

Expulsion of the merchants from the temple. 2012. Canvas, oil. 110 x 160. Artist A.N. Mironov
A.N. Mironov | CC BY Wikimedia

Jesus did something unimaginably shocking, John tells us, at the beginning of his ministry, when he drove the moneychangers from the Temple. What made him do it? And is this incident just a historical curiosity, or does it still say something about how people should approach God in worship today? Pastor Luke looks at John 2:13–25 in “Cleaning House,” part 3 of his 6-part series “Come and See.”

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Fruitless – Part 2 of Gardens

One day, Jesus got upset with what was going on in the Temple and he began flipping over tables. What was it that made him angry? Earlier that same day, he cursed a fig tree. Was it the same thing that got him angry? Are these stories even related? They are, and there’s a tool that helps modern readers see how large chunks of the Bible combine to communicate a key teaching. So what is the teaching that combines money changers and fig trees, and how does it affect us today? Pastor Luke looks at Mark 11 in “Fruitless,” part 2 of his 5-part series “Gardens.”

Robbers, Eunuchs, and Foreigners

Do you have a small god? Are there things about your god that are small? Maybe your god doesn’t have much power: there are things your god would like to do if he could, but he can’t? Or maybe your god doesn’t have much love: your god could help, but won’t, because it’s not his problem? So how big is your god? The prophet Isaiah spoke a message from God that illustrates how big God really is. Pastor Luke preaches from Isaiah 56 in “Robbers, Eunuchs, and Foreigners,” part 2 of the 5-part series “House of God.”

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