Sacrifices — Some Assembly Required, Part 2

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We’ve been talking about how we can be church when church buildings are closed. Isn’t it important that people do their worshiping in a particular place? What does our faith tell us about being on “Holy Ground?” Pastor Luke looks at 1 Peter 2:4–10 in “Sacrifices,” part 2 of his 3-part series “Some Assembly Required.”

Hunker Down

To help public health authorities deal with the coronavirus pandemic, people in Anchorage have been asked to “Hunker Down” and join people around the world in social isolation and self-distancing. What should Christians think about this crisis? More importantly, how should we think about it? Pastor Luke teaches from Luke 21:5–36 in “Hunker Down.”

Cleaning House — Come and See, Part 3

Expulsion of the merchants from the temple. 2012. Canvas, oil. 110 x 160. Artist A.N. Mironov
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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.”

The Message of Christ — First Sunday of Christmas, 2015

Nativity

Susan WD
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When the boy Jesus astounded the teachers in the Temple, it wasn’t to show us what it would be like if God came to earth. It showed what it’s like when humanity is restored to God’s intention. It showed us what it’s like when we receive eternal life. What is stopping us from enjoying that kind of life ourselves? Pastor Luke preaches from Colossians 3:12–17 in “The Message of Christ.”

Building a Temple — Promise Keeper, Part 3

St. Peter's Basilica (Adjusted)
Accretion Disc
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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”

Lost and Found — The Saga of the Lost Ark, Part 7

Lost Luggage
Jordon Cooper “Lost Luggage”
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Israel lost the Ark when they were conquered by Babylon. It has never been recovered, in twenty-six centuries. Why not? If it was so important for Israel to have the Ark in the first place, why has God allowed it to be lost? Why does God sometimes allow us to lose what is dear to us? Pastor Luke preaches from 2 Kings 25:8–17 in “Lost and Found,” the concluding message in his series “The Saga of the Lost Ark.” Continue reading “Lost and Found — The Saga of the Lost Ark, Part 7”

Hear from Heaven — Part 2 of “Prayers”

farming sunbeams
Cathy / haglundc
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Hear from Heaven — Part 2 of “Prayers”

How can followers of Jesus relate to people of different faiths, or no faith? Many Christians have friends or family members of different faiths, or no faith, and pray for them. Should they? And if so, what should they pray for? What can we learn from the Scriptures about praying for people who don’t believe in God? Pastor Luke preaches from 2 Chronicles 6 in “Matchmaker,” part 2 of his 6-part series “Prayers.”

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