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Messages with tag - heaven

Sun, Jun 09, 2024
Passage: John 1:14-51
Duration: 43 mins 19 secs
We are natural born seekers. As infants, we look for a face that beholds us with love. As children we play games of hide and seek. As we age, we seek friendships, spouses, and meaningful work. Along the way, we need people to guide us. They join our quest. These truths hold true in our search for God. If we want to see him and dwell with him for eternity, we must seek Jesus. Good news: He sought us first!
Sun, Apr 09, 2023
Series: Upside Down
Duration: 41 mins 19 secs
Grace gets the last word as Paul ends his friendly letter to the Thessalonians. This is as it should be: grace is the central reality of life with Jesus. We are saved by grace, live by grace, and grow in grace. And we need God's grace because we are woefully incomplete without it. Hence, Paul's prayer that believers be made whole in Jesus. Wholeness does not come from more money or children, better work or fitness, good friends or growing influence. Wholeness is found in Christ alone.
Sun, Mar 19, 2023
Series: Upside Down
Duration: 43 mins 25 secs
Loss is inevitable in this life. The longer we live the more we lose. Grief is the natural response to these losses. It is especially good to grieve when a loved one dies. However, grief must not last forever. Christians have hope in everlasting life, resurrection, and reunion with our loved ones in Christ. This sermon will encourage us to grieve well and hope better.
Sun, Oct 30, 2022
Zephaniah looks forward. Way forward. He describes God's coming kingdom on some far-off day. It will be a fearless future: no more lies, pride, shame, or false worship. It will be a festive future: God's joyful presence will be palpable. The imagery is inviting and inspired. It should give us hope for our fearless and festive future.
Sun, Dec 27, 2020
Duration: 40 mins 48 secs
We pay attention to powerful voices -- in the media, on the radio, and even in the wilderness. John the Baptist was one of those voices that demanded attention. He spoke of God's coming kingdom and favor for those who sought his forgiveness. John serves as an important pivot between OT expectation and Jesus's messianic ministry. When Jesus comes to him to receive baptism, the scene closes with the arresting voice of the heavenly Father, who deserves the last word on His Son.
Mon, Jul 06, 2020
Passage: Luke 23:26-49
Duration: 40 mins 26 secs
We will all die. A day will come when we breathe our last breath. This can be horrifying: spiritually, physically, socially, and emotionally. Our culture has tried to deny death. Too many people die alone. But death can also be clarifying. Our purpose, people, and God's mercy come to light. Jesus experienced the horror and clarity of death. He died on the Cross for the sins of the world. His last breath teaches us the practice of "release."
Sun, Dec 22, 2019
Passage: Luke 2:26-29
Duration: 45 mins 33 secs
As we go through the different stages of life, our experience of Christmas changes. Senior years mark the final stage, full of changing roles, relationships, and losses. However, senior years are not without joy. In fact, the faithfulness, beauty, and goodness of God come into focus as we draw near to our death. Both Simeon and Anna model a seasoned faith, full of gratitude in their waning season. They are a model to us in any season of our lives to look for the goodness of God.
Sun, Jul 21, 2019
Duration: 48 mins 38 secs
Hell sounds scary. Darkness. Isolation. Fire that never stops burning. These are the images Jesus used to describe everlasting life apart from God. Fortunately, there is a better option: everlasting life in Heaven. We have a choice. A memorable scene with Jesus and disciples captures this decision and its eternal consequences. Who do you say Jesus is?
Sun, Jun 30, 2019
Passage: John 11:1-44
Duration: 46 mins 49 secs
Long before we put God on trial for all the world's problems, prophets and psalmists raising similar objections to God. Why do you stand far off? Why do evil people prosper? How long will you reject me? These questions surface our pain, confusion, and doubt amidst suffering. But again and again, God's Word affirms there is purpose in the pain. This sermon will look at the death of Lazarus (John 11) to give insight to God's allowance of suffering. Jesus shows that short-term suffering (no matter how painful) teaches us to seek long-term hope.
Sun, Apr 30, 2017
Duration: 45 mins 55 secs
All endings lead to new beginnings. The final chapter of the Bible is no different. Only this ending, this "happily ever after" goes on for eternity. God balances the scales, cleans the slates, vanquishes sins, and sets shalom to reign. The new heavens and new earth are the glorious destination of our earthly pilgrimmage. God gives us glimpses here and now, and calls us to enjoy the journey.
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