Feb 4, 2018
Revelation and Liberation
Series: (All)
Isaiah 40:21-31
 

21 Have you not known? Have you not heard?     Has it not been told you from the beginning?     Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,     and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,     and spreads them like a tent to live in; 23 who brings princes to naught,     and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.

24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,     scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows upon them, and they wither,     and the tempest carries them off like stubble.

25 To whom then will you compare me,     or who is my equal? says the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes on high and see:     Who created these? He who brings out their host and numbers them,     calling them all by name; because he is great in strength,     mighty in power,     not one is missing.

27 Why do you say, O Jacob,     and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord,     and my right is disregarded by my God”? 28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,     the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary;     his understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the faint,     and strengthens the powerless. 30 Even youths will faint and be weary,     and the young will fall exhausted; 31 but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,     they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary,     they shall walk and not faint.

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  • Feb 4, 2018Revelation and Liberation
    Feb 4, 2018
    Revelation and Liberation
    Series: (All)
    Isaiah 40:21-31
     

    21 Have you not known? Have you not heard?     Has it not been told you from the beginning?     Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,     and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,     and spreads them like a tent to live in; 23 who brings princes to naught,     and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.

    24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,     scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows upon them, and they wither,     and the tempest carries them off like stubble.

    25 To whom then will you compare me,     or who is my equal? says the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes on high and see:     Who created these? He who brings out their host and numbers them,     calling them all by name; because he is great in strength,     mighty in power,     not one is missing.

    27 Why do you say, O Jacob,     and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord,     and my right is disregarded by my God”? 28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,     the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary;     his understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the faint,     and strengthens the powerless. 30 Even youths will faint and be weary,     and the young will fall exhausted; 31 but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,     they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary,     they shall walk and not faint.

  • Jan 28, 2018The Voice of Authority
    Jan 28, 2018
    The Voice of Authority
    Series: (All)
    Mark 1:21-28
     
    21 They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. 22 They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 24 and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28 At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.
  • Jan 21, 2018Who Deserves God’s Mercy?
    Jan 21, 2018
    Who Deserves God’s Mercy?
    Series: (All)
    Jonah 3:1-5
     
    The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, “Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.
    10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.
  • Jan 14, 2018Come and See!
    Jan 14, 2018
    Come and See!
    Series: (All)
    John 1:43-51
     
    43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 49 Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
  • Jan 7, 2018Something In The Water
    Jan 7, 2018
    Something In The Water
    Series: (All)
    Mark 1:9-11
     
    In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
  • Dec 31, 2017Fall and Rise
    Dec 31, 2017
    Fall and Rise
    Series: (All)
    Luke 2:22-40
     
    22 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), 24 and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,

    29 “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,     according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation, 31     which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles     and for glory to your people Israel.”

    33 And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed 35 so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.” 36 There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. 39 When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.
  • Dec 24, 2017The Account of a Faithful Servant
    Dec 24, 2017
    The Account of a Faithful Servant
    Series: Advent 2017
    Luke 1:26-38
     
    26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” 29 But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. 36 And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
  • Dec 17, 2017What A Sight
    Dec 17, 2017
    What A Sight
    Series: Advent 2017
    Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
    61 The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,     because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,     to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives,     and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,     and the day of vengeance of our God;     to comfort all who mourn; to provide for those who mourn in Zion—     to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning,     the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of righteousness,     the planting of the Lord, to display his glory. They shall build up the ancient ruins,     they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities,     the devastations of many generations.
     
    8 For I the Lord love justice,     I hate robbery and wrongdoing; I will faithfully give them their recompense,     and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. Their descendants shall be known among the nations,     and their offspring among the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge     that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed. 10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,     my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,     he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,     and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 11 For as the earth brings forth its shoots,     and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise     to spring up before all the nations.
     
     
  • Dec 10, 2017We Need Some Good News
    Dec 10, 2017
    We Need Some Good News
    Series: Advent 2017

    Mark 1:1-8

    The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

    As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,

    “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,     who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:     ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,     make his paths straight,’”

    John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

  • Dec 3, 2017A Faith-Based Relationship
    Dec 3, 2017
    A Faith-Based Relationship
    Series: Advent 2017
    Mark 13:24-37
     
    24 “But in those days, after that suffering,

    the sun will be darkened,     and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven,     and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

    26 Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. 27 Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

    28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. 35 Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, 36 or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”