Walking Out of Our Tombs (April 2nd, 2017)

In this beloved story from John 11:1-45, Jesus dramatically raises his friend Lazarus from the dead. But don’t we all have a little bit of Lazarus in us? Parts of us that are at best lost and hurting, if not outright dead? Listen to hear how Jesus summons all of us to new life, even though this means risks, and how he calls us to be a community where we who once were dead are “unbound.”

Mud & Miracles (March 26th, 2017)

We continue hearing the rich stories from the Gospel of John where Jesus interacts with ordinary people and creates a stir with his words and deeds. Pastor Paige puts the congregation into the story of John 9:1-41. She explores why the characters in this story were so upset and confused by Jesus healing a man who was born blind. Shouldn’t that miracle be something to rejoice over? Jesus takes the most humble of elements, dirt and spit, and uses them to create a miracle. How might Jesus be using the ordinary materials of our lives to transform us and others today?

How Can These Things Be? (March 12th, 2017)

Nicodemus, a religious leader, comes to Jesus at night.  They get into a deep discussion of how God creates faith, and how we become children of God (John 3:1-17). Nicodemus doesn’t fully comprehend the free gift of God’s love and grace, but as he talks with Jesus, he moves in the direction of greater insight. Jesus compares the Holy Spirit to the wind, and invites Nicodemus to consider how God’s Spirit is on the move. Jesus points Nicodemus to the fullness of God’s love, for everyone, everywhere, in one of the most famous verses in the Bible: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Shaped for Resistance (March 5th, 2017)

We can resist anything, except temptation, right? On this first Sunday in Lent, we hear two very different stories of temptation: Adam and Eve tempted by the serpent in the Garden (Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7), and Jesus tempted by the devil in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11). Looking at these encounters, we discover why we can’t face temptation on our own, and how Jesus can reshape our heart and mind, so that we can think faithfully, truly, and well when we encounter evil.

Return (March 1st, 2017)

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Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, a time of spiritual renewal and refocusing. The prophet Joel called God’s people to “return to the Lord your God” (Joel 2:1-2, 12-17). Looking at his words and King David's great prayer of confession in Psalm 51, we consider why “repentance” is so important: we cannot cross a distance we don’t admit is there.

How Do I Face Struggles? (February 12, 2017)

Christians are not immune to struggles. Trials and difficulties can either drive us further from God, or bring us closer to him. Learning how to face struggles faithfully is an essential part of growing into Christian maturity. But the real answer isn’t about us, it’s about Jesus. In John 11:17-26, Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life.” He does not promise to eliminate our struggles, but to give us life that will overcome them.

The Good Shepherd - Who Do You Trust? (February 5, 2017)

Apologies for the sound quality on this sermon; there was a microphone issue!

It can be hard to know who we can trust, when many competing voices are trying to get our attention and our loyalty. In John 10:11-21, Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd.” He explains why he is a shepherd (the sheep know his voice) and why he is a good and trustworthy one (he lays down his life for his sheep). Jesus is not content to keep his flock small, either. He wants the good news of his love for all people to spread, so others will hear his voice and be drawn into his flock. Jesus never forces our trust. He wins it by proving himself to be the one who loves us above all others, by laying down his own life for us, his sheep.