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In the Beginning: Race and the Imago Dei

Bible VersesGenesis 1:26-27; Acts 17:26

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January 16, 2022

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On this MLK Jr. holiday weekend, we want to pause in Genesis 1 to reflect on the beauty of the imago dei and the ugliness of racism. We should be thankful that, in our day, the vast majority would wholeheartedly support Dr. King's dream to be judged by the content of his character rather than the color of his skin. But does the vast majority understand the theological underpinning for that dream? Do we realize that, without the belief that every human being is made in the image of God, ethnic harmony will remain a pipe dream?

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In the Beginning: Out of Nothing

Bible VersesGenesis 1:1-25, 31

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January 2, 2022

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The book of Genesis is a book of beginnings. It’s mainly focused on the beginning of a story about a covenant family that grows into a covenant community spanning the globe. But chapters 1-11 stretch even further back to tell the story about the beginning of our world and the universe itself. Genesis 1 presents five fundamental truths about creation and its relationship to God.

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Re-Prioritizing Our Lives

Bible VersesHaggai 1:1-14

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December 26, 2021

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As we stand on the cusp a new year, it is high time for self-evaluation and a reconsideration of our priorities in life.

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The Benedictus

Bible VersesLuke 1:67-80

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December 19, 2021

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Since Malachi, the last prophet of the Old Testament, the people of God endured 400 years of spiritual darkness. 400 years of divine silence. But Malachi himself prophesied in hope that one day “the sun of righteousness shall rise” and God would visit his people again. 400 years later, Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, recognized, in the birth of his son, a glimmer of light before the messianic dawn. In Christ Jesus, the morning sun has risen and now radiates the resplendent mercy of the Lord's salvation.

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The Magnificat

Bible VersesLuke 1:46-56

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December 12, 2021

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The Magnificat refers to the song Mary sings after visiting Elizabeth, who herself is miraculously with child. Magnificat is the Latin word for magnify, as in “My soul magnifies the Lord.” In this song, the Lord’s grace and power are magnified through a Great Inversion – where things that are down will be lifted up and up things will be knocked down. All because of this baby in Mary's womb.

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The Annunciation

Bible VersesLuke 1:26-45

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December 5, 2021

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In Christian tradition, the Annunciation refers to that event where the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would miraculously conceive and give birth to the long-expected Messiah. Now Christmas Day typically receives greater attention, but one could make a case for Annunciation Day being a more important holiday. Since the Incarnation of the Son of God actually took place then – nine months prior! So there is much we can learn from this glorious event.

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One More Meal

Bible VersesLuke 24:36-53

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November 21, 2021

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In a final meal with Jesus, his disciples experience a rollercoaster of emotions. Fear and confusion are replaced by joy and worship after a surprise encounter with the Risen Lord. Similarly, a transformative encounter can be experienced by us today if we share their eyes of faith and see the following gospel realities.

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The Last Supper

Bible VersesLuke 22:14-20

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November 7, 2021

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The sacred meal that Jesus ate with his disciples on the eve of his arrest is traditionally known as the Last Supper. It was the last time he would eat the Passover meal with them before he died. But this occasion was also the first time Jesus would celebrate Holy Communion, aka the Lord’s Supper. So this Last Supper was really a first supper in a new tradition that continues to be observed by churches today in remembrance, in fellowship, and in hope.

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Eating with the Lost and Found

Bible VersesLuke 15:1-10

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October 24, 2021

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In the Gospel of Luke, meals with Jesus serve as occasions for the Lord to clarify his mission – to heal the sick and seek the lost. Shared meals are also opportunities to reveal his heart. In today's text, we see the joyful heart of God. Anytime the lost are found – anytime a sinner repents – God rejoices and celebrates with all the host of heaven.

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The Parable of the Wedding Feast

Bible VersesLuke 14:1-11

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October 3, 2021

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In Luke 14, Jesus accepts an invitation to dine with a prominent Pharisee but finds himself under watchful eyes. His opponents hope to expose his faults. But Jesus turns the table and uses a healing and a parable to expose their selfishness and self-conceit. Lord-willing, this meal with Jesus will produce a similar effect in us – that being a merciful and meek heart.

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