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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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A Visit with Martha and Mary

Bible VersesLuke 10:38-42

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September 26, 2021

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In another episode involving another meal with Jesus, we see how a desire to practice hospitality can quickly sour into feelings of resentment and self-pity. This occurs when the busyness of serving for Jesus distracts us from Jesus. Don't read this story as a rebuke of Martha for serving too much, but do read it as a warning if serving is done at the expense of listening to the words of Christ.

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Dining with a Pharisee

Bible VersesLuke 7:36-50

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September 12, 2021

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The recent disruption of our normal rhythms of life – both personally and congregationally – has either prompted or exasperated a spiritual apathy in the hearts of many. We may still believe in God and give the bare minimum that devotion requires, but our love has grown cold. Here, in another meal with sinners, the Great Physician helps us to diagnosis an apathetic heart, to discover its root cause, and to determine an effective treatment.

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Feasting with Sinners

Bible VersesLuke 5: 27-32

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September 5, 2021

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In the Gospel of Luke, meals with Jesus function as a plot device for character development. Each occasion reveals more of Jesus’s heart and demonstrates the kind of person he is willing to befriend. As we study these occasions in our new sermon series, we pray that you will hear Christ’s call, reflect his heart, and continue his mission.

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Daniel and the Lions

Bible VersesDaniel 6: 1-28

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August 29, 2021

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The story of Daniel and the lions’ den is another scriptural reminder that, while the nations rage and plot in vain, the LORD remains faithful to his own. Like Daniel, you could very well face a situation where you must choose between your allegiance to God or another. So like Daniel, if you press on and refuse to break faith with the living God, you too will witness his great faithfulness.

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Elisha and the Leprous General

Bible Verses2 Kings 5:1-19a

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August 15, 2021

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Naaman epitomizes what we all want to be – a great man who is well respected and highly accomplished. But underneath it all lies a deep insecurity, a desperate sickness, and a distorted idea of how to get well. Elisha's encounter with Naaman offers four revealing facts about the great and accomplished in this world.

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Elijah and the Prophets of Baal

Bible Verses1 Kings 18: 1-2, 17-40

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August 8, 2021

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How long will you go limping between two different opinions? That was a question posed by a 9th-century B.C. prophet, but it could just as easily be asked of us today. We tend to waver in our commitment to the Lord. Our attention and allegiance can be so easily drawn away by lesser gods – or what Scripture calls "baals". Like the Israelites in our story, we need to be confronted with the frailty and futility of our cherished idols.

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David and the Giant

Bible Verses1 Samuel 17:1-54

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August 1, 2021

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The familiar story of David and Goliath is often read as an underdog story exhorting readers to have courage like David in the face of whatever giants (i.e. obstacles) loom before us. But before we jump too quickly to apply this narrative on a personal level, it is important to set the story in its larger context. Otherwise, we might miss the main point and misidentify ourselves in the story. What helps is to consider how David functions as a character in this story.

 

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Samson and the Gift of Strength

Bible VersesJudges 16:1-31

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July 11, 2021

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Samson took his gifts for granted. He saw his superhuman strength as an inalienable right. His enemies, on the other hand, saw it as a riddle to solve or a spell to break. But what they all failed to recognize is the grace of God and how his gifts can be freely given or taken away. God’s grace pervades Samson’s story, especially in the way it ends in a victorious defeat.

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Gideon and the Three Hundred

Bible VersesJudges 7:1-23

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July 4, 2021

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By trimming down Gideon’s army to a measly three hundred, there was no doubt that salvation belongs to the Lord. This story is about how God leads his people against impossible odds. So that even if we get the victory, he still gets the glory.

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