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Bible Text: Psalm 130 | We’re tough. We’re scared of social shame. We’ve chosen self-medication because we can manage this just fine, thanks. We’ve become deceived by sin. And we’re also desperate and alone. Is there anyone we can go to? Is there anyone to listen? From the depths, the Psalmist cries out to God.
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Bible Text: Matthew 25:31-46 | Let’s talk judgment! Last week, we heard that “It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over,” but this week we have to add that when it’s over, it’s over. Final judgment is clear, not random; is eternal, not reactive; is righteous, not reprehensible; is final, not reversible. And all of it is set amongst God’s grace to save.
Bible Text: Matthew 24:1-42 | Preacher: Pastor Daniel Roels | There’s a lot of ink spilled in religious circles about the subject of the end of the world. The disciples were about as eager as we are to know the details, and Jesus starts them out with what not to watch for. But then we’re in a better place to understand what’s more important: the end is in God’s hands, we can’t miss it, and it will mean renewal.
Bible Text: Luke 14:15-24 | “Hey, you goin’ to the party? Yeah, but I need a ride. Life’s so rad.” Mid-90s alt rock aside, there is actually a party I plan to go to. Trouble is, I can’t get there. Sure, I’ve got a car, and I think I could fit in there, and I know it’s going to be rad, but none of that will get me in the door. I need an invitation. How am I gonna get one of those?
Bible Text: John 9 | Jesus’ ministry is forging ahead, but the resistance to Him and His message is growing. He is the light of the world, but the shadows are lengthening. How can disciples, the broken, Pharisees, and, in modern times, the church take advantage of the moment and keep their eyes open to Jesus?
Bible Text: 1 John 1 | Today we’re making the shift in our Bible-in-a-year readings to the New Testament – finally, we get to the Jesus stories! But Jesus stories and His presence, when understood well, don’t help us to be content to have come this far. They should call us farther. Deeper into God’s purposes. More broadly into light and life, and away from the darkness of sin.