Archive for Advent

Good News to the Oppressed

Posted in Advent by LifeSpringChurch on December 18th, 2017

This sermon was preached on the third Sunday of Advent and takes its text from Isaiah 64:1-4.  "For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him."  The central premise of the sermon is that only those who honestly understand their lowly, sinful condition can really regard the Good News as such.

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Speak Tenderly to Jerusalem

Posted in Advent by LifeSpringChurch on December 11th, 2017

Isaiah 64 is the source for this sermon's text.  The sermon explores the relationship of exile to hope.

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Let Justice Roll

Posted in Advent by LifeSpringChurch on November 20th, 2017

In this text from Amos 5:18-24 Amos announces to Judah that God is fed up with all their religious rituals which are empty of the good fruit that God expects from them:  "a mighty flood of justice and an endless river of righteous living."  This is the second sermon in a series preparing us for Advent.

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Weak Knees and Tired Hands

Posted in Christ, Advent by LifeSpringChurch on December 18th, 2016

This sermon was the fourth and last in LifeSpring's Advent series and took it's text from Isaiah 7:10-16.  It looks at the manner in which Isaiah speaks what some call "a word out of place."  In other words, when things look bleak is the time when Isaiah says the hopeful and forward looking thing.  It's the word you most want to hear when things look hopeless and associated this time of year with the coming of Christ.

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The Lame Will Leap Like Deer

Posted in Christ, Advent by LifeSpringChurch on December 12th, 2016

This sermon is the third in our Advent series and takes its text from Isaiah 35:1-10.  It explores the theme of Hope which is evident in Isaiah's reminder to "Be strong and do not fear."

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The Mountain of the Lord’s House

Posted in Christ, Advent by LifeSpringChurch on November 27th, 2016

This sermon was delivered on the first day of Advent, 2016.  Advent is the expectation experienced in the first century as the birth of Jesus was anticipated and also experienced in latter day disciples of Jesus who await his return in glory.  The sermon looks at a prophecy from Isaiah delivered to ancient Judah who was being overrwhelmed by the great military powers, first Assyria and then Babylon.  Isaiah 2 paints the picture of a glorious time in the history of God's people when the "mountain of the Lord's house would be the highest point and all peoples would be drawn to it.  This is in keeping with the Advent theme, Hope.

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Is Anything Too Hard for the Lord?

Posted in Advent by LifeSpringChurch on December 1st, 2015

This sermon takes its text from Jeremiah 33 as God tells Jeremiah to purchase land in a city about to be overrun and destroyed by invading armies.  The hope and expectation of Jeremiah serve as a perfect backdrop to talk about Advent.

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