Archive for Advent

181223 Dee’s Table Talk

Posted in Advent, Communion, Lord's Supper by LifeSpringChurch on December 24th, 2018
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God Took Notice of Me

Posted in Christmas, Advent by LifeSpringChurch on December 24th, 2018

This is the final sermon in the Advent series and comes from Luke 1:46-55.  It focuses on the mixed and confused message that Americans hear during this season from advertisers, stores, politicians, and others about what Christmas means.  Mary's Magnificat orients us in a powerful way to what God is doing.

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Cheer Up Zion

Posted in Advent by LifeSpringChurch on December 17th, 2018

This week's sermon comes from Zechariah.  The majority of the prophecy is a rage, by God, toward Judah and the way she had conducted her national life and treatment of the disenfranchised.  The final verses of Zechariah, on the other hand, are a hopeful declaration that God is in the midst of the people and will ultimately bless them.

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He has sent us a mighty savior.

Posted in Advent by LifeSpringChurch on December 9th, 2018

This Advent sermon takes its text from Luke 1:68-69, Zechariah's song of praise about the promise that God made to us which was fulfilled by Jesus.  The sermon calls for three Advent behaviors:  1) Let us notice God's presence in our lives, 2) Let us have hope, not despair, and 3) Let us live with courage.

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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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