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Caring About the Weak

Posted in discipleship, Christians, mind of Christ, Christ by LifeSpringChurch on January 8th, 2017

This sermon looks at the second four of the eight beatitudes in Matthew 5:  merciful, pure in heart, peacemakers, and the persecuted.  The beatitudes, in sum, give a picture of the transformation that occurs to those who take discipleship to Jesus seriously.

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.

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."

A Shoot from the Stump of Jesse

Posted in Messiah, Christ by LifeSpringChurch on December 5th, 2016

This sermon is the second in the Advent series and takes it text from Isaiah 11.  This text predicts a world that is topsy turvy from the existing world of political turmoil, corruption, and greed.  Most scholars conclude that the text was not fulfilled in contemporary times but was rather looking forward to the coming of Messiah.  The sermon looks at what that meant to Isaiah's audience as well as to ours.

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.

Confirmed In Three Ways

Posted in Christ by LifeSpringChurch on November 20th, 2016

This sermon is the last in a series of sermons concerned with the several, broad-ranging Christologies by New Testament writers.  These Christologies give us a good understanding of who Christ is and how that informs our lives today.  The text is from 1 John 5:5-10.

When You Love the World

Posted in sin, Christ by LifeSpringChurch on November 13th, 2016

The text for this sermon comes from 1 John 2:15-17 and examines John's instruction to "love not the world..."  The point of Jesus' coming in the flesh was two fold: to do battle with the forces of darkness and sin in the world and conquer them and to show his disciples how to live in the face of sin and temptation. 

The God We Touched

Posted in Christ by LifeSpringChurch on November 7th, 2016

This sermon comes from 1 John 1:1-4 and is the next to the last sermon on the series of N.T. texts that concern themselves with who Christ is.  This text is aimed at the Gnostics of John's time who wanted to dismiss Christ's humanity.

Once You Were Zombies

Posted in Christ by LifeSpringChurch on October 31st, 2016

This sermon takes a look at what Paul said about a life without Christ.  In many respects it looks like living as a zombie, lacking the life and hope that Christ gives those who follow him.  The text comes from Ephesians 2:1-10.

You Are My Son

Posted in Christ by LifeSpringChurch on October 24th, 2016

This sermon comes from Hebrews 1:1-4 and is part of a series of sermons on the various Christologies found in the New Testament.  By reading and studying these statements about Christ, we come to have a greater appreciation of the role he played in the work of God.

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