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Putting Herod Back Into Christmas

Posted in Jesus, Christ by LifeSpringChurch on December 29th, 2019

The text for this sermon comes from Matthew 2:13-23.  It concerns the themes seen in the Old Testament (type) and the way they are reinterpreted in the New Testament (anti-type).  For example, manna which sustained Israel in the wilderness (type) and Jesus the bread of life in the New Testament (anti-type).  The sermon invited listeners to 1) have a clear vision of what God is doing today, 2) not settle for a counterfeit narrative such as what our government gives us, and 3) listening to God rather than to false voices.

A New Way of Looking

Posted in Jesus by LifeSpringChurch on December 9th, 2019

Isaiah 11:1-10 is about God's work which continues.  Isaiah described the state of Judah, at the time of his writing as being like the stump of a tree that has been cut down.  Nevertheless, a shoot is growing from the stump - Jesus.  And the shoot continues to grow.  Such knowledge changes the way we look at current events and the future.

Image of God

Posted in Jesus, Christ by LifeSpringChurch on July 29th, 2019

The text for this sermon comes from Colossians 1:15-28.  In this text Paul undertakes describing who Christ is, and what his mission has been.  It is a great text for understanding who we are as a result.

Forty Days

Posted in , Jesus, kingdom by LifeSpringChurch on April 28th, 2019

This sermon is taken from Acts 1:1-11 and concerns Jesus' teaching to the disciples in the final 40 days he was with them.  Doubt and the Kingdom of God are discussed in the sermon.

The Parable of the Ten Servants

Posted in Jesus, parable by LifeSpringChurch on April 15th, 2019

This sermon comes from Luke 19:11-27 and concerns a parable Jesus told "to correct the impression that the Kingdom of God would begin right away."  The sermon also takes a look at a question that the parable raises about how to think about and interpret the details of the parable.

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Posted in Jesus, parable by LifeSpringChurch on April 8th, 2019

From Luke 18:9-14, this sermon looks at the danger of entering into judgment about another person.  Both of the men in the parable probably did not understand the Other.  Jesus said that the "kingdom of heaven" is in the midst of you, meaning that we are each little Temples of God's kingdom and that we should treat each other in the way that Jesus would have us do it.

Lost Things

Posted in Jesus, tax collector, parable by LifeSpringChurch on March 31st, 2019

The parable on which this sermon is based is about the loss of a single coin from a woman's dowery.  The parable was told by Jesus in response to criticism that the religious leaders were aiming at him for associating with the "wrong" people.  It's a telling statement to the church of Jesus about what he expects us to be doing in regard to the lost, alienated, and disenfranchised.

Excuses, excuses….

Posted in Jesus, kingdom, parable by LifeSpringChurch on March 25th, 2019

Jesus told a parable about how invitees to a banquet offered lame excuses about why they couldn't attend.  "I just bought some new property."  "I just bought some livestock."  "My wife requires my attention."  You get the idea; one excuse is as good as another when trying to avoid some sort of responsibility.  

This sermon is about what following Christ looks like.  Luke 14:16-24.

Who Is A Faithful Steward

Posted in Jesus, parable by LifeSpringChurch on March 10th, 2019

Taken from Luke 12:41-26, this is the Parable of the Unrighteous Steward.  In this parable, Jesus tells about a servant that is given charge of the operations of the landowner's property during the landowner's absence.  According to Jesus, the servant assumed he had plenty of time to do what he wanted in his Master's absence, so he mistreated the other servants and didn't take care of business.  The master returns to bring retribution on the lazy servant.

Jesus' point?  At all times live in a prepared way.

Who is my neighbor?

Posted in Jesus, parable by LifeSpringChurch on March 4th, 2019

In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus raises a question that prompts a difficult answer - Who is my neighbor?  This sermon examines that question from Luke 10:25-37.

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