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Jesus is Alive and Everything is Possible

Jesus is Alive and Everything is Possible

Luke 24:13-35 Friends I stand here before you today to proclaim this good news: “Resurrection means that the worst thing is never the last thing.” We have all had our moments of the worst thing. The thing we never thought we could recover from. The death. The end of a relationship. The loss of a job we were counting on....
The Meaning of Resurrection

The Meaning of Resurrection

Luke 24:1-12 We come this morning to the moment in the gospel we've all been waiting for. Since January we have been experiencing together the life of Jesus as it's told in the gospel of Luke. There's a lot of value to only studying one gospel at a team. They are unique, with different concerns, different emphases, and different ways...
What Kind of King and What Kind of Kingdom?

What Kind of King and What Kind of Kingdom?

Palm Sunday Luke 19:29-44 Congratulations, you made it to Palm Sunday! You have almost completed another journey through Lent. Whether you gave something up this year, or added something this year, your spiritual experiment is almost at an end. But not quite. We have one more week. Holy Week. And although as a culture we celebrate Christmas more than Easter,...
You are Lovable and Capable

You are Lovable and Capable

Luke 18:31-19:10
Crazy Stupid Generous

Crazy Stupid Generous

Luke 16:19-31 As we continue our Lenten journey to the cross, we come to yet another parable. The first week we heard the parable of the merciful Samaritan challenged our desire to justify ourselves. The second week, it was the parable of the unfruitful fig tree challenged our temptation to delay in repenting, to take our own sweet time about...
Prodigals and Hypocrites

Prodigals and Hypocrites

Luke 15:1-32 So far in our journey to the cross during Lent, we have been challenged by the parables of Jesus. The first week his parable of the merciful Samaritan challenged our desire to justify ourselves. Last week the parable of the unfruitful fig tree challenged our temptation to delay in repenting, to take our own sweet time about changing...
What About “Repent or Perish”?

What About “Repent or Perish”?

Luke 13:1-9, 31-35 In 2002 my best friend Jill and I went on this great vacation to New Orleans. We stayed at a lovely bed and breakfast in the Garden District and took a walking tour of homes and cemeteries. We had beignets at Café du Monde and dinner at Arnaud's and listened to some jazz at Preservation Hall. As...
Isn’t What I’m Already Doing Good Enough?

Isn’t What I’m Already Doing Good Enough?

Luke 10:25-37 For several months now I just haven't been feeling well. My stomach is upset. I have this head and neck pain that just won't go away. And these three fingers of my right hand are numb. Now before you get worried, yes, I've been to the doctor and it's nothing serious. I'm almost 41 and I have a...
The Jesus We Need

The Jesus We Need

Luke 9:28-45 On this final Sunday before Lent begins, we tell the story of the Transfiguration. The books of Matthew, Mark, and Luke all include some version of this story. Christians around the world are telling this story today, on this Sunday as we transition from the season of Epiphany to the season of Lent. This is a turning point...
Doing Good Every Day of the Week

Doing Good Every Day of the Week

Luke 6:1-11 This is the final week in our Epiphany season exploration of "Who is Jesus?" Next week Christians celebrate Transfiguration Sunday, and then the follow Sunday is the first week of Lent. Already. We will continue in our study of the book of Luke all through the season of Lent and even through Easter. But after this week Jesus...
The Both/And Savior

The Both/And Savior

Luke 5:17-26 In this season of Epiphany we are exploring some of the stories in the gospel of Luke about the early ministry of Jesus. These are the stories that begin to reveal to us who Jesus is. Instead of just making doctrinal statements, Luke tells stories to help us not only learn the facts but feel the power of...
Risk, Release, and Reward

Risk, Release, and Reward

Luke 5:1-11, 18:28-30 In this season of Epiphany we are exploring some of the stories in the gospel of Luke about the early ministry of Jesus. These are the stories that begin to reveal to us who Jesus is. Instead of just making doctrinal statements, Luke tells stories to help us not only learn the facts but feel the power...