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Demonstrating Change (4-9-17)

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Matthew 21:1-11  “Demonstrating Change”     (Jeff Moore, preaching)  What happened on what we now know as Palm Sunday was more than a parade, it was more than a fan event.  Not the biggest celebration Chicago has seen since 1908.  Not a Cardinal Nation celebration.  It was a street demonstration.  A question I often ask myself this […]

“I Can See Clearly Now” 3-26-17

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“I Can See Clearly Now” John 9:1-12     (Pat Jackson, preaching)  As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works […]

“God’s Trying To Get To Me…Through You!” (3-12-17)

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Genesis 12:1-4a     “God’s Trying To Get To Me…Through You!”  (Jeff Moore, preaching)   “Leave home, everything and everyone you know, and go to a place I’ll show you.”  God sending Abram was about a lot more than just Abram, just as God sending you is about a lot more than just you.  Here in this […]

“Runnin’ With the Devil” 3-5-2017

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Matthew 4:1-11    “Runnin’ With the Devil” Life is full of choices, it seems, even for Jesus.  Jesus was tempted too.  Lest we think that Jesus was merely refusing the offers of the devil because Jesus was an ascetic, we need to notice that he has clear theological reasons behind each of his choices.  What if, […]

“Defense Against the Dark Arts” 02-26-17

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“Defense Against the Dark Arts”  (Jeff Moore, preaching)  Luke 10:1-18      Here’s a story about demons submitting and Satan falling from the sky.  A real defense against the dark arts adventure.  What incredibly powerful, magical, spiritual weapons did these wizard-like disciples use to accomplish such a thing?  Jesus sent 70 out into the world and told […]

“Jesus Always Said, Neighbor Is As Neighbor Does” (2-5-17)

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Luke 10:25-37   “Jesus Always Said, Neighbor Is As Neighbor Does” Jeff Moore, preaching Jesus’ story does what all his parables seem to do.  It turns our questions upside down.  “Who is my neighbor?” is a question clearly looking for a list of insiders and outsiders.  “So, Jesus, is my neighbor near, far, black, white, straight, […]

“I Ain’t Scared—God Has My Back!” 01-22-2017

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Pat Jackson preaching       “I Ain’t Scared—God Has My Back!”   Psalm 27: 1, 4-9 1The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 4One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the […]

“Baby Jesus and Baby New Year Grow up Fast!” (1-8-17)

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“Baby Jesus and Baby New Year Grow up Fast!” Isaiah 42:1-9 After all the celebrations of Christmas and the New Year, all of the talk of babies and fresh starts and hope and new beginnings, we are immediately confronted with God’s true purpose of establishing justice in the world.  God’s servant  (the Gospels see Jesus […]