You see, for Paul, the proper perspective is God’s act of redemption through Christ for all of creation first, and then as we begin to take notice of God’s action and as we begin to realize the enormity of the gift that we have been given, our repentance follows.
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March 3 - The Religion of the Market, Isaiah 55:1-9
March 10 - Dare We Hope That All Are Saved, II Corinthians 5:11-21
March 24, Palm Sunday - A Distorted Version of Peace, Luke 19:28-46
March 31, Easter Sunday - Why Look for the Living Among the Dead, Luke 23:50 – 24:12
But that which is impossible for us is not only possible for God, it is already accomplished.
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February 3 - A Still More Excellent Way, I Corinthians 12:31 – 13:13
February 10 - Missing the Point, Luke 9:23-43
February 13 - Ingenious Contrivances for Avoiding God Altogether — Ash Wednesday, Isaiah 58:1-12, II Corinthians 5:20 – 6:10
February 17 - The Impossible Possibility, Romans 10:5-13
February 24 - What we Already Are What we are Called to Be, Philippians 3:1-4:1
There is but one source from which a community of faith derives its life and to which it points in all that it does, in all that it proclaims and in every moment of worship it engages in.
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January 6 - Contrasting Responses to the New King, Matthew 2:1-15
January 13 – Participants in the Larger Work of God, Acts 8:1-24
January 20 – Now Concerning Spiritual Gifts, I Corinthians 12:1-11
January 27 - A Voluntary Society of Individuals or The Body of Christ, I Corinthians 12:12-31
God calls whom God will call to proclaim God’s love and graciousness to the world, regardless of what we humans might construct or create, regardless of what or whom we might claim to be powerful or important, regardless of our timelines, regardless of our desire to declare who is in or who is out.
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The Initiatives of a Gracious God
God’s Embarrassing Challenge to Good Order
Belonging to God
Trust that whether or not we can fully see it or even catch a glimpse once in a while, God’s vision for the world though vastly different than ours is undimmed and will be accomplished.
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The Least We Can Do
What Faith Is What Faith Does
Hebrews 11:1-6; 11:29-12:2
Spoken from before time ever was, when God called upon the very chaos of the universe to bring forth the good and great creation, God’s words were filled not only with the great majesty of the creator of the universe but with the holy goodness of one who called all things good.
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A Sermon for All Time
The Act of Worship
Once and For All
Friends, if there is nothing else that we can come away from today’s text with, let it be this; that the call that was issued to the first hearers of this letter is the very same call that is issued to us right here and now – live out your faith and do that by loving others.
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Where You Take Your Bible vs Where Your Bible Takes You
Active Faith, Consistent Love
The Deeds of Faith
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Ephesians 4:17 to 5:2
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Coming into Relationship with God
In the Company of Fools
II Corinthians 11:1 to 12:10
Commending the Grace of God
Sermon by Rev. Patrick Notley
June 10, 2012
2 Corinthians 4:1-18
So it does not take a great leap of the imagination to understand the surprise that must have crossed their faces and their minds when this Apostle who is writing to them to announce his desire to come for a visit tells them that they are nothing more important than a simple shipping container.
To read Rev. Notley’s sermon, go to the pdf file: 06-10-2012 — It is Not About Us