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  • Stephen Aram

    Contributing sermons since Jun 20, 2019
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  • A Family Like Ours

    Contributed on Apr 22, 2020
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    We may be tempted to skip over the account of Jesus' ancestry, but it is an important part of the good news of Jesus.

    If you had the job of writing up the story of the life of Jesus, one of the decisions you would make would be what to do with the opening paragraph. You know how important the opening is. You want something to grab people’s attention and pull them into reading the whole thing. What would you ...read more

  • It' Not About Us

    Contributed on Apr 22, 2020
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    We love our church traditions and are proud of the good things we do. But our calling is to honor Jesus above ourselves and change any tradition to better point people to Jesus, like John the Baptist.

    One of the fun parts of the Christmas season is getting letters from old friends and learning how their kids are turning out. Erik, whom I confirmed years ago, is in the Air Force now. Annie is a commercial artist. Allen, who used to get bullied, is a police officer now. Tim is married, with ...read more

  • Point Them To Jesus

    Contributed on Apr 22, 2020
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    Churches easily get struck in a rut and decline. John the Baptist serves as a model for vital ministry: focus on Jesus above all else.

    Last week we started looking at the ministry of John the Baptist. He was a prophet. He cared for the spiritual health of his nation with all of his heart. He saw clearly what needed to be done and he spoke out what people needed to hear, boldly, without any sugar coating. His boldness was what ...read more

  • John The Baptist: Challenge For A Deeper Life

    Contributed on Apr 22, 2020
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    John the Baptist didn't follow in his father's footsteps as a priest in the temple. He challenged people to break out of normality and live radically new lives.

    (John, entering from the back, in costume, down the center aisle.) Wake up, everybody! God’s Messiah is coming! That’s really good news! Get ready! Things have got to change around here! God’s blessings are coming for you! But you have to be ready! Clean it up, folks! (John standing in ...read more

  • Are You Ready For Christmas?

    Contributed on Apr 22, 2020
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    John the Baptist told people to make preparations to meet Jesus that were very different from our preparations for Christmas.

    I hope we are all making some progress towards being ready for Christmas. We know the drill, decorations, shopping, Christmas cards, wrapping presents, cooking, and so on. Today we meet John the Baptist, who gives us a very different list of things we need to do to be ready to ...read more

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