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What Matters: Generous Relationships

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

Release Date: 11/10/2019

Regifting: The Gift of Unity show art Regifting: The Gift of Unity

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

“Many people in America today would say that divisiveness is one of the most dangerous issues in our common life, that factionalism and misguided allegiance keep us from being able to address the very serious challenges that confront us today: increasing disparity between rich and poor, climate change, global violence, competition for natural resources, migration due to war and famine.   And of course, each of these issues has its local manifestation: isolation of people in homogeneous neighborhoods; fear of strangers, of other races and nationalities, refugees, the homeless—or...

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Regifting: Spiritual Gifts show art Regifting: Spiritual Gifts

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

Lessons: Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 1:29-42 Watch: stlukecolumbus.com/ondemand   Subscribe to our Youtube channel

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Regifting: The Gift of True Belonging show art Regifting: The Gift of True Belonging

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

Lessons: Isaiah 44:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Matthew 3:13-17   Now that the season of giving Christmas gifts is over, we could say that we are in the season of regifting as we consider what Christmas gifts we will regift to others. Regifting can describe what we do with the gifts that God has given us as we share with others the great gifts God has given us. The priceless difference is that God’s gifts are unlimited and therefore we can keep these gifts that we surely desire and also give these gifts to others. We are in the season of Epiphany, or more precisely the Sundays after...

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Regifting: The Gift of Identity show art Regifting: The Gift of Identity

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

Now that the season of giving Christmas gifts is over, we could say that we are in the season of regifting as we consider what Christmas gifts we will regift to others. Regifting can describe what we do with the gifts that God has given us as we share with others the great gifts God has given us. The priceless difference is that God’s gifts are unlimited and therefore we can keep these gifts that we surely desire and also give these gifts to others. We are in the season of Epiphany, or more precisely the Sundays after the Epiphany. The account of the Wisemen bringing gifts to baby Jesus is...

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The Lord Is With You show art The Lord Is With You

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

In every way our brother Jesus empathizes in our trials. Based on the lesson from Hebrews, we learn the depth of the connection that God the Son, Jesus, has with us. He both empathizes with us and saves us from our bondage to sin and suffering. This brings a deeper understanding and comfort to the words, “The Lord is with you.”    Next Step: As we practice the discipline of staying, “The Lord is with you, and also with you.” pause to ingest all that this greeting means.    Lessons: Isaiah 63:7-9, Hebrews 2:10-18, Matthew 2:13-23   ...

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For You show art For You

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

Meet the God that is FOR you this Christmas! Lessons: Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20 Watch: stlukecolumbus.com/ondemand   Subscribe to our Youtube channel

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The Overlooked Gift of Christmas show art The Overlooked Gift of Christmas

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

Open God’s gift of being delivered from the power of sin. When the angel explained to Joseph that what had been conceived in Mary is from the Holy Spirit, the angel said, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) This gift that God gives to us is not only being forgiven of our sins (as great as that is!), but also being freed from the power of sin over us. Sin is no longer our master, because we are not under the law, but under grace. (Romans 6:14) Therefore, through the power of our new master...

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Everlasting Joy show art Everlasting Joy

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

In the face of difficulty, weakness, fear, disappointment, and discouragement, the Lord boldly proclaims that a day of joy is coming.  “Everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” This is our hope as well.  Times of sighing and sorrow come to all of us. We move through seasons of difficulty and discouragement. Today, we rest in the presence of Christ, letting go of all that burdens us.     Lessons: Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11   Watch: stlukecolumbus.com/ondemand...

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Our Search for Assurance show art Our Search for Assurance

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

Our search for assurance find hope in Jesus. We live with more uncertainty than we would admit. We know that at any moment life could take a devastating turn. The current events in our culture cascade around us and we are left asking, “Now what will happen?” Even when we have worked hard to ensure that we will be ok, there is an endemic uncertainty to this life that leaves us searching for greater assurance of our futures. Some who journeyed out into the Judean wilderness to hear John the Baptist were surely looking for greater assurance. In his preaching John cast both threat and...

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Wide Awake show art Wide Awake

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

With the beginning of Advent, a season of preparation, watching, and waiting, we hear Jesus say, “Keep watch, because you do not know on what day the Lord will come.”  We lean into what we profess to be true that Jesus will “come again to judge the living and the dead.” While we prepare for the celebration of Christ’s arrival in the world in Bethlehem, we yearn for his return again, watching for God’s ongoing activity in the world and the unfolding of God’s Kingdom until Christ comes again.     Lessons: Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44   ...

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It’s been said about God, that while God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present, the Lord willingly limited such attributes for the sake of being generous to His people.  God withholds judgment, limiting anger, for the sake of forgiveness. Jesus limits his involvement in the ongoing ministry of the disciples by empowering his disciples to serve as he serves.  The Omnipresent nature of God is limited in space and time for 33 years within the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth in a particular context, Israel, so that the mission of the Kingdom of God can be generously shared with the world around us.  Limits need not be limiting. We put limits on ourselves, as God has done and continues to do, for the sake of sharing generously with our neighbor.
 
Next Step: Limit the propensity to live with the attitude, “It’s a free country.  I can do whatever I want” for the sake of being generous and kind to your neighbor.