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4/14

The Bigger Story

Rick Whitlock

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Who is Jesus? This is a recurring question that people ask Jesus and Jesus repeatedly asked others during his ministry. The Bible says that how we answer this question determines our destiny. To find life-changing hope, it says we must come to know Jesus as the disciples did: as the risen Lord. Throughout the last 2,000 years Christians have all ended up saying the same thing, no matter what culture or time period they lived in: “Jesus Christ is Lord.” While we must answer the question “who do you say that Jesus is?” our passage encourages us to ask “what does Jesus say about us?” And we find that he defines two problems in us: how foolish you are, he says, and how slow of heart to believe. We have a problem with our minds (foolishness) and a problem with our hearts (slowness, unbelief). In this sermon we reflect on how these problems play out in our interpretation of life and discover how Jesus addresses this and gives us a new interpretation. In the end, we cannot think or believe our way to him, but rather he comes to us and opens our minds and enlivens our hearts. 

 

Other Scriptures Referenced: Luke 24:5-8, 13-35, 44-45; Matthew 21:10; 16:15; Mark 4:41; 8:29; Luke 5:21; 7:49; 9:20; John 12:34-35; Philippians 3:18; Isaiah 55:9.

4/ 7

Hopes and Dreams

Ken Liechty

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Luke 24:17-24
“But we had hoped…”

On the day of his resurrection, Jesus joins two disciples on the road to Emmaus, but they don’t recognize Him. As Jesus engaged with them the disciples are “sad” with “faces downcast” because Jesus had been crucified and his body was no longer in the tomb.  They had hoped Jesus was the one to redeem Israel.  Throughout his ministry Jesus often asked people what they wanted, encouraging them to get in touch with their desires.  God knows what we want and He invites us to communicate our desires to Him.  As we walk with and trust Him, God loves to give us good gifts (Matthew 7:7-11 & Psalm 37).  So, it is important for us to be aware of our hopes and desires and tell our good Father in heaven about them. When our hopes are dashed or go unfulfilled it’s especially important that we turn to God in lament (Psalm 13).

3/31

Mile Marker 3.5

Rob Schrumpf

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3/24

On The Road

Dave Shockey

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Luke 24:13-16
“Jesus, Himself, came near and began to walk along with them.”

The Incarnate Christ. The Word put on flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory. Here the Resurrected Christ in his resurrected body walks beside two of His disciples and they have no idea who He is. Emmanuel, God with us.  They were prevented from seeing Him. Still Jesus came alongside them and they engaged Him in the conversation. God comes to us even when we don’t recognize him, and like these disciples when we walked away in disbelief. Our recognition or even our belief doesn’t begin the process, Jesus does. 

CS Lewis  [Miracles}
It is always shocking to meet life where we thought we were alone…
An impersonal God – well and good.  A subjective God of beauty, truth and goodness; inside our heads – better still.  A formless life-force surging through us, a vast power which we can trap – best of all.  But God Himself, alive, pulling at the other end of the cord; perhaps approaching at an infinite speed… that is quite another matter. There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion suddenly draw back.  Supposing we really found Him?  We never meant it to come to that!  Worse still, supposing He had found us?

3/17

7 Mile Walk

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This is the introduction to our sermon series out of Luke 24; a post-Easter story to prepare us for Easter. “Walking,” as a metaphor for the spiritual journey one takes with God and His people, is a thread that runs throughout Scripture. As Christians are prone to do, especially in our culture, many have turned the ‘Christian walk’ into an unhealthy kind of works-based assessment so that the question, “How’s your walk with Christ” inflicts anxiety and shame if the present walk is presently difficult or promotes spiritual pride and self-righteousness if we can check all the appropriate boxes of a “successful Christian.”  Masks and trophies have, unfortunately, tarnished and blurred this awesome metaphor, so we hope to reclaim and restore it a bit over these next few weeks, because it is the essence of life with Father, Son, and Spirit.

 

In Luke 24, the Resurrected Jesus joins a 7-mile walk with a couple of His followers. 

This is a story about encountering Jesus: 

They encountered Jesus on the road.
They encountered Jesus through Scripture.
They encountered Jesus in the midst of their grief and confusion.
They encountered Jesus through a simple meal around the table. 
They encountered Jesus through walking with Jesus.
 
The invitation for these next few weeks is for us to find ourselves in the story, to be attentive as we walk with others, and to encounter the risen Christ in a whole new way. 
 

 

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