John 8:12-20 – Light the Night (Pentecost Sunday Sermon)

There are those who would be content to simply allow God’s light to shine on them, to warm them, to comfort them. And that is good. God offers the power and protection of His Spirit to anyone who will come near to Him and follow. We call this salvation, and it is marked by a baptism of water.

But even better are those who will allow themselves to be spirit-immolated, who will not only bask in God’s love, but become ablaze in His love by surrendering completely to the purpose His mission. We do not teach that Jesus is Savior only, but that He desires to be both Savior and Lord. He not only wants to be our pillar of fire, but he wants us to become His pillars of fire in a world seized by the darkness of sin. We call this type of surrender sanctification, and it is the baptism of fire, the baptism in the Holy Spirit.

John 7:53-8:11 - Beyond Truth and Love

Mercy triumphs over judgment. And while we must not pretend brokenness is wholeness, we must also learn to live together in a community where mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 4:12)

John 4:43–54 – Jesus Heals an Official’s Son

 

Why does Jesus push back against requests for signs and wonders? Why not just do everything we want him to do? Netflix and YouTube are “on-demand” … why not God? Why does Jesus push back when the royal official asks for a sign? Why does he push back when we come to him asking for help? I can think of at least three reasons. 

John 5:1-15 – The Healing at the Pool

In today’s passage I see three kinds of disappointment and false hope which Jesus confronts head-on.

First is the disappointment of superstition, second is the disappointment of ritualized religion, and third is the disappointment of sin.  In keeping with the water metaphor, I’d beg your forgiveness as we consider each of these using the motif of treacherous water, contrasting them with the living water of Jesus. 

John 3:22-36 – My Best Friend's Wedding

David Morse has a face you would recognize from his long list of appearances in films and television, but it’s not likely that you would recognize his name.  Morse has seldom had the role of a lead actor, and doesn’t generally want to. He is content to be a highly sought after, very skillful, supporting actor.

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