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The Way of Sabbath Text: Mark 2:23-3:6Rev. John Downs Our creator God designed us for Sabbath rest as a way to bless us and not to bind us. As we reflect on God’s sufficiency and our own inadequacy in and …

January 29, 2023 Read More »

The Way of Getting In Text: Mark 2:1-22Rev. John Downs Everyone loves being “in the know”, having insider information that others may not be privileged to have. Unfortunately, that can trickle over into our life of faith when we take …

January 22, 2023 Read More »

The Way of Dependence Text: Mark 1:35-45Rev. John Downs In our culture, we tend to elevate independence and the self-made person who pulls themself by their bootstraps. Yet boot-strap spirituality is very self-centered, deluding us into believing we can be …

January 15, 2023 Read More »

The Way of Redemptive Authority Text: Mark 1:14-34Rev. John Downs Based on prior personal experiences or the post-modern spirit of the age, we may not have a favorable view of authority or even consider it oppressive. However, the gospel shows …

January 8, 2023 Read More »

The Gospel Way Text: Mark 1:1-13Rev. John Downs Today we begin a sermon series through the gospel of Mark. In contrast to the habit of New Year’s resolutions that typically focus on our deficiencies and reflect our self-interest, the gospel …

January 1, 2023 Read More »

The Son and the Sign Text: Luke 2:1-20Rev. John Downs At the time of Jesus’ incarnation, the world was entering into the Pax Romana, an extended period of secular flourishing in the Roman Empire under the Caesars who were considered …

December 25, 2022 – Christmas Read More »

Restoring Life Text: Ruth 4:13-22Rev. John Downs Since sin entered the world in Genesis 3, what all of humanity has needed is not a self-improvement program but rather new birth. The good news is that our sovereign God’s gracious and …

December 18, 2022 Read More »

Redemption in Public Text: Ruth 4:1-12Rev. John Downs In the post-enlightenment world, our faith and identity have become very privatized. This was not at all the case throughout the scriptures and the pre-enlightenment church. Today’s passage displays the very public …

December 11, 2022 Read More »

The Redeemer’s Rest Text: Ruth 3Rev. John Downs All of us have a desire for a settled place where we can put down roots, and yet we may look to things that can never satisfy. As today’s story from Ruth …

December 4, 2022 Read More »

Favor to the Foreigner Text: Ruth 2:1-23Rev. John Downs A merely academic, critical reading of today’s narrative misses a fundamental and important truth: this passage is not only about Naomi, Ruth and Boaz. It’s also about how God is sovereignly …

November 27, 2022 Read More »