Tag Archives: Sermon Notes

Give Us Today Our Daily Bread

The word prayer is almost synonymous with making request. In fact, of the 21 replacements offered for “pray” on thesaurus.com, fifteen of them refer to asking for something. Yet in the Lord’s prayer, it’s not until the fourth phrase that … Continue reading

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Let Your Kingdom Come

Today we come to the culmination of Kingdom Month, but we haven’t addressed a question that you might have wondered about. What exactly is this Kingdom? The passage we consider this morning offers insight into this question, and helps us … Continue reading

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The Just Conqueror

Isaiah 58 is critical for Isaiah’s overall theme, with wide-ranging implications, not only for our spiritual disciplines and personal piety, but for our engagement in what is often called social justice. That passage makes crystal clear that it is not … Continue reading

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Beaten but Vindicated: The Third Servant Song

Last Sunday I told the story of how, after picking out a Hot Wheel at Kmart, I frantically searched for my mom who was shopping elsewhere in the store. That incident illustrated last week’s passage: just as I thought my … Continue reading

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The Suffering Servant in Our Place

Today’s passage is the apex of Isaiah’s Fourth Servant Song, commonly known as Isaiah 53. Isaiah 53:5 is the middle verse of the middle stanza of the song. Everything before it builds to this crescendo, and everything after it flows … Continue reading

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