The Blessings of Baptism

Based on: Matthew 3:13-17 Do you remember Naaman? He was the foreigner who came to Elisha the prophet to be healed of his leprosy. Elisha told Naaman he would be healed if he went to the Jordan river and washed himself seven times. Do you remember what Naaman said? He became angry and said, “I know of rivers far better than the Jordan, why couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed.” Eventually, he did wash himself in the Jordan and was cured, but at first he couldn’t believe that…

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God’s Judgement is Coming

Based on: Joel 3:12-16

What you think about your birthday? Is it something you look forward to every year? Or is it something you dread? Either way, for as long as you live your birthday will come every year.  It is inescapable, isn’t it? The same is true of God’s judgment.  It is inescapable.  Another illustration as we talk about God’s judgment on the final day is the punishment you knew you would receive as a child when you did something wrong.  If your father was a disciplinarian you probably dreaded those words, “Just wait until your father gets home.”

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The Holy Spirit Comes To Us

Based on: Joel 2:28-29

What do you do when you have good news to tell? What if you are going to get married? What if you are going to be a new mother or a new grandmother? Don’t you go and tell people, as many people as you can find and soon as you can find them?

The same is true with God.  He has good news to tell and on Pentecost he announces that good news.  That’s what Pentecost is about.  On Pentecost God shares the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ and pours out his Holy Spirit on all people.

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