Live from Livingston – February 2018

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Sermon = The teaching of/is Jesus (Mark 1c)

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Jesus and unclean spirit India“Jesus and the Unclean Spirit”, Bhanu Dudhat (India)

Sermon = The teaching of/is Jesus
Text = Mark 1c
Sunday = 4th Sunday after Epiphany (B) or 4EpiphanyB


  • *** Who is one of your favorite techers?
  • Why?
  • Jesus and his disciples come to the town of Capernaum and on the next Sabbath Jesus goes to the synagogue and begins to teach
  • *** Gospel of Mark continues to unfold good news of Jesus Christ Son of God
  • Last week Jesus begins to preach
  • The right time is fulfilled
  • Kingdom of God is at hand
  • Repent and believe… trust… commit yourself and your life to this good news
  • What does that look like?
  • *** By the sea Jesus calls first disciples
  • Follow me and I will make you fishers of people
  • Do not know or understand
  • Somehow recognize compelling authority of person of Jesus
  • Immediately they leave behind and follow

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January 17 activities postponed

Because of the unusual cold (and snow and ice) Kids for Christ and Bible study on the Psalms are postponed to next Wednesday January 24.

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Live from Livingston – January 2018

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Sermon = What essentially is missing (Acts 19)

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baptism_copy__47500-1376701376-1000-1200_grandeSermon = What essentially is missing
Text = Acts 19
Sunday = Baptism of the Lord (B) or BaptismB


*** Introduction

    • Baptism of the Lord Sunday
    • Advent – our Lord and savior draws near
    • Christmas – Christ is born! Glorify him!
    • Epiphany – Coming of God as brilliant light
      • How God draws people of all nations + backgrounds
    • Now baptism – especially baptism of Jesus Christ
      • Not because he needs to
      • Important moment God reveals Godself as Trinity
      • And to provide example for us to follow
    • *** Baptism one of most important rituals of Christian church
    • Water -> pour or sprinkle or immerse
    • Words -> in name of Father Son and Holy Spirit
    • Represents new beginning
    • We become members of household of God
    • Seed of faith is planted
    • Parents… sponsors… family of believers nurture that seed
    • So we grow in love faith + knowledge of God
    • Many Christian groups…

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Sermon = Light. Do you (see-hear-speak-follow) it? (Matthew 2)

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mafa_arrivalofthewisemenSermon = Light. Do you (see-hear-speak-follow) it?
Text = Matthew 2
Sunday = Epiphany (B) or EpiphanyB



  • For the first time the universe has spoken to us
    • Two years ago press conference by LIGO
    • ***Careful not to say what they will announce
    • We think we know
    • After a short speech by head of National Science Foundation
    • Director of LIGO finally says
  • We did it! We detected gravitational waves
    • Next speaker physicist now at Louisiana State University
  • For the first time the universe has spoken to us
  • I do not know her religious beliefs or relationship with God who made heavens + earth
  • Probably she is not talking about God
  • How does God show himself and speak to people who do not know him
  • Are looking for God and do not know it
  • We who do know God + Scripture + gospel
  • How do we respond?
  • Today is Epiphany…

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Sermon = Growing the child (Luke 2b)

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Presentation at temple Jesus Mafa“Presentation of Jesus at the Temple” (Vie de Jesus Mafa)

Sermon = Growing the child
Text = Luke 2b
Sunday = 1st Sunday after Christmas (B) or 1ChristmasB



    • This year I resolve to
    • *** Exercise more
    • Read at least one book every two weeks
    • Build one model every month
    • This year is interesting
    • Because both Christmas Eve and now New Year’s Day
    • Fall on a Sunday
    • *** A common theme this time of year
    • Look back at previous year
    • Look forward to coming year
    • Another is New Year’s resolutions
    • This year will be different
    • This year I resolve to
    • So many resolutions we do not keep
    • Let me suggest one for all of us
    • For all Christian believers
    • *** When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord… When they had finished…

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