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Heaven – A Topical Summer Sermon Podcast

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There is a huge, golden gate that keeps us out of heaven. Only Saint Peter with his huge, golden key can unlock it and let us enter, one by one, after a karma check.
Heavens NO! Jesus flung open the door to Eden. Nothing and no-one can keep us away from God's love.
As part of our topical summer sermon series today we hear about "heaven" – not as a distant time or place but our mission on Sunday, August 7th, in Provo, Utah.

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Purity

Jesus is questioned by the Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem over issues of ritual purity. Please note, that he does not reject the question or the issue. Jesus is a Pharisee and as such he puts a lot of emphasis on the Law. But the Pharisees are a lively bunch and enjoy heated discussions. Jesus is no different and engages in this passionate conversation.

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All you can eat!

Jesus feeding the 5000 is not only about sharing, but added value. Please read the outline of my sermon about the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.

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The heavenly Jerusalem

The description of the heavenly Jerusalem is in many ways the climax of Hebrews. The author describes it as a festal gathering, something that was a familiar feature of life in the ancient world. For ordinary festivals, people would travel many miles to take part in games and banquets in a city. Festivals were known for their atmosphere of friendship and joy. This gives readers a sense of the joy that they can anticipate in the heavenly Jerusalem, where the redeemed gather in the presence of angels and Christ himself. The vision gives people confidence for life in the present, knowing that the future of faith is one of life, joy, and community. It is not an individualistic hope, but one that involves the whole people of God. Moreover, this hope gives people cause for gratitude and a desire to serve God in daily life.
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Faith by Example

The history of God’s relationship with his people is full of personalities that shaped the faith of their day and age. Through whom is God still speaking to you? A Christian is never alone: whether you know it or not, whether you like it or not, you do have the responsibilities of being part of someone’s cloud of witnesses. To whom is God still speaking through you? Here is my sermon outline to look at all this more closely.