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September 9 - November 4, 2018

Some of the most memorable moments of Jesus's life and ministry are his miraculous deeds—actions that awed crowds and set people to talking far beyond the Galilean countryside. Sometimes we treat these events as mere spectacle: raw demonstrations of God's power and proof of the Christ's divine origins. But there is so much more to these stories. They convey nothing short of the very heart and will of God, and through them we glimpse the greatest miracle of all: God's care and concern for this world and everyone in it.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Miracles (Part 1)

The very first miracle that Jesus performs is to turn water to wine at a wedding. It doesn't draw attention to the power of God present in Jesus. It doesn't lead people to believe that he is the Messiah. Most people don't even know a miracle has been performed. Nevertheless, it tells us so much about the nature of God and the upcoming ministry of the Christ.

Sunday, September 23, 2018


Four people carry their paralyzed friend to Jesus for healing, but have to go to great lengths to get him there. The way that Jesus responds—both to the gathered crowd and to the one in search of healing—reveals the miracle of grace at work in this story.

Sunday, September 30, 2018


Jesus casts demons out of a man who had long been possessed and tormented by these evil spirits. In so doing, Jesus demonstrates his power not only over those particular spirits, but over evil itself—all the evils that afflicted people in the first century, and those that afflict us still today.

Sunday, October 7, 2018


Jesus feeds the multitudes, but not because they're hungry. His reasons go much deeper than that, and they reach deep into some of our most pressing needs today.

Sunday, October 21, 2018


In this challenging story of an encounter between Jesus and a Gentile woman, we see quite a lot of ourselves in Jesus, but that's not a good thing. The real hero of this story is the unnamed woman, and what she is able to accomplish is nothing short of a miracle.

Sunday, October 28, 2018


Jesus calms a storm and rebukes his disciples for their lack of faith. But their problem was not that they were afraid—we all experience fear when the storms of life threaten to overwhelm us. Where the disciples fell short was their failure to trust Jesus in the midst of the storm.

Sunday, November 4, 2018


Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead and gives the lie to all our tacit assumptions about death and its power over us. It turns out that death is no match for the hope we have in Jesus.