Sermons 2016

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Bringing Back Jesus

I don't know why but there are some people who absolutely believe that Jesus never existed. That's like denying we actually landed on the moon. Some equate Jesus to Big Foot, an urban legend at best. Others have ruled him out because he is just, well, irrelevant. Jesus couldn't hail a cab in NYC to save his life. He doesn't know what a 401k is and probably wouldn't be able to figure out Snapchat. Others have refused to acknowledge him in favor of a more pluralistic view of faith and religion. If there is A God or gods or god, how do we know which one is correct? Don't all roads lead to heaven? And what do we do with the church's view of Jesus? We have made him out to be our savior and a wise teacher of truth that we are to live by. Often, nothing more than that.
I want to bring back Jesus. I want to know Him as the disciples knew Him. I want to talk to Him as the disciples did. I want to ask Him things. I want to know His background, how it all happened that He, God of the universe, came to earth and for what purpose. I want to rediscover Jesus without all the layers of tradition, misunderstandings, and baggage we place upon Him. I think I just want to get to know Him better, you know, personally. I want Him to go on my walks, bike rides, paddle adventures, swims, dinner parties, meetings, sit with me as I study, meet with others, hang in our home, be with our kids. That's all.

Todd

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