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Today is Palm Sunday, which marks the day Jesus came into Jerusalem riding on a donkey, with crowds cheering and waving palm branches before him. Jesus’ coming into Jerusalem that day speaks several important truths to us today.

Jesus’ coming is polarizing.  As in any crowd, there were a variety of people present that day, and they didn’t all have the same response to Jesus. Jesus’ presence however, all evokes a response, whether positive or negative, but there is no staying neutral.

Jesus’ coming points to the future, or what might be called His triumphal re-entry.  His first coming fulfilled prophecy, and there are eight times as many prophecies concerning His return.  Jesus is coming again, and His coming requires preparation. Let’s be sure we are prepared.

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Series: A City Set on a Hill

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3/17/13

The electric light bulb, one of the everyday conveniences that most affects our lives, was invented in 1879 by Thomas Edison. One article  said that it took him 6000 tries.  That’s 6000 failed attempts, but he kept trying. He never gave up. He remained faithful to his task, and this one man changed the world with his invention. The world is filled with light today because of the invention of the light bulb.

We too are called to be agents of change in the world. That is Jesus’ point in Matt. 5:13-16.  These are powerful words.  They give us a vision for what it means to be the Church — what the Church is to be about – what the Church is to be doing.  The church is not about a building, or even services, or programs and activities, although those things are good and necessary to equip us for what God is calling us to be and to do in the world. The Church is to be salt and light in the world, a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden. Jesus is emphasizing that as Christians we are to be change agents in the world.

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3/17/13 Evening Service

Eph. 5:15-6:9

In Eph. 5:18 the Scripture gives us a key principle that should govern all of our relationships. If we live by that principle, then we will have healthy, happy, God-honoring marriages, homes, friendships, and church and work relationships.

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3/17/13

A CITY SET ON A HILL: CHANGE AGENTS The electric light bulb, one of the everyday conveniences that most affects our lives, was invented in 1879 by Thomas Edison. One article said that it took him 6000 tries. That’s 6000 failed attempts, but he kept trying. He never gave up. He remained faithful to his task, and this one man changed the world with his invention. The world is filled with light today because of the invention of the light bulb.

We too are called to be agents of change in the world. That is Jesus’ point in Matt. 5:13-16. These are powerful words. They give us a vision for what it means to be the Church — what the Church is to be about – what the Church is to be doing. The church is not about a building, or even services, or programs and activities, although those things are good and necessary to equip us for what God is calling us to be and to do in the world. The Church is to be salt and light in the world, a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden. Jesus is emphasizing that as Christians we are to be change agents in world.

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3/10/13

A CITY SET ON A HILL: MAKING A DIFFERENCE God is calling us and raising us up, to be a city set on a hill, to be a high impact church for His glory and honor. Now I know it is easy to hear this talk about being an influence and being high impact people in the world. We tend to think: who me? I am no body, I am just one somewhat insignificant person in a great big world.

In the first century, an intense wave of persecution broke out under the Roman Emperor Nero, who was known as the madman emperor. Christianity was declared an illegal religion, which meant it was open season on Christians to be persecuted, imprisoned, beaten, and put to death. They're nothing in that world! They have no political power or sway. They're poor and despised and insignificant! Yet the made a tremendous impact on their world for Christ. Why? Because they knew the promise of Jesus: "You won't fail! You're My people, and you won't fail!" The gates of hell shall not prevail against you!!!! That’s what He tells us today.

You are the salt of the earth!" He says. "You are the light of the world! You are City set on a hill!!! You are My witnesses in this world. In these words, Jesus words speak several vital and inspiring truths to us today.

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A CITY SET ON A HILL: A PEOPLE OF INFLUENCE Pt 2 (Matt. 5:13-16) 3/3/13CITY.png We are in the midst of flu season right now. The word flu is the shortened version of the Italian word for influence, which is “influenza.” It comes from an Italian phrase which attributed the origin of the flu to influenza di freddo (influence of the cold). Influenza is a highly contagious virus. It's rare to find the flu affecting just one person – if one person comes down with the flu in family or in an office, it quickly spreads. It multiplies exponentially until millions are affected. God expects us to be highly contagious people, people of influence for His Kingdom.

He calling His church to be a city set on a hill.  A city set on a hill is strategically placed, highly visible and collectively bright

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