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The Freedom Project Part 3- Exodus 2-4- Being a Moses

February 4th, 2015

God took a baby out of certain destruction. He gave him everything he needed. Then he took it away and led him into the wilderness. In the wilderness, God met with Moses and gave him a special job. In spite of Moses' fear and excuses, God insisted that Moses would be his representative to lead his people into freedom. In spite of our fear and excuses, Jesus meets with us today and calls us to do many hard things. Enjoy the podcast. Go bring freedom to someone! 

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The Freedom Project Part 2- Freedom from Band-aids

February 4th, 2015

Throughout life, we medicate our wounds with band-aids, but then the magic of those band-aids runs out. But band aids only shield us from feeling the pain and slavery that we are in spiritually and emotionally, they can never heal us. In the beginning of Exodus, we see a pharoah and two regular midwives. We see how the pharoah lived a life of band-aiding his pride, a life away from God, where he was consumed with his reputation. We see two midwives become vulnerable by facing off against the most powerful force in the world. We all have the capacity to be afraid and cover ourselves and not risk leaving behind things that harm us, and we find ourselves co-existing and trying to manage our pain. But with faith in Jesus, we have the capacity to move away from coping toward new life and freedom, able to be bold, to forgive, to show mercy, and to resist the sin that so easily entangles us. 

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The Freedom Project Intro- God’s Story of Freedom

February 4th, 2015

Why do stories involving struggling toward freedom, or of slaves set free, resound with us? 

We'll see that those stories of shadows of God's overarching outworking in history, and those stories also mirror our day to day struggles? But it all began in the garden of Eden and continued to when God's people became enslaved by what was initially a good thing: Egypt. What is your "Egypt"? 
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The Death of Death #13- The Conclusion in the Tomb of Life

November 26th, 2014

 38 After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body.

 39 Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight.

 40 So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews.

 41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid.

 42 So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

 (John 19:38-42 ESV)

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Story of Death #7 - Tommy Duffy

November 26th, 2014

Listen in as OURUF worship leader Tommy Duffy shares his powerful story of death in the death of Jesus on campus. 

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The Death of Death #12 - Blood and Water

November 26th, 2014

 “and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

 31 Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away.

 32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him.

 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.

 34 But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.

 35 He who saw it has borne witness-- his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth-- that you also may believe.

 36 For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: "Not one of his bones will be broken." 37 And again another Scripture says, "They will look on him whom they have pierced."  (Joh 19:30-37 ESV)

Big Ideas: Faith in Jesus’ death for us is the basis of justification and sanctification pictured by blood and water.

Get them down before the Sabbath starts that night. V21

22 "And if a man has committed a crime punishable by death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree,

 23 his body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall bury him the same day, for a hanged man is cursed by God. You shall not defile your land that the LORD your God is giving you for an inheritance.

 (Deu 21:22-23 ESV)


Conclusion: they were really concerned about keeping this law, not as concerned about actually crucifying an innocent man. We all have our hypocrisy & blind spots, don’t we?


In chapters with various regulations about celebrating the Passover, listen to these instructions about the passover lamb:


 46 It shall be eaten in one house; you shall not take any of the flesh outside the house, and you shall not break any of its bones. (Exo 12:46 ESV)  12 They shall leave none of it until the morning, nor break any of its bones; according to all the statute for the Passover they shall keep it. (Num 9:12 ESV)


Conclusion: Jesus is the Lamb of God, the true "passover lamb". None of his bones were broken.


This event could also be a fulfillment of God’s care for the righteous man in the Psalms.

 15 The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry. (Psa 34:15 ESV) 119 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.

 20 He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.

 (Psa 34:19-20 ESV)


Conclusion: Jesus is the true righteous man who cries out. God's protection of crucified righteous Jesus is both the foundation and the example of his protection of true believers. There was no need for conflaguration (smashing theb ones of the legs). There will be no pointless suffering for the righteous because God protects against such.


Jesus' Blood and Water Fulfilling the Prophets

 10 "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn. (Zec 12:10 ESV)ESV  Zechariah 13:1 "On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness. (Zec 13:1 ESV)8 On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea. It shall continue in summer as in winter.

 9 And the LORD will be king over all the earth. On that day the LORD will be one and his name one. (Zec 14:8-9 ESV)


Conclusion: Prophetic predictions of the saving and cleansing benefits of Jesus’ death 500 years before the date. 


Blood and Water in John's Gospel:

 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (Joh 10:11 ESV)14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (Joh 1:14 ESV) 53 So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.

 54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.

 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.

 56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.

 (Joh 6:53-56 ESV) 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'"

 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (Joh 7:38-39 ESV) 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (Joh 1:29 ESV)


Conclusion: from a literary perspective, John as an author has set us up to feel the impact the water and blood flowing from Jesus’ spear wound and their greater realities if we had been reading the entire gospel book as a whole.


Blood and Water in the Beginning and the End: two of the central themes throughout scripture- blood-atonement or covering and water purification, cleansing, or sanctification.

21 And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. (Gen 3:21 ESV) 10 A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. (Gen 2:10 ESV)

 9 And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation,

 10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth."

 (Rev 5:9-10 ESV)ESV  Revelation 22:1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb

 2 through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Rev 22:1-2 ESV)

Conclusion: How about the amazing unity and harmony of the bible’s big story and themes written over thousands of years and by many different authors? Water and blood are a big theme of our need and God’s provision. 


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Death of Death #11 - The Centurion- Rocking of a Worldview

November 26th, 2014

Matthew 27:50-54 50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.

54 When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, "Truly this was the Son of God!"

Big Idea: Faith in the Death of Death in the Death of Jesus Messed up the Worldview of the Centurion




I.              The Death of Jesus changed the soldier’s minds about what is possible.

II.             The Death of Jesus helped the soldier see that reality is more complex.


III.            The Death of Jesus helps the solider believe that God is more unpredictable and complex

An Earlier Encounter with a Centurion:

5 When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him,

 6 "Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly."

 7 And he said to him, "I will come and heal him."

 8 But the centurion replied, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.

 9 For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes, and to another, 'Come,' and he comes, and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."

 10 When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, "Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith.

 11 I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,

 12 while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

 13 And to the centurion Jesus said, "Go; let it be done for you as you have believed." And the servant was healed at that very moment.

 (Mat 8:5-13 ESV)

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Story of Death #6 - Mary Ann Baber

November 26th, 2014

Hear one of our students, Mary Ann, tell her story of communion with God through the death of death in the death of Jesus. 

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Death of Death #10 - The Zombie One, Alive with Places to Go and People to See

November 26th, 2014

Matthew 27:50-53 50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.

 51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.

 52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised,

 53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.


Big Idea: Faith in Jesus’ death makes dead people live.



I.                     The Death of Jesus brings Spiritual Life to Believers



II.                    The Death Jesus Gives Believers Places to Go



III.                  The Death of Jesus Gives Believers People to See



ESV  Ezekiel 37:1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones.

 2 And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry.

 3 And he said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" And I answered, "O Lord GOD, you know."

 4 Then he said to me, "Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

 5 Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.

 6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the LORD."

 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone.

 8 And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them.

 9 Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live."

 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

 11 Then he said to me, "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, 'Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.'

 12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel.

 13 And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people.

 14 And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the LORD. 

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Stories of Death #5 - Ivonne Grabow

November 26th, 2014

Hear one of our seniors, Ivonne Grabow, bears witness of her journey as the death of Jesus brings death to death in her experience. 

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