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Donald Miller writes in Blue Like Jazz, '...I honestly don't believe we will be solving the greater human problem with our efforts. The problem is not a certain type of legislation or even a certain politician; the problem is the same that it has always been. I am the problem...This is the hardest principle in Christian spirituality for me to deal with. The problem is not out there; the problem is the needy beast of a thing that lives in my chest...'

God deals with the problem of the human heart through forgiveness - through a new covenant in which he promises that people will know him personally, and he will implant his law in their minds and hearts.

This sermon outline from Jeremiah 31:31-34 shows how God deals with the problem of the human heart and how Jesus inaugurates that new covenant.

It can be used with the bible study found at this link.

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Where is God to be found?  Where can we find access to God?

For the Jews of Jesus' day, the answer was simple and clear: we find access to God at the Temple in Jerusalem.

It is only with this background that we can understand the stunning impact of Jesus' prophetic action of clearing the temple.  Jesus is acting as if HE is the Temple in person - as if HE is the one who grants access to God.

He thus claims to embody Israel's God, and grants us access to God.

This sermon was preached on Sunday 11th March (Lent 3) 2012.

The Prezi visual presentation that accompanies this sermon can be found at this link.

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Jesus' life and ministry is a true reflection on the Paradox at the Heart of the Universe: that seeking our own life, fulfillment and happiness is ultimately futile, and it is only through giving our life away that we find true life.

Jesus invites us to share not only suffering and death, but also resurrection life - the life that only he can give, through his own suffering and death. His call to discipleship is a call into the paradoxical life which he gives.

This sermon on Mark 8 was preached on Sunday 4th March at St John's Southgate Lutheran Church.

It is designed to be used with a bible study that can be found at this link. The Prezi zooming visual presentation for the sermon can be found at this link.

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