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Restoration through water and the Spirit (Isaiah 65:17-19, 1 Peter 1:3-9, John 3:3-8)

Deacon Tom HonebrinkDeacon Tom Honebrink, December 17, 2014
Part of the Feasts and Festivals series, preached at a Evening Service service

Tags: Advent


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About Deacon Tom Honebrink: Deacon Honebrink was raised in Mayer, MN where he was blessed to attend Zion Lutheran School and Mayer Lutheran High School. While attending Concordia College-St Paul he met his to-be wife Diana. He and Diana are privileged to be raising their three children - Max, Athena and Beatrice. Deacon Honebrink has been honored to serve on district, circuit and congregational boards and offices throughout his life. He was installed as deacon to Catalina Lutheran Church in January 2014.
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Isaiah 65:17–19 (Listen)

17   “For behold, I create new heavens
    and a new earth,
  and the former things shall not be remembered
    or come into mind.
18   But be glad and rejoice forever
    in that which I create;
  for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy,
    and her people to be a gladness.
19   I will rejoice in Jerusalem
    and be glad in my people;
  no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping
    and the cry of distress.

(ESV)

1 Peter 1:3–9 (Listen)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

(ESV)

John 3:3–8 (Listen)

Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

(ESV)

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