Apr 16, 2023
Who We Are
  • Apr 16, 2023Who We Are
    Apr 16, 2023
    Who We Are
  • Apr 9, 2023Jephthah and the Foolish Vow
    Apr 9, 2023
    Jephthah and the Foolish Vow
  • Apr 9, 2023Living in Light of the Resurrection
    Apr 9, 2023
    Living in Light of the Resurrection

    “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20-21) When one trusts Christ, many amazing things happen.  Among them is the fact that you identify with the death of Jesus on the Cross.   You die to sin and you die to the Old Testament Law.  You also identify with Christ’s resurrection.  You are given new life, eternal life, in Jesus Christ.  Jesus dwells in you and He is the source of your spiritual life. Here is a key to living the Christian life. You must recognize that Christ is in you and that is the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27) The life that you now live is not yours.  It is Christ’s, and therefore it should be lived as
    Christ would live it. Paul summed this truth up when he wrote, “the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God.” We should not walk in the flesh, following sinful impulses.  We must live by faith and that faith must be in Christ.  It is He that lives in us and it is He that will live through us.  Moment by moment, we must choose to believe that Jesus is all we need.  He is all we need to be justified.  He is all we need to live justly.  Because He rose
    from the grave and lives forever, we can live a life that glorifies God and satisfies the believer.  We must live in light of the resurrection. 

  • Apr 2, 2023God, I’ve Done It Again
    Apr 2, 2023
    God, I’ve Done It Again
  • Apr 2, 2023The Gospel Seed
    Apr 2, 2023
    The Gospel Seed

    Jesus often used parables to teach
    the truth about the Gospel. In Mark 4,
    we have several parables about seeds that
    help us understand how the message of
    the Gospel works. 

    The first parable is of the seed and
    the soil.  A sower sows seed that lands
    on various types of ground with varying
    results.  Some seed withers, some is stolen,
    some sprouts but never brings forth fruit,
    and some grows into a healthy plant that
    bears much fruit.  

    The next parable deals with the
    mystery of the seed’s growth.   We may
    plough a field and plant a seed, but we
    cannot make a seed grow.  God does that
    through the mystery of creation, and we
    can only watch in wonder and be ready to
    reap when the time is right. 

    The third parable highlights the impact
    that one small seed can have.  A mustard
    seed is small, but it grows into a plant so
    large  that birds can make a home in it. 
    There is a tremendous amount of potential
    in that one seed.

    All of these parables illustrate the Gospel
    seed.  We may not understand exactly how
    God uses the Gospel to work in a person’s life,
    but we know that if we sow the seed, it will
    have a huge impact. We must be ready to do
    our part in planting and reaping the harvest
    while trusting God to do the real work of
    causing that seed to bring forth fruit.  

  • Mar 19, 2023The Unpardonable Sin
    Mar 19, 2023
    The Unpardonable Sin

    Can God forgive every sin? The truest answer is, “Yes, God can forgive every sin, but He will not forgive every sin.” Rather than universally forgiving every sin, God has chosen to forgive the sins of those who respond to the Holy Spirit’s conviction with repentance. Understanding this truth is key to understanding what is commonly termed “the unpardonable sin.” In Mark 3:22-20, Jesus was slandered by a group of religious professionals known as the scribes. They attributed the miracles that He did to the working of Satan. Jesus responded to their libel by pointing out the fallacy of their logic, and from there, He went on to warn about the danger of what they were saying. This was the context in which Jesus revealed “the unpardonable sin.” “Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.” (Mark 3:28-29) The unpardonable sin is not stealing, murder, or adultery. It is the sin of disregarding the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s ministry to the lost is to point out their sin and their need for a Savior. If a person does not respond to the Holy Spirit’s work with repentance, they will not be forgiven of their sin. Forgiveness will always be available to them if they repent, but they will remain lost until they do. Everyone must accept Christ as their Savior to have their sins forgiven. 

  • Mar 12, 2023The Blessing of the Deacon
    Mar 12, 2023
    The Blessing of the Deacon
    What is the job of the deacons in the local church? In some churches, the deacons are set up as a ruling body, equivalent to the board of directors in a corporation. The church body delegates all of its decision-making power to the deacon board. In other churches, the deacons are elected to run the church's day-to-day operations, and they relegate the pastor to "preaching, marrying, and burying." According to this philosophy, the deacon's job is to control the pastor and protect the church from him. On the other end of the spectrum, you have those who think that the deacons are to be the pastor's "yes men." They provide the rubber stamp of approval for every whim and fancy of the pastor, giving legitimacy to whatever notions he may have about the direction and the decisions of the church.
    None of these concepts line up with the Biblical purpose of a deacon. In Acts 6:1-7, we read of the election of the first deacons in the New Testament. According to these verses, we learn what the essential qualifications of a deacon are. We also learn that deacons are a vital part of the church ministry because they assist the pastor and help free him up to focus on doing what only the pastor can do. Godly deacons are a tremendous blessing to the local church.
  • Mar 8, 2023A God Honoring Marriage – The Husbands Role Part 1 (I Peter 3:7 KJV)
    Mar 8, 2023
    A God Honoring Marriage – The Husbands Role Part 1 (I Peter 3:7 KJV)
    Series: I Peter
    Marriage is the most sacred institution in the world. When a husband and wife are demonstrating the proper love and respect for each other, it is heaven on earth. Because it is such a vivid picture of the relationship between Christ and His people, it is the target of Satan’s concentrated attacks. We see this on large scale, as even the definition of marriage has been changed in our day to include unions that God calls abominations. We also see it on the personal level as marriages are routinely destroyed by the sin of one or both spouses.
    Peter’s letter to the believers included instructions how to live a life of good works, even in the midst of suffering. The lost might oppose us, but they will be ashamed when they cannot find anything bad to say about how we live, and therefore God is glorified through our reputation of righteous living. 1 Peter 3:1-6 gives instructions to wives about their role in a God-honoring marriage. In verse seven, we read the instructions to husbands about their role in such a marriage.
    1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
    Why is there only one verse for men when the women got six? Maybe it is because men have shorter attention spans. Though the number of words used in the instruction to the men may be small, the expectations placed on husbands are huge. He is expected to always be studying his wife to know her better and better. He must treat his wife with tremendous respect, understanding that she is the weaker vessel. He should appreciate that they are equal in Christ, and that his fellowship with God can be helped or hindered by his relationship with his wife. By fulfilling his God-given responsibilities, the husband can direct the marriage to honor God. We will study this verse in two parts. In this first lesson, we will answer the question, “What does it mean to ‘dwell with [your wife] according to knowledge’?” There is the first and obvious meaning that husbands and wives are supposed to live together. But this verse is instructing men on how they are to live with their lives. Husbands should live with their wives in an intelligent, knowledgeable way. The husband must learn to understand his wife and get to know her better and better.
  • Mar 5, 2023Gideon’s Failure (Judges 8:22-35 KJV)
    Mar 5, 2023
    Gideon’s Failure (Judges 8:22-35 KJV)
  • Mar 5, 2023Hard Hearted & Hard Headed (Mark 3:1-6 KJV)
    Mar 5, 2023
    Hard Hearted & Hard Headed (Mark 3:1-6 KJV)

    Nothing demonstrates the selfish pride in
    our nature better than the times that we get
    upset when good things happen to other people. 
    In Mark 3:1-6, we read a story about Jesus healing
    a man who had a crippled hand. Instead of rejoicing
    that the man had been healed, the Pharisees
    became murderously angry at Jesus because He
    pointed out the error in their hard hearted and hard
    headed ways. 

    If we are honest, we will admit that we each
    have a tendency to be hard-hearted and
    hard-headed too. We do not always respond the
    right way to God’s working and God’s blessing on
    others.  Sometimes we act skeptical, cynical, and
    jealous.  We would rather be seen as right, and
    therefore superior, than to see something good
    happen to someone in a way that we did not expect
    or that we did not think was proper. 

    Such stubbornness grieves the heart of our
    Savior.  God does not always do things the way
    we think they should be done.  When God’s
    methods contradict our traditions and preferences,
    then we are the ones who are wrong.  God is
    never wrong.  We must humble ourselves enough
    to admit that we were mistaken, rejoice in what
    God does, and give Him the glory for it.

  • Mar 1, 2023A Marriage That Honors God – The Wife’s Role (I Peter 3:1-6 KJV)
    Mar 1, 2023
    A Marriage That Honors God – The Wife’s Role (I Peter 3:1-6 KJV)
    Series: I Peter
    The Holy Spirit spends the first six verses of 1 Peter 3 instructing wives how they can have a positive impact on their marriage, even if their husband is not a saved man. Women have a tremendous amount of power and influence, even if they do not realize it. They have the power to alter the course of their marriage for good and bad. These verses should be an instruction to all, a warning to some, and an encouragement to many.
  • Feb 26, 2023Gideon (Judges 6 KJV)
    Feb 26, 2023
    Gideon (Judges 6 KJV)
  • Feb 26, 2023The Three “R’s” of Revival
    Feb 26, 2023
    The Three “R’s” of Revival
    The subject of revival has become one of controversy and confusion. Revival is when God's people, who have drifted from total obedience to God, repent of their sins and return to that place of obedience.
    Often people confuse the results of revival with revival itself. Large crowds gathering to hear the preaching of the Word, unsaved people turning to Christ in greater numbers, and appropriate emotional responses are not revival. They are the result of Christians responding to the convicting work of the Holy Spirit with repentance and renewed obedience.
    Perhaps we have not seen much revival because we have been looking for the wrong thing. If you want to see revival, you must remember what full obedience looks like, then examine your life for areas where you have fallen away from that. Then you should repent of those sins and renew your obedience to God. That is revival.
  • Feb 26, 2023From Fear to Faith
    Feb 26, 2023
    From Fear to Faith
    Preached on May 16, 2021 and fits with our series on the book of Judges.
  • Feb 19, 2023Jail And The Nail Part 2 (Judges 5 KJV)
    Feb 19, 2023
    Jail And The Nail Part 2 (Judges 5 KJV)