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Open House

September 2013 - September 2018
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Sep 23, 2018
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40 mins 12 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - When you say that something matters, that it is important, then all of a sudden people have an expectation of what that should look like. If someone said lawn care was important, you would expect an immaculate green, golf course like front yard. If someone said fitness was important, you would expect particular eating and exercise habits. If someone claimed that organization was important to them, you would expect their desk to be neat and clean. So if someone says the church is important to them, what should that look like in the outworking of their life? My friends the church matters and that should show by how we live. May the Lord help us to value the importance of his church.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Sep 16, 2018
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44 mins 41 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - 1 Peter 5:5 says, y"God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." In the account Naaman and Elisha in 2 Kings 5, we see this truth come to bear. Naaman, the pagan lager came to realize that he could not buy God's salvation, demand it by his own power, or merit it by reputation and achievements. Nothing he have (like gold and silver) and nothing he had done (like great military victories) could impress God or put him in his debt. God's salvation is offered by grace alone. His gift costs us nothing..except our pride. So, if we want God's healing, then we need humility. If we want God's salvation, then we must submit to his word. May the Lord help us to consider our need for God's grace today.
Pastor Will Galkin
Sun, Sep 09, 2018
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50 mins 36 secs
Speaker: Will Galkin - For the next three weeks we would like to highlight three words that describe this assembly. They are Gospel, Grace, and Church. This morning we will be looking at the Gospel. The Gospel can be defined as Good News. Biblically, we know that all of mankind has broken God’s law and deserves His Just Judgment. Yet, the Good News is that Jesus Christ the eternal Son of God came to this World to take that judgment and be our Savior. Jesus Christ lived perfectly and fulfilled all righteousness. Yet, He died for sinners on the cross was buried and rose again from the dead. Through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice mankind is now able to enter in to a relationship with God. Though Christ we are able to have a life of faith.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Sep 11, 2016
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45 mins 43 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The Apostle Paul had embarked on his long-anticipated return to Jerusalem. He was a passenger on a merchant ship slowly making its way down the Aegean toward the Mediterranean. The boat stopped in Miletus, just 30 miles from Ephesus as the crow flies. The layover was scheduled for several days, so Paul called for the elders from the church of Ephesus. They came to meet Paul, and he delivered some farewell words regarding ministry. In the book of Acts we get glimpses at how Paul speaks to different audiences. A Jewish audience in Pisidian Antioch (13:16-41) A Pagan audience at Athens (17:22-31). But in our text this morning, we hear Paul speaking to Christians. This conversation should be instructive for us on the topic of church ministry. May the Lord use his word to encourage and challenge us this morning.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Sep 27, 2015
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61 mins 16 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Why does the church matter? This question is asked by people who have not come to see how much the church matters to Jesus Christ. How can anyone say the church doesn’t matter when they hear that “Christ loved the church and gave himself for it” or hear the very words of Jesus, “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it”? The truth is many people through the years have simply viewed church wrong. Many people through the years have treated the church wrong. But just because messed up people are in the church, it doesn’t mean that the church is messed up. We need to share Christ’s heart for the church. And we need to look to the Scriptures for Christ’s plan for the church. May the Lord deepen our love and strengthen our conviction concerning the church; it really does matter.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Sep 20, 2015
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53 mins 34 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The gospel is like a multi-faceted diamond. It is precious, radiant, and can be viewed from different angles - each contributing to its brilliance. You can look at the gospel from the angle of substitution, reconciliation, justification, adoption, etc. But this morning we will look at it from the perspective of redemption. What is the good news this morning? It is Christ’s saving work viewed as an act of “buying back” sinners out of their bondage to sin and to Satan through the payment of a ransom. The good news is the story of redemption.
Pastor Will Galkin
Sun, Sep 13, 2015
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58 mins 50 secs
Speaker: Will Galkin - The apostle Paul wrote a letter to Titus exhorting him to make sure that everything with the church of Crete was just right. In the first portion of the epistle Paul wanted to make sure that the leaders, the teaching and all relationships were just right. Paul’s intentional call to righteous living is a message that is often repeated in the Bible. Many times the response to a call for godly living is two-fold. Some hear it as a self-righteous challenge to strive for yet never achieve. Others see it as futile effort and do the exact opposite. This is why Paul followed up these exhortations with the biblical concept of grace. By God’s grace, you can live a life that is righteous. By God’s grace you should live a life that is godly. Titus 2:11-14 reminds us that we all need God’s Grace.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Sep 28, 2014
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54 mins 38 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - “It will be the most exuberant celebration ever. It will never grow boring. It will always be fresh. It will consume us all. We will want to do nothing else. The celebration will go on and on, with songs that will never grow old. We will be so amazed that we have been invited into the choir. And our amazement will never abate. This celebration that will never end is the celebration of GRACE. If you listen carefully, you will hear the songs have already begun.” – Paul Tripp. Grace is something to celebrate! Actually, it should be the central theme of our very existence. Now some may wonder, “What’s the big deal with grace? Why celebrate it? Why describe it as ‘amazing?’” Well, grace redefines our past, refocuses our present and reshapes our future. It alters how we think about finances, possessions, decisions, relationships and everything else. It’s huge, gorgeous, and so glorious that once it gets a hold of you, you’ll never be the same.[1] That’s why grace is such a big deal. [1] Paul David Tripp, Broken-Down House; Living Productively in a World Gone Bad (Wapwallopen, PA; Shepherd Press: 2009) p. 176-177
Pastor Will Galkin
Sun, Sep 21, 2014
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54 mins 31 secs
Speaker: Will Galkin - Paul the apostle told us in Romans 1:16 that he was not ashamed of the Gospel for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. He goes on to tell us that in the Gospel the righteousness of God is revealed. Righteousness is the quality of being morally right and without sin. Only God is perfectly righteous. God did not earn this righteousness. God is righteous. Mankind in contrast is not righteous and therefore does not enter this world with a right relationship with God. Our lack of righteousness is demonstrated by our sinful thoughts, motives, and actions. Because of our unrighteousness, we deserve the judgment of God. Many people think that they can avoid the judgement of God by keeping the law. Yet, the law cannot cover our sin it only reveals it. Thankfully, God in His mercy sent His son Jesus to be the covering of our sin. Sinner can be declared righteous by faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. Therefore, when God's righteousness is seen by unrighteous sinners their response ought to be one of humble submission toward God and faith in Jesus Christ. Upon conversion God gives the sinner His righteousness so that this new saint can enjoy a right relationship with his Creator.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Sep 22, 2013
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48 mins 48 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Have you ever met a person who was passionate about something? I’m not talking about liking something, appreciating something, or even enjoying something. I’m talking about passion. It’s far deeper and more consuming. A person’s passion preoccupies them. It grips them. A person’s passion defines what they care deeply about. It’s what they’re willing to sacrifice for and what they long to share with others. Now people are passionate about all kinds of things, but have you ever wondered what Jesus was passionate about? What was Christ willing to sacrifice for? What did he want to share with others? In Matthew 16:13-20, we find that Jesus was passionate about his Church. He boldly declared that he would build it and nothing would prevail against it. That promise has offered courage and strength for thousands of years. To all those who have followed the Savior and invested their lives into his Church, take heart – it cannot fail!