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Advent

Advent

November 2016 - December 2017
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Dec 10, 2017
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53 mins 7 secs
In Isaiah's time, Israel had a long, persistent history rebellion, immorality, cruelty to the poor, and idolatry. By the time we get to Isaiah 40, Israel was about to be destroyed as a nation. Life was insecure, with major superpowers of the day fighting for control of the region. This chapter is addressed to those who are in exile and it is a message of comfort and consolation. As captive people in a foreign land, it was easy to get lost in distress and discouragement. When the people focused on the horizontal plain, doubt and fear seemed overwhelming, so the prophet looks at the people and says, "Behold your God," he is coming to comfort his people. In whatever distress or difficult situations we might be facing this Advent season, the call of the prophet rings true today just as it did long ago. We too must behold our God and find comfort in his presence!
Pastor Will Galkin
Sun, Dec 03, 2017
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53 mins 9 secs
The word “advent” simply means “the appearance of a notable person.” In the Christian calendar, it refers to the arrival of Christ. His First Advent is a reference to His incarnation and Christmas. His Second Advent is a reference to when He comes again. So, we are people who reside between Advents. We look both ways. As we look back we celebrate the birth of Jesus and as we look forward we long for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. We, like the disciples of Mark 13, find ourselves asking the same questions. How long, Jesus, until you come back? How will we know when you will come for us? Yet, while no one knows the exact day or hour of His return. We find ourselves realizing that our only hope is His return. Through the words of Christ, we will see that His second coming will be obvious, comforting and motivating.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Dec 11, 2016
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42 mins 43 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The Christmas season can be a dangerous time! No, I’m not referring to shopping at Wal-Mart, although you are taking your life into your hands when you go there during this time of year. I am talking about the Christmas story. There is a danger that we can hear it so often that it becomes too familiar. There is a danger that we will lose the significance of the message because we have heard it many times. We may know all the details, but if we are not careful, our familiarity with the Christmas story can cause us to overlook just how amazing the story really is. So, this morning, lets look at the story of the shepherds in Luke 2 and see it again for the first time. Let the tidings of great joy fill your heart, and the message of the gospel encourage your soul afresh.
Pastor Will Galkin
Sun, Dec 04, 2016
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49 mins 28 secs
Speaker: Will Galkin - Messengers from heaven brought news that caused humble people to quake in awe and fear, but ultimately these messengers brought good news of God’s love. What is this good news? It is that the Love of God was born in the flesh. Jesus would live a perfect life and die as the perfect sacrifice. So this Christmas, rather than just celebrating a cultural holiday we need to 1) Understand the love of God that is being revealed and 2) Receive the love of God that is being offered.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Nov 27, 2016
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Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Micah is a hard prophet to understand because the book alternates back and forth between threats of doom and promises of hope. It is hard to figure out what situations he is referring to and how the hope and doom relate to each other. Probably the reason the book is arranged like this is to make the point that where God and his people are concerned, there is always hope, even in the darkest catastrophe. So Micah mingles gloom and glory through his book. This morning as we look at Micah 5, we will start with the gloom of Assyria’s threats. For the faithful remnant holed up in Jerusalem during Sennacherib’s siege, all seems lost. But the prophet rallies the people to the hope of a coming Messiah, a Deliverer who would rescue them from their enemies. The hope of this Messiah is our theme this first week of Advent. May the anticipation of our Deliverer encourage our hearts this morning.