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    Acts 2:41-47
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Faith that Works
Sun, Feb 12, 2017
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52 mins 52 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - James 3:13-18 continues to unpack the second major theme of the letter - wisdom and speech. The theme of wisdom first appeared in James 1:5-8 and then again in James 1:19-26. In our present context, James is explaining that by their good conduct, Christians should demonstrate heavenly rather than worldly wisdom. Specifically they should exhibit purity and peacefulness rather than jealousy and strife. When we fight for power in Christian circles, evil establishes a foothold. When we operate with worldly values, seeking our own honor and status, we even offer Satan an entrance into the house of God. May the Lord protect us, and teach us to live with wisdom from above.
Faith that Works
Sun, Feb 05, 2017
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51 mins 22 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Ask what James 3 is about and there is only one possible answer: the tongue. The control of one’s speech is one of the tests of true religion that James mentions at the end of chapter one. Believers must control their speech because the tongue has an influence on life for good and bad that is all out of proportion to its size. As we continue to look at this chapter, James explains the nature of the tongue - it is puny but powerful, it is humanly untamable, and it is shamefully inconsistent. If no man can tame the tongue, we are left without hope unless there is someone greater than a mere man who can intervene. Our hope is in Christ - the one who changes hearts and changes tongues. May the Lord help us to receive his word with meekness such that our hearts and mouths are changed.
Faith that Works
Sun, Jan 29, 2017
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51 mins 29 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - This morning, James is going to introduce the next major section of his epistle by addressing another characteristic of genuine faith. If you remember back to Chapter 1:26-27, James has already given us a rough outline for the major topics for his epistle. The outline flows like this: Those who have genuine faith care for the neediest around them. That was chapter 2. They also interact well with the world. That will be James 4 and following. Then this morning, those with genuine faith control their tongues. and to introduce that topic, he points out something that is universally true of human beings. There is no more consistent and penetrating evidence of our need for genuine faith than what comes out of our mouths. Over and over again, many times a day, our tongues humble us and shows us our need for a faith that can transform us. So, thats what we will look at today. May God use our tongues to humble us to our desperate need of his grace.
Faith that Works
Sun, Jan 22, 2017
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48 mins 16 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The latter half of James 2 is the best-known part of the letter because at points it appears to directly contradict the teaching of Paul that believers are justified by faith apart from works. Upon closer examination however, we can discover that the apparent contradiction is superficial and results from Paul and James having different concerns, different backgrounds, and different audiences with different problems. The fact of the matter is that faith is no less important to James than it is to Paul, and it is precisely because faith is so important to James that he harshly condemns a false variety of it. What we will discover this morning is that James never condemns faith, but rather the hypocritical variety of it that fails to produce righteous behavior, thereby indicating that it is a brand of faith that is actually dead. May the Lord help us to understand the relationship between faith, works, and salvation as we seek to rightly divide the word of truth.

Faith that Works
Sun, Jan 15, 2017
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45 mins 18 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - In this passage James converses with an imaginary person, a person who claims to have faith but has no deeds, a person who claims that you can separate faith from works. This was obviously a common thought among James’ readers, so he addresses it squarely and strongly. He discusses just how scary it is when our lives don’t mesh with our words. What we find in James 2:14-26 is that true faith is demonstrated by costly obedience to God and sacrificial love for others. May the Lord lead us further into true, living faith this morning.
Faith that Works
Sun, Jan 08, 2017
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51 mins 30 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Christians must not discriminate either in favor of or against anyone because of superficial external things as trivial as wealth or poverty. Such behavior is inconsistent with God’s impartiality. Instead we must live in ways that anticipate the Judgment Day when the measuring stick we apply to others will be applied to us. We must live in ways that reflect the mercy of our Savior and demonstrate that we have been grateful recipients. May the Lord help mercy to triumph over judgment in our lives and in our church.
Standalone Messages
Sun, Jan 01, 2017
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17 mins 23 secs
Speaker: Will Galkin - Happy New Year! What was last year like? Was it a year filled with joy or sorrow? Did you obtain all of your goals? Do you have any regret from choices made? It could be that last year is one that you would rather forget. It could be that you are looking forward to 2017 as a fresh start. Perhaps, you should begin this year with a humble heart asking God to revive you. Revival is one of the themes of Psalm 119. When one cries out to God for revival it is a realization that he or she has a need that only God can meet. In addition, this need is so great that he or she desires for God to work right now. So if your spiritual compass is spinning and you are struggling to find your way come to God and ask him to revive your heart.
Advent
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.
Advent
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.
Advent
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.