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    December 10, 2017
    Advent Scripture:
    Isaiah 40:1-11
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    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 maj...
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John - That You May Believe
Sun, Oct 22, 2017
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54 mins 42 secs
During the first part of Jesus’ ministry people were attracted by his teaching and flocked to him. Many attached themselves to this new Rabbi, some wholeheartedly, some very loosely. But then the time came when their allegiance would be tested. The real nature of the claims of Jesus became apparent. The true disciples were sifted from the false, the deep from the shallow. Jesus’ teaching had become such that it was becoming impossible to follow him unreflectively without commitment. And that’s when things began to unravel, at least that’s what it looked like. People began to leave Jesus… in droves. John writes, “Many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.” One scholar wrote, “Chapter six ends on a note of failure.” Jesus seemingly failed. He couldn't keep the crowd, he couldn’t maintain his following, people are abandoning him, and resistance seems to be winning. But whenever it appears that resistance to Jesus is winning in the world, the people of God need a robust and clear vision of God’s sovereignty over all things, including resistance. May the Lord teach us that truth today.
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Oct 15, 2017
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54 mins 37 secs
John 6 beautifully illustrates a very typical pattern in the Fourth Gospel. After a significant event is narrated, discussion with either the Jews or the would-be disciples follows. Their misunderstanding opens the way for Jesus to enter a major discourse that reveals more of his true nature. The events of feeding of the five thousand and walking on the water are followed by a discussion with the "crowd." Their failure to understand Jesus offers him the opportunity (and necessity) of expounding further about his identity as the Bread of Life. This is a further development of Jesus the giver of Life that had been the theme in John 4:43-5:47. - Roger Hahn
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Oct 08, 2017
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50 mins 8 secs
In this section of John, we begin to see people embrace Jesus for his miracles. Who is able to walk on water but someone from God? Who is able to feed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish but a Messiah? Will the onlookers understand the eternal implication of these miracles or will they seek to use Jesus to practically fulfill their earthly longings and causes? How about you—do you recognize Jesus for who He is and embrace His will and eternal plan, or do you recognize Jesus for who you want to be and what you want to accomplish? Is your life awesome because you are submitted and committed to God’s will or do you think about how awesome life would be if God would “show up” to do your will?
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Oct 01, 2017
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51 mins 58 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - Jesus has just performed an incredible miracle of mercy by healing an undeserving lame man, but, in response to that act, John 5:18 says “the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.” God was showing Himself to His people, and His people didn’t like what they saw. In fact, they hated what they saw. So, how does Jesus respond to that one-sided love? What does He do for those who reject Him? He loves them. In patient mercy, He offers them witnesses and indictments to show them Who He really is, who they really are, and what they desperately need to receive what only He can offer them in Himself.
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Sep 24, 2017
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47 mins 2 secs
One author stated, "Death is the country where every Christless soul lives. The man who knows not God lives a dying life, or a living death; but he who believes in the Son of God passes over from the empire of death, to the empire of life.” Have you passed over from death to life? Jesus is telling you the truth in today’s passage—and it is better to know the truth, however hard it may be to receive. There is eternal death as surely as there is eternal life. There is judgment as surely as there is love. Yet, you can honor the Father through the Son today. There is no fear in love, for perfect love casts out all fear! Don’t let the confusion of cultural pluralism rob you of the clarity of Jesus’s words: “Truly, Truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.” Hear the voice of the Son: choose life today.
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Sep 17, 2017
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31 mins 16 secs
* Due to technical difficulties a 20 minute segment of this sermon was not recorded (beginning at 4:54). In John 5:1-18, the evangelist records the third sign of Jesus, the healing of an invalid at the Pool of Bethesda. The physical restoration of this hopeless crippled man provides spiritual lessons for us concerning the powerful work of God’s grace. The Lord looks on the pitiful state of broken sinners, and provides the means of rescue for people like you and me. Jesus has divine power and authority to loose those who are bound, forgive those who are burdened, and heal those who are broken. May the Lord richly minister that grace to us as we receive his word today.
The Christian Conscience
Sun, Sep 17, 2017
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37 mins 9 secs
Speaker: Danny Brooks -