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  • Last Sunday's Message:
    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, Jul 30, 2017
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42 mins 14 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The gospel account moves from a wedding in Cana to the temple in Jerusalem at Passover. The careful description of Jesus at the wedding feast with the imagery of purification and celebration now confront the reader as they watch him enter the temple. While he was willing to maintain his “guest” status at the wedding, Jesus was not willing to remain a guest at the temple, his Father’s house. All of this is set in the context of revealing his glory and restoring the Father’s honor. Jesus cleanses the temple and predicts its supersession with his own crucified and resurrected body. Jesus would be the new temple, the new meeting point between God and man. May the Lord help us to recognize the eclipsing glory of Christ manifested in this text.
Ready Defense
Sun, Jul 30, 2017
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33 mins 25 secs
Speaker: Will Galkin - The moral argument begins with the fact that all people recognize some moral code (that some things are right, and some things are wrong). We sense this most when injustice happens to us or we are stirred injustice of others. Every time we argue over right and wrong we appeal to a higher law that we assume everyone is aware of, holds to, and is not free to arbitrarily change. Right and wrong imply higher standard or law, a law requires a lawgiver. Because the Moral Law transcends humanity, this universal law requires a universal lawgiver. This, it is argued, is God. http://www.reasonablefaith.org/moral
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Jul 23, 2017
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48 mins 10 secs
Speaker: Danny Brooks - Do you ever wonder how God feels about you? Is He personally concerned with the things that concern you? Is He aware of the social pressures, the day-to-day struggles of our lives, and the internal battles we wage with our imperfections and failings? The Apostle John has set down an eyewitness account of the life and ministry of Jesus in order that we might have answers to questions like these. John 2 takes us into a wedding celebration where a cultural crisis is unfolding and also a deeper spiritual crisis is lingering. Jesus addresses both for the purpose that we might believe the truth concerning who He is and that believing we might have a totally different kind of life than what we have known. The wedding celebration at Cana is a little foretaste of the eternal celebration Jesus is preparing for His people. But participation in the eternal celebration is found only through faith in God the Son. Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God?
Ready Defense
Sun, Jul 23, 2017
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31 mins 22 secs
Speaker: Will Galkin - While there are a number of arguments for the existence of God, we are going to look at the Kalam Cosmological Argument for God. Do not be put off by the name. In fact, you probably don’t even want to use that name when talking to other people. The foundation of this argument comes at us on the commonsense level. “It is based on an instinct of mind that we all share: the instinct that says everything needs an explanation. Nothing just is without a reason why it is. Everything that is has some adequate or sufficient reason why it is.” So what is the Kalam Cosmological Argument? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CulBuMCLg0&feature=youtu.be
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Jul 16, 2017
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59 mins 48 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The passage we will consider this morning reveals to us a series of testimonies supplementary to that of John the Baptist. These testimonies are arranged such that several people serve as witnesses assigning to Jesus various titles of dignity. Andrew names him the Messiah, Philip describes him as the Fulfiller of the law and prophets. Nathanael acclaims him as the Son of God and King of Israel. The passage moves toward a climax in which Jesus speaks of himself as the Son of Man and ladder to heaven. These various titles and testimonies are written so that we might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing, we might have life in his name.
Ready Defense
Sun, Jul 16, 2017
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34 mins 7 secs
Speaker: Will Galkin - We are gathered together as a church because we believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son. We believe that Jesus Christ walked this earth 2000 years ago, was crucified and was raised from the dead. We believe that Jesus sits at the right hand of the throne of God and as Lord will judge the World. This is countercultural! Everything about Jesus Christ runs contrary to the naturalism, materialism, individualism and inclusivism of our present age. The faithful Christian should not be surprised by the pushback of the culture but rather expect it. So be prepared as 1 Peter 3:15 exhorts us, “always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.”
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Jul 09, 2017
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43 mins 47 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - “The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’” That verse is so familiar that it doesn’t shock us, but it should. That was a radical thing for John to say about a young Galilean carpenter to a bunch of Jewish people who for centuries had offered their sacrificial lambs at the temple! He was in essence saying, "This man is the One whom God has sent to be what all of those thousands of lambs over hundreds of years have symbolized! And He is not only the Lamb that God sent for Israel, but also for the whole world!” May the Lord teach us that it’s not about us but all about Christ. May our lives point to him in word and deed.
John - That You May Believe
Mon, Jul 03, 2017
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53 mins 53 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - It has been said that that the history of the world hinges on a stable door in Bethlehem, and as John writes the closing of his prologue, he agrees. What does John say happened that changed history? Well, God’s revelation happened. God showed man what He is really like. God’s revelation to man was so spectacular, so magnificent, so glorious that all of history hinges on its introduction onto the scene. You see, up to this point in time, God was only seen shadows and symbols and signs. One theologian said that the revelation of God in the OT was like a pencil sketch. Rough outlines, black and white, foggy detail, but in today’s text, John shows us that God’s revelation has a name. His name is Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ is God on full display.
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Jun 25, 2017
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50 mins 31 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The Word of God incarnate is the light of the world. He is the true light who shines on all mankind and the question is, how will people respond. Irreligious may refuse to recognize him because he interferes with their rebellion. Religious people on the other hand may reject him because he meddles with their system of self-righteousness. But to those who receive him in faith, he gives the right to be called children of God. May the Lord put a stop to rejection and failure of recognition this morning, and may all who hear the Word receive him in faith.
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Jun 18, 2017
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49 mins 59 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The Gospel of John is unique in its powerful presentation of Jesus. He is presented as the Logos or the Word who existed before creation. John’s vision of Christ has been used countless times to open the eyes of unbelievers to who Jesus is and the way of redemption. The serious student of John will find that each time he returns to the Gospel, Christ will be a little bigger. May we learn the greatness of Christ as we study together.